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Many blame classism for housing displacement, but gentrification is racist at its core

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I’m a native San Franciscan. Born and raised in Frisco (that nickname never bothered me) or the Sco (that’s that new shit) or whatever you wanna call it, I’ve seen its metamorphosis over the years from seemingly free-spirited inclusive hippie haven to near-exclusive capitalist wannabe utopia.

While this shift is not exclusive to the city I grew up in, it is most pronounced here. Like cancer, the change has been gradual; like cancer, that change has not been for the better.

At first, the transformation was hard to detect. People and businesses that had been around as long as I…


A monstrous wave of evictions and slashed unemployment benefits threaten to put millions of Americans on the street — and Republicans don’t seem to care

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Few things can terrify a person who’s struggling more than the first of the month. Some bills can be negotiated with, but when someone falls short on their rent or mortgage, the consequences are far more dire. How can they not be when what’s at risk isn’t cable TV, but having a place to lay your head?

No one deserves to worry about joining the already too high homeless population in America. But as exhausted as many of us might understandably be given the number of crises currently wreaking havoc nationwide, we’re currently on the verge of yet another. …

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