Election 2020

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Bayview and East Palo Alto work to increase voter turnout

Bayview community rallies voters for an important election

With countless issues on the table, residents of the Bayview neighborhood are organizing and educating those in their community to get more people to the polls (or mailboxes) this election, hoping for change this time around.  Historically, parts of the Bayview have had lower voter turnout compared to other areas of San Francisco. The Bayview…

The struggle to vote and addressing structural issues in East Palo Alto

There’s a common refrain frequently heard in Latino households: “I want my kid to have a better life than me.”  That’s what Antonio Lopez, a candidate for East Palo Alto’s (EPA) City Council, reminded me during an interview in a predominantly Latino and tenant neighborhood known as OTR (for “Over the Ramp”). Despite this, EPA,…

Propositions and acts

Photo Essay: No on Prop 22

Hundreds of contract workers including rideshare drivers and contractors blocked off Market Street protesting Prop 22 in front of Uber Headquarters Thursday afternoon, Oct. 15 in San Francisco. Comprised of unions such as Rideshare Drivers United, Mobile Workers Alliance, and We Drive Progress, the statewide Caravan started at Lyft Headquarters and ended at Uber Headquarters.…

Rideshare drivers, labor activists organize to pump the brakes on Prop 22

On Oct. 5, the San Francisco Department of Elections sent out its final batch of mail-in ballots. San Franciscans registered to vote by mail received a 232 page packet describing each of the candidates and ballot propositions included in what’s expected to be a historic election.  A number of these races will have an immediate…

Sex workers and advocates rally to denounce “Earn It Act” in Oakland

Editor’s note: Names were changed in this story to protect the identity of sources. Bay Area sex workers and advocacy groups gathered at Oakland City Hall on Sept. 13 to peacefully protest EARN IT (Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2020), a national bill that will expand liability for digital platforms…

Meet the candidates

21-year-old climate activist, Harvard student returns to hometown to push for progress

America’s younger generation is getting increasingly involved in local politics, and even without the big-name donors, many are gaining traction through powerful grassroots campaigns.  21-year-old James Coleman’s run for City Council in South San Francisco’s District 4 is no exception. With a childhood-friend-turned campaign manager and community volunteers, Coleman has quickly amassed quite a following…

Hayward City Council candidate takes local action on global issues

Editor’s note: Nestor Castillo is an award winning columnist with El Tecolote. Having fled the brutal political persecution of El Salvador’s civil war, pursuing a life in the political realm was likely the last path Nestor Castillo’s parents wanted him to follow.  Now running for Hayward City Council, Castillo says his yearning to understand the…

Local disability rights advocate runs for SMUHSD Board of Trustees

With a campaign championing diversity, equity, and representation—one especially that highlights the systemic inequalities that children of color and children with disabilities face in the educational system—Latina disability rights activist Ligia Andrade Zúñiga makes a historic run for a seat on the  San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) Board of Trustees.  If elected, she…

More election stories

Disinformation and Voter Manipulation during the 2020 Election

Never before in the history of elections in this country has disinformation been so deliberate and pervasive. In the current age of social media, media manipulation has become so commonplace that for many, it has become difficult to separate truth from false information.  These tactics of spreading disinformation—meant to confuse and influence voters, drive down…

Why Voting in Local Elections Matters and how to navigate various challenges

The historic importance local elections play as incubators for reform has never been more critical than it is right now. But conducting an election during a pandemic comes with many challenges.  Voter engagement, for example, requires addressing multiple issues with specific solutions. Information on voter registration, early voting and mail in ballots can be overwhelming,…