El Tecolote has served the San Francisco Bay Area since 1970. In our 52nd year, El Tecolote’s core mission is as it was upon launching our first edition decades ago — to bring news to people powered by, and in the interests of, the pueblo. Through 25 issues per year, El Tecolote covered topics important to our communities, primarily at health’s many intersections.

Mid-way through 2022, El Tecolote welcomed full-time reporter Mara Cavallaro. Cavallaro is El Tecolote’s Report for America Corps Member, who reports on mental health and healthcare inequality in the Latinx community. Cavallaro’s work is so impactful you’ll find much of it here in selected articles from our 2022 news coverage.

El Tecolote is grateful to every contributor that brought news to our readers this year. From students getting their first professional byline to tenured veterans’ continued involvement with this passion project, El Tecolote is by and for people from all walks of life, and that keeps the news relevant, interesting, and engaging.

In case you missed it, here are key stories from El Tecolote’s news desk in 2022.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so does our coverage.

Despite denial, COVID is still here — and so is our grief

COVID ‘long-haulers’ advocate for more research, labor protections, and people-centered health policies

A farm-working mother’s triumph over COVID-19

The U.S. Supreme Court’s attack on Roe vs. Wade was one of many health issues we tackled, including with a special edition on abortion. We also made space for necessary health stories amongst the headlines dominated by COVID and Roe vs. Wade.

Abortion is Sacred: Native perspectives on the overturning of Roe vs. Wade

Abortion doulas expect higher demand for support services

The Mexican network guaranteeing free, safe abortions in the U.S: Q & A with Las Libres’ Verónica Cruz

Fuerte Program provides mental health education for arriving immigrant youth

As Trans-hate sweeps the country, Trans communities still stand strong

988 mental health hotline may be flawed, but it’s safer than calling 911

For Bay Area advocates, decriminalizing, destigmatizing plant medicine is healing path

After 10-week strike, therapists reach agreement with Kaiser

Of course, health extends to the climate crisis.

What the courageous actions of Wynn Bruce teaches us about climate crisis grief

PHOTOS: Earth Day 2022 in San Francisco

While El Tecolote is a hyper-local publication to our San Francisco Mission District neighborhood, we still cover topics with statewide implications and decisions from the California capital when relevant to our audience.

Farmworkers, supporters stage San Francisco City Hall solidarity vigil with those in Sacramento pressuring CA governor on bill AB2183

How California’s coercive control law could help women manipulated by partners

California courts start penalizing psychological domestic abuse

But local is our roots, how and why we were founded, and always remains a priority…

Almost a year later, San Francisco’s historic domestic workers paid sick time law to receive app assist

The Mission’s Flower Lady battles back eviction in Bernal Heights

Berkeley community rallies to save People’s Park, delay housing plan

Public School educators fight for overdue pay

Reimagining incarceration: Marlene Sanchez dedicates her life

Historic Potrero Gas Station to Be Preserved

Latinx community fights back against school board recall effort in special election

Legislation approves permits for some street vendors

Speaking of roots, El Tecolote works with contributors to bring international stories from the Latin diaspora to print, so our audiences can stay informed on homes away from home.

Eight years after Ayotzinapa: The fight for justice for the 43 forcibly disappeared Mexican students continues

War in Ukraine illustrates unequal treatment of refugees

Indigenous Puebla community defeats Canadian mining project, for now

Election of Socialist President Castro Brings Hope in Honduras

Salvadoran President Bukele extends State of Emergency despite human rights concerns

Chile elects youngest President in history

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