Activists and Journalists Protest SF Chronicle's Biased Coverage of Homeless

The San Francisco Independent Media Center reports that in response to escalating police sweeps and media vilification of homeless people, protesters plastered the front doors of the San Francisco Chronicle offices with copies of biased news coverage taken from the Chronicle's own pages and demanded an end to an editorial policy that is aiding and abetting the harassment and criminalization of homeless people. According to the editor of Poor magazine, Lisa Gray-Garcia, "The newest trend in the mainstream corporate media - as witnessed in the One Hearst town of San Francisco, as well as the rest of the corporate national press - is to act as public relations campaigns for economic and racial cleansing in cities across America." Organized by Media Alliance, Poor Magazine, Street Sheet and Street Spirit, the demonstration coincides with the annual conference of the North American Street Newspaper Association (NASNA) that took place July 27-29.