Dusting Off ‘This Pen’

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July 10, 2014 by The Zemanifesto

I apologize for making this the first post of the week. I got in line at the DMV Tuesday morning with the intention of posting when I got home, but my number didn’t get called until Wednesday night. Still, I could have posted a couple videos or something — sorry for leaving you hanging.

There are some exciting things on the horizon for me and this blog, and while you read about them, here’s a mellow cut from Blazo’s 2011 release Colors of Jazz — a little “Natural Green,” if you’re into that sort of thing.

Good News

Those new to The Zemanifesto are probably not familiar with Bay News Movement, the independent news organization I founded with some colleagues a few years back. It’s been mostly dormant since we discovered other outlets for pursuing our craft, but a few recent developments have convinced me it’s time to dust off my BNM press pass, which thankfully doesn’t expire for another two years or so:

Zeman Press Pass pic

There is currently no budget to revisit the (wildly ambitious) Bloodhound Magazine police violence project. I’m still exploring ways to share the valuable information our reporters gathered over the span of roughly two years.

But there is a BNM news feature in the works. It’s about the San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s recent approval of AB 1421 or “Laura’s Law,” which allows for involuntary outpatient treatment of individuals deemed to have a “disabling” mental illness. I’m hoping to publish by Monday, because Monday isn’t cancelled at BNM.

There are a lot of serious questions that need to be answered about this law, which advocates insist is a lifesaving measure and critics are calling a civil rights nightmare for people with mental illness. It feels good to be asking those questions, and I’m excited to share what I find with you.

This Won’t Change Anything Here

As a Zemanifesto reader, you’ll now get the added bonus of BNM news content in some posts, but otherwise your experience will remain the same.

And now I bestow upon you “Fabulous Secret Powers.” It’s an oldie but a goldie — you can thank me when you catch your breath.


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