Here's what you can do if you're in the Bay Area: Come out to City Hall to show your support for an end to the gang injunctions, and to lend your voice if you can. If you can't make it out, you can call or e-mail to voice your support.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it out there, because I'll be with The Beat Within tonight, writing with the young people of San Francisco's Youth Guidance Center, the juvenile hall where so many of the city's youth of color end up as a result of San Francisco's gang injunctions. These youth write regularly about the experience of being profiled, of how hopeless it seems to "do right" when police will always treat them as if they've done wrong, simply because of their appearance. Their stories show that these injunctions oppress young people of color, and tear families apart, contributing more to the cycles of violence that plague low-income communities. So, what do you think of the injunctions? Are they working?