The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

The student-run magazine of San Francisco State University

Xpress Magazine

Ja’corey Bowens and Lee Lockhart pose for a portrait on campus on Dec. 2, 2021. (Amaya Edwards / Xpress Magazine)

From the Ground Up: A Revolution at State

Cash Grace Martinez and Amaya Edwards
December 15, 2021

  On a windy Tuesday afternoon, holding a cup of coffee from Cafe Rosso and wearing a university-branded mask, fourth-year student Ja’Corey Bowens sits on the steps of the Cesar Chavez Student...

 Entrance to Youth Spirit Artworks and its Tiny House Empowerment Village in Oakland on Saturday, December 4, 2021. (Cameron Lee/ Xpress Magazine)

Oakland’s ​​Tiny House Village Makes An Enormous Impact

Hunter Troy, Staff Writer
December 15, 2021

  Delilah Aviles, 20, has experienced what many are struggling with in the Bay Area:  homelessness. Yet, she radiates positivity.    “I like to take it day by day because my future is...

Nilo and Yota stand in the bed of the City Slicker Farm truck, getting ready to pass off supplies to their peers at the Multicultural Community Center on the University of California, Berkeley campus on Oct. 26, 2021. Yota, a 20-year-old student at UC Berkeley, is an intern with the MCC on campus. “Honestly, I just like to play with dirt. I like sand. I like just being in community with other people who actually know how to do stuff like this. I think Im just happy to be in a space where its so community-centered. And its also just recognizing that were all part of this larger ecosystem,” Yota said. (Amaya Edwards / Xpress Magazine)

Rooted in Community

Amaya Edwards, Photographer
December 15, 2021

Luxury condos loom over the farm beds at City Slicker Farms (CSF), a nonprofit organization sitting on a 1.5-acre plot of occupied Ohlone Chochenyo land in Oakland, California. The organization was...

Sophia Hu and her boyfriend work from their home in the Inner Sunset in San Francisco, Calif., on Dec. 7, 2021. Hu sits in her living room while her boyfriend works at his desk. (Nicolas Cholula / Xpress Magazine)

Work-from-Wherever

KK Interchuck, Managing Editor
December 15, 2021

  After a long day or even longer night, home is the place to return to where one can relax and unwind. Alas, the era of working from home is among us, which means those who work remotely can no...

: John Fredericks stands in the galley of the 1973 Porpoise Ketch sailboat that he currently lives in and co-owns with two friends on Nov. 17, 2021. He’s been working on renovating a 32-foot Chesapeake sailboat which he hopes to sail away for good. (Saskia Hatvany/Xpress Magazine)

Life Onboard: the Bay Area Intrepid Who Choose Life on the Water

Saskia Hatvany, Staff Writer
December 15, 2021

  On a Wednesday afternoon, John Fredericks briefly rummages through a cluttered countertop to find a clean mug. His current home, a 1973 wooden sailboat named Horizons, has lately become more...

Ziggy Deberry, 20, poses for a photo in the historic Castro neighborhood of San Francisco on Dec. 3, 2021. “There needs to be space — there has to be space — for the people who are now struggling,” they say. (Kenzie Aellig / Xpress Magazine)

Castro: the New Queer Experience

Kenzie Aellig, Editor In Chief
December 15, 2021

  Its colorful flags give a cheerful welcome to visitors from all around the world, while its historic bars and shops give comfort to the residents who have been there since the beginning. The...

Potters at work in the Clayroom in San Francisco on Dec. 2, 2021. (Amaya Edwards / Xpress Magazine)

Lost in the Clay: Finding an Escape in Pottery

Ximena Loeza, Staff Writer
December 15, 2021

  As the studio manager announces closing time, the heads of several hard-working potters shoot up in shock. They scramble to clean up their workstations and make their final touches on their pieces....

Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center in Orinda, California. Photo courtesy of the source.

Gentle Giants: Equine-Assisted Services

Hunter Troy, Staff Writer
December 15, 2021

  The following article contains a mention of suicidal thoughts.   They may seem scary due to their 1,000-lbs. frames, yet horses provide empathy, trust and kindness to those in need.    From...

Portait of Bonita Rose. December 10, 2021. (Garrett Isley / Xpress Magazine)

Wearing Drag As Armor

Gia Opsahl, Staff Writer
December 15, 2021

  (Podcast by Gia Opsahl/Xpress Magazine)   Editor’s note: The drag queens mentioned in this story have requested to be referred to by their drag name.     The first...

 Lightning, a goat resident, perks up against a fence at Alma Bonita Animal Rescue in Morgan Hill, Calif. on Dec. 4. Lighting, along with other goats, was rescued when they were found living in a dog kennel without any outdoor space and a severe lice infestation putting their lives at risk. (Morgan Ellis / Xpress Magazine)

Open Arms and Pastures: Rescue Farms in the Bay Area

Morgan Ellis, Photographer
December 15, 2021

  The value of having a safe space to turn to when faced with trauma is universally appreciated. This is not unique to humans; animals can also reap the emotional and physical benefits of a new...

Freedom From a False Haven: The Reality of Religious Trauma

Freedom From a False Haven: The Reality of Religious Trauma

Lyn Brook, Copy Editor
December 15, 2021

The following story contains content about trauma.   To have a religious experience can be seen as a universal encounter among our species. Humanity's sense of wonder and desire to want to feel...

 Cats at KitTea Cat Lounge. (Morgan Ellis / Xpress Magazine)

The Kittens are Alright

Fernando G. Pacheco, Staff Writer
December 15, 2021

  At the end of Valencia Street in San Francisco sits a cafe where the water is always boiled and the complimentary teas are served with ticketed admission.    Although the cafe closes...

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