USPS celebrates Ruth Asawa with artistic stamps + more good news from around the Bay Area
The intricate wire sculptures of late San Francisco artist, educator, and activist Ruth Asawa grace a new series of USPS stamps. (Courtesy of

USPS celebrates Ruth Asawa with artistic stamps + more good news from around the Bay Area


It's time to upgrade your envelopes—the USPS is printing a new series of stamps featuring the sculptures of one of the most beloved artists in San Francisco history.

Plus, SF gets its first community fridge, the Esselen Tribe reclaims a portion of its Big Sur land after a quarter of a millennium, Jazz Mafia remakes Stevie Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothin," and more local stories to send you into the day on a happy note.

San Francisco's first 'Community Fridge' brings free food to COVID-ravaged Mission, Hoodline

Inspired by Oakland's Town Fridge, SF Community Fridge, in partnership with Mission Meals Coalition, offers free food staples to under-resourced individuals and families outside of Adobe Books. Read more.

The T List's Five Things We Recommend This Week: Ruth Asawa Postage Stamps, The New York Times

Adorn your mail with new stamps featuring 10 of Asawa's abstract wire sculptures. Preorder now ($11 for 20 stamps)—or purchase on August 13th. Read more.

After 250 years, Big Sur land finally returned to Native American tribe, SFGate

A $4.5 million grant from the California Natural Resources Agency will allow the Esselen Tribe to return to Adler Ranch, an undeveloped property filled with redwoods and endangered wildlife near Big Sur, after its was wrongfully taken from them in 1770. Read more.

A New Spin on Stevie Wonder's 'You Haven't Done Nothin', KQED

Bay Area–based Jazz Mafia has released a new version of Stevie Wonder's more-relevant-than-ever 1974 hit calling for change. Look for guest verses and a socially distanced video performance. Read more.

Anthony Fauci and Colin Kaepernick are getting RFK human rights awards, Fast Company

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being recognized for his commitment to social change with a prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award. The virtual ceremony will be held on December 10th, the United Nations' Human Rights Day. Read more.

Tesla engineer retools sad, old chocolate chip for max taste and melt, New York Post

Industrial engineer Remy Labesque utilized 3D renderings—and baking tests too—to create the perfect, meltable, pyramid-esque single-origin chocolate chips for Dandelion Chocolate. Read more.

California Will Now Collect LGBTQ Coronavirus Data, Forbes

Following Pennsylvania, California will become the second state to investigate whether COVID-19 is impacting the LGBTQ population at disproportionate rates by collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data on COVID-19 cases. Read more.

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