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Valerie Tulier-Luiwa, facilitator of Mission Peace Collaborative, asks children of Mission Neighborhood Center to read their pledge, at Mission and 24th Streets, on November 4, 2016. Photo by Julio Marcial

Communities Rally for Reprieve from Gun Violence

Organizers, politicians, and young people rallied at 24th and Mission streets on Friday night, calling for a 60-day moratorium on street violence and enlisting local political leaders to pledge to create policies that would divert young people from crime. “We don’t want any mothers, fathers, sisters or brothers crying. We want everyone to go to the holidays and every family...
Protesters hold a mock trial of the "officers" involved in Alex Nieto's shooting. Photo by Dan Hirsch

More Complaints Arise About SF Cop Involved in Two Fatal Shootings

A police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man at Stern Grove in October was also one of the officers who pulled the trigger on Alex Nieto in 2014, according to police. After police released this information last week, organizers who work with at-risk youth came forward and told Mission Local that they had raised concerns of...
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Mission Band Releases Album, Holds On To Heritage

Local band Soltron will play at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts this Friday to mark the release of its self-titled album celebrating the Mission District’s culture and exploring themes of gentrification and displacement. Soltron began as a trio of drummers in 2014 after percussionist Anthony Sierra went to Cuba, where his father is from, to study the batá,...
Community members gathered at Mission High School to weigh in on the appointment of the city's next police chief. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Activists Call Search For New Police Chief “Farce”

Activists at a police meeting on Thursday that sought input from Mission District residents on the appointment of the next San Francisco police chief said they were being strung along by police commissioners who were not looking for community involvement. “This is a dog and pony show,” said David Carlos Salaverry, a member of the newly formed group San Franciscans...
Activist Lisa "Tiny" Gray-Garcia calls for a 90-day moratorium on police "use of force" outside of Mission Police Station on August 15. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Activists Call For Moratorium on SFPD Use of Force

Activists and community members gathered in front of Mission Police Station on Monday afternoon called on the San Francisco Police Department to prohibit its officers from using weapons and force of any kind against civilians for the next 90 days. Representatives of organizations advocating for homeless rights and against police brutality supported the moratorium and also called for a state...
Community organizers Christina "Krea" Gomez and  Edwin Lindo discuss ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement following a string of police shootings that made national headlines. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Activists, Newcomers Discuss Ways to Confront Racism in Support of Black Lives Matter

Activists in the Black Lives Matter movement, Mission community organizers and newcomers, many of whom were tech workers, met Wednesday night to discuss ways to confront racial inequality that included collecting data, investing in communities and questioning the diversity within the rank-and-file of tech workers. “What sparked this for me was seeing the number of Facebook posts [following last week’s...
City and community leaders discuss strategies and tools in addressing the preservation of communities subjected to gentrification during a workshop at  the Mission's Galeria de la Raza on April 18. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Community Leaders Strategize Against Displacement

Leaders from three different communities razed by displacement shared their experiences and offered ideas on policy-based strategies to thwart gentrification in a day-long workshop hosted at the Mission’s Galeria de la Raza on Monday. Though separated by hundreds of miles, the struggles of Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights, San Diego’s Logan Heights, and San Francisco’s Mission District run parallel, agreed community...
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Guerrero St. Median To Get Love from Community

The Guerrero Street median will get a thorough grooming on April 2, and community members are invited to participate in a day of maintenance and beautification organized by the Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association. The Department of Public Works plans to cone off both inner traffic lanes on Guerrero Street from 17th to 18th streets as participants work to remove weeds and prune existing plants, re-populate empty...
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Termina Mal Una Reunión sobre Viviendas en la Misión

El miércoles 6 de enero un edificio nuevo de 55 unidades que se planea se construya en las calles Misión y 25 generó ira, en medio de una reunión de la comunidad plagada de comentarios homofóbicos, e interrupciones frecuentes. La gente hablaba sobre un tema principal: La construcción de viviendas de precio 100 por ciento accesible. La reunión tenía que...
Soltron performed at the 34th Annual Encuentro Canto Del Popular at 777 Valencia St. on December 6. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Mission’s ‘Encuentro’ Celebrates Community with the Sound of Cuba

As pulsating Afro-Cuban rhythms drummed up a crowd in the Chapel’s auditorium, Juan Fuentes looked on from the music venue’s balcony on Sunday evening. “Here at the Chapel is where it all began,” said Fuentes about Encuentro Del Canto Popular, an annual concert that has celebrated Latino culture, art and music with a focus on social justice for three decades. It was in 1982,...
Eliseana, Ana and Sarahi (left to right) take their positions in the back of the lowrider. Photo by Laura Wenus

SF Mission Girls Prepare for Video Debut

Low riders, thumping beats, and curious bystanders set the scene for a music video filmed Saturday starring three Mission girls. Sarahi Yannacone, 11,  Eliseana Hernández, 13,  and Ana Diosdado, 15,  perform in the video that will accompany a song that they and other Mission Girls have composed and produced with the help of hip-hop artist A-Plus to counter negative messages...
Truck on the Shotwell bend. Photo by Adam Long.

Good Morning Mission! Beans, Bars, and Bumpers

Right now it is 60° headed to a high of 68° – the forecast for the next ten days is here. Today’s block: 26th to Cesar Chavez between Shotwell and Folsom Streets. With the light good early on, so much the better to sign on and document your block. Don’t wait! Let us know what day and block you would like at...
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Good Morning Mission! Serenity in the Morning Rush

It’s 65° and headed to 68°. Details for the next ten days are here. Today’s block is Guerrero – 28th St – Dolores – Duncan. Rather overcast early this morning at 7:30am but it wasn’t cold. I started my walk on busy Guerrero St. Many cars think that Guerrero and Dolores are freeways. Everyone is in a hurry. I took lots of door, floral...
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Opening Tonight: Low Riders Meet Queer Culture In the Q-Sides

If you check out Galería de la Raza right now, you’ll see a photographic collection of beautiful people and beautiful rides. But there’s a layered history to each of the photos. “The Q-Sides” is a photo exhibit that recreates album covers of the classic soul and do0-wop anthologies East-Side Stories and combines it with images celebrating the queer community. The show opens...
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Strangers Come Together to Assist Carnaval Churro Vendor

A community of strangers came together at Saturday’s Carnaval to defend a churro vendor in an incident that has given him an enthusiastic and savvy support group that has already raised $2,575. The incident began when officers confronted the vendor, known only as Reymundo, for not having a permit. Police repeated their warning three times, but the monolingual Spanish speaker,...