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Campos Presses Mayor For Immigrant Legal Defense Fund

At a rally held Tuesday at noon on City Hall steps, Supervisor David Campos joined non-profit organizations and the Public Defender’s Office for the second time in a week to push the mayor to find $5 million for immigrant legal defense within next year’s budget. The money would be divided almost equally among community non-profits and the Public Defender’s Office...
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SF Officials Seek Deportation Defense Funding

To defend undocumented immigrants from incarceration and deportation under a Donald Trump administration, Supervisor David Campos and other city officials are pushing for $5 million in funding to hire attorneys to the Public Defender’s office and community nonprofits. Campos’s joint proposal with Public Defender Jeff Adachi hinges on the idea that those facing immigration proceedings should have legal counsel, like...
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San Francisco Lawyers Strategize for Trump Era Legal Battles

Traduccion en español aquí.  San Francisco progressives and free speech advocates have begun bracing for the worst from the incoming Trump administration by developing legal strategies and plans for political mobilization. Members of the National Lawyers’ Guild’s San Francisco chapter set the tone for a Mission District panel discussion at 518 Valencia, the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics,...
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Anti-Trump Protesters March on Market, Through Mission

Thousands of protesters marched from downtown San Francisco to the Castro and Mission districts Wednesday evening protesting the election of Donald Trump to the presidency in a symbolic act of solidary with the neighborhoods that represent those most maligned by Trump’s rhetoric. Many of the at least 2,000 protesters decried Trump’s multiple campaign promises, like his proposal for a border wall and his call...
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The Women Who Feed the Migrants: A Mission Painter’s View

Claudio Talavera Ballon — a painter whose work attempts to focus on the humanity of immigrants and the impoverished — found himself drawn to a group of women who help immigrants reach their destination in Mexico or the United States. The women are known as Las Patronas. Las Patronas work from a small village outside the Mexican town of Córdoba, in...
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Starting Over: The Realities of Immigration

This story was produced by KALW. Belinda Reyes, director of the Cesar E. Chavez Institute at San Francisco State University, discusses the changing Mission and some of the difficulties that Latino immigrants may face when it comes to resettling in the U.S. Belinda Reyes: The southern border of Mexico is very rough. It’s a very difficult experience. They aren’t doing it...
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Starting Over: The After Effects of Migration

This story was produced by KALW. Concepción Caballero Antonio is sitting at a table at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, listening to one of her compañeras sing. “Zapote, orange, pink,” she says, pointing out the bright tissue paper she’s using to make flower decorations. Today she’s with a group of about ten other men and women. They come every Wednesday...
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Eliana Lopez Launches Latino Film and Theater Series

The “Sheriff’s Wife” is back: Eliana Lopez, wife of former San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, is returning her play What is the Scandal as part of a new Spanish language film and theater project with her two siblings, Alfonso Lopez and Carolina Agudelo Lopez. The family trio, having formed a company called 3Lopez Productions, intends to bring theatrical and cinematic material...
Pedro Figueroa, middle, with Supervisor John Avalos at a press conference Friday morning. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

Undocumented SF Mission Resident Freed After Questionable Detention

Pedro Figueroa, an undocumented Salvadoran immigrant who was detained by immigration officials after attempting to retrieve his stolen car at a police station, was released on bail February 3 after two months in the the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Figueroa and his advocates held a press conference Friday morning describing his ordeal and claiming both the San Francisco...
Claudia Martinez in her apartment in San Francisco. Photo by Leila Day

Starting Over: Resettling in the U.S.

This story was produced by KALW. Concepción Caballero Antonio is chopping squash in the kitchen of Los Yaquis Salvadorian and Mexican Restaurant. The massive knife she’s using is about the same size as her arm. She’s very small, and grins a lot. Concepción’s happy about her job as a cook and dishwasher here. She proudly points out the fish she’ll...
DIstrict 9 Supervisor David Campos stands with the family of Rosario Anaya on January 27, 2016 at City Hall. The education activist died in August, and was honored at the NEN Awards. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Educator Honored with Posthumous Award

Rosario Anaya, the former executive director of the Mission Language and Vocational School at 2929 19th Street, was honored on Wednesday night with an induction into the Neighborhood Empowerment Network Hall of Fame,  an organization that supports residents, organizations, and government agencies in building resilient communities. Anaya died of lung cancer on August 5, 2015 at age 70, and had worked at the vocational...
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Activists Protesting Deportations Arrested in SF

In an effort to draw attention to the deportation of immigrants fleeing violence, in particular those from Central America, protesters blocked the intersections of Sansome Street with Washington and Jackson streets today. 16 protesters were arrested and later released. For several hours, protesters marched in circles around clusters of chained activists sitting in the intersections, situated in front of the San Francisco branch of...
From left to right: Dora Cortez and her 8-year-old daughter standing next to immigration attorney Francisco Ugarte and the city's public defender Jeff Adachi. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

Undocumented Immigrant from SF Mission Detained After Reporting Stolen Car

Advocates say the arrest of a Mission District resident by federal immigration officials moments after he tried to retrieve a stolen car from police may be a violation of San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy, which prohibits cooperation between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “Pedro Figueroa was the victim of a crime, and today he’s the victim of...
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SF Rejects Immigration Enforcement

San Francisco supervisors unanimously adopted a non-binding policy Tuesday refusing to cooperate with a federal program that collects immigration details about suspects that makes it easier to deport undocumented immigrants. Supervisor John Avalos said that if local communities saw a link between law enforcement and immigration enforcement, “it would completely undermine… the trust we are trying to build within our city.” Immigrant advocates have...
The 59-page "Street Hearts" booklet created by Sanchez Elementary School students this summer. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

SF Mission School Students Talk Gentrification, Immigration Through Poetry

Writing on gentrification, immigration, Pac-Man, and the Virgin Mary, a class of fourth and fifth graders at Sanchez Elementary School recently published a booklet of poetry made after they walked around the Mission District and took in its murals. “I wanted them to be looking at the murals in the Mission because they were such a powerful vehicle for talking...