Immigrant Life

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...

SF Mission Latinos Face Trump Presidency With Resolve, Fear

In San Francisco’s Mission District, the city’s Latino neighborhood, the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the White House was met with a mixture of fear, resolve, and a come-what-may attitude. “What happens will happen,” said Miguel Gustan, a worker who immigrated from Mexico. If immigrants are allowed to stay in the country, fine, he said, he and others will be...

Generosity, Migration, Art and Film Meet at Roxie Theater

For many migrants from Latin America, the journey into the United States involves clinging to the side of a freight train known as “the beast,” going without food and water for 24 hours at a time, and if they’re lucky, encountering Las Patronas. These are a group of women who spend much of their days cooking and packing up meals to toss or hand...

New Early Education Center Opens in the Mission District

Mission Neighborhood Centers, a local nonprofit, will open a new center this month for 88 children to attend Head Start, an early education programs for preschool aged children. The half-day programs will begin August 11 at 1245 Alabama Street near 24th Street, formerly a convent for the neighboring St. Peters church. The center will also have one full-day mixed-income daycare...

Education Forum and Backpack Giveaway on Saturday

  A group of organizations focused on supporting students at local schools and their families will host a series of presentations and a backpack giveaway at the Mission District branch of San Francisco City College this Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The Mission Promise Neighborhood is a citywide community partnership of schools, colleges, nonprofits and local leaders...

Homeless Families, Often Invisible, Take Shelter in SF Mission

Some of the city’s least visible but hardest hit homeless people take refuge at an inconspicuous shelter in the Mission District, where roughly 10 of the city’s thousands of homeless families can stay for several months at a time. “Here, they treat you like family,” said one mother, Karen, who has stayed at the shelter since March. Karen was forced...

High School Students Push for Proposition C

The housing crisis is on everyone’s mind – even, and perhaps especially so, on the minds of students at San Francisco International High School, where one class recently completed coursework on the local June ballot’s Proposition C. The proposition would put the city’s inclusionary housing requirement into the hands of the Board of Supervisors, to be adjusted as necessary to...

Families of Police Shooting Victims Walk In “River of Sorrow” Through SF’s Mission

Family and friends of three men shot by police officers visited the sites of the shootings in a Sunday morning procession they dubbed the “River of Sorrows.” The procession is part of an ongoing effort to keep the shootings in the public eye and to foster a sense of community among their families. The extended family of Luis Demetrio Gongora...

Latinos See Themselves in Cesar Chavez

Although much of Cesar Chavez’s work was done in the Central Valley, he has had a lasting presence here in the Mission District. On March 31, the country commemorated his work as a civil rights and labor activist. And on Saturday, hundreds of his admirers paraded through the Mission to celebrate his influence on the Latino community. “He talked and acted...

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...

Domestic Workers Rally for Overtime Pay Protections

Despite a steady downpour of rain, a group of domestic workers and their supporters gathered at the 24th Street Bart Plaza this morning, carrying posters that called for dignity and economic justice throughout the industry. With music, dance and testimonials, the group of men and women announced the launch of a statewide campaign to make overtime pay for domestic workers a permanent protection in California. In...

Years After Fire, Little Baobab Will Reopen Friday

Free of boards and nails, the two large windows at Little Baobab that once concealed a packed and uninhibited dance floor behind red curtains will reopen on Friday night to operate as a late-night take-out stop, serving crepes and African wraps. Though Little Baobab is no longer a dance venue (that portion of the operation has moved to the adjoining Bissap Baobab), owner Marco...

March Marks Anniversary of Police Shooting

Neighbors, friends, and advocates for the family of Amilcar Perez Lopez marked the anniversary of his shooting by San Francisco police officers on Friday with a march from Folsom and 24th streets to Mission Police Station. “We’re not going to stop until we have justice for Amilcar,” said pastor Michael McBride at a memorial before the march. “My tradition says that...

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...

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...