Tag Archives: advocacy

Ebony McKinney, Tireless Advocate for the Arts, Dies Unexpectedly (KQED)

This story originally appeared on KQED.org by Kevin L. Jones. Ebony McKinney, a tireless advocate for the arts who pushed for diversity in the community and for unity among local organizations, died unexpectedly on Saturday from complications related to pneumonia and lupus. She was 41. The San Francisco Art Commission (SFAC), where McKinney has worked off-and-on since 2005, announced McKinney’s...

Homeless resource center’s director bids Mission farewell

After a decade and a half of advocating for the homeless in the Mission and throughout the city, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center director Laura Guzman announced on Monday that she will be leaving her post in pursuit of new endeavors. “I leave my heart in the Mission,” wrote Guzman in a Facebook post announcing her departure from the center that...

SF residents train to monitor homeless sweeps

In response to a surge of complaint-driven sweeps of homeless encampments by city officials in recent months, advocates for the homeless are now organizing and training civilians to monitor and document the rampant encampment removals.   On Wednesday, organizers with the Coalition on Homelessness conducted the city’s first ever “Sweeps Watch” training to coach some 40 residents in identifying and...

Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem Speaks to the Mission

A career in journalism and advocacy that spans half a century has not only equipped 82-year-old feminist icon Gloria Steinem with a trove of accomplishments and wisdom, but also with a disarming sense of humor. Despite the seriousness of her decades-long fight for women’s rights and gender equality, Steinem drew outbursts of laughter and applause from the some 400 people...

Revamped Day Laborer Center Increases Support to Immigrant Workers

Some 40 people gathered on a sliver of sidewalk outside of the Immigrant Worker Power Center at 3358 Cesar Chavez St.  to celebrate the center’s reopening following heavy renovations Thursday morning. The center has served as a hub for organizing work in the workers and immigrant rights movements and as a vocational training facility, and houses the 25-year-old collective of immigrant workers known...

Tent Residents Booted Without Notice Or Shelter, in Violation of City Ordinance

Despite a city ordinance that gives homeless campers 24 hours to move and mandates that they be connected with a shelter alternative, police maintain the right to move encampments at their own discretion. Two long-term homeless encampments that existed just a street apart from each other have been cleared since Sunday, one by police in a virtual sweep and the...

SF Homeless Advocates Propose Legal Encampment

A small group of homeless residents and their advocates went to City Hall on Tuesday to propose a  “transitional village” in San Francisco where the homeless would be allowed to camp legally. From the so-called village, they would be connected to case management and health services while awaiting placement in city shelters, other Navigation Centers  or in supportive housing. The...

A Missionite Helps Hoist 75-Foot Resist Banner in DC

Mission activist, youth worker and muralist Nancy Pili Hernandez is one of seven protesters who were arrested on Wednesday after climbing a 270-foot crane in the nation’s capital as an act of peaceful defiance against the country’s new Administration. “We are hoping that people are looking up today and seeing that the resistance is strong although the opposition in front...