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Solidarity, community on laborers’ minds at SF’s Cesar Chavez parade

Laborers, union organizers, and teachers were among those who took to Mission Street on Saturday in a parade honoring labor organizer Cesar Chavez. They chanted “si se puede,” carried signs representing various unions and schools, and reflected on social organizing. Alexa Galan-Klaus, a literacy coach at Cesar Chavez Elementary School who walked with a group that included many children, said it’s...

Freeway’s ‘Hairball’ community uprooted by state agency

One of the few relatively isolated homeless encampments in the Mission District that self-regulated and seemed to exist with a semblance of order underneath Highway 101 ramps  was taken down a month ago by the California Highway Patrol, forcing its inhabitants onto the surrounding sidewalks. Since then there have been visits twice a week from cleaning crews that campers say have further dispersed what...

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...

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...

Revolutionary Voices Preserved in SF Mission’s Freedom Archives

Did you know that there is a little piece of history stored away in a few rooms on Valencia Street? Well, it’s not a little piece actually. It’s hundreds of little pieces. Clips of recordings of freedom fighters, thinkers, and political movers and shakers are collected in the Freedom Archives, two rooms hidden away inside a building near 16th and...

Cesar Chavez Festival Celebrates Labor Leader’s Legacy

San Francisco’s 13th annual Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Street Festival attracted hundreds of people to 24th Street on Sunday to celebrate the life and work of the Latino civil rights and farm labor leader. Chavez, who died 20 years ago, encouraged nonviolent social change and spearheaded the first successful farmworkers union in American history. The late Senator Robert F. Kennedy...

Breakfast for Cesar Chavez

Hundreds of activists and politicians from around the city gathered on Friday at the Mission Language & Vocational School to celebrate Cesar Chavez and 50 years of the United Farm Workers Movement. A who’s who of politicians and union leaders attended the annual breakfast, including Mayor Ed Lee, State Senator Mark Leno and some members of the Board of Supervisors. Speakers, including...

From Picadilly Circus to Valencia Street

London is trying to snatch the reigns from Paris and I think it has a pretty good chance. From small private boutiques to big commercial giants, the fashion is unapologetic in its beauty and uniqueness. I went into the flagship TopShop at Oxford Circus soon after arriving and I was overwhelmed. Aside from the fact that the massive commercial retail...