Last year tomorrow, I attended a community memorial service Vigil Honoring the Life of Iris Canada and Struggle for Her Home.
Iris reached 100 years of age.
She's was old enough to have the word "Negro" listed as her race on her birth certificate.
Iris was a victim of elder abuse and manipulated by out of state interests and individuals to condo-convert the building she lived in.
These people came to our city and without care broke several laws to legalize their position to displace this 50 years District 5 resident.
The abuse she suffered through harassment was multi-year efforts to remove her from home and community in a wrongful eviction. This led to untimely and ungraceful death.
I wish I could have done more to help support and save Iris from this terrible fate.
As a victim, myself, of displacement eviction and homelessness, Iris's story and spirit give us the strength to continue the fight for housing rights.
We are working to show City Hall that we have the support of the businesses, organizations, associations, and individuals that live, work, and play in the Castro. Read the text of our Community Support Letter below, and add your name by using the form at the bottom of the page.
Gay African-American activist Shaun Haines (Co-Chair Castro Cultural District Out Reach and Inclusion) noted that transgender people, women, and bisexuals want more inclusion in the neighborhood. He said that as a native San Franciscan he's excited by the establishment of cultural districts.
"We have seen too much displacement, gentrification, and the loss of access to resources and community activities have been profound," Haines said. "I see cultural districts as a valuable tool and opportunity to be a positive force to push back against these issues and to bring our focus on to uplifting underrepresented demographics in the Castro."
Co-Facilitating Anti Racism 101 for Indivisible SF with Karen Fleshman and LeRon Barton.
Open to the public.
Racism is pervasive in all aspects of US society, but it is also a choice, learned behavior that can be unlearned. Antiracists are committed to dismantling our personal racism and eliminating systemic racism in our spheres of influence.
Date And Time
Sun, March 31, 2019
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
The Women's Building
3543 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Looking forward to, once again, attending Sunday Streets Excelsior // 3.31. I'll be out with the San Francisco Democratic Party registering voters. I grew up in Excelsior in heart District 11 for a major part of my life. So much has changed yet a lot still remains the same. John McClaren Park was my playground. I attended Luther Burbank Middle School. D11 SF native in the house!
Had such a great time supporting the march again this year with all our friends in the safety teams. Sophi Andr from Women's March San Francisco 2019 Rally and March w Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer, Greg Carey, Ken Craig Castro Community On Patrol.
I am an Associate Member of our San Francisco Democratic Party (DCCC – Democratic Central Countee Committee), a former Delegate of our California State Democratic Committee, Founder and President San Francisco Black Community Matters – A Chartered San Francisco Democratic Club, founder and Executive Director of San Francisco Impact Partners – an organization focused on issues concerning poverty and homelessness.
Because I have been dedicated to positively affecting our community in various positions of civic engagement and leadership. I have learned the importance of working collaboratively with diverse groups on many key issues affecting San Franciscans.