San Francisco’s increasing number of evictions have made national news this week. On Monday, the New York Times ran a piece on the “backlash by the Bay” that got lots of attention, and now, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has taken up the issue in a recent column for the San Francsico Chronicle. At issue are the tax breaks, which could cost $55 million, that city leaders offered Twitter to move into downtown. Here’s Brown:
There’s a war brewing in the streets of San Francisco, and a lot of people could get caught up in it if the tech world doesn’t start changing its self-centered culture.
Every day in every way, from rising rents to rising prices at restaurants to its private buses, the tech world is becoming an object of scorn. It’s only a matter of time before the techies’ youthful lustre fades, and they’re seen as just another extension of Wall Street.
And when that happens, tenant advocates, community activists, labor unions, and Occupy types are going to start asking why we’re giving away the city to all these white-male-dominated businesses that don’t even hire locals.
We’ve covered a handful of those evictions here at Colorlines, notably those of the Lee and Yañez families from their longtime homes in the city’s Chinatown and Mission District. At the heart of many of these evictions is what’s known as the Ellis Act, a local law that’s been used to push longtime tenants out of rent controlled apartments. California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is pushing for legislation that could revise the law and make it harder for landlords to evict people from their homes, according to CBS Local News in San Francisco.
Activists in Selma, Alabama have been fighting for more than a year to stop the construction of a new 12-foot monument dedicated to Nathan Bedford Forrest, a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Recently, attorney Faya Rose Toure spent the Thanksgiving holiday in jail after being arrested for protesting at a Selma City Council meeting.
Tarana Burke, one of the activists who’s been protesting the statue’s construction, told Colorlines why the fight matters:
“I feel like allowing this monument to be erected is disrespectful to people who fought and died for our civil liberties,” she said. “What kind of message does it send to our children? We can’t just being complicit in our own oppression; it’s disgusting.”
Toure was reportedly offered bail but refused in protest of the statue’s construction.
Burke has started a Change.org petition calling the construction “unacceptable.”
What I sincerely hate: PoC who act as if every vegan is a white person and as if veganism is per se dangerous, stupid and anti-struggle and as if nonwhite vegan people are just assimilated. Just STAHP.
I am a Vegan of Color. Many of us have well-founded analyses about how connected systems of oppression and food ethics are. Many of us don’t want to reproduce white eco-imperialism.
I would be happy about a space inside of tumblr where we’d be able to talk about the oppression of animals and how it is connected with our own.
P.S.: This post is not for white people to retweet.
i feel this a lot as a black vegan
and even those among vegans of color who sip that problematic kool aid as to why they do it, i feel like sometimes that’s a conversation for people to have among ourselves. like having the room to call in and challenge each other to think past our praxis that may ignore complexity or replicate another form of marginalization
like rarely do we have that insular conversation among vegans of color about how to have a vegan praxis that doesn’t replicate both white eco-imperialism and also the racism of the mainstream vegan movement that is predominately white.
its an in-group conversation that becomes complicated to have on tumblr but NEEDS to be an on-going thing
Hempstead Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has confirmed that a middle school principal has been placed on leave after Latin@ students said that she forbade the entire school from speaking Spanish.
A group of students told KHOU that Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey announced over the intercom on Nov. 12 that they were no longer to use their native language in order to “prevent disruptions.”
It was over two weeks later before the superintendent sent a letter home insisting that “neither the district or any campus has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”
But the students said that the effect of the ban had been chilling.
“People don’t want to speak it no more, and they don’t want to get caught speaking it because they’re going to get in trouble,” sixth-grade student Kiara Lozano explained to KHOU.
Some students felt that the principal gave teachers permission to discriminate against them.
“She was like no speaking Spanish,” eighth-grader Yedhany Gallegos recalled. “I was like that’s my first language. She said, well you can get out.”
Hempstead ISD spokesperson Laurie Bettis said in a statement that Lacey had been placed on leave while the district investigated the charges.
“The district has received allegations regarding this issue and the district is investigating the matter,” Bettis wrote. “At this time, the administrator is on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is completed and appropriate action is determined. This is all we can say at this time as there is a pending investigation on this matter.”
“The district is committed to efficiently and effectively resolving this matter with as little disruption to our students and their learning environment as possible.”
i want to build poc communities based on solidarity not identity. identifying as a person of colour is definitely a large part of how we come to this struggle and how we come together but poc organizing solely based on identity will inevitably fall short or fail. yes, we are all people of colour but we are so diverse in our experiences, how we are racialized, and how we have various other identities that are not just poc-ness. therefore, saying we are a community because we are all poc is homogenizing, erasing, and glosses over the shit we’ve internalized and the ways we hurt each other. it often feels shallow, forced, and performative. but, building poc communities based on solidarity gives us room to honour our diverse standpoints and backgrounds. it acknowledges that we’ve made a political choice to dismantle white supremacy. it acknowledges the legacies of colonialism that are specific to our own histories, how we can hurt each other through our own histories of imperialism and through our failures to combat anti-black racism in non-black communities, and how by being in solidarity with each other, we are dedicated to learning each others’ different histories and aiding in struggles that are just not our own. i want a poc community that is fierce and intensely political. i want a poc community that recognizes that white supremacy doesn’t exist in a vacuum and that we have to fight capitalism, transphobia, ableism, homophobia, sexism, and anti-black racism in our communities as well. i want to build a community based on trust and healing. i want us to be able to be critical of each other and to be accountable to each other. i want to be in the streets together. i don’t feel like i can do that with identity-based organizing. though sometimes i’m not sure what solidarity should actually look like in practice, i want to work towards those things because i still have hope that we, as poc (a political term based on solidarity) can still work towards this. this is why i am so dedicated to poc organizing. it’s in the hope that solidarity is something we can do in practice and not just an abstract concept we like to throw around. we can do this? we can do this.
Black Transmen Inc seeks nominations for keynote speaker at 3rd Annual Black Trans Advocacy Conference3
Black Trans Advocacy invites nominations for keynote speackers for the 3rd Annual Black Trans Advocacy Conference, hosted in the beautiful Dallas, Texas April 29- May 4, 2014 at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel. Our conference theme this year is “One Earth. One People. One Love.” inviting trans and gender non-conforming individuals and our family, friends and community allies to gather, educate, learn, build and grow together in unity.
Our Black Trans Advocacy Vision is to build an organization that secures a quality reputation that is socially responsible and economically beneficial within the transgender community and our greater society. To remain the indispensible source that brings together people who both need and provide reliable resources that support a healthy identity and to educate and inspire a social movement that secures human rights, nurtures the human experience and uplifts the soul.
Now in its 3rd year, The Black Trans Advocacy Conference is now accepting nominations for keynote speakers to lead in our conference mission. We are looking for creative and engaging keynote messages that will help to empower the African American trans community and unite our greater society. We are committed to the satisfaction of our conference attendees and are leaving a place for your member nomination.
Past Keynote Speakers
2013: Mr Kylar Broadus & Ms Monica Roberts
2012: Mr Louis Mitchell
Who Will Be Your Next 2014 Conference Keynote Speaker?
Brown Recluse Zine Distro is seeking support for a few reasons. We have also added some really awesome incentives for donating! Check em out! Any questions feel free to ask!!!
The first goal is to continue to buy and print zines to keep the
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The fourth goal is to be able to help folks set up zine libraries in
communities that serve People of Color. This means sending one copy of
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