Writer’s Corner – April 15

WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL SAFE?

WHAT OR WHO
PROTECTS YOU?

IF YOU WERE TO TRULY MAKE THIS
CITY A SANCTUARY, WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?

START A POEM WITH THE LINE:
I FIND SANCTUARY IN…
I MAKE MY SHIELD FROM…
WHEN I CAST A PROTECTION SPELL, I CONJURE…

This writing prompt is brought to you by Ghostlines. Ghostlines
is a Bay Area collective of poets,

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New York Activists Fight to Halt Quality of Life Citations to Protect Undocumented Immigrants

New York City has seen a lot of action around the intersection of immigrant status and quality of life crimes. San Francisco should look at following their lead.

Mayor Bill DeBlasio, like our Mayor Lee, has made strong statements shield and stand with immigrants. Like San Francisco, New York is a sanctuary city . However, as many have noted, the real way to create a sanctuary is to halt to crackdowns on minor offenses—like lodging in public spaces—that make immigrants the subject of unnecessary arrests and can lead to deportations.

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Vendor Profile: Gerome Owens

My name is Gerome Vince Owens. I was born June 6, 1950. I was raised in San Francisco. I grew up in Lower Haight, which is called the Western Addition. I am the oldest child of four children that precede me in death. At the age of seven, my parents separated. The second oldest and I stayed with my mother.

My youngest brother stayed with my dad. My little sister stayed with foster parents up until she was an adult.

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No Housing for Immigrants in the Sanctuary City

In the Bay Area, accessing housing is a challenge many Americans face. While rents are rapidly rising, wages have stagnated; someone who works one, two, or even three minimum wage jobs in the Bay Area just can’t afford to live here anymore. Now imagine being an undocumented immigrant attempting to access limited, expensive housing and provide for your family. Often times, it can be a debilitating and stressful experience. The current implications of immigration policies in America displace and traumatize immigrants and refugees as well as foster hysteria and xenophobia amongst non-immigrants.

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