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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Kosh’ tu’n Woo Mu’uch

Kosh’ tu’n Woo Mu’uch

¿Dónde está El Gran Sapo?

Where is the Great Toad Mu’uch, El Sapo Góngora?

Cha’a-cháak/Cha’a-cháak/Cha’a-cháak

Yuum Cháak/Mayan Rain Dios, Kosh’ tu’n Woo Mu’uch

El Sapo Góngora, The Great Toad with liquid skin and marble ojos

The Great Toad who hums to you, Dios de La Lluvia/Yuum Cháak

The Great Toad who strums those sweet vocals in the dark,

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Seeking Justice One Year Later: Homeless Immigrant Shot and Killed by SFPD

It has been one year since Luis Góngora Pat was shot to death by San Francisco police at the Mission District encampment where he stayed.

It will at least another year before his surviving family could seek answers—if not justice—at a federal court.

But on April 7, 2017, the first anniversary of this tragedy, about 100 people marched throughout the city, from the site of the 2016 shooting to City Hall.

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Sanctuary In Name Only

What is sanctuary?

In the 21st century, people are fleeing in search of safety, looking for it high and low, enduring countless trials and many don’t make it at all.

Society is no stranger to waves of people, fleeing war, plague and natural disaster.

Today many governments in the West are scrambling to cope with the current crisis in Syria.

The ongoing armed conflict in the Middle East has left tens of thousands seeking asylum.

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A West Side Story: Richmond and Sunset Gentrification On the Rise

Past the bustling streets downtown and the hip young neighborhoods surrounding Divisadero, there lies a quiet, oft-overlooked section of San Francisco. The city’s westernmost borders are home to two of its largest districts: Richmond and Sunset. Sandwiching Golden Gate Park, the Richmond District is located directly north of the park, while the Sunset District lies just south.

Both neighborhoods were originally an expanse of rolling sand dunes and wild wasteland. First developed in the late 1800s,

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