Street Sheet: June 5th Election Recap (SF City-County Propositions)

A hectic election cycle has come and gone in San Francisco. The dust is settling as Mark Leno is making a concession speech and London Breed is preparing to take office, and San Franciscans are grappling with the implications of propositions passing or failing. Proposition F passed this cycle, meaning that the city will now provide legal representation for tenants facing eviction, while Propositions D and H were defeated, which would have respectively taxed the lease of commercial properties for low- and medium-income housing and homeless services and permitted SFPD to develop a policy governing Taser use without the established oversight of the Police Commission.

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How I was a junkie for one day, or Dude, you have to love your folks.

I heard too many times from people struggling  with addiction about their challenges getting any help, including even medical services. Nobody is taking their needs seriously. As we know from the American mental health manuals, junkies “always complain and they always lie”.

 

Recently though several authors came forward with a completely different approach, protesting the dehumanization of those who are self-medicating to the point of losing control over substances which initially helped them to tolerate otherwise unbearable challenges of life.  

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Police at Pride: A Paradox

At the Christopher Street Pride Parade in 1973, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera marched with their group, Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), and were invited to speak as leaders of gay liberation. However when Sylvia Rivera was introduced to speak, she was met with protest that left her with only one choice – yell over their outcry. “Y’all better quiet down. I’ve been tryin’ to get up here all day, for your gay brothers,

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BART Access Impacts Homeless People

Dear Board of Supervisors and concerned citizens,

I am writing you as a concerned disabled resident of San Francisco in regards to the new $1.2 million proposal to “improve” the MUNI/BART Elevators at Powell and Civic Center Stations.  This item proposal was presented by Tim Chan yesterday (5/18/18) at the Mayor’s Office on Disability meeting at City Hall, which I attended remotely. I am specifically concerned that this project has absolutely nothing to do with helping the disabled and everything to do with further prosecuting and criminalizing the poor and communities of color in the Tenderloin area for fare evasion.

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Food is Murder’

I woke up on a bed of rice

Don’t know how I got there but it was nice

Though I soon figured out that I was doomed

To be somebody’s dinner that afternoon

So I tried to jump up and say catch you later

But I was pinned down by a baked potater

With two pieces of garlic bread

Like pillows underneath my head

Then I asked myself what kind of chef

Would have made an entreé of my death

And why I’d never thought about the cost

‘Til I was being complemented by applesauce

Food is murder.

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Criminalizing Sex Work Creates Violence and Poverty

Over the past five years I have been interviewing unhoused people who sell or trade sex, as well as service providers and grassroots organizers, to gather stories and strategies for fighting back against the criminalization of sex work, drug use, and homelessness. Laws outlawing sex work, drug use, and resting in public space are all part of the criminalization of poverty. Yet poor people’s political organizations sometimes fall into the trap of respectability politics, silencing sex workers and others who do things deemed unacceptable by mainstream society.

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When Sex Means Survival

I’m not homeless anymore thanks to a subsidy from the City and support I received from several wonderful agencies that gave me the stability to overcome addiction and mental health issues and the chance to continue my education. Now I’m a student at San Francisco State University finishing a bachelor’s degree.

 

In my Contemporary Sexuality class, we had to critique an article from an academic journal on sexuality. I bumped into research on the prevalence of survival sex among people experiencing homelessness and got intrigued.

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SEX WORKERS & COMMUNITY PROTEST TO OPPOSE FOSTA/SESTA Harmful legislation does nothing to support sex workers or survivors of trafficking

OAKLAND, CA: On June 2, International Sex Worker’s Day, communities from all over the country will gather to advocate for the health, safety, and protection of sex workers in the wake of FOSTA / SESTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act and Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act) legislation. Bay Area Pros Support (BAPS) and St. James Infirmary along with other community organizations and supporters will gather at Oscar Grant Plaza in Downtown Oakland to support Bay Area residents who deserve respect and safety during this heightened political time.

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Con Huevos, Put@

Oye, guey, ven, lempiame con huevos
Que yo siento que ya on aguanto
To be dealing with these pigs, no quiero
Con respeto a todos los cerdos

Oye, guey, ven, lempiame con huevos
I just wana fuck shit up pero no puedo
These new laws got me f***ed up
This is work, this isn’t fun

I was gonna go out looking for daddies
I’m just gonna wait till they come to me
I was gonna go out to approach some daddies
But I’m just gonna wait till they approach me

Daddy,

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Pissed Off! Or, Armed Leftwing Immigrant Trans Woman: So Are You Yt Liberals Volunteering To Be My Personal Bodyguard?

As a sex worker who has carried a .38 Special to great effect for personal protection, I want to thank all of you who want to disarm me while ignoring the police and military who continue to murder and oppress LGBTQ+, poor folks, People of Colour, and people in US occupied nations, so that I can enjoy getting assaulted some more. I want to thank all of you who focus on guns rather than the role that men play in our societies.

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