Sunday Streets SF: Tenderloin

One common issue for urban households is lack of leisure space.  Often, urban development emphasizes car traffic over pedestrian accessibility, Los Angeles is a case in point; it’s very difficult to move around the city without a car.  For kids, this often means more time spent indoors than exercising and spending time with their friends outside. This issue is compounded with kids who live in more dangerous neighborhoods, where parents may not feel comfortable letting their kids play outside alone.

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Human Rights Commission Cites Rights Violations of Sonoma County Homeless

The Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights announced on September 23 that it has sent a strong message to local governments about human rights violations.  The action was taken following the presentation of a detailed report and resolution presented to the Commission by Homeless Action!, a homeless rights advocacy group in Santa Rosa.  The report cited evidence of systematic and pervasive violations of at least seven articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which safeguards basic standards of living for the health and well-being of people in the event of unemployment,

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Prop C Press Conferences Battle for Facts

In late September, Katy Tang, incumbent District 4 Supervisor, and Jim Lazarus, Senior Vice President on the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, held a press conference outside City Hall urging voters to vote no on Proposition C.  Supervisor Tang told the press that the homeless population has been stabilized at roughly 7,000 people the past decade. Tang also said that she wants an analysis of Prop. C from the Office of the Controller before considering a yes vote. 

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Vendor Highlight: A Special Birthday for a Special Person

The Street Sheet is a powerful newspaper not only because it tells the truth about poverty and provides a platform for homeless writers and artists, but also because it is a tool that on a daily basis tears down the thick walls often built between housed San Franciscans and unhoused vendors. The relationship between Street Sheet vendor Derek Williams and housed resident Marco Bass is a perfect illustration of the connections the paper can help forge.

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BILLIONAIRE BENIOFF AND TECH WORKERS JOIN THE RANKS OF HOMELESS PEOPLE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVISTS IN SUPPORT OF PROP C

The Proposition C campaign just took some interesting, if not altogether unexpected, turns. Just as three major San Francisco political figures announced their opposition to taxing multi-million dollar corporations to fund homeless services, a tech mogul whose company would be subject to it voiced his support.

San Francisco’s latest political spectacle was a headline Mayor London tried unsuccessfully to bury. On Oct. 5, just before a holiday weekend, Breed alongside state Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblymember David Chiu simultaneously announced their opposition to the local ballot measure which has the endorsement of eight city supervisors as well as broad public support.

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‘Homeless: A Day in the Life’ Paints a Poignant Picture of Surviving on the Streets

‘Homeless: A Day in the Life’ Paints a Poignant Picture of Surviving on the Streets

Why do people end up homeless? For veteran and “former homeless person” Todd Murphy, that question is largely irrelevant. When you’re homeless, you don’t get the luxury of thinking about the whys or the hows. Forced to live in the moment, all that matters is the now, and what you’re going to do at this very second.

That sense of urgency is what drives the narrative of Homeless: A Day in the Life.

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Dirty desperate lies about Prop. C

September 18, 2018

Proposition C to appear on November’s ballot is a long time coming. It’s San Francisco’s opportunity to tackle the humanitarian crisis of homelessness while transforming the lives of thousands of our neighbors – keeping vulnerable tenants housed and housing those without homes.   It makes good fiscal sense: If we don’t house people, we spend more on health care and police costs, so in the end it is cheaper to provide housing.

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Celebrating/Celebrando a Russell Troy Franklin

 

May 16, 1962 – September 13, 2018

Russell Franklin passed away on September 13, 2018 from a severe brain stem injury after he was hit by a car while riding his beloved bicycle in a crosswalk at S Van Ness and Howard St. He was a quietly fierce warrior who was dedicated to his community— hosting friends for several months while they looked for housing, helping settle arguments by passing around joints,

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The Tenderloin’s Graphic Novelist, James Lowe

If you’ve been around the Tenderloin for a while you might already know James Lowe, a prolific graphic novelist who uses his art form both to entertain and to give back to the community. James first got involved with the Street Sheet 10 years ago when he spent 10 months homeless and out on the streets. He says the Street Sheet originally inspired him to use the power of the written word, and eventually he moved on to creating graphic novels because he felt it was the best way for him to communicate.

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Drop Your Heads and Weep

drop your heads and weep

for the homeless

found frozen on the streets

 

while we laid

in our cozy little beds

all warm and fed

with dollar signs dancin thru our heads

 

who will hear our own

blood curdling screams

as we die freezing on the streets

 

will one person leave

their warm homes

to claim our no-name bodies

at the cities’ morgues doors

 

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