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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Breaking Silence – Hep C

      Something that I wanted to touch on is the fact that I am a Hepatitis C survivor. Did you know that 1/3 of those diagnosed with Hepatitis C are African-Americans when we only make up 6% of the population? After my diagnosis, I was worried, lost and at one of the lowest points of my life, and I was scared to seek treatment. I was feeling lousier by the day. Upon my diagnosis it was clear that it was the time to act,

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COSTA RENTING NOT SO HIGH UNDER PROP. 10

An alliance of tenant organizations is demanding a “full repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, nothing less.”

That could happen if enough Californians approve Proposition 10, the Affordable Housing Act. It would empower the city of San Francisco to pass its own rent-stabilization ordinances. It could also give residents a fighting chance to stay in their homes.

The San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition issued its findings in a report, “The Cost of Costa-Hawkins,” published in July.

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Poem

Blessed be the hands

that weave the threads

pick the plants

overworked bodies of a forgotten war

wounded of Vietnam

Left open sores

That comprise my clothes

Cover my toes

Whose children breathe in sharp dust

little ones of Africa

held hostage working in open graves

Mines of must

tiny hands in cramped spaces

Death insurance,

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I’M BIG……I’M BAD……..I’M A BID!!

Patrolling and controlling our public spaces— sidewalks, streets and parks— Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are privatizing our downtowns and main thoroughfares. Our public spaces are becoming corridors and shopping centers that are welcoming consumers with open arms and excluding everyone else. Most particularly impacted by this emerging trend are the houseless communities, who are seeing these areas to rest and sleep, free from harassment and criminalization, shrink.  

BIDs have been growing significantly across the United States.

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SMASH THE GULAGS: IT’S STILL GOING DOWN!

NATIONAL PRISON STRIKE

On august 25th, the Bay Area witnessed an outpouring of more than 300 people mobilizing for a call to action at an entrance point of the San Quentin State Prison.  The Mobilization and Call To Action was organized by the Bay Area National Prisoner Strike Solidarity Committee, a regional network of organizations that includes POOR Magazine/Poor People’s Revolutionary Radio, the Anti-Police Terror Project, Worker’s World Party, California Prison Focus, the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (Oakland),

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Housing First: It Just Makes Sense

Cities across the United States have tested the housing first model and found that it works very well, presenting a compelling case that housing first should be expanded where it is already used on a small scale and implemented where it is not public policy.

Despite the immediate costs and political resistance with building housing for chronically homeless people, the shift to putting homeless people in permanent, personalized shelter is justified on a range of grounds.

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STRIKE! Incarcerated Workers Demand End to Prison Slavery

This is a growing movement and the Nationwide Prison Strike of 2018 is an unparalleled success for prisoner organizing in the modern era. However, it is important that in recognizing that success that we not lose sight of the demands that prisoners have laid out. Each of them is crucial. As the continued prisoner-on-prisoner violence within prisons over the past week suggests, the people who run the US prison system have not yet made the necessary changes to stop the violence they produce behind the walls.

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Safer Inside: A Community Demonstration

It would be easy to miss, with Prop C in full swing, with political candidates talking about their “solutions to the biggest challenges facing the city today”, with successive mayors intensifying the criminalizing sweeps of our friends and family on the streets… But San Francisco is making radical steps – leading the country, in fact – with the first ever demonstration model of a safe injection site in the United States.

“Safer Inside: A Community Demonstration” took place in the last week of August,

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