Mirage of Relief: the Sobering Truth about San Francisco’s Social Services

San Francisco has the illusion of social services.  Like some jesting phantom, they taunt us with a never-ending promise of relief.

        A light post image of a blonde woman looking up to the sky on Bryant street in the South of Market district reads: “SF Marin Food Bank – The face of Hope“; the web page of the Glide church has an orange heart around their name next a montage of smiling faces with bold letters that read: “I Am GLIDE: a radically inclusive,

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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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SEIZURE OF HOMELESS ARTIST’S PRINTS AN EXHIBIT OF INJUSTICE BY CITY

Ronnie Goodman, a 58-year-old homeless artist, was arrested near the Redstone Building on 16th and Mission streets when he jumped on a Department of Public Works truck to retrieve 50 linocut pieces he created — and the rugs and boards he shelters himself with — that City workers seized.

Initially, he was charged with felony vandalism and illegal lodging for the September 15 incident, but those charges were later dropped for a lack of evidence.

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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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