tv Government Access Programming SFGTV November 26, 2019 12:00pm-1:01pm PST
>> hello, everyone. nice to see you all tonight on the 20th annual transgender day of remembrance. this has always been a very heavy and very important day for myself. this is the 50 -- 15th to 15 th time that i have been participating in this. i work with the office of transgender initiative. our office is the first trans- led government office in the country. we work with community members to advance policies, programs, and equity for transgendered and nonconforming communities. that is why we are here today. this is such an important day. today, like as we have been paying attention to a lot of videos and a lot of speakers throughout the day about what people are saying.
and one of the things that is so striking about this day, that i know a lot of us can see when we see the signs that we are carrying, is that of the 26 transgendered women that have been killed this year, 24 of them are black transgendered women. and with that, there was a speaker earlier today, a performance artist and poet named miss mojo who asked, what do we do when two black transgendered women are getting murdered every month. what do we do? and that's a really important and hard question for us to answer about what we can do. and in that, i wanted to take leadership in trans women of color and what they are saying. and one of the things -- racquel willis is a amazing editor at " out" magazine. she wrote a post today but all the things we can do. and one of the big things is investing in our communities. investing in our leadership,
putting resources in these organizations, and particularly with black transgendered women. so with that, kicking off transgender day of remembrance is importance to center that. i want to invite leaders to come and have a word about the day who have been part of organizing this event throughout these past few months, and who are doing it -- doing important work in our community. without further ado, i want to invite akira jackson who has been doing incredible antiviolence work and doing incredible work in getting people housed in san francisco and making sure that people have a safe place to stay. welcome to a cure acura jackson. [applause] >> welcome, everyone.
i love you, too. the only way to beat hate is with love and the only way to love is to be together. that is why we are all here today. daniel castro, one of the founders of the coalition, that is one of her words today. it has been almost five years since gabriela to jesus was murdered. the founders, the leaders, and the family stood here at city hall calling out for support from our city officials and allies to end the genocide of transgender women. this coalition assembled here for a dianne on february 10th, 2015. leaders such as genitive jackson , the executive director of transgender -- [calling names] [calling names] -- just
to name a few, sit in solidarity for all of our fallen sisters. that demonstration still resonates today. since then, the coalition has dedicated the mission in addressing systems of oppression , but not only calling out to those who perpetuate acts of violence, vertebral, emotional, and/or physical, but we hold them accountable. the vision of this coalition is safety for trans women in a world free of prison industrial complex and state violence. currently, project coalition has taken responsibility in providing training to housing service providers. we are aware that 70% of trans people in shelters experience harassment, one out of two trans people are homeless, and that trans people are 18 times more likely to experience homelessness.
last monday, project coalition launched the hour trans home citywide media campaign on the munimobile buses, which features a staggering findings from the experience of trans people seeking shelter. campaigns such as this have been one of several projects that the coalition has produced, in addition to addressing the immediate issues of trans and gnc folk. issues such as advocating and supporting individuals experiencing eviction, threats to citizenship, support in the legal gender affording document, and work permit providing gain voles -- gainful employment, leadership development, and community mobilization and correspondence. sins mayor london breed maida stands in ending homelessness, she has made it evident to include our trends and gnc community. the mayor accepted are ask in providing trans- inclusive housing and trans rental subsidies. as it pertains to this project,
we are providing expertise in developing impactful solutions to inform this project so it maintains the integrity of the true project. we want to keep people housed and improve housing services. [applause] furthermore, as we observe this day of remembrance for those that were brutally murdered because society has no values for our lives, let us also take a stance today to tell these individuals that the whole system of oppression, and those that could give a damn about our lives and our future. not one more. [cheers and applause] thank you.
>> this is also a big moment for san francisco and we are so excited to welcome you here. i know this is a big deal and we think it is incredibly important and because of that, and to mark the importance of how this is for city hall, mayor breed has joined us today to say a few words. [cheers and applause] >> thank you for the opportunity to speak to you all this evening on an occasion that we know is very difficult for so many people. i grew up in the city and i grew up in a community where violence was normalized. gun violence in particular took away the lives of so many people that i loved, so many people that i cared about and sadly in this country, we see that we have still not done enough to
address what is happening with gun violence and how it is important to make sure that this doesn't continue to happen in this country. the same, sadly with so many incredible people in our trans community throughout the country the loss of 26 lives in just this past year, and unfortunately, disproportionately again, african-american women who are victimized just because they are being who they are meant to be. it is so unfortunate that every year, when we come here, we come here as a day of remembrance, but we also sadly have had to add more people to the list. it is heartbreaking, but i am also excited about the future
because so many people are here, so many people are paying attention. so many people are advocating and pushing and fighting and are not giving up on the need for change in this city and in this country. there is no reason why anyone should have to walk anywhere in fear of being victimized for any reason. that is why we are here today. we must remember because we have to rededicate ourselves every single time to a better future so that there is not one more person that we lose to violence in any way. i want to thank the trans advisory committee and the advocates for continuing to push for the kinds of policy changes
where in this city we are making historical investments. our trans home s.f., so many incredible investments in the arts and our trans film festival continuing to make not only the financial investments, but the changes to policies and being an example for the rest of the world to follow. we are doing this because we have incredible leaders and incredible people who continue to advocate, including claire farley, who has been an amazing advocate for change in this city [applause] tonight, in honor of those who are no longer with us, city hall is lit up in the color of our transgender flag. this is a way to make sure that this city knows how important this day is, how important the people are that we have lost and
that their lives are not forgotten and that as a result, we are committed now more than ever to make sure that the change leads to the results that we all want. not one more ever. thank you. [applause] >> thank you so much for those words. my name is naomi right. i may block transgendered women, unapologetically black, unapologetically trans, and unapologetically a woman. [applause] i don't have an elaborate speech today.
when i was asked to speak was asked to speak about what it means to me. so i will do just that. as a woman of black trans experience, i am using it to make a way -- this fight did not start with me. i think about the marcia p. johnson's, miss billy cooper, the amazing team that stand behind me and stand with me that have been in this fight for a long time. i am reminded of the beautiful souls who have helped pave the way for women like me. i am reminded of my siblings who don't have access to the education i have had. i am reminded of my friends who don't have access to basic necessities such as gainful employment, healthcare, trans-
inclusive healthcare, and so much more. at the same time, i think about the janet's of the world, the laverne his of the world, and i think about all of the potential that has been lost and all of the potential that still exists. i think about the potential of myself, i think about the potential of everyone on this stage. i think about the potential of everyone in this audience, and they really invite as today to use this space as a way to celebrate the lives of these women and to celebrate the potential of our community. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. [applause] [speaking spanish]
sorry. i would like to start honoring all the beautiful trans people who are presented here and say to you that -- [speaking spanish] -- we see you, we feel you, and we honor you for the great gift you give. i want to say, in the name of the organization, thank you to all our trans siblings who we are honoring here today. the lives of those who were silenced by the hands of violence and bigotry. we are here to raise the awareness of this violence epidemic against us, against trans people. we believe in healing, in
restorative justice, in peace and love and our communities. so we work hard to prevent violence, but also create action and awareness because awareness is a daily practice which is reprised by human responsibility those who are facing the face of violence. if you are a nonna trans person who is proud about -- [indiscernible] -- you can start knowing about us, more about our stories. know about our lives and learn
from us who we are and what challenges we face in our daily basis. sometimes i hear comments justifying the violence and murder of trans women. [indiscernible] and forgetting that the only responsible person of a murder is the person who causes harm and kills her, him, them. there are many ways to kill someone. you can deny them education, and they won't have the skills and tools to get a job. you can deny them job opportunities and they will need to put themselves at risk to get food and basic needs to survive. you can deny access to the
community, and this person will be isolated and causing emotional and spiritual harm and make them more available for any kind of violence. [indiscernible] we are honoring the 22 trans sisters whose lives were taken away from us from their families and community, but also remembering those trans siblings who are fleeing their countries to seek life and find death here we honor a trans sister from honduras and a trans sister from el salvador. we also honor the life of those trans siblings around the world who -- hatred took their lives
mother to many, founder of trans life, pride grand marshall, miss billy cooper. >> hello, everyone. i would like to say that i am so honored to be here. i would also like to say we can never forget remembrance and resilience and black trans excellence and black trans equity and black trans equality. as i stand here, h. and every time a trans woman is murdered or a trans man, that takes a little part of me away. i am 61 years old and also as i stand here on the soldiers shoulders of many trans men and
women, i just want to say, it is also about respect. it is about respecting human dignity and human consciousness and human life, and it is horrific and it's horrible that the united states of america treats people the way they do. the life expectancy for a black trans woman is 29 years old as we stand here. i am 61. i am so lucky to be alive. i am so very lucky and grateful and honored to be here living in san francisco for over 35 years and being a community activist and fighting for transgender human rights. the rights that we have been neglected and denied for many, many years, and my black trans
sisters and my latina sisters should have not been murdered, should have not been subjected to i.c.e., to all the police, to all the brutality and to all the inhuman treatment. i would like to say, to all the senators and all the congressmen and all the state representatives and all the mirrors and the governors and to that little orange haired man a living in the white house, i just want to say, your time is limited. you have to answer to someone, too. give us our rights that we deserve. i am tired of begging for the scraps off the table. i am tired. we have to realize that we have to vote because every vote counts and we need to have some transgender congressmen and
representatives and senators and we need the first transgender president of the united states. i am is billy cooper. we are still fucking here! [cheers and applause] >> with that, thank you so much miss billy cooper. thank you so much, everyone. my name is claire farley and i want to thank you all for coming out. you really represent what makes san francisco great and we cannot do this work without our allies. thank you to mayor breed and thank you to all of our amazing, amazing speakers. it is an honor to serve you and i look forward to the rest of the work we have ahead. now let's march over to hastings
thank you. [cheers and applause] >> growing up in san francisco has been way safer than growing up other places we we have that bubble, and it's still that bubble that it's okay to be whatever you want to. you can let your free flag fry he -- fly here. as an adult with autism, i'm here to challenge people's idea of what autism is. my journey is not everyone's
journey because every autistic child is different, but there's hope. my background has heavy roots in the bay area. i was born in san diego and adopted out to san francisco when i was about 17 years old. i bounced around a little bit here in high school, but i've always been here in the bay. we are an inclusive preschool, which means that we cater to emp. we don't turn anyone away. we take every child regardless of race, creed, religious or ability. the most common thing i hear in my adult life is oh, you don't seem like you have autism. you seem so normal. yeah. that's 26 years of really,
really, really hard work and i think thises that i still do. i was one of the first open adoptions for an lgbt couple. they split up when i was about four. one of them is partnered, and one of them is not, and then my biological mother, who is also a lesbian. very queer family. growing up in the 90's with a queer family was odd, i had the bubble to protect me, and here, i felt safe. i was bullied relatively infrequently. but i never really felt isolated or alone. i have known for virtually my entire life i was not suspended, but kindly asked to not ever bring it up again in first grade, my desire to have a sex change. the school that i went to really had no idea how to handle one. one of my parents is a little bit gender nonconforming, so
they know what it's about, but my parents wanted my life to be safe. when i have all the neurological issues to manage, that was just one more to add to it. i was a weird kid. i had my core group of, like, very tight, like, three friends. when we look at autism, we characterize it by, like, lack of eye contact, what i do now is when i'm looking away from the camera, it's for my own comfort. faces are confusing. it's a lack of mirror neurons in your brain working properly to allow you to experience empathy, to realize where somebody is coming from, or to realize that body language means that. at its core, autism is a social disorder, it's a neurological disorder that people are born with, and it's a big, big spectrum. it wasn't until i was a teenager that i heard autism in
relation to myself, and i rejected it. i was very loud, i took up a lot of space, and it was because mostly taking up space let everybody else know where i existed in the world. i didn't like to talk to people really, and then, when i did, i overshared. i was very difficult to be around. but the friends that i have are very close. i click with our atypical kiddos than other people do. in experience, i remember when i was five years old and not wanting people to touch me because it hurt. i remember throwing chairs because i could not regulate my own emotions, and it did not mean that i was a bad kid, it meant that i couldn't cope. i grew up in a family of behavioral psychologists, and i
got development cal -- developmental psychology from all sides. i recognize that my experience is just a very small picture of that, and not everybody's in a position to have a family that's as supportive, but there's also a community that's incredible helpful and wonderful and open and there for you in your moments of need. it was like two or three years of conversations before i was like you know what? i'm just going to do this, and i went out and got my prescription for hormones and started transitioning medically, even though i had already been living as a male. i have a two-year-old. the person who i'm now married to is my husband for about two years, and then started gaining weight and wasn't sure, so i we went and talked with the doctor at my clinic, and he said well, testosterone is basically birth control, so there's no way you
can be pregnant. i found out i was pregnant at 6.5 months. my whole mission is to kind of normalize adults like me. i think i've finally found my calling in early intervention, which is here, kind of what we do. i think the access to irrelevant care for parents is intentionally confusing. when i did the procespective search for autism for my own child, it was confusing. we have a place where children can be children, but it's very confusing. i always out myself as an adult with autism. i think it's helpful when you know where can your child go. how i'm choosing to help is to give children that would normally not be allowed to have children in the same respect, kids that have three times as much work to do as their peers
or kids who do odd things, like, beach therapy. how do -- speech therapy. how do you explain that to the rest of their class? i want that to be a normal experience. i was working on a certificate and kind of getting think early childhood credits brefore i started working here, and we did a section on transgender inclusion, inclusion, which is a big issue here in san francisco because we attract lots of queer families, and the teacher approached me and said i don't really feel comfortable or qualified to talk about this from, like, a cisgendered straight person's perspective, would you mind talking a little bit with your own experience, and i'm like absolutely. so i'm now one of the guest speakers in that particular class at city college. i love growing up here. i love what san francisco represents. the idea of leaving has never
occurred to me. but it's a place that i need to fight for to bring it back to what it used to be, to allow all of those little kids that come from really unsafe environments to move somewhere safe. what i've done with my life is work to make all of those situations better, to bring a little bit of light to all those kind of issues that we're still having, hoping to expand into a little bit more of a resource center, and this resource center would be more those new parents who have gotten that diagnosis, and we want to be this one centralized place that allows parents to breathe for a second. i would love to empower from the bottom up, from the kid level, and from the top down, from the teacher level. so many things that i would love to do that are all about changing people's minds about certain chunts, like the transgender community or the autistic community. i would like my daughter to know there's no wrong way to go through life. everybody experiences pain and
grief and sadness, and that all of those things are temporary. >> good afternoon, everyone. i am so excited to be here today with hamilton families, with google, and youtube to really announce something amazing. a significant contribution that will help us address what we know is one of the most challenging issues we face in the city and in the bay area. that is homelessness, the more specifically, homelessness as it relates to so many families. i am so excited that in san francisco last year, we helped 2,146 people exit homelessness and of that number, 325 families , that was absolutely
amazing and we couldn't do that work alone. is a public and private partnership. it is real investments in creativity. took the leadership of families. it took some amazing people to get us to where we are because i know, with about 1800 kids that we have in our public school system that are homeless, that this is a solvable problem. we can do better because we have amazing, amazing people who care about putting forth the kinds of resources that are going to help us get to that place. today, i will let susan make the announcements. her husband brian is here with her they are gifting a
significant contribution to help address this issue to hamilton families. this, again, is how we are going to move faster in addressing this issue because we know that with those families to, unfortunately are homeless, and need a safe, stable, affordable place to come home, they can't wait another month, another day, another year. we have to get to them now and provide the resources necessary to get them there. it will be significant. so susan and her work with her husband and what they have done to invest in making the kinds of changes necessary to help with this issue is absolutely remarkable. more importantly, it is what others need to continue to do if we are going to get to a better place in the city and in this state as it relates to
homelessness. with that, i want to invite up susan and thank you, and thank youtube and thank google and for the work you have done in san francisco and we will continue to do it to end homelessness for our families in the city in the very, very near future. thank you so much. susan? >> thank you. thank you, mayor breed. i am so glad to be here with you i'm so inspired by your words and all of your leadership and fighting homelessness. i also want to say thank you to all of the people here at the hamilton families for the incredible work that you are doing and the impact that you have had on our community and in the lives of so many different families. sometimes the scale of an issue like homelessness can make us
feel like it is impossible to solve. and even though we know how important it is, sometimes we wind up doing nothing because it feels overwhelming for us. now the work at hamilton family shows us how we can make a difference in a tangible way, one family at a time. over the years i have recognized how serious the problem of homelessness is in the bay area and i have contributed, along with my husband to many different organizations that support people in need, but i'm here today because of an idea that first started with a school project. earlier this year, my daughter was working on a project about homelessness and as i listened to her questions and her reactions, i realized i didn't have a lot of answers for something that was so important and affecting so many families
in the bay area. we spent time together researching different solutions, including coming here and that is how we wound up connecting and meeting all of these fantastic people here at hamilton families. we were impressed with all the services that they offer and the way they gave families a fresh start. that is why we are gathered here today to announce the new grants to further support all of the incredible efforts being done by hamilton families to find permanent homes and meet the needs along the way providing shelter, meals, and more. i want to say we appreciate everything you do, everything from offering counseling and job resources to giving children the chance to succeed at school. so today, google.org is contributing $850,000.
[cheers and applause] and together with my husband, we are contributing $500,000 for a total of $1.35 million to boost the work of hamilton families. [cheers and applause] over the next year, this grant will make an impact in our community and it will help hamilton serve 700 families and find housing for another 200. it will also find an outreach effort, a series of videos and podcasts that will tell the stories of individuals who are facing homelessness. our goal is to help the community understand the problems that can lead to homelessness and also inspire others to get involved in whichever way they can. sometimes the greatest gift that we can offer is our time.
in that strain, we will organize an event for youtube employees that come to the shelter to volunteer. we are very excited about that. homelessness is an incredibly complicated challenge for our society, but if we all come together and we look out for one another, our combined contributions can make a big difference. and so now i would like to introduce my husband who will say a few words and thanks to all of the incredible people here at hamilton families. [applause] >> thank you, and thank you mayor breed. today we are very excited to be here and very honored to be here today. i want to echo susan's comments and say a big thank you to everyone on the hamilton families team. we really mean it.
thank you for your hard work every day to help families feel safe and taken care of. you are making an incredible, incredible impact. we are giving families a second chance. we are so grateful for everything you do and we look forward to hearing about all the lives that you will change over the next year. thank you again. now i want to introduce tamika moss and brian stanley from the hamilton families group. thank you. [applause] >> thank you all so much. thank you susan and dennis, thank you, mayor. thank you hamilton families. i had the privilege of leading this organization and working with susan and her daughters when they came to our shelter, but i just get a represents the incredible work that the staff does on behalf of the families that we serve here at hamilton families.
this problem is solvable. family homelessness is solvable and we're doing it together. it takes partnership like this. it takes investments like this and it takes all of us doing our part in order to tackle the challenge of having no family experience homelessness in our community and they deserve that. and every single day, each one of the staff here at hamilton families works on behalf of those families to end their housing crisis, restore dignity and provide an opportunity for those families to thrive. i'm so grateful to be along for the ride. congratulations and thank you so much susan and dennis. [applause] >> thank you again so much and the entire day area team at google. we are humbled by your support for hamilton families and the communities we serve. when i first heard, i think it was last spring that you had
visited the shelter, i was surprised. i think what most struck me was the sincerity of your commitment and passion for this issue and your willingness to lean in with us. sometimes these things happen. thank you, guys. thank you, all. we know it takes partnerships like this one to help us redefine what is possible and help families stabilize and thrive. i thank you very much for the partnership of google, for your partnership, as well as your husband's partnership, and at the end of the day, opportunities like this give us hope.
reminds us that this is not just a moment for the movement, but we are involved in transforming outcomes for san franciscans. on behalf of staff, participant families, thank you to google, thank you to susan and dennis, and thank you to our media partners. the bay area media coalition and the arts and technology group. [cheers and applause] we are excited to go forward. thank you to your support. thank you. [applause] >> hi, everyone. i am an incoming board vice chair at hamilton families. thank you, mayor breed for being here today. we know you have many requests for your time and we are grateful you could join us here. speaking of gratitude, as a board member, we are so grateful that the city and mayor breed share our commitment and family homelessness. and now we are joined in this work by susan and dennis and google, it just makes us so very
proud. as brian mentioned, hopeful. on behalf of our board and all of us at hamilton families, thank you for your commitment and for this extremely generous and significant gift. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. now let's get to work. [applause] >> my son and i was living in my car. we was in and out of shelters in san francisco for almost about 3.5 years. i would take my son to school. we would use a public rest room just for him to brush his teeth and do a quick little wipe-off
so it seemed he could take a shower every day. it was a very stressful time that i wish for no one. my name is mario, and i have lived in san francisco for almost 42 years. born here in hayes valley. i applied for the san francisco affordable housing lottery three times. my son and i were having to have a great -- happened to have a great lottery number because of the neighborhood preference. i moved into my home in 2014. the neighborhood preference goal was what really allowed me to stay in san francisco.
my favorite thing is the view. on a clear day, i'm able to see city hall, and on a really clear day, i can see salesforce tower. we just have a wonderful neighborhood that we enjoy living in. being back in the neighborhood that i grew up in, it's a wonderful, wonderful experience. now, we can hopefully reach our goals, not only single mothers, but single fathers, as well, who are living that. live your dream, live your life, [♪] ♪ homelessness in san francisco is considered the number 1 issue by most people who live here, and it doesn't just affect neighbors without a home, it affects all of us. is real way to combat that is to work together. it will take city departments
and nonprofit providers and volunteers and companies and community members all coming together. [♪] >> the product homeless connect community day of service began about 15 years ago, and we have had 73 of them. what we do is we host and expo-style event, and we were the very force organization to do this but it worked so well that 250 other cities across the globe host their own. there's over 120 service providers at the event today, and they range anywhere from hygiene kits provided by the basics, 5% -- to prescription glasses and reading glasses, hearing tests, pet sitting, showers, medical services, flu shots, dental care, groceries, so many phenomenal service providers, and what makes it so unique is we ask that they
provide that service today here it is an actual, tangible service people can leave with it. >> i am with the hearing and speech center of northern california, and we provide a variety of services including audiology, counselling, outreach, education, today we actually just do screening to see if someone has hearing loss. to follow updates when they come into the speech center and we do a full diagnostic hearing test, and we start the process of taking an impression of their year, deciding on which hearing aid will work best for them. if they have a smart phone, we make sure we get a smart phone that can connect to it, so they can stream phone calls, or use it for any other services that they need. >> san francisco has phenomenal social services to support people at risk of becoming homeless, are already experience and homelessness, but it is confusing, and there is a lot of waste. bringing everyone into the same space not only saves an average of 20 hours a week in navigating the system and waiting in line for different areas, it helps them talk, so if you need to sign up for medi-cal, what you
need identification, you don't have to go to sacramento or wait in line at a d.m.v., you go across the hall to the d.m.v. to get your i.d. ♪ today we will probably see around 30 people, and averaging about 20 of this people coming to cs for follow-up service. >> for a participant to qualify for services, all they need to do is come to the event. we have a lot of people who are at risk of homelessness but not yet experiencing it, that today's event can ensure they stay house. many people coming to the event are here to receive one specific need such as signing up for medi-cal or learning about d.m.v. services, and then of course, most of the people who are tender people experiencing homelessness today. >> i am the representative for the volunteer central. we are the group that checks and all the volunteers that comment participate each day. on a typical day of service, we have anywhere between 40500 volunteers that we, back in, they get t-shirts, nametags,
maps, and all the information they need to have a successful event. our participant escorts are a core part of our group, and they are the ones who help participants flow from the different service areas and help them find the different services that they needs. >> one of the ways we work closely with the department of homelessness and supportive housing is by working with homeless outreach teams. they come here, and these are the people that help you get into navigation centers, help you get into short-term shelter, and talk about housing-1st policies. we also work very closely with the department of public health to provide a lot of our services. >> we have all types of things that volunteers deal do on a day of service. we have folks that help give out lunches in the café, we have folks who help with the check in, getting people when they arrive, making sure that they find the services that they need to, we have folks who help in the check out process, to make sure they get their food bag, bag of groceries, together
hygiene kit, and whatever they need to. volunteers, i think of them as the secret sauce that just makes the whole process works smoothly. >> participants are encouraged and welcomed to come with their pets. we do have a pet daycare, so if they want to have their pets stay in the daycare area while they navigate the event, they are welcome to do that, will we also understand some people are more comfortable having their pets with them. they can bring them into the event as well. we also typically offer veterinary services, and it can be a real detriment to coming into an event like this. we also have a bag check. you don't have to worry about your belongings getting lost, especially when that is all that you have with you. >> we get connected with people who knew they had hearing loss, but they didn't know they could get services to help them with their hearing loss picks and we are getting connected with each other to make sure they are getting supported. >> our next event will be in march, we don't yet have a date set. we typically sap set it six weeks out. the way to volunteer is to
follow our newsletter, follow us on social media, or just visit our website. we always announce it right away, and you can register very easily online. >> a lot of people see folks experience a homelessness in the city, and they don't know how they can help, and defence like this gives a whole bunch of people a lot of good opportunities to give back and be supported. [♪] [♪] >> i just don't know that you
can find a neighborhood in the city where you can hear music stands and take a ride on the low rider down the street. it is an experience that you can't have anywhere else in san francisco. [♪] [♪] >> district nine is a in the southeast portion of the city. we have four neighborhoods that i represent. st. mary's park has a completely unique architecture. very distinct feel, and it is a very close to holly park which is another beautiful park in san francisco. the bernal heights district is unique in that we have the hell which has one of the best views in all of san francisco. there is a swinging hanging from a tree at the top. it is as if you are swinging
over the entire city. there are two unique aspects. it is considered the fourth chinatown in san francisco. sixty% of the residents are of chinese ancestry. the second unique, and fun aspect about this area is it is the garden district. there is a lot of urban agriculture and it was where the city grew the majority of the flowers. not only for san francisco but for the region. and of course, it is the location in mclaren park which is the city's second biggest park after golden gate. many people don't know the neighborhood in the first place if they haven't been there. we call it the best neighborhood nobody has ever heard our. every neighborhood in district nine has a very special aspect. where we are right now is the mission district. the mission district is a very special part of our city. you smell the tacos at the [speaking spanish] and they have
the best latin pastries. they have these shortbread cookies with caramel in the middle. and then you walk further down and you have sunrise café. it is a place that you come for the incredible food, but also to learn about what is happening in the neighborhood and how you can help and support your community. >> twenty-fourth street is the birthplace of the movement. we have over 620 murals. it is the largest outdoor public gallery in the country and possibly the world. >> you can find so much political engagement park next to so much incredible art. it's another reason why we think this is a cultural district that we must preserve. [♪] >> it was formed in 2014. we had been an organization that had been around for over 20 years. we worked a lot in the neighborhood around life issues. most recently, in 2012, there
were issues around gentrification in the neighborhood. so the idea of forming the cultural district was to help preserve the history and the culture that is in this neighborhood for the future of families and generations. >> in the past decade, 8,000 latino residents in the mission district have been displaced from their community. we all know that the rising cost of living in san francisco has led to many people being displaced. lower and middle income all over the city. because it there is richness in this neighborhood that i also mentioned the fact it is flat and so accessible by trip public transportation, has, has made it very popular. >> it's a struggle for us right now, you know, when you get a lot of development coming to an area, a lot of new people coming to the area with different sets of values and different culture. there is a lot of struggle between the existing community and the newness coming in.
there are some things that we do to try to slow it down so it doesn't completely erase the communities. we try to have developments that is more in tune with the community and more equitable development in the area. >> you need to meet with and gain the support and find out the needs of the neighborhoods. the people on the businesses that came before you. you need to dialogue and show respect. and then figure out how to bring in the new, without displacing the old. [♪] >> i hope we can reset a lot of the mission that we have lost in the last 20 years. so we will be bringing in a lot of folks into the neighborhoods pick when we do that, there is a demand or, you know, certain types of services that pertain more to the local community and working-class. >> back in the day, we looked at mission street, and now it does not look and feel anything like mission street.
this is the last stand of the latino concentrated arts, culture and cuisine and people. we created a cultural district to do our best to conserve that feeling. that is what makes our city so cosmopolitan and diverse and makes us the envy of the world. we have these unique neighborhoods with so much cultural presence and learnings, that we want to preserve. [♪] - working for the city and county of san francisco will immerse you in a vibrant and dynamic city that's on the forefront of economic growth, the arts, and social change. our city has always been on the edge of progress and innovation. after all, we're at the meeting of land and sea.
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>> our united states constitution requires every ten years that america counts every human being in the united states, which is incredibly important for many reasons. it's important for preliminary representation because if -- political representation because if we under count california, we get less representatives in congress. it's important for san francisco because if we don't have all of the people in our city, if we don't have all of the folks in california, california and san francisco stand to lose billions of dollars in