On Friday, August 8, dozens of SEIU 1021 members, local elected officials and Bayview residents gathered at a press conference at Mendell Plaza to call on Mayor Ed Lee for support in stopping gun violence and improving income inequality in the predominately African American neighborhood.
Out of the 24 homicides this year in San Francisco, twelve were in District 10 — Bayview-Hunters Point, Potrero Hill and Visitacion Valley — where much of The City’s low-rise public housing is located. The dilapidated apartments — Sunnydale Housing Projects — shelter its residents from the dangers in the streets. In the Bayview, many still struggle to find work while San Francisco’s overall unemployment is lower than the state’s average.
“San Francisco is seen as one of the most liberal forward thinking cities in America and yet, in the shadow of our city’s growing prosperity is a vanishing African American and working class population that struggles between poverty and well-being,” said Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.
One of the biggest notable disparities in the City is the booming tech industry in the Mid-Market District compared to the lack of jobs in the Bayview District. While Mayor Lee touts the low unemployment rate, residents in the Bayview are still struggling to find work.
“We gave a $27 million tax break to Twitter. Where are the jobs for the Bayview? San Francisco is the wealthiest city in this country and we have the fastest-growing inequality in the country,” said Supervisor David Campos.
Residents in the Bayview-Hunters Point have been dealing with poor housing policies, an unsupportive education system, and high unemployment. Advocates called on Mayor Ed Lee for a comprehensive solution to solve these issues.
“We are asking Ed Lee to be a champion of justice and to stand and help the whole community that has been living in bloodshed and violence,” said Phelicia Jones, SEIU 1021 member and chair of the Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community Committee.
Our event was covered by KTVU, ABC, SF Examiner and KPFA among others, below are the press clips:
KTVU 2: http://tinyurl.com/nhxyxt4
ABC 7: http://tinyurl.com/lyb6cmy
SF Examiner story: http://tinyurl.com/m2gc2os
SF Examiner photos: http://tinyurl.com/q5vfwfe
KPFA Radio: http://tinyurl.com/kw4grv8