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The City of San Francisco has indefinitely closed the McCopppin Hub park.  Here is the latest update from the neigborhood press:  https://missionlocal.org/2017/02/controversial-mccoppin-hub-popular-homeless-hangout-now-fenced-off/.

We covered the misguided effort to fence off this park in earlier posts:

https://sffnb.org/2015/09/16/keep-mccoppin-hub-plaza-open-and-unfenced/

https://sffnb.org/2016/07/27/mccoppin-hub-plaza-park-update/

Presently, a temporary construction fence has closed the park from public use.  The purposes of a construction fence are to prevent the public from entering a construction zone with dangerous conditions and to secure the construction material and tools.  However, construction has not begun, so this fence’s sole purpose is to exclude people from public space.

McCoppin Hub is one of a decreasing number of public spaces with places to sit, a restful sanctuary.  Anyone can use the benches.  Of course, they are relatively more useful for people who have no home of their own, especially because it is now illegal to sit or lie down on sidewalks in San Francisco.

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” — Anatole France, 1894.

Near McCoppin Hub, for over a year, police barricades have lined Duboce Avenue/13th Street/Division Street, something reminiscent of authoritarian countries in the developing world.  Is “liberal” San Francisco so different?

City officials will cite the funds they spend on the homeless.  Indeed, they spend many millions per year while homelessness increases.  Their approach is akin to fixing a leaky roof by buying more buckets.

Some perspective.  The best estimate on the cost to build a closed park, McCoppin Hub, is $2M.  It is certainly more than that because the park is undergoing the second remodel of its short life.  But let’s stick to $2M.  San Francisco Food Not Bombs shares food two evenings per week. A generous estimate of our out of pocket yearly expenses is $100. $2M could sustain San Francisco Food Not Bombs for 20,000 years.

Jane Kim is the elected member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for the district containing McCoppin Hub and pushed to build a fence around this unenclosed park.  She is a member of the Democratic Party, like all elected officials and, undoubtedly, almost all commission members and department heads in San Francisco.

Local Democrat Party officials rightfully decry President Trump’s attacks on sanctuary cities and immigration.  “We build bridges not walls.”  Locally, where they have actual influence and power, they are building fences and erecting barricades to exclude the dispossessed.

Supervisor Kim’s most meaningful policy achievement is the passage for an area of her Supervisorial District, in 2011, at the behest of Mayor Ed Lee, of the Mid-Market, or Twitter, tax break, which directly subsidized tech and real estate interests.

Her actions epitomize the policies of elected officials throughout the United States:  tax breaks for corporations and the rich; fences, exclusion, truncheons and bullets for the poor.  And she is on the progressive, whatever that means, team.

Let’s march to City Hall and shout, at the top of our lungs, words made famous by a recent President, like all of them, opposed to social justice, “Mr. Lee and Ms. Kim, tear down that fence.”  Better yet, let’s tear it down ourselves.

For Amilcar Perez Lopez, Luis Gongora Pat and all others seeking a better life in cities, sanctuary or otherwise, only to have the cities’ armed guards kill them.

Eddie Stiel

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A unanimous 6-0 vote.

Thank you to everyone who signed the online petition, attended the hearing, wrote a letter, told a friend, or just sent good wishes.

Press coverage:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Marc-Benioff-Tony-Robbins-boost-SF-s-10853610.php

https://missionlocal.org/2017/01/the-nuns-win-at-sf-planning-commission/

Sister Mary of the Sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame encourages people to attend this Thursday’s Planning Commission Hearing to speak in favor of their proposed soup kitchen at 1928 Mission Street.  She estimates that the Commission will consider their proposal at around 12:30 PM.
San Francisco Planning Commission
City Hall, Room 400
Thursday, January 12, 2007
12:30 PM
Here is the item from this week’s Planning Commission agenda; staff recommends against Discretionary Review and in favor of the Soup Kitchen (http://sf-planning.org/meeting/planning-commission-january-12-2017-agenda).
  1. 2016-011482DRP­­-02 (S. ADINA: (415) 575-8722)

1928 MISSION STREET – located on the west side of Mission Street, Lot 059 in Assessor’s

Block 3554 (District 9) – Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2016.10.05.9640, proposing a change of use from a vacant retail space to a large institutional use for a non-profit organization providing on-site soup kitchen services (d.b.a. Sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame). The Project is located within the Mission Street NCT (Neighborhood Commercial Transit) Zoning District and 80-B Height and Bulk District. This action constitutes the Approval Action for the project for purposes of CEQA, pursuant to Section 31.04(h) of the San Francisco Administrative Code.

Staff Analysis: Full Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation: Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve

 

 

Nuns from the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth propose opening a soup kitchen at a vacant commercial space at 1930 Mission Street after a rent increase displaced them from their Tenderloin location.  Unfortunately, some people are opposing their work sharing free food with hungry people.

These articles provide good background:

http://missionlocal.org/2016/12/neighbors-organize-to-clean-up-mission-concerned-soup-kitchen-will-bring-blight/

http://missionlocal.org/2016/04/nuns-find-money-for-soup-kitchen-but-sf-mission-condo-residents-leery/

http://missionlocal.org/2016/03/displaced-nuns-to-open-soup-kitchen-in-new-sf-mission-space/

You can help convince the City of San Francisco to approve this soup kitchen in three ways.

1)  Sign and share an online petition:  https://www.change.org/p/san-francisco-planning-commission-support-the-sisters-soup-kitchen-in-san-francisco

2)  Write a support letter to the San Francisco Planning Commissioners.  A sample letter with instructions follows:

SUPPORT THE SISTERS OF THE FRATERNITE NOTRE DAME

 

HOW TO SEND A SUPPORT LETTER:

Support letters can be sent as an email or as an attachment document. Please send your letter to Tom Tunny at ttunny@reubenlaw.com for inclusion in the Sisters’ project application to the City.

 

If you are unable to email your letter, please mail a printed copy to Tom Tunny at One Bush Street, Suite 600 San Francisco, CA  94104 or hand deliver directly to Sister Marie.

 

OVERVIEW:

The letter below is a sample version – the most effective support letters are written from a personal point-of-view of the sisters and their mission. Please use the following version as a template.

 

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DATE

 

 

 

San Francisco Planning Commission

1650 Mission Street, Suite 400

San Francisco, CA 94103

 

Dear Planning Commissioners,

 

Please support the Sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame in their efforts to relocate the Mary of Nazareth soup kitchen to 1930 Mission Street. The Sisters provide an essential safety net for some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents who are struggling to make ends meet or are currently living on the street.

 

Since 2008, the Sisters have become an integral part of the San Francisco community, serving free meals from their previous location in the Tenderloin. Due to a dramatic rise in rent, the Sisters must find a new site in order to continue doing their good work in the City.

 

Through the generosity of those inspired by the Sisters’ mission to serve the poor, the Sisters have secured this ideally-suited new location at 1930 Mission. As they have demonstrated over the years, the Sisters know how to create a safe, controlled environment by running an efficient operation and by creating personal relationships with the people who come to them for help.

 

The Sisters represent all of the values that make San Francisco a welcoming place for all people. Please support them as they strive to improve the lives of so many.

 

NAME

ORGANIZATION AND TITLE (IF APPLICABLE)

ADDRESS

3)  Attend the Planning Commission Hearing on Thursday, January 12th beginning at 12 Noon, City Hall, Room 400 (I will post more specific information the week of the hearing).

Thank you for your help.

Here is an update about the City of San Francisco’s misguided, ridiculous plan to fence off a relatively new public park in order to chase away homeless people and other park users;  the old “Sweep It Under The Rug” approach to social issues.

http://missionlocal.org/2016/07/troubled-public-plaza-will-be-fenced-off-to-divert-homeless/.

An earlier post complete with a link to an online petition:  https://sffnb.org/2015/09/16/keep-mccoppin-hub-plaza-open-and-unfenced/.

Here’s the announcement from a former SFFNB bottom liner:

“Hey FNB,

Hope all is well! It’s not quite Food Not Bombs, but wanted to mention a Burrito Project is starting up in SF. An ad-hoc group meets and makes 1-300 burritos once a month, then hands them out / talks with folks in the Mission, Potrero, & SOMA. More than anything, we’re in need of more people who’d like to bike and hand out burritos. The next project is afternoon/evening of Monday, June 27 out of Martin de Porres (225 Potrero Ave). If any FNB folks are interested, you’re welcome to join, I think the best place to get updated details is on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/burritoprojectsf/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1804724209751068/”

Supervisor Jane Kim, the decisive vote in the infamous Twitter tax break/giveaway, is leading the effort to put a fence around the newly renovated McCoppin Hub Plaza, specifically to bar homeless people from this public space.

More detail in this article:  http://missionlocal.org/2015/09/mccoppin-hub-will-be-fenced-to-keep-out-homeless/.

Help stop this nonsense by signing this online petition:  https://www.change.org/p/san-francisco-supervisor-jane-kim-no-homelessness-fence-save-unrestricted-public-access-to-mccoppin-hub-community-plaza.

Check this site for updates.

Posting to this website is sporadic.  If you have ideas, contact us at sffnbvolunteers@riseup.net.

San Francisco Food Not Bombs endorses the California Right to Rest Campaign and has sent letters of support to the sponsoring State Senator, Carol Liu, and to our local State Senator, Mark Leno.

More information on the campaign here:  http://wraphome.org/?p=4058&option=com_wordpress&Itemid=119.

Here’s our support letter:

March 23, 2015

Honorable Carol Liu
California State Senate
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re: Right to Rest Act of 2015, SB 608 (Liu) - Support

Dear Senator Liu,

San Francisco Food Not Bombs supports your bill, SB 608, which will end
the criminalization of rest and accompanying violations of basic human and
civil rights for all people, regardless of their housing status.  In doing
so, SB 608 would encourage the diversion of expenditures on citing and
jailing people for resting in public spaces on efforts to prevent
homelessness.

California, with only 12 percent of the country’s overall population but
22 percent of its homeless population and 25 percent of its homeless
veteran population, is at the epicenter of the criminalization of
homelessness. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and
Poverty, California cities are substantially more likely than cities in
other states to ban rest. While only 33 percent of non-California cities
restrict this activity, 74 percent of California cities ban the practice.

Researchers from the Policy Advocacy Clinic at the University of
California at Berkeley Law School analyzed the prevalence of these types
of municipal codes restricting rest and sharing of food in 58 California
cities for its report “California’s New Vagrancy Laws: The Growing
Enactment and Enforcement of Anti-Homeless Laws in the Golden State.” 
Researchers identified over 500 municipal laws criminalizing standing,
sitting, resting, sleeping and sharing of food in public places as well as
laws making it illegal to ask for money, nearly nine laws per city, on
average. The study also found that the number of ordinances targeting
those behaviors rose along with the rise in homelessness following the
sharp decline of federal funding for affordable housing that was cut in
the early 1980s and again with the Great Recession in 2008.

Criminalizing practices which are not criminal not only worsens the
condition of people without homes, but also narrows their opportunities to
escape homelessness. By acknowledging the failure of municipal laws that
criminalize poverty and homelessness, we hope that passage of this
legislation will improve the focus on more humane and effective responses
to homelessness.

The Right to Rest Act of 2015 will end the practice of citing and
imprisoning Californians for resting, sharing food or practicing religion
in public.

 San Francisco Food Not Bombs supports SB 608 and thanks you for
introducing this important legislation.

Sincerely,
San Francisco Food Not Bombs

SFFNB 153

More information:

http://www.local10.com/news/woman-goes-on-hunger-strike-to-protest-fort-lauderdale-homeless-feeding-ordinance/29704472

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/nov/05/fort-lauderdale-pastors-arnold-abbott-arrested-feeding-homeless.

Thanks to the efforts of outstanding volunteers, San Francisco Food Not Bombs shared food with the Mission community at the June 14th Plaza 16 Festival organized by the Plaza 16 Coalition, of which SFFNB is a member.

The Festival celebrated the vitality and diversity of the 16th Street BART Plaza.  Some press reports about the Festival follow:  http://missionlocal.org/2014/06/16th-and-mission-project-foes-ponder-next-move/ and http://48hillsonline.org/2014/06/14/scenes-plaza-party/.

The Plaza 16 Coalition formed to resist the gentrifying real estate development proposed next to the plaza and to preserve and improve the area for existing residents.  For more information about the Coalition and to join our efforts, check out its webpage:  http://plaza16.org/.

Servings

Note: Servings may cancel in the event of rain

TUES: none try curry without worry – UN Plaza @ Hyde St – 6:00 PM

WED: 16th & Mission – 6:00 PM.  Home Cooked Meal on 4th Wed of month.  Next one on 8/28/19.  Free Farm Stand every Wed.

FRI: Market & Hyde – 7:00 PM

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