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News + PoliticsRacial justice in post-COVID San Francisco

Racial justice in post-COVID San Francisco

Join us online Wed/18 at 6pm for a discussion of how we can make things better at this challenging time.

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Online panel discusses vital issues as the city continues to fight pandemic, Wed/18 at 6pm. All are welcome; if you want to join, send an email to tim@48hills.org to receive a Zoom link.

COVID has changed San Francisco in a way that will be compared to other huge historic crises, like the gold rush, natural earthquakes, World War II and the economic seismic shifts of the tech booms.

The response to these tectonic economic changes has typically come from the powerful forces that have controlled the city for generations—real-estate, finance, now tech, and the politicians who have taken their money and done their bidding.

What kind of city do we want to build post-Pandemic? Illustration by Mona Caron.

And most of us on the left have spent much of our time fighting back—responding to someone else’s agenda.

This time around, we would like to see a progressive, community-based agenda—something we can support, not oppose.

So 48hills—with the help and support of Matthew Guinasso, a summer intern from the Masters in Urban Affairs Program at USF—is convening a series of forums to discuss what a Just Recovery looks like. We’re going to focus on economic justice, racial justice, and climate justice, with the full understanding that these are all intersectional.

This is an inclusive process; we are asking community activists to join us on panel discussions, but they will also be open to anyone who wants to join in. We are looking to come up with a Just Recovery plan that has input from and the support of the wide and wonderful spectrum of the progressive movement in San Francisco.

We at 48hills have no illusions that we have the answers—but we have no doubt that our friends and allies in the movement do.

The first forum, on Economic Justice, took place Thu/29. We are working to get the tape online and will make it available as soon as we do.

The second panel, on Racial Justice, is Wednesday/18 at 6pm. All are welcome; if you want to join, send me an email at tim@48hills.org and I will send you a Zoom link.

Our panelists so far include Ben Bac Sierra, City College professor, poet, and community activist; Kim-Shree Maufas, educator and former SF School Board member, and Jeantelle Laberinto, of people.power.media. We have invited more speakers and will be adding to this list.

We welcome community input.

Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.
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