Healing from the Unimaginable

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Since I heard of Robin Williams death, I cannot stop thinking of two sentences from my own son’s suicide note:

“I know that there are people who will be deeply negatively affected by this, and I am truly sorry.  There is no excuse for what I have done, and I ask forgiveness.”

“deeply negatively affected” – Nicholas, Robin, you had no idea.

I wonder where his wife and his children were when they found out.  I had been out for a nice dinner with a friend and was home watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind with one eye open.  I hadn’t seen it since I was a kid. 

When the phone rang, I thought it was Nick.  The night before, we had talked about his high school literature club.  “People aren’t talking mom.”  So, he discussed the book with the teacher. 

It wasn’t Nick on the line, it was his father.  “Nicholas is dead.”  “He shot himself.” 

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Crack is Genocide, 1990’s Style #throwbackthursday #tbt

Written by Rev. Cecil Williams and originally printed in the New York Times on Thursday, February 15, 1990.

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San Francisco – Today, as President Bush attends a six hour drug “summit” in Colombia, I wonder why he so often says that drugs are our nation’s number one problem, yet he does so little about them. Twenty-five years of working every day in the crucible of urban America have brought me to an extremely disturbing conclusion: The crack epidemic in the United States amounts to genocide.

Genocide is not only the extermination of a people through systematic mass murder – and by that I do not mean to diminish those who suffered wholesale annihilation. What I’m talking about is genocide, 1990’s style: when the spirit of a people is destroyed, when the culture of a people is eradicated, when basic human relationships are ripped apart, when large numbers of people are killed because of drug-related crimes and overdoses. I am talking about the spiritual and physical death of a race.

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GLIDE’s Charlie Crompton

 

 

Reshared from The Recorder originally posted on June 2, 2014 by Nathalie Pierrepont and photograph by Jason Doiy. 

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Last fall, Latham & Watkins partner Charlie Crompton, a 25-year Big Law veteran, launched a drop-in legal clinic at GLIDE, an organization that supports the poor and disenfranchised in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. In April, he withdrew from private practice to dedicate himself to the clinic full time.

Q: You chaired Latham & Watkins pro bono program, globally, for five years. When did your relationship start with GLIDE?

A: If you go all the way back, 25 years, when I was an associate, one of my earliest pro bono clients was Rubicon Programs. Five or six years ago, when GLIDE needed a lawyer, the executive director, who was the former executive director of Rubicon, suggested me. It was cool; it was like it was meant to be.

Read more: http://www.therecorder.com/id=1202657096716/GLIDEs-Charlie-Crompton#ixzz38yNEaN2s

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MEET SASHA: Connecting the GLIDE Community Near & Far

My first experience with GLIDE started with hearing that Andreessen Horowitz‘s leaders would be featured at A GLIDE Talk with Ben Horowitz and Lars Dalgaard

As I was reading about the event, I decided to browse through the website and something really caught my attention about GLIDE’s mission: To empower the people at the bottom of society.

I found out that GLIDE has a kitchen that serves people in need everyday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So I decided to volunteer in the Daily Free Meals Program on the same day of the event.

As I was walking to GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals Program, I saw a very long line wrapping around the block. All of whom l assume were waiting for the kitchen to open. As I got into the dining room area, I was greeted by a friendly staff member who gave me an apron, hair net, and instructions on helping to collect the leftover trays after people are done eating.

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(But first… had to take a selfie!)

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MEET AMY: Engaging the Next Generation

AMY01As the 5th annual GLIDE Legacy Gala is fast approaching us, this week we take a look behind the scenes with a member of GLIDE’s Legacy committee, Amy Gardner. The Legacy Gala is a celebration of 50 years of unconditional love and community, as well as a time to showcase the work of young change makers who dedicate their time to improving the world. It is a night of dance, celebration, and music, with performances from the infamous GLIDE Ensemble and Change band, as well as DJ KingMost.

 

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The GLIDE Legacy committee is a group of young entrepreneurs who strive to engage new audiences in deepening community involvement within the organization.The committee hopes to inspire other young professionals and educate their generation about the legacy that is GLIDE, spreading awareness of the transformational power unconditional love holds for all of us to make an social impact in San Francisco.

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And Now, We Feast!

P1170691Graze the Roof is excited to partner with Feastly for an upcoming brunch Sunday July 20th. Feastly connects adventurous diners, passionate community members, and tasteful food enthusiasts for unique food experiences. This collaboration is a great opportunity to fundraise for the garden, as well as increase access to and awareness of the rooftop garden itself. In addition, we gardeners LOVE food and joining the vibrant members of our community around the table to share it with.

P1170689Our chef for the event, Caetie Ofiesh, is a Bay Area chef specializing in local and fresh ingredients for the adventurous palate. She pulls flavors and textures from a wide range of cuisines and combines them with the best local seasonal produce to create satisfying, compelling meals. Caetie is a mobile chef who does most of her grocery and market shopping on her bike, which helps to support her rampant sweet tooth.

We look forward to inspiring conversation and delicious seasonal eats. The money raised will support the next phase of Graze the Roof…

P1170686In January of 2015 we will begin the first phase of Graze the Roof 2.0: a redesigned and reimagined approach to urban rooftop container gardening. We envision an integration of aquaponics, a lightweight greenhouse, more vertical gardens and more! 

We very much look forward to seeing everyone at the brunch!

Take a look at the menu, how to get tickets, and get more information regarding all that Feastly does here!

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Meet Ross: A Search for Ritual

P1170674My experience volunteering at GLIDE began as a search for ritual. I moved to San Francisco from Washington D.C. in February to start a new job at a small real estate investment and development firm. Although I never expected the transition to be seamless, I was caught off guard by certain adjustments I’ve had to make as part of the move. On one hand, I did my research was braced upon arrival for the lack of seasons, the absurd topography, and the fervent debate over technology and gentrification that dominates the city’s political discourse.

What I didn’t prepare for was the sense of emotional dislocation that I would experience as part of changing coasts and jobs all at once. For one, I didn’t expect to feel so distant from my family, who still live in New York City where I grew up. Missing them has been a struggle with which I continue to search for ways to cope. I was also surprised by how familiar each element of my life in DC had become (I had only moved there three years prior) and how much I would yearn for the simple routines I had previously taken for granted. My commute, professional responsibilities, and extra-curricular activities had all become part of a rhythm for me and I was shocked by how lost I felt without them.

As an effort to both establish a groove and distract myself from my sense of longing, I began to seek out new routines to practice. Many of them were fun and helped me embrace San Francisco’s culture. I started biking to work, hiking on weekends, and practicing Yoga on Friday mornings. Lately I’ve joined a small dinner club that tries out one of the Bay Area’s amazing bars and restaurants every few Wednesdays (it’s called HDDD – Hump Day Dinners & Dives). None of these, however, has come close to making the impact of my new Monday morning ritual. Read more ›

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Reverend Cecil Williams is sending you a virtual fistbump for your compassion in action! Sign up and volunteer in our Daily Free Meals Program with your friends, colleagues and family members today! Http://www.glide.org/serveameal #FistbumpFridays officially launches today! With love from your @glidesf family! Teacher Paul Chilvers reading to our 3rd to 5th graders, storytelling rocks! 13 hours left to help us raise the remaining $7,275 via @crowdtilt! Http://tilt.tc/glidesf 23 days until #alovesupreme GLIDE Legacy Gala on July 26! Glidelegacygala2014.eventbrite.com
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