Why I Am Voting NO on PROP Q

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San Francisco’s Proposition Q would ban tents on the city’s sidewalks. Police and city workers would ticket tents and impound them along with all of their occupants’ possessions the next day.

Right now, there’s a sense of urgency regarding homelessness, with many housed residents feeling like something needs to change. That sense of urgency may come from empathy, fear, frustration—all sorts of experiences.

Prop Q plays to this urgency, but on a false premise. You’ll probably see their slogan, “Housing not Tents,” in their massive media campaign. But the first half – the housing – is completely missing from their equation.

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Target Aims for Community Wellness

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This past July, GLIDE’s Family, Youth + Childcare Center was honored to receive a Target Youth Wellness Grant, one of many such grants given nationwide, as Target aims to promote and inspire access to healthy eating and active living. For the kids in GLIDE’s afterschool and summer program, the grant is bringing new opportunities for P.E., outdoor play, active field trips and enrichment activities right here in the Tenderloin.

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Greetings from Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota

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In the spirit of Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 10), we offer the following firsthand impressions of the current struggle in North Dakota over the ongoing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline is on a path to carry 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield to Illinois, traveling through sovereign tribal lands as well as sensitive wildlife habitats and under the Missouri River, which supplies drinking water to millions of people. The dispatch below (excerpts from a cell-phone-dictated email transcription sent on October 4) comes from GLIDE’s own Kim Bender, who traveled to North Dakota two weeks ago to bear witness and stand in solidarity with members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other indigenous and grassroots activists from all over the U.S. and Canada. Kim sent word from North Dakota to her Glide community back home because, as she says, “it feels really important and something that everyone should be aware of.”

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Why I Am Voting YES on PROP 63

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Prop 63 closes nonsensical loopholes in California’s otherwise sensible gun laws, making us all safer and assuring California continues to lead the country in gun safety.

We can be proud of the fact that California leads the nation in gun safety laws. But even so, there are numerous loopholes that leave all of us far too vulnerable to gun violence. Proposition 63, also known as the Safety for All Act, would close the following loopholes while safeguarding the ability of law-abiding, responsible Californians to own guns for self-defense, hunting and recreation.

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Meet GLIDE’s Interim Senior Pastor, Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.

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Three Questions for Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., GLIDE’s Interim Senior Pastor

With the recent departure of GLIDE’s Senior-Pastor–turned-Bishop, Karen Oliveto, GLIDE has been deeply fortunate to welcome back to its congregational leadership, on an interim basis, Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.—although as the Bishop makes clear below, his many roles in and around GLIDE over the last nearly 40 years make it seem as if he were never really gone. Bishop Brown will be in place as GLIDE’s Interim Senior Pastor until the United Methodist Church concludes its search for Bishop Oliveto’s replacement, which will happen probably sometime before and no later than July 1, 2017.

We recently sat down for a chat with Bishop Brown in his second-floor office here at GLIDE, on the occasion of his return and in hopes of (re)introducing him to the larger GLIDE community.  Read more ›

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Why I Am Voting YES on PROP 64

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Prop 64 is a significant step toward ending the second-class citizenry created by our draconian drug laws.

I am a former drug-war prisoner who became politicized after experiencing the corruption, abuse of power and oppression that is systemic in the criminal “justice” system. I am tired of settling for crumbs disguised as “compromise” when it comes to any issue that is fundamentally about justice, especially when it relates to mass incarceration and our failed war on drugs. Yet, at the end of the day, I must embrace any step that takes us closer to a drug policy that embodies compassion, justice and commonsense. That’s why I support Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), and so should all people voting in California.

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Why I Am Voting YES on PROP N

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Editorial note: With the following post by GLIDE’s Theresa Calderon we continue a weekly series of opinion pieces in the run-up to Election Day November 8, discussing propositions on the ballot of particular importance to our communities. Proposition N, or the Immigrant Parent Right to Vote measure, allows San Francisco residents who are the parents, legal guardians or caregivers for children in the San Francisco Unified School District to vote in elections for the Board of Education without regard to their citizenship status.

Immigration is an important part of US history, and the waves of immigrants that have come over hundreds of years have all helped build this country. Yet, right now, non-citizen parents are shut out of basic decision-making about their children’s futures.

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