The Coleman Update • May 12, 2015  

A weekly update on issues, policies and actions affecting children, youth and families in San Francisco.



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Thank you for helping to make Coleman’s 40th Anniversary Event a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Coleman’s 40th Anniversary gala last Thursday night!  It was a truly magical evening and we are so grateful we were able to celebrate this tremendous milestone with our wonderful community of supporters and allies.  

We want to extend a special appreciation to the many generous organizations, businesses, and individuals who sponsored Coleman's 40th Anniversary Event. We couldn't do what we do without YOU.


And let's not forget those powerful performers who moved our hearts, minds, and bodies throughout the evening. The Young Gifted and Black Sheroes were a dazzling call to action - we could have listened to and learned from these talented, wise, and fierce young women all night. And Loco Bloco brought the party as they always do. They filled the room with a sound and sensation that reminded us all just what we were up to: CELEBRATION. Much thanks also to the incomparable DJ Sake One for facilitating the end-of-the-night dance party.  What a reminder of the indispensable role that culture and artists play in our movements.

Description: escription: finally, what a rare privilege it was to share the stage with the evening’s extraordinary Next Generation Champion honorees. All that brilliance, commitment, and passion in one room! We are so grateful for all that each of these individuals and organizations do every day to advance racial and economic justice and build a better future for the next generation. Thank you Margaret Brodkin, NTanya Lee, Commissioner Sandy Fewer, Supervisor John Avalos, United We Dream and Black Lives Matter. 

Our hearts are full, our spirits are fed, and we are fired up for another 40 years of making change for the next generation! 

If you haven’t already, check out this 10 minute video we made for our 40th anniversary, with interviews with former and current coleman staff and leaders, going all the way back to Coleman's founder! And check out our full Gala photo gallery here and our photobooth photos here.



Thursday 5/14: A Community Forum about Coalition Success Stories

What: Unity in the Community: Coalition Success Stories (an urbanIDEA community forum)

When: May 14th 6pm to 8pm

Where: Bayanihan Community Center (1010 Mission St.)

Money can’t buy everything - not when grassroots efforts take a stand together. Fighting big money and entrenched powers takes a unified stance and lots of people power. Come hear stories from three groundbreaking coalitions, including: 

Timmy Lu (APEN Action) on the grassroots coalition in Richmond that took on big oil to elect progressive candidates

Pilar Schiavo (CAN) on the labor and community coalition in San Francisco that won major concessions from healthcare conglomerate CPMC

Aracely Mondragón (SFOP/PIA) on the housing advocacy groups in San Mateo that are pushing for rent control against the real estate lobby

What made these coalitions successful, and how can we use these examples to build powerful coalitions in the future?

On Facebook? Invite your friends to this event!


 Friday 5/15:  San Francisco Family Economic Success Forum

When: Friday May 15th 9am to 12pm

Where: San Francisco Federal Building
90 Seventh Street (at Mission) 
Lower Level, B-020 & B-040 

How are families in San Francisco faring economically?

How can we support family retention by promoting strategies for families' economic stability, advancement and success?

What Family Economic Success innovations are making a difference?

What new Family Economic Success resources, programs and services can you connect families with? 

In addition to honoring our 2015 Family Economic Success Innovation Awardee - Jobs with Justice San Francisco, we will hear the latest economic data on San Francisco's families, and celebrate the passage of Prop C, which renews guaranteed funding for programs that support children and families.

There will be breakout groups on a number of key topics related to Family Economic Success, including: Data on SF FamiliesPredictable Schedules and Family Friendly Workplace Implementation, and Lessons leaned from Family Economic Success systems change efforts

By participating in this event, you will not only benefit from networking and resource information, but you will also publicly demonstrate your interest and commitment to promote the economic success of families - more important than ever in our rapidly changing City. The more people we bring together around these critical issues, the better!

Please click the link here for more information and to register.Space is limited and advance registration is required, so be sure to reserve your place today for this highly-rated event. 


5/21: Black Lives Matter at Work

When: Thursday, May 21st 6:30-8:30pm

Where:  United Here Local 2 209 Golden Gate Ave, SF by Civic Center BART.  

Join us at this Jobs with Justice forum connecting economic justice, racial justice and Black liberation.

Featuring ALICIA GARZA, Co-creator #BlackLivesMatter and Special Projects Director of NDWA, leading Black domestic worker organizing, STEVE PITTS, UC Berkeley Labor Center and National Black Worker Center Project, CHRIS HIGGENBOTHAM, Fight for $15 leader, McDonald's worker and Oakland teacher, and DERRICK BOUTTE, Social and Economic Justice Chair and member leader of SEIU 1021.

Moderated by NEVA WALKER, ED of Coleman Advocates.

Discussion to follow panel.  Spanish interpretation available.

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Sign the Petition to Close Corporate Loopholes and Rebuild California!

With an annual GDP of some $2.5 trillion -- making us the 10th most wealthy among all countries in the world -- California has more than enough wealth to go around. And yet, since the Great Recession of 2008, our schools, community colleges, housing, and the social safety net have been slashed by billions of dollars. To take but one metric: California is dead last in terms of our teacher-to-student ratios in public schools.

The fact is that our state has more than enough wealth to provide basic human needs and opportunity for all, but we're not sufficiently taxing the large corporations who can afford to pay more.

Today we're fighting back.

SF Rising (the electoral alliance of which Coleman is a founding member) has joined Make It Fair, a coalition of civil rights, religious, community and labor groups dedicated to rebuilding our state. After examining the problem from many angles, it is clear to all of us that making the commercial property tax system fair is the best solution. We propose to close loopholes by assessing commercial and industrial property at fair market value, ensuring that big corporations and wealthy commercial property pay their fair share of property taxes.

Our policy would bring in some $691 million each year in San Francisco alone -- and $9 billion statewide.

Sign the petition and help make it fair!

To give you a sense of perspective: Mayor Lee is currently considering sending to the ballot a $250 million affordable housing bond, that, maximally, would build 714 units of affordable housing (and almost certainly less!). The Make It Fair policy, by contrast, would provide funding each year for 1,974 units of affordable housing we so desperately need!

There’s no doubt that going up against big companies and wealthy commercial property owners will be tough. There are large amounts of money at stake – money that will make a real difference for our kids, our seniors and the future of San Francisco and California. We expect a fight. But we also know that the success of our communities depends on it.

To add your name to the list of endorsees, visit the campaign website. For more information about the Make It Fair campaign in San Francisco, contact SF Rising Coordinator Mario Yedidia.


Fix School Discipline New And Improved Toolkits Available Now!  

Over the past year, Fix School Discipline has worked tirelessly with educators, experts, community and parents to bring you the best and the latest about what is working to fix school discipline and improve student outcomes. The Toolkits are available online in a new, easy-to-read, easy-to-share format.

 Click here for toolkits


Top 5 Not To Miss Tools:

  • How to Integrate Restorative Justice, School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and Trauma-Sensitive Strategies
  • Resources to address racial and institutional bias in discipline
  • A highlight on the Good Behavior Game, an in-class social emotional learning tool
  • School policies aimed at stopping the school to prison pipeline by preventing arrests and citations on school campuses
  • Best practices for “school climate” in your Local Control Accountability Plan

In the News: 

10,000 Strong Peacefully Protest In Downtown Baltimore, Media Only Reports The Violence & Arrest of 4/27/15

SF high school grad rate drops below statewide average, SF Examiner 4/28/15 

How Data Can Stop Police Violence, Equal Voice for Families 5/5/15
Embrace 5-year plan to end family homelessness, OpEd in SF Chronicle by Commissioner Haney and Supervisor Kim.
The Mission takes City Hall, 5/8/15

In this issue: 


5/14: Community Forum on Successful Coalition Building

5/15: SF Family Economic Success Forum

5/21: Black Lives Matter at Work Forum

Sign the Petition to Close Corporate Loopholes and Rebuild California

New Fix School Discipline Tool Kits

In the News

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Coleman staff, board, and members at our 40th Anniversary Gala last week


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