The Coleman Update • January 14, 2016  

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



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When: TOMORROW Friday 4:15PM
Where: Saint John Will I am Coltrane African Orthodox Church 1286 Fillmore St, SF
Hosted by : Black Lives Matter Bay Area

From the Facebook event pageRECLAIM OUR CITY on the 2nd Annual 96 hours of action to reclaim the radical legacy of MLK, that connects our movements for Black Liberation and racial justice here in the Bay Area to the rest of the nation. The Anti Police-Terror Project who sponsors the national call out, has asked local organizing efforts to highlight the context of Black communities in San Francisco to illuminate the long history of white supremacy that permeates in this city.

A broad coalition and grassroots efforts, including the Last 3 Percent of Black SF and the Justice 4 Alex Nieto Coalition, is hosting this event to shine light on the history and intersectionality between state sanctioned violence, gentrification, criminalization, and other forms of economic violence against both black and brown communities.

Join as we commemorate the rich history of the Fillmore District, known as the "Harlem of the West" a historically Japanese & Black neighborhood, which was displaced in the first phase of redevelopment and gentrification in SF. We'll honor the case of Justice 4 MARIO WOODS, 26, assassinated by SF Bayview Police, 12-2-15 and the outmigration of black families, who now represent less than 3% of the population in our city. This is a celebration of our resilience and multi-racial solidarity, in an effort to cultivate community power with music, entertainment, and much more! This is a call out to families whom may have been displaced from SF over the years to come back home and reclaim space with community.

Please come out and help us reclaim S.F.!! For more information, please contact

For updates and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page


Board of Ed Commissioners Haney and Walton introduce SFUSD Policy to increase support for students with incarcerated Parents.

Congratulations to Matt Haney and Shamann Walton who were unanimously elected Tuesday evening by their fellow Commissioners on the Board of Education to serve as the new Board President and Vice President! We look forward to continued collaboration with President Haney and Vice President Walton on efforts to advance equity in SFUSD.

Also at Tuesday's Board of Ed meeting, Commissioners Haney and Walton introduced a new SFUSD Policy to increase support for students with incarcerated parents. 

It’s estimated that nationwide, one in 9 black children has an incarcerated parent, while the same is true for one in 28 Latino children and one in 57 white children, according to the resolution.

Studies have shown children with incarcerated parents often suffer from trauma, anxiety, shame, guilt, depression, withdrawal and low self-esteem. They also can see a decline in school performance, and are more prone to using drugs or alcohol and have difficulty sleeping or concentrating.

“Parental incarceration is one the most severe forms of trauma a child can go through, with major social, emotional and academic consequences,” Comissioner Haney wrote in an email to the San Francisco Examiner. “Our schools can better understand the experiences of students with incarcerated parents, and work harder, smarter and more compassionately to meet their needs.”

Commissioner Walton said there are an estimated several thousand children within The City’s public schools with incarcerated parents, some of whom helped Walton and Haney write the resolution.

This school year, there is just one SFUSD-based program specifically for students with incarcerated parents. The ROOTS theater program at the Academy of Arts and Sciences High School is in its second year at the site.

Per the resolution, the district will help students communicate with their incarcerated parents when appropriate, and assign a staff liaison to work with the parent education and case management program in the San Francisco County Jail. The resolution also calls for the district to work with community organizations to create curriculum related to children with incarcerated parents as well as the broader impacts of incarceration.


Applications for SOUL West Coast National Youth Organizing Training Institute due 2/12

What: 2016 National Youth Organizing Training Institute

When: March 30, 31 & April 1

Where: Oakland, CA

Co-sponsored by: Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Chinese Progressive Association Youth MOJO, Coleman Advocates, Innercity Struggle & Seeding Change

Click here to apply online (both individuals and organizations). Applications Due February 12th.  

The INSTITUTE 2016, offered on both East & West Coasts, is an introductory organizing training for young organizers, young member leaders, and youth organizers from across the country.

Participants will come together to build their skills, exchange lessons learned, and strategize to fight and win justice for our communities. We'll develop a solid and systematic orientation to the fundamentals of organizing, including base-building, campaign strategy, and leadership development. Rooted in current youth struggles, the INSTITUTE will provide a unique space for emerging leaders to engage with the challenges and opportunities of the current moment, to advance our organizations and to build a stronger movement.

Participants will receive SOUL’s youth organizing curriculum manual, as well as breakfast and lunch for all days of training. Training fees range from $200 to $690, and are determined on a sliding scale based on organizational budget. The training fee does not cover lodging expenses. Space in the INSTITUTE is limited, so please apply early!

For more information, assistance, or to discuss your application with us, please call (510)451-5466 x217 or email SOUL at

 In the news:


Friday 12-15: SF Reclaim MLK Event

Board of Ed Commissioners intro Policy to increase support for Students with Incarcerated Parents

SOUL West Coast Youth Organizing Institute Applications Due 2/12

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