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The Coleman Report • June 13, 2014  

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


Coleman is hiring! Please check out and share the job announcement a Director of Administration




Join us next Saturday at our annual Coleman summer party! There will be a DJ and dancing, free delicious BBQ and other treats, a jump house and games for kids of all ages, youth performances and an unveiling of our beautiful new youth-produced mural on the walls of our community center!

Come celebrate with us! 





TONIGHT: 2014 Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans

When: Friday June 13th at 6pm to Saturday June 14th at 4:30pm
Where: Laney College, Oakland, CA
Join Coleman tonight and tomorrow at this Summit sponsored by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and Ebony Magazine. The summit's purpose is to: 
1.   Raise awareness about the importance of investing in African American educational excellence to ensure African American students, schools, and communities are supporting in learning and development opportunities beginning at birth;
2.   Highlight individuals and organizations that are successfully supporting African American educational excellence.
3.   Support community engagement by creating opportunities for parents, grandparents, guardians and caring adults to increase the number of African American’s who graduate from high school prepared for future success

To register or for more details click here


Amendments to strengthen Children’s Fund and PEEF unanimously approved!

Two years of research, dialogue, strategizing, advocacy, and community mobilization on the part of the Children’s Fund Community Coalition (a project of Coleman Advocates) proved fruitful this week when the Rules Committee of the Board of Education unanimously passed positive amendments to a piece of legislation that includes the Children's Fund, the Public Education and Enrichment Fund, and a new citywide coordination council, to go on the ballot in November. The vote followed a large rally in front of city hall organized by the Coalition that included staff, clients, and members from dozens of community-based organizations and service agencies. Rally participants also testified at the Board of Supervisors hearing.

We want to thank Supervisors Avalos, Yee, Campos, Tang, Mar, Cohen, and Kim for being champions for the next generation and unanimously accepting the following crucial amendments:

Children’s Amendment

  • increase in the Children's Fund (the equivalent of 4% of the city's property taxes, phased in over 4 years)
  • inclusion of disconnected transitional age youth through age 24
  • creation of an oversight committee for DCYF
  • 25 year sunset date for the Fund.

Public Education and Enrichment Fund

  • elimination of the trigger and in-kind provisions
  • 25 year sunset date.

We are in the final stretch! Stay tuned for next steps and how you can get involved in ensuring the passage of this legislation!

Click here to see more photos from the rally.

For more information or to find out how you can get involved in the Children’s Funding Community Coalition email Chelsea Boilard. 


Community and Labor groups win approval for $15 minimum wage ballot initiative!

The San Francisco minimum wage may soon be pushed to $15 an hour, the highest in the country, thanks to a November ballot measure introduced Tuesday at City Hall by the Campaign for a Fair Economy, a coalition of community groups that includes the Progressive Workers Alliance, of which Coleman is a member. Many of the grassroots and labor groups involved in this effort helped to lead the SF minimum wage battle 10 years ago. 

The initiative, sponsored by Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Jane Kim and a coalition of business and labor groups, would gradually raise the City’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018.  If approved in November, the initiative would increase the City’s minimum wage to $12.25 beginning May Day 2015, International Workers Day. Every July for the next three years it would increase again until it reached $15 an hour in 2018 at which point it would be pegged to the consumer price index

The increase will lift up over 100,000 low-wage workers and raise the bar for minimum wage policies nationally.  It is a crucial reform for the many working families currently struggling to be able to afford to live in our increasingly expensive city.

Click here to check out a powerful video statement from Shaw San Liu, spokesperson for the Campaign for a Fair Economy and organizer with the Chinese Progressive Association.

Stay tuned for opportunities to plug in to support the passage of the initiative in November!



5 things to know about the school-to-prison pipeline, Aljazeera 6/5/15

 Statement on Vergara v. California Decision, Ed Trust West 6/10/14

L.A. Judge objects to school police getting millions reserved for struggling students, Public Integrity 6/9/14

SF to put $15 minimum wage on Ballot, SF Examiner 6/11/14

Kevin Epps new film targets outsize Black and Latino suspensions, SF Bay Guardian 6/12/14


We had a full house at our Solutions Not Suspensions Film Screening Last night!  We’ll be making some final tweaks to the film and will be updating everyone soon about how you can access this powerful community education tool!



• Coleman is hiring! 

• Saturday 6/21: Coleman Party! 

• Tonight/tomorrow: Summit on Ed Execellence for African Americans

• Amendments to strengthen Children's Fund and PEEF legislation passed!

• Minimum Wage increase ballot initiative approved! 

• In the News


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