This month, SFPAW/HAVOQ joined a broad coalition of community groups opposing the acquisition and use of tasers by the SFPD. (Read some powerful words from the Coalition on Homelessness here and from Poor Magazine here) Tasers are a deadly weapon and do not make our communities safer. SFPAW/HAVOQ opposes tasers because they contribute to and [...]
Reclaiming Public Space
After helping save rent control and leading a successful grassroots campaign against the notorious, gentrifying landlord CitiApartments, PAW/HAVOQ continues to resist the displacement of our communities and the criminalization of our public spaces. Our “Homos Not Condos” working group has been renamed “Reclaim Public Space” to reflect our vision of a San Francisco with accessible housing and public spaces that we can thrive in together, free of economic violence and state policing.
This year we’ve taken action alongside queer and trans youth against proposition L (which criminalizes sitting and lying on public sidewalks) and marched together through the Castro to challenge apathy toward queer youth homelessness. We’re currently taking on a direct action campaign to transform our public spaces.
Check out the latest news about Pride at Work/HAVOQ’s efforts to resist privatization and reclaim public space!
On February 1st, Oakland will begin to issue municipal IDs. Like San Francisco’s program, these city-issued identification cards will be available to city residents regardless of federal immigration status or housing status, and do not require people to list their sex or gender. Additionally, Oakland’s card is the first of its kind to also function [...]
Please join us for our 6th Annual Variety Show and Fundraiser to support all of the work we do. Dancing, live music, burlesque, drag, gay haircuts, delicious food, raffle, and more!
Come today (July 31st) to City Hall to support the Tenant’s Union, Causa Justa/Just Cause, and other tenant groups who are proposing the “HASSLE-FREE HOUSING” Ordinance to the SF Board of Supervisors. What: Housing groups to announce proposed ordinance change to strengthen protections for tenants facing harassment. Tenants who have been harassed by bank agents, [...]
What is the Hassle Free Housing Ordinance? • This ordinance would create accessible self-help avenues for tenants who wish to claim damages based on a landlord, property management company, bank, or real estate agents who are utilizing illegal tactics, such as harassment to push them out of their units. • It would create an easy [...]
The Allied Media Conference offers hands-on trainings and strategy sessions in a wide-range of media practices. This year, for the 14th annual Allied Media Conference, five of us trekked to Detroit to attend the conference and present on Fabulosity and our various media work. Check out the livestream/ recording of much of our talk below! [...]
We are co-hosting UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP with SOUL’s School of Unity and Liberation. Join us for a screening and afterparty! FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 7:30- midnight. 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics screening + AFTERPARTY with DJ Golden Cobra (soul, funk, hip hop & house) Suggested donation: [...]
Dear Mayor Lee: We write to express our alarm and deep dismay about your comments to reporters on June 27, 2012, in which you stated you are considering implementing a “stop-and-frisk” policy in San Francisco, similar to the highly controversial “stop-and-frisk” policies in New York City and Philadelphia. Together with community advocates and civil and [...]
Bay Area Indymedia, June 26th: See all the photos at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/06/26/18716341.php
International Workers Day has always been one of our favorite holidays– for some of us it’s about celebrating the collective power we hold when we recognize the value of the work we do– paid or unpaid, visible or not. For some of us it’s about standing together as immigrants and allies, documented and undocumented, and [...]