Anti-eviction rally in the Mission tomorrow supporting the Mission and Rene Yanez

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San Francisco's Mission district
Image courtesy of Our MIssion: No Evictions page

Tomorrow (Sat/12 at 2pm) advocates and defenders of working class San Francisco will march to protest a rash of recent Mission evictions, including the potential ouster of artists and activists Rene Yañez and Yolanda Lopez from their Mission district home. 

The organizers want the mayor to declare a state of emergency in the city as the recent Ellis Act evictions have intensified -- 125 Ellis Act eviction notices have been filed this year, with the most recent numbers going to the end of August, according to the SF Rent Board. But 175 requests for Ellis Act evictions were filed, meaning 70 percent of Ellis evictions were upheld. The march follows recent wins against gentrification, including blocking a Jack Spade store from opening in the Mission

Organizer Roberto Y. Hernandez said that since he announced the march he’s been getting calls of support from all over the city, but most notably in Chinatown, the Bayview, and the Castro. 

“I heard horror stories of what's happening to the gay community in the Castro,” he said. “This doesn’t just affect the Mission, this affects the whole city.” 

Each of those evictions represents a person or family whose ouster from their apartments may mean ouster from San Francisco altogether. Ellis evictions gained more notoriety this year, first with the plight of the Lee family and now the ouster of Mission artists Yañez and Lopez. 

Yañez is widely credited with bringing the celebration of Day of the Dead to the city. He co-founded the Mission’s Galeria de la Raza and practiced art in his home of the Bay Area since the 60s. Now, while suffering from cancer, the 71 year old is being forced from the neighborhood he helped to shape. Lopez, his former wife, is an artist with deep roots in the Chicano/a movements of the ‘60s, and is facing eviction as well. 

After 35 years in their home, the artists face the same plight as the Lee’s and even San Francisco’s local nonprofits -- ouster in the face of the tech boom’s ever rising rents. 

Rene Yañez’s son Rio is an established artist in his own right and rents a unit in the same building. Rio faces the same Ellis Act eviction as his father. 

In an open letter to Yañez and the community, artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña wrote, “Rene, you are my artistic godfather and needless to say, you are an icon; the artistic Capo of the Bay Area Chicano movement...Our city has become a bohemian theme park for consumer fools with the latest gadgets in hand, but what happens when there are no more bohemians left?” 

Juan Gonzalez, the founding publisher of the Mission’s local newspaper, El Tecolote, said that Yañez’s ouster from the neighborhood is part of a larger context.

“He’s a leading force, someone who puts his energy in making the city aware that Latinos are here and here to stay,” he said. And of the Mission’s slow but brutal gentrification, “It’s not right. There’s always going to be change, but to see this lost --  I think the city as a whole will lose. I’m waiting for the city leaders, beyond our supervisors, to use their powers to stop what's happening.” 

One opportunity to call for change will happen tomorrow.  

The march for Yañez and Yolanda Lopez, “Our Mission: No Eviction,” will hit the streets Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2pm at the Brava Theater, which is on 24th Street between Hampshire and York. The march will move towards Mission where they’ll hold a rally at the 24th street BART station. 

“The mayor was involved in the I-Hotel movement back in the day, when they evicted my Asian brothers and sisters,” Hernandez said.  “We’ve got to wake him up. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt, but now he’s gotta move, he’s gotta do something.” 

Later this month the Brava Theater will have a benefit for the family, and you can learn more about it here

Comments

Posted by barrier on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 6:14 pm
Posted by barrier on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 6:14 pm
Posted by barrier on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 6:15 pm
Posted by barrier on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 6:15 pm
Posted by barrier on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 6:16 pm
Posted by barrier on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

The percent of gay couples that "have" kids is way lower than for straight couples.

For obvious reasons.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

Gee, the stupidity level seems to be rising. Gee, just like with straight couples that can't biologically have children, gay couples adopt (as one option). You've never heard of adoption? Straight couples adopt all the time. Gee, next time research something you know nothing about unless you enjoy looking like an idiot.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

What he said is that straight couples typically have kids more than gay couples, which is absolutely true.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

Most of us don't have kids.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

Some might claim that is for the best.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

Why would I want to pollute my genetic progeny with the simultaneity of existence in a world in which you exist?

Posted by marcos on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

But since you are gay as a bent hairpin, it's irrelevant anyway.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

the political thinking of gays is colored by the fact that they are not worried about what kind of world their children will live in, and therefore their thinking tends to be more short-term and non-strategic in nature.

Naturally I would never think such a thing . .

Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

I'm not so much concerned with the world that kids I won't have will live in, rather I'm trying to leave the world a better place than I found it.

Contrast this to heterosexual conservatives who don't give a flying fuck about the natural environment that set the conditions for their existence and which threatens future generations.

It won't be my kids who will suffer your selfishness.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 14, 2013 @ 6:29 pm
Posted by Guest on Oct. 14, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

"He?" How do you know the gender of the person commenting, or are you normally sexist?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

It's a reasonable assumption.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

search engine:

Gay Parents In The U.S.: Salt Lake City Has Highest Percentage Of Same-Sex Couples Raising Kids

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 8:59 pm
Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 8:36 am

this is simply a troll barrier

it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into reactionary hyperbole and/or petty, mean spirited, personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

the barrier is put in place to signal that there is probably little point in reading more replies in the thread past this point

proceed at your own risk

Posted by barrier on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

this is simply a troll barrier

it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into reactionary hyperbole and/or petty, mean spirited, personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

the barrier is put in place to signal that there is probably little point in reading more replies in the thread past this point

proceed at your own risk

Posted by barrier on Oct. 11, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

The San Francisco Rent Control Cult Official Dogma

1. Landlords are more evil than child molesters, serial killers and rapists… COMBINED!

2. We demonize landlords to make it socially acceptable to strip them of their property and reposition it for our personal use. (Just like the Nazi's started out doing to the Jews)

3. We use the canard of "Compassion" to try and shame and make others think it's amoral to use and control their own property. That by letting us steal their property they majically become "good" people. (this does not work well with anyone who has brains< but luckily for there are plenty who don't)

Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

And it's all for my town, my one and only town,
It's all for my own San Francisco,
If they think it's all 'For Sale', then let's show 'em that they'll fail,
And raise our voices loud all together!

Well, we all pay the rent, the risin', risin' rent,
Here in our own San Francisco,
But if only billionaires can live here payin' theirs,
Then you and me are going to have to wander!

SInce it's all for the town, our one and only town,
It's all for our own San Francisco,
We won't let them buy us out, that's what it's all about,
And let our city disappear forever!

Oh where's City Hall, where we're going to pay a call,
And don't they have a care for San Francisco?
They just want to masturbate in their dream of Real Estate -
We're going to show them it's not over!

And it's all for the streets, the lively, lively streets,
It's all for our own San Francisco,
Where we live and work and play, but they'll steal it all away,
Unless we stand and shout out, "No!" together!

They want to bring in chains, for their profits and their gains,
They want to bring 'em in to San Francisco,
When they fill up all the space, you're not goin' to know the place,
When it's just like L.A. or Fresno!

And it's all about eviction in the City's jurisdiction,
When they won't let you live in San Francisco,
They use the Ellis Act, and they hope you'll just get packed
And disappear for good without a whimper!

And it's condo conversions, their favorite perversions
They're using to clear out San Francisco,
With the longtime tenants gone, they can push their program on,
Until you see your friends and neighbors never!

It's all for the loot that they steal and persecute
Whoever tries to stay in San Francisco,
And we'll call a Spade a Spade when their jack is widely played,
And never be distracted by their blather!

If the Mayor of the town doesn't care how it goes down,
And the Supervisors sell out San Francisco,
We'll make the speculators see they have to go through you and me
Before they can start construction on the corner!

All the while they gentrify, as the City starts to die,
We still won't just say good bye to San Francisco,
We will make our voices heard, so help us spread the word,
And save our special City from the dumpster!

It ain't a new boutique or fancy restaurant we seek,
When we go out in San Francisco,
It's our own community, where we have a right to be -
So let 'em hear it now and forever!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

hows about a story about working class homeowners with a big mortgage who rent a room to help pay for the mortgage and the tenant stops paying the rent and the home owner has to come up with many thousands of dollars to get the squater out?

or

hows about the monster homes built in SF by contrators using illegals, then the owners turn houses zoned as single family house, into illegal boarding houses with many tenants with a dozen or more cars parked on the street?
and the building inspaectors does nothing about it.
and
the local supervisor says "well people gotta live somewhere".

so is it a "right" for anyone who wants to live in sf to live in sf at others exspense?

WTF

Posted by Guest on Oct. 14, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

Basically a hispanic guy buys a 3-unit building and then rents out a room in each flat to a hispanic family. you can have 30 people in one building.

Or a hispanic rents a flat and then sublets each room to a hispanic family.

Everyone in SF is on the make including all these people who think they have a right to live in a place they cannot afford.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 14, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

A piece of eruiitdon unlike any other!

Posted by Buckie on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

It's like you're on a mission to save me time and money!

Posted by essay rewriter on Apr. 17, 2014 @ 3:04 am

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