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MEDA Strongly Denounces Proposed Ballot Measure to Restrict San Francisco Sanctuary City Policy

At a time when some lawmakers in D.C. have more-than-ever before endeavored to make “San Francisco values” a pejorative term, it is imperative that our City leaders stand strong for the values the vast majority of its residents espouse. That is why it counters public opinion when a candidate running for mayor tries to turn…

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Non-Citizen Voting in School Board Elections Law Implementation: Testimony by Community Leadership Development Manager Lucia Obregon

On May 9, Community Leadership Development Manager Lucia Obregon testified on behalf of MEDA at a meeting led by the Rules Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The subject was the implementation of the city’s Non-Citizen Voting law, formerly known as Prop N. That measure, spearheaded by MEDA, was passed by San Francisco…

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Real Solutions Grounded in Equity are Needed to Reverse Displacement of Communities of Color in San Francisco

Co-authored by: Executive Director Luis Granados Director of Policy and Advocacy Norma P. Garcia MEDA and its many Mission District allies work daily to preserve the neighborhood’s economic and cultural diversity — and its unique identity as San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood that has been a Latino hub for six decades.  MEDA employs numerous strategies to…

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Immigrant Experience Inspires Latino Leaders to Meet Current Challenges

Mural by Mel Waters and David Hyde Cho, Mission and 19th streets, San Francisco Mission District Photo credit: Nehama Rogozen, California Reinvestment Coalition As the Senate takes up the debate on an immigration bill — and the White House ramps up deportation efforts and looks to punish immigrant families from using social services to which…

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To Gubernatorial Candidates: MEDA’s Community Needs Matter

by Director of Policy & Advocacy Norma P. Garcia At last night’s “2018 Gubernatorial Candidates Forum” at UCLA, I had the opportunity to hear several candidates offer their vision for the future of our state. While MEDA does not endorse candidates for any office, we vow to stand up for the issues that impact our…

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Save Mission Street Campaign: Hundreds of Community Members March to Demand Commercial Corridor Preservation

With an Aztec dancer and rhythmic drumbeats leading the way, hundreds of San Francisco’s Mission District community members today took to the street, specifically the Mission Street corridor. United to Save the Mission — a coalition of a dozen longtime neighborhood groups and organizations that works to enhance and protect the lives of low- to…

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Mission Interim Controls Granted, Part of Plan to Stabilize Mission Street and Mission Neighborhood

MEDA’s recently expanded Policy and Advocacy team is working hand-in-hand with community partners and the District Supervisor’s office to stem the displacement of Latinx residents and family-serving businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District. Since the year 2000, there have been 8,000 Latinos displaced — that’s over 25 percent of our community. Concurrently, myriad small, immigrant-owned…

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Hoy es el día: ¡Hable ahora sobre sus inquietudes sobre la vivienda!

(English version follows) Cinco razones para tomar la encuesta en internet de la ciudad de San Francisco La Ciudad de San Francisco tiene una pregunta muy importante para usted: ¿Se están cumpliendo sus necesidades de vivienda? Esta es su oportunidad de hablar y ser contado. Tener vivienda de calidad que sea estable y económica es…

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Keeping the Mission District’s Neighborhood Economy in the Face of Displacement

Gentrification and displacement are generally associated with the residents who are compelled to leave a neighborhood. Such is the case of the Mission District of San Francisco, which for decades has been a hub for Latino as an initial place to lay down roots in the United States; however, the Mission is also a place…

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MEDA Statement of Support for Dreamers

President Trump’s latest attack on the Latino community just occurred around policy regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which will be rescinded in six months barring Congressional action. Mr. Trump’s abhorrent move is yet another way to placate his base by using race/ethnicity as a divisive issue. This pattern of vilifying the…

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