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It’s Time to Repeal Unfair Costa Hawkins Law: MEDA Backs a “Yes” Vote on Prop 10 Affordable Housing Act this November

Article and photo by Director of Policy & Advocacy Norma P. Garcia $4,560. $3,200. $2,290. No, these are not the costs of extravagant overseas vacations. It’s actually the median respective two-bedroom rent in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Such exorbitant housing costs leave California’s families rent-burdened, with little cash left over each month…

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MEDA’s Lucia Obregon City Hall Speech: It is Now Legal for Non-Citizens to Vote in San Francisco School Board Elections

Good morning. My name is Lucia Obregon. I am honored to be here to speak on behalf of Mission Economic Development Agency, also known as MEDA. Since 1973, MEDA has worked tirelessly to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development. We are deeply…

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Travesty at the Border: Federal Administration Separating Migrant Families

(Español sigue. Traducción por Azul Cortez.) Confined conditions for nearly 1,500. Allowed outside for just two hours per day. Just two phone calls a week. No, this isn’t a federal penitentiary. It’s a detention center in Brownsville, Texas with the innocuous-sounding name of Casa Padres, especially ironic as Father’s Day approaches. This converted Walmart mega-store…

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Guía de MEDA sobre proposiciones en la boleta de votación

(English follows Spanish) Elección general 5 de junio del 2018 SÍ a la Prop C  Impuestos adicionales sobre alquileres comerciales principalmente para nanciar cuidado infantil de calidad y educación para niños pequeños RESUMEN: Si se aprueba, se espera que la Prop C va a generar más de $100 millones por año para nanciar el cuidado…

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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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