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tv   Black History Month Kickoff Ceremony  SFGTV  February 7, 2023 7:30am-9:01am PST

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koppel. >> aye yoochl commissioner moore yoochl aye >> commissioner tanner >> aye >> that motion passes and concludes. >> we are adjourned. thank you. live. >> everybody good afternoon,
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everyone if you please take your seats we appreciate it. >> good afternoon. my name is al williams i'm president of brovrnz or so board of directors of the san francisco historic and culture society. clapping. >> on behalf of another society board of directors and the members we welcome you to san francisco official kickoff of 2023 black history month. the society was founded in 1955 and moergd with the local chartered of association for the study of african-american life and history in 1958. the association for the study of african-american history was founded by historian witnessing
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son no 1915 and was created and begun celebrating black history month and black history month in 1976 was chained to black history month. and they choose the theme every year and traditionally the society adopt that national at home. for the 2023 black history month at home is black resistance. a description of the at home of the solis and on the website an extensive definition why the meaning of the at home meant that theme african-americans have resisted the ongoing option in all forms especially the rational terrorism of lynching and problems and police killings
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since your arrival on the shores. those efforts would have been to vaccine for dignity and self determined right in a just and democratic society in the united states and beyond the united states political jurisdiction again for more thorough and exhausted migration or expansion refer to the um, website for the theme for this year. we are going to begin the program as customary with an invocation and owe will be given by championship sharp the executive pastor san francisco and a vice chair of the san francisco human rights commission reverend shaw.
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>> clapping. >> let's see - pray. >> god of our years god of our silent t theories tears god brought us this far on our way we have gathered in a safe and sacrificed place in beautiful san francisco. the first saying is thank you. thank you, god, for creating us and beautiful blackness and the script declares we're wonderfully made. >> thank you god. for black history month. and which we
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recommended trail blarsz wash your hands frequently that sacrificed for the freedom of our ancestors showed resistance this slavery and opposition that tried to silence your gifts our voice and we thank you, oh, god for this who made contributions to our race our society giving us a new found sense of freedom the resistance of foreign languages who wrote i too sing america resistance of singer james brown stay alive i'm black and proud resistance of shirley declared if they don't give you a seat at the table take one and
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ella thank you, god, for their work and so many others that pricked americans conscience to get it right but all we thank you, god. for the black history month that is among other things us with the first african-american woman mayor of this great city. the honorable london brood and god give her courage and wisdom as he mislead our city. god let our holy presence and spirit abide with us for the san francisco kickoff of our black history month blessed the african-american historic and culture society program for participant and the
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keynote speaker will present today. and may we receive inspiration motivation new sight and sounds and emotion that helps us to respond to injustices with resistance for the better and the perpetual hope we shall overcome some day. and the god of love and holiness and righteousness and justice we pray. amen.. amen. and. amen. >> (clapping) thank you, reverend shaw. the african-american in our name the african-american historical
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society it is about history and part of our celebration we're doing something dentist today, i want to bring to you a representation of our history and how that history has been in the culture to that end asked lance magee a.k.a. to come and perform are for us gives a little bit of a history lesson what about the hambone how this relates to the black history month lance a international celebrated performer and coordinator the goal of this performance to increase hambone and the evolution from africa to north america and a former of expression in the african-american community and many traditions and styles of
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body drumming like recidivism and dance a connection to the african-american and with that, i give you lance magee. >> thank you (clapping.) i say woors you say drummer. i say step you say dance you say- and honoring the ancestors of the american wash your hands frequently i stand but in a dedication for them. >> and a dedication to their struggle and their resistance you can't take something away from me i feel. and warriors drummers drama were the ones to
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protect the tribes they would play a rhythm and that beat with travel to another wash your hands frequently and did drum would do as a communication we called the drum phone and unfortunately, in our culture the words drummers were not allowed though play the drums because they could break away went back to the body we talk about resilience can't take away what what we feel and talk about the resistance. nothing and making something. >> i say wash your hands frequently you say drummer warriors. >> inside american history and
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not long ago to a land they tried to strip away the culture and pride not allowed by the spirit and wisdom and beat and slap and beat. we're a nation of pride to perform. hambone where you been? >> around the world and back again (beating drums). >> hammer hammer who's your tribe? i see a mix inside. and drummer where did the rhythm come from inside of the drum and inside the drum and volodymyr zelensky of time /* (beating
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the drum). >> (beating the drum). >> just warming up, (beating the drum). >> you can clap any time now (clapping.) do a dance in a minute. >> here's one. >> for the late great michael jackson. >> (laughter.)
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>> (dancing). >> honoring those warriors drummers. thank you. (clapping.) . thank you. >> thanks so much. thank you. (clapping.) thank you, thank you lance. you know, it is interesting how light works i remember as kids doing the hambone but not did historic and culture connection. thank you very much for that excitement raurmdz and keeping with that tradition the next element of the program will be to sing negro national anthem we have lawrence will lead and the words in our program. >> (music).
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>> lift up every voice and sing if every voice can sing to the heavenly ring with the harmony of liberty of liberty. let all rejoicing rise oh, yeah high as the sky (music) let every sound really as the rolling sea. >> oh, yeah. >> 10u7bd go oh, sing a song
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full of (unintelligible) sing a song. >> full the hope that the present oh, yeah. >> sing the rising sun of our new day begun let us until our victory is won. >> so good as a rode no end of the day. and with a steady beat
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at our weary feet. >> come to the place for which our fathers are. >> we have come over a wave that the tears have been harbors we have come treading the path among the slaughter. out of the blue past until we stand at whereas the white gleam of our
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white thoughts have past. >> god of our weary years god of our weary years god of our silent tears, be who have brought us back for a long time the way. >> now god i might- lead us cerebrolead us into the light forever in the path are we pray our feet stray from the place of
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our god where we met let the hearts you struck with the wine of the world we forget you. let shadow be- and may we forever stand true to our god true our native land (music). >> (clapping)
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thank you, lawrence thank you, everyone. >> as we all know african-american churches are had and continue to be at the first and foremost of black resistance in california and throughout 9 country take a moment to recognize african-american recognition one african-american in particular doing great work throughout the city on many fronts. would reverend raymond and members of san francisco african-american faith-based coalition stand and recognize them for all the great work. >> for the great work for the coalition in the city and county of san francisco (clapping.) and other members any other members in the clergy stand and let us recognition you as well.
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>> thank you for the presence and great work you do. >> it is place i in trouble someone will say to me afterwards if mention we are important here and i'm responsible for recognizing everyone on one person in particular as the bible says the clergy said we're not done yet. i'd like to acknowledge david johnson to my left david johnson a former president of african-american historical society addressed materials and images on the front of programs are part of david's work with the historical of african-american and the city of san francisco for many, many
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years. and also like to acknowledge um, police chief bill scott with us today (clapping.) who bill scott is a financing and keynote speaker that is here and jennings with us as well (clapping.) city attorney david chiu with us and joaquin torres with us and jose treasurer and chief nicholson and my son with one of the firefighters in the city we're proud of for those i didn't mention please give your names to me i'll make sure that- oh, sheryl davies i'm sorry
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(clapping.) okay. who else? >> i'm sorry, i can't hear you. >> grant colfax i'm sorry grant colfax. >> marvin chu. who? >> okay. [off mic.] (clapping.) carmen chiu, i said marvin i don't know. >> okay. all right. i'm sorry? [off mic.] >> thank you, ma'am mayor. >> okay. moving on now we are an important part of program where time to have the mayor come up and offer words and
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mayor breed the mayor of the city of and county of san francisco used to be a supervisor of the board in 2018 and mayor breed was mentioned earlier the first black woman and the second woman to be elected mayor of the city and county of san francisco sworn in in july of 2018 mayor breed welcome we love to have you say a few words. thank you very much. >> (clapping) wow. had a very wonderful turn out role kickoff black history month and san francisco. thank you, williams and the african-american historic society for your work and making sure that the history and the
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legacy of the black people in the city continues to be highlighted and a significant way. i want to take a moment before i begin my remarks in honor of blacks resistance and the at home of black history month to just recognition so basically was probably the posture child of black resistance many of you may be heard charley walker passed away i want to take a moment to recognize his legacy and what he has done. not many people had the courage to stand up in a difficult time charley was one of the people in the city of and county was fiat to provide opportunity and as much as he
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made sure his voice was heard not afraid to make people uncomfortable i want to take a moment to recognize him with a moment of silence. (moment of silence.) thank you all and if any members of his family are here please raise your hand and, acknowledged thank you. we miss charley and miss the work he's done and know that there are so many incredible stockholder people that represent black history month and people talk about ma'am, t.j. walker and created those amazing hair
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products look and feel good but not the first billion in charge mary someone didn't grew up in san francisco but came to san francisco and quieting through various sources invested money and opened businesses and took her hard-earned money and vested this in the underground railroad so people had a voice to support african-american and way back then when i think about the 1960s the san francisco redevelopment agency tore down african-american homes and businesses it was people like one of the first african-american first woman of color to own the blue mirror a
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club and basically would not let them destroy her business and maryellen rogers was unapostolic ass names amenity be don't see their names in the historical books they didn't fight for inclusion of black people but the fact people can show up and protest wrote a our for or against has to do with the black people that came before us the reason i'm standing here and a mayor like san francisco has has to do with with these black
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resistance that came before me the shoulder i know i stand on (clapping.) but the as a matter of fact, the you know, is not done the matter of law we celebrate black history month today unfortunately, under a cloud. a cloud of racism that continues to exist a cloud of hatred that continues to tear our community apart we know we have a lot of work to do we know in light of the tragic tragic murder in memphis what we saw with the challenges as black people that those things in the past would happen and we agree hurt if we
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feel pain and had to live with this we don't have to live with that we can speak up and make changes to deal with that and make our voices heard in unadmissible ways like never before be the advocates and everyone may not agree but it is for that we say and doing something we may not our way always but always make sure that our voices are heard. people like david johnson made sure that our stories were told in photos and people in our communities are special people because some folks are able to be the beneficiaries of our blood, sweat, and tears we honor their league of cities we continue to make sure that we
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are not at the first and foremost of making pain but we're 9 the first and foremost to provide solutions that led to the initiatives i'm so proud that while other cities are talking about what they're going to do for black people i'm not italian by making a $60 million development every single year (clapping.) of leaders like cheryl davis and others that work tirelessly to insure we have development in the community been extraordinarily may not be much with the declining population of african-american but as a result of the initiative 19 african-american mostly born and raised are homeowners now
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because of this program (clapping.) because of this program three 2 new black businesses in san francisco that wouldn't exist because of the program the abundant producers project with african-american mothers because of this program caregiver providers typically wouldn't get funding are getting support to provide those extraordinary programs we're not just talking about the statistics by the delivering that result in a new day for black people in san francisco. (clapping.) i want to thank you all for calling attention to the injustices but more importantly working on the solutions to make change and not been easy. but
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our people are worthy 2350i9 for before get up everyday i'm excited about the future and wanted to also special recognition to the black firefighters in the south light court that the bell celebrating 50 years of black firefighters into the san francisco fire department (clapping.) let's continue to to make development and continue to be a part of the solution. because that's what will create the change in our community we need to see. today, we honor our history we honor those that came before us. we celebrate but tomorrow we also know that we have to continue to roll up our
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sleeves and fight the ballot that is yet to be won thank you for being here. to celebrate black history month. >> (clapping) thank you, mayor. breed. >> everyone take a deep breath and absorb all that before we go on to the next one. >> largely you heard sing the song and lift every voice and before we go to lunch (music). >> (clapping) this i will say in 1851 this man
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was born a free man his name's was charley henry's henley the guy with wrote and composed the song and information for those of you who don't know original lyrics we shall overcome i will overcome and you'll see deep in my heart i building the lyrics were in my heart very, very powerful. in order for us to change other people sometimes, we have to change ourselves. (music). >> all right? now we shall overcome i'll be switching the words back and forth as it was originally written. i'll
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overcome we shall overcome and in my heart i don't yield we should overcome and that word for that song yet in my heart i will not yield we can overcome (music). >> we shall overcome (music). >> we shall overcome. i will offer overcome /* /* over today, today. >> oh, deep in my heart
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(music). >> i- feel that we shall overcome today. (music). >> the truth will set us free. >> but who will set us free. the truth will set us free (music). >> today. >> today. >> oh, deep in our heart. we do
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believe that the truth will set us free today (music). >> we are not afraid no, we are not afraid. (music). >> we are not afraid today. (singing). >> oh, we deep in our hearts.
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we over (unintelligible) we are not afraid today. (singing). >> we shall overcome we shall overcome. oh, we shall overcome (singing). >> we shall overcome we shall overcome today. (music). >> oh, we deep in our hearts.
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(music). >> that we shall overcome oh, yes. yes. i'll overcome we shall overcome. we shall overcome someday. (music). >> (clapping)
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thank you, lawrence perfect keynote speaker is doctor, is the social vice president safety and at the university of southern california. he's a veteran of three law enforcement agencies a former fbi situate agent a professor of homeland security. and was president on the first nominated g s a a security analyst to enormous in depth and consultants around the world and earned the great-granddaughter from brown university and master in doctorates in public policy from usc let's welcome dr. >> thank you, mr. williams and
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before i start how about raurmdz for brother lawrence (clapping.) laurence i gave me chills brought me back to my days when around the church that is new jersey and ground and thank you for the honor and privilege to contribute to the black history month and mayor breed an honor to be here from our colleague mayor basing i spent a lot of time with her the last two weeks more than years we commensurate this be period of recognition we do so with a clear understanding of mayor breed seven hundred earlier we stand on the shoulders of giant and as mentioned in 1619 project the
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very people that are not supposed to be part of our democracy have played a role in creating. as mentioned he i was professor in public policy with the public service but as i share any thoughts today, i'm going to ask our permission if i can get personal? resistance is historical and essential component our our basically 150i6r8 consistently be mindful of that regard and i spent a lot of time in my home office and have images of black leader and icon or so and looking at them i feel like i owe a debt. i remember john smith in the 1956
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olympics and was disconsent and storm trorpdz by a legendary broadcast in apple open delay mohammed ali not fighting for a country. and carolyn appropriately acknowledged on other posture for today is event those men have a core conviction that racism and decisions endure and held to their beliefs and lost their ability to work their career was taken from them because they challenged and gave up their careers in the fourns of resistance and given that
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some people might is they were unsuccessful i disagree after the point so i'm asking you had you're willing sacrifice and led those those within the organizations and institutions where change is over due we need to be inside of capital and by the way, that is a phrase i didn't create bikeway i'll talk about that in a moment a cool realty we're allowed to have the accomplishment of our people and a core the nation and our hard-earned senate and people want to force to reshape to reflect their own image for the last year and a half suppression laws were passed and more
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recently the deconstruction mentioned of martin luther king jr. and the ap african-american studies obviously the need to resistance and you may be asking yourself how did this square with a guy with a long career with law enforcement including the fbi. so say fbi that was notorious for a program that was designed to pit blacks against each other and targeting change where die get off to resist i'll talk about my journey i'm a son of educators i grew up in new jersey town. like many of my friends i want to be a star athletic for education my mother said your education is the only
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thing they can't take from you by the way, she was the same mom the first african-american with graduated (clapping.) my parents made sure i know about groups that development the processing for globetrotters and made sure a son of a parent that, you know, invented the gas mask. my parents participate in the march on working they practice what they preach to make sure i was watching and learning and as a teenager my interaction to be assaulted and led to the conclusion that was a profession i didn't want to be part of the police and following
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light foot acceptance of resistance at brown university i participated in 75 take over of the university hall and protesting the lack of hispanics and other professors and demand students of color brought this- i got kicked out of brown. and i marched around the university hall and my hands were swollen and at that time i'm going to say that mile-an-hour wifi knows at that time i was like anything else i thought i knew everything and complained about everything. fm one day my 2k5d had enough said you can't change the capital from outside. so the resistance with the construction of our goal but comes as a time ignorance is growing everyday by
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leaps and bound here's my dismr. chairman. i no longer wait my time when obama was elected the president of the united states and no longer building in people that- we don't live on the same planet how do we grapple with the obvious? >> understand there is a movement to roll back the cloud with that a mayor breed mentioned hate crimes targeting african-american and asian and jews and identifies white
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supremacist we will not ignore those dynamics perpetuate both sides of hate. (clapping.) so my resistance is often on display had i talk about the facts we need to have the regressive statement this is a person opinion this is also true in law enforcement. how many times after an event can we hear we need better training and body cameras and length- >> it is fare the police officers as a national model no,
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no. we should talk about cities with no deadly uncounters with the blacks and residents. >> (clapping) places where offices deescalate and have alternatives before and those departments and cities should be held up as examples and accept nothing less we gather this month to recognize the staff that the focus that mayor breed mentioned for that has to be a strategy. resistance means influencing the constitution and systems that facilitate just and accountability and transparency we displaced it for decades how do we do that? i'll give we continue to protest and martin luther king jr. and parks are shining examples. two, we hold
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our elected officers position at the ballot boxes and lastly, we compartment of and manage the institutions that govern our lives and one way to have accountability we resisted the steering committee h status quo we need first hand finding as well as something like this to those solutions. this includes challenges for law enforcement and homeless and public housing marin county and dream without a plan it not a plan ask yourself
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what you're doing inside of the capital 9 black women serving as mayors in over one hundred cities we are honored to be one of them on this occasion (clapping.) so i'll end by saying this is how change happens. there inside of the capital will join them join me in the words of mayor breed our responsibility to stand up for equity and fairness and civil rights. thank you very much. >> thank you dr.
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>> okay. the- >> next item i'm on the agenda um, will be ginger vice president will come up and make some announcements and talk about um, events coming up. okay. >> (clapping) how do you do everyone i'm amazed you came out but i'm blessed we're blessed to be in the presence of one another not having to worry covid 19. >> and i appreciate those wearing their masks hi grant. a lot of familiar faces (laughter) a lot of familiar faces so we're happy to have you here. um,
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fantastic. thank you very much. >> that's the heart of our journey here. and resistance with a positive outcome. so just a few announcements. um, i want to honor again david johnson and his wife. david every time i see him, i want to sing happy birthday. and so you may want to congratulate him on all the wisdom of years and i'm so sorry you missed some of you might have missed his photo exhibit. that was hanging over here in the north light court so you may be able to get that online. go to the website and i may be able
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to find that for you. >> so february may be the 140r9ist most of the year but black history month events are occurring everyday. everyday around that city in our community and churches and organizations, you know, in our homes and also across the bay make sure to check out and learn something you can learn something new that the black history month contributions in this great country. and not just our history but culture and the way we live and other contributions. so a few other announcements the society will sponsor yet another genealogy workshop on february 18th at 11 o'clock at working community center our first in-person um,
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genealogy workshop and getting it started in march of 2020. >> we hope that you want to join us let us know go the registration desk if you preregistration we want that and or go to the website faa f g and ask the desk to register. you never know you may need to have some sort of inventlogy background to be eligibility for reparation but to go through where you, you came from how you connect with the past. and the future. two
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members on february 18th as 11 o'clock at booker t washington service center and asked to invite to hear john a historian of black history month who will make a presentation on the black history month at home black resistance at w a m e church tomorrow i don't know the time so- you have the time [off mic.] >> john are you here? >> okay. go to the website and if you like to hear john got a wealth of information about san francisco and african-americans role john is the author of several books related to history and served as a trustee of the martin luther king alabama. we also want to notify you to visit our table to look at 9 material
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if you want to join us please do if you want to in the generallogy workshop but after this join us out to join in a second line does everyone know what a second line it? >> the new orleans with black resistance comes black joy. and black joy is inclusive everyone can join in without marching we are walking we're going to stroll. and we are going to be doing this so the sound of the courtesy san francisco public library walking through the library if you have a hang any get it out get into the spirit
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if you want to waive our cloth and remedy black history is everyday. thank you. >> (clapping) >> okay. thank you ginger and that brings us to the end of our program my apologies we ran a little bit over but let's take a moment and give dr. seiuers and reverend shaw thank you for your presentation and brings us to the- i want to mention we have the programs sponsors that supported this and make that possible for the contributions for society. board members of the society are listed as well
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we want to thank them for their hard work and attraction and as ginger said any interest in history for the just african-american history but all the histories intersect we love to have you been part of society. and with that, we want to thank you thank you for being here. and this afternoon and lawrence you having a mic will sing a song on the way out you don't have to sing on the way out. >> okay. >> the impediment is- all that stand in the way because it is the way. all that stands in the way because it is the way.
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so we're going to do a bill withers lay it on me. let that play right there. >> okay. >> okay. >> all right. >> (laughter.) >> (music). >> put your hands together for the music for the music. >> (music). >> more music. >> (singing). >> if you need someone to lean
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on. >> some >> more music. >> times you have what this is a we all have days we have sorrow yeah. >> yeah. >> if you are one. >> we know that there always tomorrow. >> always tomorrow. >> lean on me. >> when you're not strong i'll be your help you carry on more music. >> it won't be long what? >> someone to lean on. >> if there is a law music.
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>> what? >> that you- >> oh, i follow your path if you have days what. >> what you going to sing. >> call on me brother when you need a hand. >> we all need somebody to lean on. >> i just might have a problem that you understand. we all need somebody to lean on. >> yeah. >> lean on me. yeah. >> when you're not strong. i'll be friend i'll help you carry on. >> for it won't be long.
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>> for what? i know you'll need somebody to lean on. >> what you going to sing. >> just call on me brother when you need a hand. >> we all need somebody to lean on (singing). >> i just might have a problem that you understand. >> we all need somebody to lean on. >> lean opec me when you're not strong i'll be your friend i'll help you carry on. >> that won't be long actually, i'm going to need somebody to lean on.
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>> i call me. >> call me. >> call me. >> call me. >> call me call me. >> yeah. >> give yourself a hand. >> just call on me brother when need a hand. we all need somebody to lean on (singing). >> i just might have a problem that you you'll understand. >> we all need somebody to lean on. we all need. >> oh, yeah. >> we all neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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>> good morning everyone. my name is nuvia (inaudible) depdy director at department of public health. before we begin i like to do the land acknowledgeism we are on uncedeed unsesteral home land of the ramaytush oholone. as indigenous studered of the lands and accordance with tradition, the ramaytush oholone never cedeed lost or forgotten their responsibility of the care takers och thais place and all peoples who reside in their tor tore. we benefit from living and working on their home land. by affirming sovereign rights as first people. welcome avenue wn. this is new health resource center named after our long time beloved
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colleague department of public health leader marie martinez. i thank you mayor breed for your leadership that helped make this day realty. thank you for being a champion for san francisco most vulnerable residents. i am thrilled to be joined by marie's daughter polama and friends and families and dph colleagues and staff. thank you to dr. berry (inaudible) for guidance and (inaudible) director of marie martinez health resource center and staff of the marie for their tireless work. i want to take a moment to say this sentser a incredble accomplishment and directly speaks to the vision and leadership that marie x provided. i cannot think of a more fitting tribute to her legacy then a place where integrated multiagency approach
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provides care and resources to the people experiencing homelessness as well as to the medically vulnerable san franciscans. marie always found a way to do more. to serve more, to do better. and i know her presence here will inspire all of us to do the same. many of us continue to morn her passing and i when i look what has been created in her memory i find inspiration and strength. as the former director of whole person care, marie knew the value integrating efforts across the city. i want to recognize city department partners in this effort. the department of homelessness and supportive housing. the human service agency. the department of emergency management. the mayor's office of community-housing and community development. the fire department. the sheriff department. as well as mercy housing and episcicul community service. everyone played a key role opening the community
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and insuring we provide first rate care to the community. now i like to welcome mayor breed to say a few words. [applause] >> thank you so much, and it is really great to be here. already just walking through the doors, just thinking about the people that this clinic is going to serve, it is absolutely extraordinary. but i do want to start by really thanking the staff and people who work here every single day. today i know it feels great. we have this new facility but this work is hard, and the challenges that exist in our city have been very very difficult. when the public makes demands for us to deal with some of those challenges and to provide the appropriate systems of care, they don't just happen because people want them to happen, they happen because there are people who are dedicated to making them happenism there are people showing up every single day despite the
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challenges, disspite beal called names because they understand the challenges with people who struggle with mental illness and substance use disorder who need to have care and support to make sure that they are getting what they need to survive and to thrive in san francisco and it is not easy. and today as we dedicate this facility in honor of marie x martinez we are reminded of advocate that worked for department of public health and dedicated her life to this mission over the last 20 years understanding it is just not one thing. there are a number of things that happen and people who have tremendous needs. the whole person from the (inaudible) basic physical needs as well mental health and those challenges stem from so many things from dementia to people who suffer with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and
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so many issues. you know, when i think about our country and our society and the challenges that we face, i think about when we-it is easy to do deal with some of the physical issues like you break a foot or a leg or something and there is doctors who specialize in those things, but we have really i think failed as a society to realize that substance use disorder and mental health challenges people have sit in a category too where they need specialist and support and compassion, and this clinic is going to provide that holistic support. this place offers treatment on demand. it offers a opportunity when someone wants to get clean and sober, they have the resources to do that. and this is a location where not only the street medicine is housed, the people who are out there on the streets providing the narcan
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and support and help and assistance to people in need, but also our homeless outreach team, the partnership that exist between these entities to help people who are truly the most vulnerable in san francisco is what this clinic in particular represents all most more then any other clinic that we have throughout the sit a eand county of san francisco. so, again, i want to really thank the doctors and the staff and the nurses, the counselors, the clinicians, the people who show up every single day and put their heart into this work, because you have to love this work in order to really muster up the strength to come to work every single day and to support this community, your work is appreciated. i also want to take this opportunity to thank all the various departments and agencies who helped to deliver this project on budget and not over budget. it is a over $13 million project,
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supported in so many different ways including by the voters of san francisco when they support public health bonds, they support clinics like this. they support the opportunity to provide healthcare to san franciscans regardless of whether or not they have health insurance. that's what places like this provide an opportunity to help make sure that people are able to get the support that they need, and so again, i want to thank you all so much for being here today. thank you to it great departments and everyone who played a role in this. it is a lot of work and it does take a village. thank you again to marie x family and her friends and people who knew her. i know when she passed away in 2020 it was really devastated for the public health community and so i know that you know, as much as some of you miss her, i know especially her daughter paloma today
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missing her because you know her work and advocacy for social justice, push for creative solutions and change and as a result of naming this clinic in her honor it really cements her leg acy of work in the city and county of san francisco so thank you so much for being here and at this time i like to introduce dr. hammer in charge of all the various clinics that serve the public in our city. we had a number of opening including maxine hall. my grandmother used to use maxine hall. so many african american seniors and clinics in the bayview and mission and think of the extraordinary histraphy of the clinics and what they provided when people in these communities had no alternative. this clinic first opened in 1917 and has been serving the community through the aids epidemic, through the fentanyl crisis and now all of the
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things we have to deal with and so we are really grateful for her leadership so ladies and gentlemen, please welcome dr. hammer. [applause] >> good morning madam mayor and gathered guest. holly hammer director of ambulatory care for the department of public health. it is a honor to welcome you to our beautiful new marie x martinez health resource center. this brand new space, this space for healing and connection is the embodyment of a vision and culmination of years of hard work and community investment to bring the vision to realty. this new space already had a huge impact on capacity to provide humane and high quality care for our patients. the vast nujrt of whom are experiencing homelessness. we serve people in our community who face so many challenges and felt devalued and unseen especially when dhai try to access
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healthcare. many patients we see have serious health issues. they need an accessible welcoming and manageable place to come for healing. this new facility and the extraordinary staff who work here are our local experts in healthcare for people experiencing homelessness and this is where-this st. the space we provided where they can provide the compassionate care people need. when talking about the incredible work we do here, dr. barry zeven memedical director describes the model of care based on access, excellence and our own special sauce. our special sauce includes making our patients feel welcome and cared for. we aim to provide as much as we can in a one stop shop model including drop in urgent care, transitional primary care, mental health and substance use
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services, podiatry and dental care as mayor breed mentioned. and i hope all of you get a chance to look at our big beautiful new dental suite while quou are here. this is why we chose to call this a health resource center. this is truly whole person integrated care. we also partner here with staff from other city agencies who join us in serving the community. especially staff from department of homelessness and supportive housing and our long time partners the homeless outreach team. in planning this project we are grateful for the important partnership of mercy housing, apiscicul community service, the mayor office of housing community development, human service agency, all agencies so important bringing this project to fruition. before i introduce our next speaker i do want to take the opportunity to thank some of the many people who worked tirelessly on this
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monumental project. huge appreciation to whole person integrated care leadership team (inaudible) berry zeven, les (inaudible) john grimes, (inaudible) and then also our facility partners from the department of public health lead by cathy (inaudible) and many many others. for those who have the honor of working with marie x martinez and morn the loss of our beloved colleague, friend and mentor, celebrating the opening of this beautiful place of healing named in honor of marie is both comfortable and gratifying. it is also so fitting our final speaker this morning is marie's beloved daughter polama. i remember marie telling about puloma soon after we started working
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closely today. she showed her picture and shined with pride as she told about poloma decision to pursue a career in social work. she will make an amazing social worker and i know you are already serving people at unlock another of our community partners. polama this beautiful healing space named to acknowledge your mother vision of compassionate welcoming care for people experiencing homelessness and other social vulnerabilities is part of her legacy . thank you for being here today to help celebrate the health resource center which remind all who enter of marie's vision and collective work to achieve that vision. i am proud we got to this point of opening this beautiful new place of healing. we are already seeing lots and lots of people here, which is so incredibly gratifying but marie would have been the first to say we have much more to do. this isn't the end of the
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effort but the beginning. i like to interdue you poloma martinez. [applause] >> thank you holly and mayor breed. i am very honored to be here at the official opening of this health resource center that now bears my mother's name. my family and i are so proud of the beautiful result of her hard work, dedication and commitment. i wish she could be here to see this. she was my example of how to improve the lives of those who were not being taken care of, so thank you to everyone who helped make one of her dreams a realty. [applause]
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>> we celebrate 45 years of promoting culture in the latino community. >> on this 45th anniversary, we are celebrating the mild stone which is being declared a landmark. this building and organization was founded in 1977 by community activist and artist who are seeking equity. there was no place where people of color could exhibit their art work. and there was a need to create
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a cultural space where latino artist could promote and show their work. so this is what came out of that effort. we have a historical landmark theater, a historic gallery and we have the historic mission graphica, a print shop where much of our history has been documented through art. through the center, we have been able to develop and promote emerging artist that have become amazing established artist. so we have established traditional programming that the community can count on year after year such as the day of the dead, carnival and the solo mujeres show. during this 45th anniversary, we're also faced with challenge, the city has requested that we have a
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temporary relocation due to seismic retrofit, that is going to be close to a million dollars. and that's a big challenge for us. >> the 45th is important not just because of the number of years but it reflects the continuity of the center. and it reflects the fact that we continue to exist and thrive and provide our programming to the community. the challenge going forward, is not only the relocation but it is the diversification of funding so that the center is no longer dependent on single sources of revenue. so going forward one of our efforts and the board particularly is going to concentrate on seek ising alternative funding for the center, so that we don't end up only having one exclusive source, which would be the art commission. >> what we are doing between now and june is having a series
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of event to raise money, right now, we are asking for the public to support us in our long term sustainability. we need to raise money to continue our legacy for another 50 years or more and in order for us to be here for our community and to continue and vessel and promote latino art, we need everyone's support. we're going to have amazing shows by established artist. we are privileged in exhibiting the pa lo buy in collection and that's a huge gift for a community. >> [speaking spanish]
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[speaking spanish] >> we have quality art pieces and quality programming. and we're going to have a few fundraisers under the end of the year and we're asking for the public's support to come out and donate generously and support us in any way you can. we need everyone's help because this is the community's culture center, this is our historical legacy. this is our pride. this is, this is our sole.
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--soul and we need your help.
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