ONE FAN'S FIGHT

Allen Jones has lived in San Francisco since 1960.

In the course of his activism on other matters concerning San Francisco, Jones noticed and was surprised, as a 49er fan to hear that in December 2011, the NFL had loaned the San Francisco 49ers $200 million to build a new stadium 35 miles south of San Francisco.

Aware of the NFL’s "Commitment to the Community Letter" dated June 15, 2011 made it even harder to believe. But business is business. However, loaning the 49ers money to leave the community that supported the team for the last 40 years of the team's 60 plus year in San Francisco, was “Blatant hypocrisy” as Jones saw it.

Looking into the matter further, Jones discovered blatant hypocrisy also by the 49ers and city officials of San Francisco concerning the 49er departure. That has caused him to revolt.

In respect for the struggling Bayview Hunters Point where Candlestick Park is located and respect for the name San Francisco, Jones felt the duty to fight back. 

Monday
Aug182014

City Hall, SF Chronicle Pandering driving SF Blacks Out!

It is okay for Mayor Ed Lee to sign a letter urging SF Arch Bishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the D.C. rally in support of "Traditional marriage." It is also okay for SF Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius to amen it by saying at the end of his June 18, 2014 column: "Time for Cordileone to move on from San Francisco."

We cannot forget that it was applauded when Mayor Ed Lee told Chick-fil-A that it was not welcome because of its alleged intolerence as reported. SFGate.com inside scoop

Executive Director of the SF Human Rights Commission, transgender Theresa Sparks cost the city $210,000 for discriminating against a now former Black male staffer. The City stands in support of this person by the mere fact that she has had two SF Human Rights Commission performance reviews and this issue is not even given as much as a slap on the wrist.

The reason the discrimination by Theresa Sparks has been swept under the rug in my opinion is, City Hall and the SF Chronicle panders to the LGBT community.

Saturday
Aug092014

"You Haven't Done Nothin' Boycott" of SF City Hall

I admit that I am motivated to call on SF Blacks to boycott City Hall and the 2016 San Francisco "Host City" Super Bowl due to a pattern of personal disrespect that I have received from SF City Hall. But my evidence suggest that I am not the only Black man disrespected by SF City Hall.

A resident of San Francisco since 1960, I approached my elected officials to address issues concerning our dwindling Black population. My documented treatment only reminded me, a set back is really a step forward for those who are determined.

The late great legendary singer James Brown sang, "I don't want nobody givin' me nothin', just open up the door, I'll get it myself." For too long, that door that The Godfather of soul was singing of, has been closed in the faces of many SF Black residents by the subtle racist policies of San Francisco.

One of the many hit songs by iconic Stevie Wonder is titled: "You Haven't Done Nothin'." In this 40-year-old hit, Mr. Wonder was speaking to and of the many politicians who talk about what they will do once we put them in office.

I know discrimination when I see it. San Francisco politicians must answer for their years of blatant to me, but still subtle disrespect and discrimination of the city's Black residents.

Below is a short list of reasons that I say SF Blacks should boycott SF City Hall and the 2016 Super Bowl for its continued indifference towards the SF Black community.

1. The BayView Public Library. The lowest bid to build this library was submitted by a San Francisco Black contractor, who also owns the SF BayView News, which has been critical of City Hall. However, a White contractor not even a city company with a higher bid by several million won the right to build the this new library.

2. Take a good long look at the billions of dollars in construction that is all over the city. Then look at the work crews. Do you see what I see, very few Blacks.

3. Mayor Ed Lee hired a young Black lawyer (scroll down link) on a three year contract totaling $360,000.00 for the purpose of reversing the Black out-migration. Who in their right mind believes that this is possible when all indications of City Hall policies are driving Blacks out of the city?

4. San Francisco City Engineer Faud Sweiss and relatives, the Sweiss family, owners of the building that once housed Marcus Books for their roles in ending the era of the oldest Black owned book store in the country.

5. The San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Formed in 1964 to fight discrimination against Blacks. In 2013 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors agreed to pay a former HRC Black staffer $210,000.00 to settle a discrimination suit he brought against the city and its current HRC White Executive Director Theresa Sparks.

6. Imagine having a concert of 25,000 mostly White fans in a stadium that sits in a dwindling Black populated neighborhood. This is not racism at work, this is racial insensitivity from the mayor for having Sir Paul McCartney close out Candlestick Park.

7. SF 49er CEO Jed York was quoted as saying, if San Francisco wins the right to host the 2016 Super Bowl, the team would "donate 25% of the profits from that Super Bowl to fight poverty." Taking a $1.3 billion project out of a struggling neighborhood and in return, offer a conditional concern to fight poverty.

8. A city that discriminates and disrespects its Black citizens is no place to host a Super Bowl party. In fact, I view it as proof that the NFL has a long way to go before it can claim victory over racism. Seventy percent of the National Football League players are Black.

9. San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerse boycott of The City's travel and tourism industry enters its eight month with no real respect in sight. Never mind the fact that some Blacks are confused on what is a boycott SF Celebrates Black Business Month.

Blacks in San Francisco continue to be discriminated against and instead of fighting back, many have chosen to leave.

With one dignified voice and of course no violence, boycotting San Francisco City Hall and the 2016 Super Bowl is saying, other than helping to close the door once opened by the civil rights era, "You Haven't Done Nothin'.

In order to get the respect we deserve as hard working and tax paying citizens, we must declare that we will refrain from calling on City Hall for anything. This includes seeking employment at City Hall as well as attending SF Board of Supervisor meetings or other city government agency meetings. This boycott should also intended for Blacks to refrain from participating in any and all task forces, which are viewed as a waste of time or lip service.

We respect all the hard working Blacks fortunate to have a job with the city and only ask that these individuals continue to serve the city with dignity with the clear knowledge that City Hall is unkind to Blacks.

If interested in being a part of the "You Haven't Done Nothin' Boycott" contact: Allen Jones, email: jones-allen@att.net