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This website is dedicated to the life and work of the late Bayard Rustin.

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"We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers." --Bayard Rustin--

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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. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised to support communities that support the NFL. But six months later, in December 2011, the NFL owners voted to loan the 49ers $200 million to leave the Black community of San Francisco that had supported the team for the last 40 years of the team's 67 years being in the city.

Jones firmly believes any sports team has the right to take its business anywhere it can make the most profit. However, there is a right way to leave and a wrong way to leave. Jones believes something was seriouly wrong with how the team moved away from San francisco's struggling Black community.

Looking into the matter further, Jones discovered more blatant hypocrisy by elected city officials of San Francisco concerning the 49er departure. That has caused Jones to revolt as a fan of not only the 49ers but also as a fan of "Everyone's favorite city."

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

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This site was created for the purpose of chronicling racism as viewed by its creator, of, the SF 49ers owner Denise York's now successful relocating of the team out of San Francisco. SF 49er Fan Revolt will continue to track racism on this same site as perpetrated by San Francisco City Hall, until major changes occur in policy decisions that affect the SF Black community.

 

Saturday
Mar312018

Senator Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Nancy Pelosi lead unanimous Shameful Vote

March 29, 2018, the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) posted on its website the results of their endorsements for candidates and ballot measures for the upcoming June 2018 San Francisco election.

The only unanimous vote “No” recommendation caught me by surprise. Liberal “progressive” San Francisco became quite regressive when 30 Top San Francisco Democrats, including Senator Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Nancy Pelosi voted to essentially support the Golden State Warriors intent to cheat Oakland and Alameda County out of $40 Million in public debt.

Photo: Tim Redmond 48 Hills

What began a year ago with a $200 filing fee from my Social Security check for a ballot measure led to a, “Stop the Warriors from moving” GoFundMe $5,000.00 contribution, and the http://goodneighborcoalition.org On the website I state my case against SF City Hall for its covetousness and greed through a series of backroom deals to STEAL an NBA franchise.

San Francisco has a $10 billion annual tourism industry verses $800 million for Oakland. If San Francisco has so much why take from Oakland who has considerably less? San Francisco has 33 billionaire who live in the City. If City Hall under the late Mayor Ed Lee wanted a basketball team so bad why take from our neighbor? City Hall should have used its rolodex and pressured the NBA for an expansion option. And according to a San Francisco State professor, he determined through research that Oakland would lose 805 jobs and as much as $87 million a year in lost economic energy with the Warrior move of 11 miles across the bay.

“Relocation of Professional Sports Teams” aka Proposition I, became a ballot measure in October 2017 after I was informed by the San Francisco Department of Elections the, 14,766 signatures I collect largely due to the financial help I received from my first donor; an Oakland business executive who put up an additional $50,000.00 had qualified for the June 2018 SF election.

I wrote the 500-word measure but, it was the person I asked to look it over who added the language that makes me most proud to be a part of something so unique. That language: “…take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.”

The reason is simple. Professional sports teams have been taking advantage of fans for way too long. First, they demand local governments build them stadiums and arenas at tax payer expense. Then they blackmail die-hard fans with threats of if the city does not build them a now billion-dollar playpen, they will take the team out of the city.

That is why the San Francisco 49ers are no longer in the San Francisco community that supported them for four decades. Never mind the fact that the team under current ownership were lousy neighbors.

The new owners of the Golden State Warriors played a different game, knowing San Francisco voters would never finance building them an arena. They bragged about their “Private funding” to get their foot in the door. But had to use a covetous SF City Hall to fight for them. The result was squeezing a billion-dollar 18000-seat arena on 11 acres of land in the newest White community of The City called Mission Bay, directly across the street from UCSF Medical Center and Children’s Hospital.

The alternative site was to build on 130 acres of land in the same Black Oakland community where the team won three NBA titles.

The intent of Proposition I is to give San Francisco voters a say, or the opportunity to apologize for the actions of SF City Hall to Oakland as well as condemn their tactics. Threatening the well-respected UCSF who opposed an 18000-seat arena with 225 planned dates of activity to be located next to a hospital that has an emergency room? Placing sports over medical care and research alone warrants an apology.

Proposition I, would adopt a policy providing that the City will not invite, entice, encourage, cajole or condone the relocation of any professional sports team that has previously established itself in another city and has demonstrated clear and convincing support from community and fans for at least 20 years and is profitable.

This measure would also adopt a policy that the City take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.

A “YES” Vote Means: If you vote “yes,” you want to make it City policy not to encourage professional sports teams from other cities to move to San Francisco and to take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt.

A “NO” Vote Means: If you vote “no,” you do not want to adopt these City policies.

But a who’s who of top San Francisco democrats, led by familiar names like, US Senator Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, voting “No” with 28 other top or household named San Francisco politicians made this unanimous vote a hard pill to swallow.

Support for the Golden State Warriors moving to San Francisco in what I view as a sham orchestrated by SF City Hall is bad enough. But the Warriors attempting to walk out on a widely reported public debt of $40 million, owed to Oakland and Alameda County, its neighbor, turns the measure into a declaration of greed by morally bankrupt San Francisco politicians.

The debt was incurred by a bond to refurbish Oracle arena that the team demanded under its old ownership. The owners of the team do not believe they are required to pay on the debt after leaving Oracle arena next year. There is a scheduled arbitration hearing on the matter set for August of 2018.

The new ownership, led by Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have made all payments since they purchased the team in 2010, for $450 million and according to Forbes is worth, $2.6 billion. But the best way to describe this act of tightwad-ism is a dine and dash that no moral person should vote to support.

I never got a last chance to sway even one member of the DCCC before the vote. I was prevented from witnessing the actual unanimous 30 “No” votes due to the fact, I have never been able to walk.

The meeting was held on the second floor of an elementary school near City Hall. I waited as someone searched unsuccessfully to locate anyone with a key for the elevator to take me up to the meeting room.

After 20 minutes of waiting, I left the building not knowing what April Fool’s joke had just been played on my Proposition I. I was informed that the elevator was eventually opened up for the elderly and disabled.

Saturday
Mar242018

Thanks SF Weekly and SF Examiner

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In other news:

I met with the San Francisco Examiner editorial board on March 22, 2018. I don't think they were too impressed with use of the ballot for Proposition I. But I greatly appreciate the opportunity to address the board. I will know just how impressed they were or were not in May.


Wednesday
Mar142018

Vote Yes on Proposition I June 5, 2018

Matthew and Gregory of SF Department of Elections at the drawing of letters on March 12, 2018

The Way It Is Now: The City’s professional sports teams include the San Francisco Giants baseball team. The San Francisco 49ers football team plays its home games in Santa Clara. 

The Golden State Warriors basketball team currently plays its home games in Oakland, but will start playing its home games in San Francisco when the Chase Center, a multipurpose arena under construction in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, is completed. This arena is expected to be open for the Warriors’ 2019-20 season.

The Proposal: Proposition I would adopt a policy providing that the City will not invite, entice, encourage, cajole or condone the relocation of any professional sports team that has previously established itself in another city and has demonstrated clear and convincing support from community and fans for at least 20 years and is profitable. 

This measure would also adopt a policy that the City take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt. 

A "YES" Vote Means: If you vote “yes,” you want to make it City policy not to encourage professional sports teams from other cities to move to San Francisco and to take a stand against any sports team ownership group attempting to avoid payment of an outstanding public debt. 

A "NO" Vote Means: If you vote “no,” you do not want to adopt these City policies.

Saturday
Mar032018

June 2018 Campaign of Shame

The San Francisco Examiner has reported that interim San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell is conducting 10-minute open door talks with residents on the first and third Friday of the month until he is no longer mayor, June 5, 2018.

But the YouTube video below is my clear evidence, Farrell can't pay attention for two minutes to concerned citizens. Beginning at the 12:28 mark of this video, he and colleages show blatant disrespect to a man (Me) who has never been able to walk, but felt what I had to say was so important, I got down to City Hall. If I had of known I would be disrespected by then Supervisor Mark Farrell as chairman of this committee, I would have not bothered to come, which has been the case ever since this 2012 experience:

This 30 minute amature video/program should be viewed in its entirety. It is my strategy to send a strong message of RESPECT not only SF City Hall, but to all owners of professional sports teams in America; through the democratic process. 

Friday
Feb092018

I'D Rather Fight Than Switch