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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.

 

Friday
Jul012016

Just say "No" to proposed new Warrior SF arena (interview)

Sunday
May152016

Racism Reigns at James Rolph Park, San Francisco


Byron Gill (left) and his attorney, Gregory P. Brock. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

 Gill, represented by attorney Gregory P. Brock, described the matter in his closing arguments as “Death by a thousand cuts.” He painted a picture of employer retaliation and harassment. Defending the city was attorney Lisa Berkowitz who tried, to paint a picture as a case of, “Sour grapes” by Gill for being passed over for a promotion. 

The twelve person jury, nine of which who were Whites and no Black jurors might be puzzled and possibly angry to learn that they were blindfolded from seeing clear evidence of racism. Gill’s attorney was not able to bring into trial racial evidence or even use the word “Race” as a matter of law simply because Gill was unable to prove he was the most qualified gardener in his initial dispute. 

This doomed his case and sent a sobering message to other Black gardeners: Racism will continue its reign over The City’s Black gardeners. 

Byron Gill has worked for the city for over thirty years. Since 1996, he worked as a gardener, mainly, at the city’s James Rolph Park but also Garfield Park and Mission Recreation Center. His “Exemplary” work began to change only in the eyes of his two White supervisors.

In 2011, Byron Gill, took interest in the call by Rec. and Park for the position of “District Captain.” (Similar to lead gardener) He was the only person from the Mission Complex to apply. Although the City needed a captain for its Mission area parks, the City denied Gill the position and left it unfilled for the next two years.

April 2013, Gill showed up to work only to be blindsided by the announcement; by his immediate supervisor at the time, Park Service Manager Adrian Field, that Michelle Pallavicini was selected as District Captain. 

May 2013, Gill filed his first Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) complaint for unfair treatment because he was harmed knowing that Pallavicini lacked the experience needed to be captain. She was a recent hire in 2011, and Gill trained her when she first became employed by the City’s Rec and Park. She only served as a lead gardener for 20 days and had never served as an acting supervisor for the City. He also learned that a “Secret process,” where the only name submitted for District Captain by Field was that of, Michelle Pallavicini, an “Award winning gardener.”

This slap in the face to Gill, by Field, showed no appreciation or respect for Gill’s decades of good service, which included being the man Field called on for over eleven years to be in charge (District captain) whenever, Field went on vacation. This gained confidence in Gill, by Field, immerged from a rocky first day the two gentlemen ever worked together where Field called Gill a, “Liar.”

During Gill’s tenure at James Rolph Park, the park received high ratings in City park inspections. In September 2013, the Park received an overall rating of 98.1%. In December 2013, the overall rating was 95%. And in July of 2014, Frances Taylor a neighbor of Rolph Park sent a letter to the City praising Gill as a person and his work. The City even sent Ms. Taylor a response thanking her and glowing with pride for having Gill in the department. 

San Francisco has 220 parks and the Recreation and Parks Department oversees them all, employing 900 permanent and 600 part-time workers over the course of a year. Of the hundreds of gardeners there is little doubt amongst many gardeners that Gill, is the “Go to” guy.

Once Park Service Manager Adrian Field discovered that, Gill had filed a complaint with Fair Employment and Housing, his immediate response to Gill, was, “Why did you do that?”

Methodically and reminiscent of wrestling “tag-team” partners, both Adrian Field and Michelle Pallavicini took turns harassing Gill. This included filling up Gill’s employee file with petty write-ups, threats and suspensions.

One Gill “written reprimand for insubordinate behavior”, dated June 4, 2015, reads like a, master to slave, dress down. But actually it was written by his now immediate supervisor, Michelle Pallavicini; the White woman he welcomed and trained when she was first hired at SF Rec and Park. 

In April 2015, Gill filed another DFEH complaint that angered both Field and Pallavicini. 

In May 2015, Pallavicini took away Gill’s work truck. At that time, Gill was required to work at both Rolph Park and the Mission Recreation Center, situated about a mile apart. Gill then used his personal truck to move between parks. Pallavicini arbitrarily forbid him from using his personal vehicle at work, then disciplined Gill for continuing to use his personal vehicle. The City ultimately suspended Gill for 10 days in 2015, largely for using his personal truck. 

Blacks need not apply

Other qualified Black gardeners were also passed over for captain positions in 2013. Clarence Robinson had scored 100% on the City’s supervisor test, yet Field didn’t even consider submitting Robinson for a captain job. Anita Lofton also a black gardener was denied a captain position in 2013 in favor of a white male who had only four months in the department. Lofton field a complaint with DFEH.

In June 2015, it was deja vu for Black gardeners once again passed over for the Captain Position. The City appointed two park services captains to the Mission Complex, Richard Hernandez and Ryan Balderas, neither is Black. Pallavicini was involved in the selection of these two park captains, where both of these appointees were significantly less qualified than Gill: Richard Hernandez began working for the City in 2011; Ryan Balderas started as a gardener in 2014.

Another damaging document that showed a pattern of promotions beginning in 2011 that excluded all Black gardeners but promoted seven, who were White and one Hispanic. 

Field and Pallavicini took actions against Anita Lofton, who asked for equipment and supplies and a truck, they refused her. She was left stranded at a work site with no transportation and had to walk a mile to get back. Field and Pallavicini also took a work truck away from Clarence Robinson. They did not take a work truck from any non-Black gardener.

When Pallavicini took tools from Gill’s cargo container in 2015, Gill requested the tools be returned. It took her over 3 months to return the tools to him. The lack of tools made it much harder for Gill to do his job.

In 2015, Pallavicini gave Gill a performance evaluation with an overall rating of “1”, even though she admitted Gill is an ambassador for James Rolph Park and that he’s well-known and well-liked by the community.

Pallavicini rejected Gill’s 2015 bid for reassignment to Glen Park - where he would have been away from Pallavicini. If Gill was such a problem for Pallavicini to the point that she was constantly criticizing his work, she could not think of a reason when asked during a deposition why she denied Gill’s request for a transfer. Other gardeners with less experience, such as Peter Andrews who is White was granted a transfer. 

Racism killed the grass

Gill testified that every two years the grass is replaced at Rolph Park baseball diamond by outside contractors while he over sees their work. This practice was the same the entire time he was working at Rolph Park. 

In 2015, the only difference when laying the new grass, was that Gill was set to go on vacation the following day. Gill left clear instructions that the grass needed to be watered a lot. At trial he explained that the reason was the roots will chase after the water. And the more water, the further down the roots will travel to get it. 

The new green grass turned brown and died while Byron Gill was on vacation. The District Captain and award winning gardener who, did not water the grass was, Michelle Pallavicini.

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Portions of this story were extracted from document files in the matter of Byron Gill vs CCSF, San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-15-545484

Thursday
Apr282016

Continued Marginalization of SF Blacks 

San Francisco Examiner reporter, Jonah Owen Lamb paints a clear picture of the continued marginalization of Blacks in San Francisco. Click here for the story.

Friday
Mar252016

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2016

CONTACT:
Allen Jones
(415) 756-7733
jones-allen@att.net
 

 

Critic of SF racism says, BSU at Lowell High School should take the lead in phasing out “Black History Month” in all of America. 

(San Francisco, CA) – Allen Jones, a longtime resident of San Francisco (1960) and activist known for documenting SF and City Hall racism, points the finger of blame at an outdated Black History Month, not racism, as the reason Black students attending San Francisco’s highly regarded, Lowell High School walked out of class last month.

Black Historian, Carter G. Woodson created what we now call Black History Month in 1926, with the intention it should be temporary. Jones says, “90 years and counting does not equate as temporary, nor does it suggests we are following the wishes of this historian and visionary.”

Citing as a misunderstanding, a Lowell High student put up a poster to celebrate Black History in his school last month was simply trying to honor his Black friends, Black rap idols and Black president. But some Black students took offense to the poster. The result has caused one now confused, Lowell student to possibly look for another school and a few Black students at Lowell making what Jones calls “unrealistic demands” of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Jones takes claims of Lowell High treating its Black students in a manner that led to this Black Student Union (BSU) led walk out of class very seriously. And in no way suggests Lowell’s Black students are exaggerating their claims of racism.

However, Jones feels, based on the evidence and a visit with the school’s principal, Andrew Ishibashi, whatever Black students of Lowell felt, it was not racism. He adds, "All 2700 students of Lowell High should be proud of their principal."

Jones does question the SFUSD and the SF Board of Education (SF BOE) for how it responded to the walkout and a subsequent “Demand letter,” supposedly written by the BSU. The demand letter by the Lowell BSU reads like an unrealistic and “Coached” document. One member of the SF school board published his opinion in a local opinion piece, which suggested all of SFUSD has a problem with racism based on what happened at Lowell.

Jones does believe there is hope for a greater percentage of high achieving Black students from San Francisco to attend Lowell High School without fear of being viewed or treated negatively, while trying to get a Lowell education. But with political correctness standing in the way of Black progress by offering a false sense of respect to Blacks and a nation leaning on an outdated plan to recognize the countless contributions of Blacks in America, Lowell High School will have to work a miracle just to add one Black student.

Jones believes a first and big step towards making Blacks at any school in the country feel as though they belong, would be to phase out “Black History Month.” The well-respected and also harsh critic of San Francisco racism and president of the SF NAACP Rev. Dr. Amos Brown recommended an “Ethnic Heritage Month.” Jones concludes, “Lowell High School’s Black Student Union can't have it both ways and does not need the SFUSD to lead them by the hand. Lowell's BSU only needs to coordinate and celebrate the opportunity to lead.”  

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Thursday
Mar172016

Does Voting Matter to Black Lives Matter?

According to the Black Lives Matter website, they do not believe much can be accomplished by way of the “Ballot box.” That did not prevent the movement from protesting at Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential rallies all in the same week. 

Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement are most likely to accept being referred to, or referring to Blacks as, “African American” and celebrate Black History Month. But the same government and citizens that the movement demand hear them on the issue of justice for Blacks are the same government and citizens that duped them into believing Black lives matter on paper or in school text books. 

Listen closely to elected officials toss around the term African American as if it were a Frisbee at the beach. But when Blacks asked these same politicians to address the issue of "Last one hired, first ones fired” or various other injustices in America, these same politicians respond by sticking their heads in the sand. 

A movement to correct this scam might take ten years but must start today and through the ballot box. 

In 1926, Historian Carter G. Woodson created-- with good reason-- “Negro History Week” later, “Black History Month”, when he was alarmed of the lack of Blacks recognized in American history. He correctly envisioned a day when America would no longer need to recognize the contributions of Blacks in American history at all. 

However, Woodson’s well intentions and hope have been turned into Black people being treated like zoo animals, who do human like things. And every February, Black and White America go on a field trip to the zoo. 

When I learned of this historian’s hope, recently, it was a huge validation of what I had come to believe: Something is seriously wrong with America, if we as a nation have to highlight the fact that “Blacks” do good things. And this diversion must stop before Blacks can feel as though they really matter. 

Adding insult to injury, after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., Black leaders at the time pushed for; with the help of a self-serving congress, the establishing of Blacks being referred to as “African American”, a term which was first published more than a hundred years prior. 

Why do you use the term in referring to Blacks? "It's always been that way." “A sense of belonging.” “Roots!” All weak answers! The correct answer is closer to, “I was brainwashed.” That my friends, is why so many young Blacks today are led into the misguided belief coined: “#BLACKLIVESMATTER.” 

Alicia Garza, the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement’s creator came up with the phrase after the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. If I was duped into believing that Black lives matter, that verdict ironically would have woke me up to the fact that Black lives do not matter. 

But if Ms. Garza was taught to believe all that she learned in Black History Month or being referred to as African American, were signs of respect, she along with millions of others were also duped into believing that lie or respect. 

Acknowledgement that most Blacks in this country are descendants of slaves, brought here against their will does not invoke a sense of pride for me. And many present day human rights atrocities, reported to be coming out of Africa, in no way causes me to shout, "I'm African American!" 

Personally, I have never referred to another Black person as African American. Forgive me if that sounds as if I think I am better than those brainwashed into using this term is proper. I find the term offensive, condescending, patronizing and a kin to “White only.” 

The term Whites only was a clear sign established by Whites in America to separate the two races. If I do not like to be separated from Whites, I certainly will have no desire to be separated from any Blacks, no matter where they were born.

Furthermore, as a homosexual, I am deeply concerned with the 95% of Africa reported to be opposed to homosexuality. Two-thirds of Africa have laws against homosexuality and some suggest this is due to “Western religious influence.” 

Though I proudly call myself a Christian, I could not agree more with the pointing of fingers. America will say or do anything to get its hands on the minerals of Africa. And America choosing to turn its head, on obvious human rights violations of Africa is clear evidence that America, American corporations and the American Christian church helped set up these twisted laws of Africa. 

When you refer to Blacks born in America as African American consider these facts:

  1. 21st century South Africa: "Corrective rape", where men rape a woman suspected of being lesbian, then, claim the attack will turn the woman straight, is overlooked.

  2. 21st century Cameroon: a text message from one man to another man containing the words, "I love you." Sent the sender to prison, where he died from lack of medical care for a hernia.

  3. 21st century Nigeria: You can go to prison for up to 14 years for same-sex marriages.

  4. 21st century Uganda: Ugandan president vetoed the so-called "Kill the gays" bill sent to him by the Ugandan Parliament, which demanded "Life in prison" for a same sex offense against a child of the same sex; but no such prison sentence for opposite gender sex with a child. 

A descendent of African slaves, who preferred to be called African American, took strong exception to an African who recently became a U.S. citizen. The recent citizen also wanted to be referred to as African American. This is troubling and offers validity to the contents of the "Willie Lynch Letter" discovered in 1970. 

Back in the early 1700s, British slave owner Willie Lynch, was said to have given a speech on how to control Black slaves by pitting one against another. The "Willie Lynch Letter" that contains the plan is in dispute. Many, including myself, believe the letter to be a "Hoax." 

Discovered in 1970, the letter which made Lynch famous has discrepancies. The year of the speech appears to have happened before Lynch was born. Nevertheless the letter does have a ring of truth, right down to the promise of controlling Blacks for at least 300 years. 

Even if the letter was true, we can’t blame Willie Lynch for one Black to be against another Black, based on one man being born in America, and the other coming to America and wanting to be called African American after becoming a citizen. If the term African American was not reintroduced in the middle 1970s or 1980s, these two gentlemen might be working together to promote a stronger and more unified Black America. 

Some have suggested a "Clever plot" by the U. S. government, to create a more docile Black man at the height of the Black power movement of the late 60s early 70s, was the impetus to justify the government policy of referring to all Blacks as African American in the early 80s. 

Whatever the case, Black people in America are being played for fools, from the condescending government declaration to honor Blacks in the month of February, to the hollow respect of referring to Blacks as African American. And the fury (protest) coming from the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement is a reasonable response from people who just realized that they have been had…again. 

If the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement wants to matter, they should follow the advice of Bobby Seale, former co-founder of the Black Panther Party. This educated man knows that the political process does work. And I am sure he would agree with me that, you can protest all day long, but it will not carry has much weight as a single vote. Not for or against a single candidate, but a vote that changes some of the many laws that are not only unjust but outdated. 

If the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement were to have a goal to honor Carter G. Woodson’s hope to end the need by law, to celebrate Black History in America by the year 2026 (one hundredth anniversary) I would say that this is movement is headed in the right direction. 

If the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement were also to consider the plight of oppressed homosexuals of Africa, by simply declaring that they will, in protest, not refer to themselves as African American, then I would say we will see the real beauty of Africa, which the Western world would rather keep as its big wealthy cash cow secret. 

If not, then I predict that BLACK LIVES MATTER will go down as yet another damn scam, pulled over on American Blacks. 

The simple fact that this movement refuses; due to ignorance, to help change laws by refusing to use the same tools that got us many of the laws that no longer work for Blacks, is like saying, “Voting does not matter.”