community_and_leadership: May 2008 Archives
Breast cancer is a serious diagnosis for any woman, however, what is the leading cause of death among Hispanic women is an increasingly preventable one with a little time and care. Taryn Harrington reports from the Mission District.
Like all other high schools, John O’Connell High School is waiting to hear on the governor’s final budget cut before sending out pink slips to more teachers. In a school with more than 50 teachers, 14 have already received their pink slips, according to school officials. Tara Haghighi reports from the Mission District.
The beats of drums, the tapping of feet, the clapping of hands, and the calling out of symphonic poems can be heard during a traditional Panamanian Tamborito dance. Tamborito, Panama’s national dance, is an expression of the country’s people’s hopes, desires, spirit, and soul. Paulette Greenhouse reports from the Mission District.
As children look forward to their summer break approach, parents who want to keep their kids busy are investigating options available for summer activities. Fernanda Silva reports from the Mission District.
Advocates and lawyers alert day laborers like Carlos Ramirez, who lost the tip of his pinky to a butcher knife, about workers compensation and other legal rights. Lexi Bondar reports from San Diego and San Francisco.
Maria Reyes created the Go Get It after-school tutoring center because young people need help finishing school and planning their futures. Karla Amaya reports from Concord.
Michael Leslie climbs behind the wheel of the truck-driving simulator for the first time as he takes part in Goodwill’s Hope Bayview Truck Driving Academy. The program is part of the non-profit organization’s goal to help residents win jobs. Christina Hilfiker reports from Bayview.
High school leaders Arda Sititrawet and Besso Khidesheli will travel to Mali, West Africa, to help build a new school under the Building with Books program. Brenda Reyes reports from the Mission District.
Some of the most respected community organizations in the Mission District are joining forces to create a one-stop service center for medical, legal and financial services at a former furniture store. Fernanda Silva reports from the Mission District.
Blanca Muñoz, a 55-year-old housekeeper and grandmother has a new job: tenants’ rights activist. Elizabeth Pfeffer reports on the campaign against Proposition 98 in the Mission District.
When Gwendolyn Smith is happy when she sees liquor and beer replaced by strawberries, platains and bananas at the Supersave Grocery store. Rachelle Gines reports on environmental justice movement from Bayview Hunters Point.
Carole Hayashino was sitting at her desk in the office of university advancement at San Francisco State University when she received a strange memo one day in 1995. Addressed to the faculty was a letter with a list of 19 students who had withdrawn from their classes. Every last name was Japanese. Maharaj Zoneil reports on the Garden of Remembrance at San Francisco State University.
A youth apprenticeship organization aimed at letting middle school students explore career options is launching its San Francisco program out of the Women’s Building on 18th Street this fall. Brenda Reyes reports from the Mission District.