Leading through Struggles To make an impact

To make the largest possible impact, I work to represent the socially marginalized and economically impacted because throughout my life I, too, have been socially marginalized and impacted. My life has been full of challenges and obstacles that I repeatedly overcame. That includes homelessness and displacement from home and community. That includes workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, being bullied, and being raped.
My struggles include having to fight and pay for my own education and housing, and watching all my vital resources and access to opportunities being destroyed, repeatedly, before my very eyes from age 19 to the present.

Finally, it includes being victimized by systems and public policy that is often written to protect us but have loopholes that are used by interests that are corrupted by greed. The corrupted interests are geared toward our destruction by through systems of government and business that undermine the ability of people with significant challenges to rise up into leadership or even just escape harm’s reach.

My history includes all of these experiences coupled with daily threats to my life, livelihood, freedom, and also physical and emotional violence. Yes, I’ve had to endure so much more. I am Black, I am Gay, I am Haitian-American, and I am Native American. I’m a part of a dying breed of first-generation San Francisco natives. Our decades-old affordability crisis undermines our ability for San Franciscans to achieve and maintain multi-generational experiences.

Our society excludes the experiences of the underprivileged, as shown by the lack of diversity in business leadership, nonprofit boards, membership of social-justice organizations, and representation in mainstream media and At times I cry, but I endure and persevere through the struggle as my survival is at stake — not just the image I project.

I only wear the fancy suit and crisp tie because our society recognizes and provides an opportunity to those with the appearance of privilege, wealth, and status. We prioritize these things over the life experiences and livelihoods of marginalized and impacted populations.

I have and enjoy none of those benefits, so I struggle like so many of us. I’m doing everything possible to remain actively engaged. I would sacrifice my life to protect our community. Our livelihood — access to job opportunities that match my skills and experience has been diminished and I feel uncertain about my future, but I’m not giving up. I can’t give up because my apathy will result in my death.

I have been successful in using my experience access to certain volunteer positions so that I could climb this mountain to lend my voice to those without a voice. I’m here to fight for you, my people, who are most vulnerable because I am VULNERABLE. I will serve you and our community at every table of leadership that your support allows me to sit at. I work hard at this because I care and because I’m tired of watching other people who have little knowledge about the day-to-day hardships and struggles of the people who are most in need.

I say to those of your who are woke and paying attention. It may not be possible to deliver real solutions to all our problems and issues if those who we empower to design them have never experienced these things first hand. I understand how the identities that we can’t remove put our lives at risk. My middle name is Hassan and I understand this heritage puts my life and liberties at risk.

Thanks for reading, being a friend, and supporting my efforts to lend a voice to the forgotten.

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Born and Raise, Here to Stay

My roots in the city have enabled me to form solid connections. To the Bears, Sisters, Fairies, Techies, Hipsters, Missionites, the Leather communities, and my newest friends in San Francisco’s political circles and more, I say this: you have become my extended family. From the Financial District to the Castro, the Mission to the Richmond, Haight to the Excelsior, the Bayview to Fillmore, SoMa to the Sunset, Ingleside to Hayes Valley, and where I live today in Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco is and forever will be my home and heart.

I was born in San Francisco General, way back when they referred to it as “The Blood Bath.” Graduating from John O’Connell high school, with a trade certificate in carpentry, much of my classroom time was spent in bungalows. The school was forced to move from the Mission after the Loma Prieta earthquake due to contamination from asbestos, but my passion for learning never faltered.

In those younger years, I fell in love with photography and writing. I wrote for the San Francisco Teen newspaper and was honored to have my poetry published in a few literary anthologies. In college, at San Francisco State University, I pursued Journalism as a field of study. Truthfully, at that age, I had a little more fun taking Jazz, Afro-Haitian, and Modern Dance. I’m excited to return to my roots as a writer.

I am also educated, trained, certified and experienced as an Information Technology, Project and Operations Management professional. In recent years, I joined the Board of Directors at the District 5 Democratic Club, the San Francisco Black Leadership Forum, the Willie B. Kennedy Democratic Club, Alice B. Toklas serving on the communications committee. I am the Founder and President of San Francisco Black Community Matters. I volunteer at the Bayard Rustin Coalition as a project manager focusing on organizational development. I have also served on the Board of Directors at San Francisco Pride, Sacred Space. 2014 marked my third year of participation in AIDS/LifeCycle.

I have served our community on our Human Rights Committee — LGBT Advisory, Sunshine Task Force. I contribute to our community through my writing, photography and speaking publicly on the issues that impact our society. I represent the socially marginalized and economically impacted because I come from and preserved through these experiences.

I enjoy working with the community, organizing events, creating community development plans and building coalitions. I am proud to have promoted awareness of, and raised over ten thousand dollars of funding for, various causes. I have endeavored to do so in ways that support and highlight our heritage, local artists, and native cultures.

Here in the city, our communities are evolving at exponential rates. The inequities of this change for a multitude of groups of all ethnic and economic backgrounds have compelled me to get involved. To obtain a real-world education in public service and political process, I made a conscious decision.

Some years ago, I vowed to take an active role in our community, to help guide that evolution by interacting with all of our diverse groups. I hope to lead by example and motivate a younger generation to join me. Let’s all participate in shaping the future by affecting positive change in our society. The first steps on my journey have taught me valuable lessons. I want to thank all who have helped me along the way, especially the Bay Times for giving me a voice and helping me to share the experiences and perspective of an Old School San Francisco Native.

The quickest route to failure is not to try.

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Fighting HIV for my Community

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Growing up in San Francisco, HIV/AIDS made a lasting impact on my life as a gay black man. I grew up in an era long before PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, an effective treatment-as-prevention option for men who have sex with men.). I grew up in the era of Pedro Zamora and movies like Philadelphia. This era was horrifying and left me with many doubts about my life expectancy as a gay black man. As a closeted 14-year-old, my view of being a gay man in San Francisco was colored with visions of death and illness. An entire generation of gay men in major cities like San Francisco and New York were dead or dying.

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img_1457The United States government and our political leadership at the time did nothing to even acknowledge, let alone address, the epidemic. Officials initially coined the disease “Gay Related Immune Disease” or GRID, and the world left us to die. I grew up assuming my life would end like that of the generation that came before me — outcast and without support.

As I grew up, I attended my first San Francisco Pride after being kicked out of the family house. I saw what our community was really like: resilient and strong despite overwhelming oppression, which gave rise to generations of LGBT activists and allies. As it became apparent that activism runs deep in my blood, my first efforts were to fight the spread of HIV by educating and organizing the African-American community so that they know that someone who looked like them cared.10858564_327264910798791_8104533255945633381_n

Over the last many years, I became an African-American face in the fight against HIV/AIDS because there were no such examples in my youth. I stand in support of my brothers and sisters because HIV/AIDS is still a major issue in communities of color (African American and Latino) which have HIV acquisition and transmission rates that higher than other ethnic communities. I work actively to educate and bring resources into our communities to do my part to end this disease.

I am proud of nearly a decade of service in various capacities through San Francisco AIDS Foundation as a veteran AIDS/LifeCycle rider, Seismic Challenge rider, Surf City AIDS Ride rider and spokesperson with the Center for Disease Control through their program Testing Makes Us Stronger. I am happy to promote the work of Bridge HIV, Strut, Magnet, and many other local organizations that support our community in preventing the spread of and treating this disease. I look forward to the day when we have a cure, when none of us live in fear or stigma, and when none of us lack access to resources such as PrEP.
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Exerpts from Real Talk: What Now? Mobilizing over the next 4 years,

aada3-1ubmhf1nfk_ybjmc8yc7osaSan Francisco community comes out in force to talk about Trump & how to be an activist — San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

“Shaun Haines, a multicultural Black and Native American panelist with Muslim heritage, also cited an increased worry about personal safety and racially-motivated crime and discrimination. “I know in the Haight there were signs representing the KKK. Walking around as an African American man, it’s a challenge.”

“Haines said that he does yoga and energy work like chanting. He also emphasized the importance of more personal contact, like hugging.”

“When I hug and kiss you, it’s because I need that love,” he said.

“Be kind to yourself and forgive yourself,” Siever said. “If you don’t forgive yourself, you’ll burn out.”

“Direct person-to-person contact is how you will change hearts and minds,” said Haines

Strut panel talks healing during Trump era

Published 01/26/2017

by David-Elijah Nahmod


Shaun has overcome great adversities such as homelessness at age 19. As an African American Gay man, Shaun fights for all San Franciscans but especially those who feel locked out of the system rejected and marginalized.

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Like you, I’m fighting for a better future, for my family, the community and for the health of our human society.  Together, I have fought with you for justice and progress in matters of; social justice, human rights, civil rights, open government, public health and safety, homeless services, worker rights and workforce development, community heritage, and preservation.

Follow me online on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn @HainesForSF


Social Justice, Police Accountability, and Community Patrols

I have had the privilege and honor to engaged students of the Juvenile Justice Center and San Francisco Police Academy Cadets as well as serve on our an advisory committee to the Police Cheif and various police accountability groups.

 

 

 

“Activist Shaun Haines, a gay man who’s founder and president of SF Black Community Matters, asked the panel how the city was responding to the increased activity by the Ku Klux Klan, including distribution of literature and motorcyclists “with hoodies and hats” riding through the Western Addition, carrying flags with swastikas.

Full Story: Police offer tips to report hate crimes

Published 01/12/2017

by Sari Staver Bay Area Reporter

I accepted an appointment the San Francisco Police Departments Chief’s LGBT Advisory Forum — A voluntary forum comprised of unpaid community leaders, organizers, and volunteers who provide a vital liaison between the city-wide LGBT community and the Chief of the San Francisco Police Department.

 

 

We’re working to inspire greater community involvement in public safety for our LGBT community and beyond. We’re going to start recruiting. We need Trans-identified, women, and gender non conforming folk and more community leaders of color to help us get the job done. Will you join us? 

 

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Permanent Member of the San Francisco Police Department Chief’s LGBT Advisory Forum

 


cuffed “Far too often people of Color and LGBT communities suffer indignities while a majority of people, who aren’t a part of traditional minority groups, often enjoy a privilege of respect and often given a free pass that is counter-intuitive to the deliverance of true and unprejudiced justice. Our civil liberties, rights, freedoms and indeed our very lives should be not be trivialized or jeopardize by our justice system which is why I seek to create a better balance in these systems so that they become diverse, inclusive and

I have experienced my own brush with local law enforcement. The experience left me feeling dehumanized, angry and has made me reluctant to fully trust a system that is purposed to “Protect and Serve” because they have far too often done quite the polar opposite.”

Full Story: Injustice: Protect and Serve

by Shaun Haines

Like many of my friends, I am disturbed by the events in Ferguson. The situation of police harassment, abuse, brutality and unjustified manslaughter in this country is rampant and needs to end.

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