#HainesForSF Shaun Haines, Democrat | San Francisco, Ca
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Had a great time at the New Conservatory Theatre Center for “This Bitter Earth” discussing how I found my activist voice, meeting other black queer activists and learning about this new play by Harrison David Rivers directly responds to the personal and political impact of racial tensions in our country today.
Harrison David Rivers, playwright of THIS BITTER EARTH
Jay-Marie Hill, artist & musician
Kwesi Wilkerson, Poet
Shaun Haines, Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition
Moderated by Jewelle Gomez, author, and playwright (LEAVING THE BLUES)
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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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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