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Guest Opinion: Dem party needs leaders who know hardship
by Shaun Haines
Wednesday Jan 9, 2019

Our politics, policies, and resolutions have a tremendous effect on our most vulnerable people in society and we rarely see that they have a seat at the table, and seem to have no place within our platform.
For our Democratic Party to truly be the “party of the people” we must stop expecting to receive support from minorities or disadvantaged communities that we don’t often engage, except when we want to win.
In 2016, several prominent attendees at the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ annual retreat concluded that “the Democratic Party has a race problem.” I believe it also has problems with class and social and economic privilege.

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Whites face race: Let’s talk and act
by LeRon L. Barton
July 16, 2016

The event included speakers Shaun Haines, former DCCC candidate; Frisco Five member Edwin Lindo; and local activist Christina “Krea” Gomez. After the panel discussion, there was to be talk amongst the attendees about what was heard and what we took away from it.

The panel began with Haines telling stories of employment discrimination and the rapid gentrification in San Francisco. He described situations of African Americans being overlooked for jobs, even when they had the right qualifications for the position.
When an audience member asked what can she do if there is a lack of Black or Latino people, Haines suggested, “Inquire with Human Resources why are there not many people of color working here?” Haines is the right person to discuss this issue due to his personal experience of workplace discrimination and his efforts to fight it.

SF Homeless Project: Gay man launches new homeless nonprofit by Matthew S. BajkoWednesday, Jun 27, 2018 “... Amid his duties as an honoree at last weekend's Pride celebration, Shaun Haines was overseeing the public debut of a new nonprofit aimed at giving homeless people in San Francisco a leg up. San Francisco Impact Partners, which Haines founded last year, organized a care package pop-up Saturday afternoon at the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evangelist on 15th Street between the city's Mission and gay Castro districts. Volunteers handed out packs filled with personal hygiene products like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and mouthwash...”

SF Homeless Project: Gay man launches new homeless nonprofit
by Matthew S. Bajko
Wednesday Jun 27, 2018

“… Amid his duties as an honoree at last weekend’s Pride celebration, Shaun Haines was overseeing the public debut of a new nonprofit aimed at giving homeless people in San Francisco a leg up. San Francisco Impact Partners, which Haines founded last year, organized a care package pop-up Saturday afternoon at the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evangelist on 15th Street between the city’s Mission and gay Castro districts. Volunteers handed out packs filled with personal hygiene products like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and mouthwash…”
Strut panel talks healing during Trump era
by David-Elijah Nahmod
Wednesday Jan 25, 2017

Haines, who is African-American, addressed discrimination. “We need to figure out how to get resources into the hands of people who need them.”
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.
Political Notebook: Race to oversee SF Democratic Party draws out candidates
by Matthew S. Bajko
Wednesday Dec 2, 2015

In addition to the out incumbents planning to run, so far one gay candidate, Shaun Haines, has already pulled papers to seek one of the 17th Assembly District DCCC seats. A native San Franciscan who is African American, Haines in May was appointed to serve on the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance Task Force and also sits on the LGBT advisory committee to the city’s Human Rights Commission.
Haines told the Bay Area Reporter his interest in serving on the DCCC stems from his wanting to help diversify the Democratic Party and the city’s elected leadership.
“It is something I have been trying to take a close look at,” said Haines…

“I want to use my personal experience to work on addressing that problem.”

Local nonprofit to distribute holiday care packages to Bayview, Castro homeless residents
by David-Elijah Nahmod@DavidElijahN
December 20, 2018

Haines, who is openly gay, also emphasizes the need to support LGBTQ homeless folks, and says there’s a clear need to offer assistance to those less fortunate in the Castro, which remains a mecca for the LGBTQ community. That’s one of the reasons for hosting the care package giveaway in the neighborhood on Christmas Eve. 
SF Impact Partners is hoping to receive donated items to help the community through the winter season, such as blankets. As is the case year-round, personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and tampons are also in high demand. 
Want to contribute? Haines has worked with local businesses and organizations in the Bayview, Castro and Mission to serve as donation drop-off locations. 
Bayview drop-off locations include Word CafeYvonne’s Southern SweetsGratta Wines and Naughty Boy Retail. Castro drop-off locations can be found at 440The LookoutStrut and Blush Wine Bar. Mission District donations will be accepted at Muddy Waters CafeDancing YakManny’s and Fix Studios
How I See San Francisco: Community Activist Shaun Haines 
Jun 19, 2018 - A leader in helping the underserved in San Francisco, Shaun Haines is being recognized at this year's Pride as a Pride Community Award
How I See San Francisco: Community Activist Shaun Haines
Jun 19, 2018 – A leader in helping the undeserved in San Francisco, Shaun Haines is being recognized at this year’s Pride as a Pride Community Award
News Briefs: Impact Partners to help homeless for holidays
by Cynthia Laird
Wednesday Dec 12, 2018

San Francisco Impact Partners, which was started by gay city resident Shaun Haines last year, is ramping up to help people who are homeless this holiday season.
On December 24, SF Impact Partners will join Sacred Space and gather at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro to distribute personal care packages. The groups are collaborating with Castro Cares, a program of the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District.
At the same time, 6 to 8:30 p.m., across the street at Jane Warner Plaza, Haines and others will be collecting larger items such as luggage, backpacks, and blankets that will be given to homeless people.
Joining Haines in helping promote the Christmas Eve event will be the Bridgemen, a community service group affiliated with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. SF Impact Partners will support the Gubbio Project, which provides houseless guests with daily provisions, supplies, and chaplaincy necessary for those living on the streets, and St. John’s the Evangelist in the Mission. Haines said that in June, his organization helped 100 guests at St. John’s.
Haines will also be bringing SF Impact Partners to the Bayview on December 21. There, he is partnering with Mother Brown’s and local businesses to collect and distribute personal care packages.
“Mother Brown’s is one of the few shelters in the District 10 area,” Haines said.
People can donate items for all of the giveaways. Haines said that personal items needed include toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and personal hygiene products like tampons for women. Mylar blankets are also needed.
He also said that at both the Castro and Bayview events he wants to find out from unhoused people if they are interested in storage spaces, as SF Impact Partners is trying to arrange for some, as well as job opportunities or volunteer jobs that include a stipend.
The pop-up events are in keeping with the mission of SF Impact Partners. As the Bay Area Reporter noted in a June article, Haines hopes the outreach will grow and that the organization can provide more services in the future.
Mission Activists, Newcomers Discuss Ways to Confront Racism in Support of Black Lives Matter
Shaun Haines, a representative of the San Francisco chapter of Black Lives Matter, said that a longterm solution to racism is to support black communities in their “economic self-determination.”
A 20-year veteran of IT operations, Haines said that he gets “more job opportunities outside of the Bay Area, even out of California.”
Haines urged the tech workers in the audience to confront their employers about a lack of diversity in their workplaces.
“Ask them, ‘where are all our people of color? Where are the people who have lived in San Francisco longer than myself and why aren’t they working here?” he said.
Advocates: Castro cultural district should have diversity
by David-Elijah Nahmod
Wednesday Mar 20, 2019

Gay African-American activist Shaun Haines noted that transgender people, women, and bisexuals want more inclusion in the neighborhood. He said that, as a native San Franciscan he’s excited by the establishment of cultural districts.
“We have seen too much displacement, gentrification, and the loss of access to resources and community activities have been profound,” Haines said. “I see cultural districts as a valuable tool and opportunity to be a positive force to push back against these issues and to bring our focus on to uplifting underrepresented demographics in the Castro.”
LGBT newcomers seek SF Dem Party posts
by Matthew S. Bajko
Wednesday Jun 1, 2016

For me, I noticed when I got politically active the lack of African-American male representation in elected officials in San Francisco,” noted Shaun Haines, 37, a gay black man who grew up in San Francisco, living in more than a dozen of the city’s neighborhoods.
A member of the city’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, Haines is currently out of work and has instead focused on his DCCC bid. He has highlighted his sexual orientation and race as he has campaigned for the seat, and at times has had to defend his doing so.
“I believe that serving the community on the DCCC as a gay black would bring more awareness to a great many issues,” Haines recently wrote on his Facebook page. “I feel that an elected black male perspective is needed in our local Democratic Party leadership to address issues that impact everyone.”
White Night riots recalled
by David-Elijah Nahmod
Wednesday May 22, 2019

Shaun Haines, president of San Francisco Black Community Matters, also addressed the crowd.

“What I have to say is a call to action,” said Haines. “Much like Harvey Milk, I’m here to recruit you. The advertisements for this event talked about our issues with police violence. As a native of San Francisco and as an African American man, I’ve experienced police violence myself. If you want to see change and to make it safer for everyone else, then be the change that you want to see. Join Castro Community on Patrol, the only network in the city that keeps our community safe.

“We also know that we live in a city that does have sweeps of our homeless community, and as someone who’s been homeless before, what I want you to do is join some networks that will help make resources available that will make some changes for everybody else,” he added.

Haines noted that he was also the director of San Francisco Impact Partners, an organization that helps make resources available to the homeless community.
Police bias the focus at LGBT club meeting
by Yael Chanoff
Wednesday May 20, 2015

Shaun Haines, a member of the Alice club and a Democratic Party delegate who has been involved in the local Black Lives Matter movement, also spoke on the panel. He said that he wants to see policy changes that address racial disparities in housing and jobs.
The panel gave Haines and other Alice club members a glimpse into how the city’s criminal justice system is reacting to scandals and grassroots movements that lay bare systemic racism in the police department. Haines said events like these are useful, and mentioned a panel that featured local Black Lives Matter organizers, held by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club in January. 
“I haven’t noticed any other Democratic clubs getting out there, speaking about Black Lives Matter. It would be nice to see more,” Haines said.
Black queer people and allies rally against violence in wake of actor’s beating
“We want to be believed”: At Harvey Milk Plaza on Wednesday, fear, frustration, and solidarity as attacks continue.
BY
 MARKE B. –
JANUARY 30, 2019

After Thweatt spoke, community activist Shaun Haines took the bullhorn to encourage everyone to attend the upcoming “When ‘POC’ is Not Enough: Anti-Blackness in LGBTQ Communities” community forum at Strut in the Castro on February 21. 
San Francisco’s Castro formally established as a cultural district
By Rob Roth, KTVU
Published June 25

KTVU FOX 2

SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to formally establish the Castro as an LGBTQ  Cultural District.
The idea of the cultural district is to help preserve the Castro’s identity and legacy now and for generations to come.
Castro rally for black LGBTs met with anger at bar
by Khaled Sayed
Wednesday Mar 4, 2015

“We demonstrated in front of Toad Hall for 10 minutes, until one of the establishment employees allegedly assaulted one of our trans participants,” said Bayard Rustin Coalition member Shaun Haines.
The victim of the alleged assault was later identified by organizers as Danielle Castro.
“The demonstration remained peaceful,” Haines said. “Our organizers dispersed the majority of the crowd, leaving behind legal counsel and other concerned citizens and organizers to assist the woman.”
Book group works to highlight racism
by LeRon Barton
Wednesday Jul 26, 2017

SFBCM was founded by activist and San Francisco native Shaun Haines, a gay man, and includes gay board members DeAnthony Jones, Anietie Ekanem, and John Weber. I also serve on the board and am a straight ally. The idea of the book club came from asking, “How can we engage the community in a discussion about race and the criminal justice system in San Francisco?” In a city that is less than 4 percent black, African-Americans represent 40 percent of the arrests made and 44 percent of the city’s jail population. With staggering numbers that clearly show discrimination toward San Francisco’s black population, we felt that Alexander’s work would be the perfect way to spark a much-needed dialogue. Called “the most important book published in this century about the U.S.,” the brilliance of “The New Jim Crow” is that it is easily digestible: it conveys a very complex problem in a way that anyone can understand it, and many have. This, we felt, would be the best way to kick off our book club and the organization to the public.
Kim rules out Senate rematch at Milk dinner
by David-Elijah Nahmod
Wednesday Jul 31, 2019

Shaun Haines, a 41-year-old queer activist, was one of the evening’s sponsors.
“I am here to celebrate the spirit and legacy of Harvey Milk through the energy of today’s queer activism,” he said. “I look forward to what we are all able to accomplish through 2020 and beyond.”
SF homeless advocates kick off All In campaign
by Sari Staver
Wednesday Oct 16, 2019

In an email, Shaun Haines, a gay black man who attended the meeting, wrote that he thinks it’s vital that the queer community also engage in programming and education regarding anti-blackness.
“Our mainstream LGBTQ+ community has its issues with race and often gives itself a passing grade because of the similarities of how we are oppressed,” Haines wrote. “However, anti-blackness and racism within the LGBTQ+ community exists and permeates all areas of leadership and activism.
“It is big issue for all of us that keeps us from experiencing true unity within our larger movement for social justice,” he added. “We still receive reports to this day about how black people are treated differently in our bars, in our board rooms, and as we organize to protest our bigger societal issues. Programs like this help us continue to shed a light on this problem, they help us change that trend and narrative.”
Milk plaza redesign heads to arts panel
by by David-Elijah Nahmod
Wednesday Oct 10, 2018

“I’m very excited about the project,” said Shaun Haines, a 40-year-old queer African-American man. “We need a world class memorial to Harvey but this will also be a world class community gathering space. For those who respond to his spirit this space will also serve to unite the four corners of Castro and Market and bring more people into this business corridor.”
Political Notebook: It won’t all be bad tidings in 2017, say these LGBT politicos
by Matthew S. Bajko

Wednesday Jan 4, 2017

Hello 2017, you will be beautiful, full of challenges and opportunities. The adage, “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger” comes to mind. 2016 was the year of villainy, 2017 will be the year of heroines and heroes. There is a war coming and we need your super powers to protect what we hold dear. You never imagined yourself to be a hero for liberty and justice, but I guarantee that you will become one and soon.
Hillary Clinton lost the Electoral College but she won the popular vote, outstandingly. This changes the game and moves the United States closer to joining the rest of the civilized world in recognizing the leadership of women to lead us through the struggles ahead.
We may see an African-American female chair of the California Democratic Party — Kimberly Ellis. We may also see an African-American male chair of the Democratic National Committee — Keith Ellison.
Folsom and Jetsam
Once seen as a moral scourge, Western SoMa’s BDSM scene is poised to become S.F.’s Leather Cultural District.
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Left to right: Girl Complex, International Ms. Leather 2017; Gage Fisher, bartender at the Eagle; Ms. V., International Ms. Bootblack 2007; Race Bannon, writer and community organizer, Nuclear Patty; Graylin Thornton, International Mr. Drummer 1993; Beth Bicoastal, Folsom Street Events; Benjamin McGrath, bartender at The Stud; Rachel Ryan, Leather District community organizer; Nate Allbee, LGBT preservationist; Shaun Haines, President of San Francisco Black Community Matters; Sup. Jane Kim. (Photo by Eric Pratt)

Police offer tips to report hate crimes
by Sari Staver
Wednesday Jan 11, 2017

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

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.
News Briefs: Impact Partners to help homeless for holidays
by Cynthia Laird
Wednesday Dec 12, 2018

San Francisco Impact Partners, which was started by gay city resident Shaun Haines last year, is ramping up to help people who are homeless this holiday season.
On December 24, SF Impact Partners will join Sacred Space and gather at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro to distribute personal care packages. The groups are collaborating with Castro Cares, a program of the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District.
At the same time, 6 to 8:30 p.m., across the street at Jane Warner Plaza, Haines and others will be collecting larger items such as luggage, backpacks, and blankets that will be given to homeless people.
Joining Haines in helping promote the Christmas Eve event will be the Bridgemen, a community service group affiliated with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. SF Impact Partners will support the Gubbio Project, which provides houseless guests with daily provisions, supplies, and chaplaincy necessary for those living on the streets, and St. John’s the Evangelist in the Mission. Haines said that in June, his organization helped 100 guests at St. John’s.
Haines will also be bringing SF Impact Partners to the Bayview on December 21. There, he is partnering with Mother Brown’s and local businesses to collect and distribute personal care packages.
“Mother Brown’s is one of the few shelters in the District 10 area,” Haines said.
People can donate items for all of the giveaways. Haines said that personal items needed include toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and personal hygiene products like tampons for women. Mylar blankets are also needed.
He also said that at both the Castro and Bayview events he wants to find out from unhoused people if they are interested in storage spaces, as SF Impact Partners is trying to arrange for some, as well as job opportunities or volunteer jobs that include a stipend.
The pop-up events are in keeping with the mission of SF Impact Partners. As the Bay Area Reporter noted in a June article, Haines hopes the outreach will grow and that the organization can provide more services in the future.
African-American Groups Convene Candidate Forum “When he looked over the calendar, Shaun Haines, President and Founder of San Francisco Black Community Matters, noted that various demographics were holding events that focused on their key issues. “We’ve seen the LGBT community do that. They’ve had multiple forums. I’ve seen the Latino community do that,” Haines said. “We’re seeing that now with the Asian-American community.” Something was missing. Where was an event highlighting the concerns of San Francisco’s African-American communities? On Saturday, Haines will help fill that gap with “Facing the Voters: A Candidate Forum,” in partnership with his peers at two other groups: San Francisco Black Leadership Forum and Black Young Democrats of San Francisco.”
2018 San Francisco Pride Community Grand Marshals and Honorees
For outstanding service to LGBTQ communities. Shaun Haines, the founder of San Francisco Impact Partners, works to produce events to support and provide resources for our community. He serves on the LGBT Cultural Heritage Strategy and Economic Development Committee, the Police Chief’s LGBT Forum, Castro Community on Patrol and the Stop the Violence Campaign.
Honored to be included in this voter education piece on Ranked Choice Voting. San Francisco is having a historic ranked choice voting (RCV) election for mayor this June 5! If you’re a voter in SF, tell us about your experience during this election. Thank you to our friends Lila Carrillo, Eric Mar, Tom Ammiano, Rose Aguilar, Shaun Haines, Tom Temprano, and Charlotte Hill for appearing in the first video! If you live outside the Bay Area, tell us what you think about RCV and what it would mean for your community. #rankedchoicevoting #rankyourvote Contact us at info@fairvoteca.org or upload a short video at https://lnkd.in/gZaziEk
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Full Story Here: SAN FRANCISCO, CA (10/9)- The LGBTQ Credit Union Coalition has been established in San Francisco, California with its mission to, “To advance the creation of fair & equal financial services-including culturally competent service and targeted financial products–which can enable LGBTQ consumers, businesses, their communities obtain and maintain their economic independence, security, and vitality….”

Full Story Here: WASHINGTON D.C. (10/4)- One day before the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation is supposed to turn over investigative information regarding Supreme Court of the United States nominee Brett M. KavanaughFull Story Here: SAN FRANCISCO, CA (8/3)-On Labor Day, labor unions gathered in solidarity with hotel workers calling for an increase in wages for hotel workers. The hotel workers protest was organized by the San Francisco Labor Council and UNITE HERE!Unite Here! Local 2initially outside the San Francisco Marriott Marquis but quickly moved up to Union Square, San Francisco and covered The Westin St. Francis, covering the cable car tracks, along Geary.

Full Story Here: WASHINGTON D.C. (8/7)- According to Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, “Today, August 7th, is the last day to submit public comments about the proposed content in the 2020 U.S. Census. This spring, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross added a citizenship question to the Census, which will likely deter immigrant communities across the country from taking part in the count. Join me in telling the Trump administration NO to the citizenship question…” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and civil rights leaders echoed that sentiment and urge Californians to submit public comments in opposition to the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 Census questionnaire.

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Hi Haters, We See You. – By cjoseph – SF Weekly

That lack of concern worries some city residents, like Shaun Haines, 38, an African-American man who was born and raised in San Francisco and currently lives in Hayes Valley, which is near where the Klan recruitment fliers were found. As a person of color, he finds he has encountered more racism as an adult — including being called “nigger” and having someone spit in his eye — than he ever did as a child, in a much less gentrified San Francisco.

Haines, who recently ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the city’s Democratic County Central Committee, tells me he is troubled about his neighbors’ apathy. “It indicates that S.F. isn’t quite the bastion of liberalism, accepting and open community as we like to believe,” he said, “and its trend suggests we’ve got a conservative core and pockets of hate heating up.”

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