Thanks to everyone who made the “March to End the Displacement of San Francisco’s Educators” a huge success last night. It was inspiring to see so many parents with kids coming out to support their favorite teachers!
The highlights were: Supervisor David Campos announcing that they’ll be amending the legislation increasing Ellis Act payments to take effect in 30 days instead of 120 (this is important b/c the date a tenant is forced out is the key, so it means many of the teachers whose homes we marched to will get the higher amount).
The United Educators of San Francisco (the teachers’ union) came out in force. According to their rep’s speech at Mission High, they haven’t gotten a raise in 7 years, as housing costs have soared. If I hadn’t gotten a raise in 7 years, I’d be one eviction away from being forced out of SF too!
The teachers who are being evicted and whose homes were on the route spoke passionately about how much they care about the kids they teach and how much they don’t want to have to leave them behind if they’re forced out of out city.
I don’t have or want kids, but if I did, I could only *hope* to have the quality San Francisco teachers, some of whom I’m lucky enough to count among my friends, to help educate them. I also appreciate the value of making sure all the kids in SF are well-educated, even if they’re not mine — because eventually a big part of my community will be made up of the next generation of San Franciscans, and I want them to have been raised right! Bottom line: We can’t force out all our teachers and still pretend to have a livable city, and I think everyone did a great job of spreading that message last night.