These are people and groups that helped us during our Summer Program from 2005-2010.
St. Francis Lutheran Church: St. Francis has generously allowed SFFS to use its Parish Hall for our Summer Program and supported SFFS financially. The church focuses on the Gospel and the Lutheran tradition of grace; they work for justice -- especially, at this juncture in history, for sexual minority persons in both church and state. Nevertheless, St. Francis is not a one-issue congregation. The hungry are fed on Sundays and Fridays. Many 12-step groups assemble and bring healing within their building. They support, financially and by involvement, many community programs (among them the SF Freedom School).
Bay Area Civil Rights Movements Veterans is an organization of former civil rights workers who were active in the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s. They were staff and volunteers for CORE, SCLC, SNCC, NAACP and other organizations. In the years since, They've all gone their various ways yet consider the Movement to be one of the defining experiences of their lives. Members include: Betita Martinez, Willie B. Wazir Peacock, Mike Miller, Chude Pam Parker Allen, Phil Hutchings, Jean Wiley, Don Jelinek, Bruce Hartford, and Jimmy Rogers. SFFS is blessed to be able to have these veterans as guest speakers during the summer program and at various venues throughout the year.
Liberation Curriculum at the King Institute, Stanford University. The Liberation Curriculum initiative provides teachers with educational materials that engage students in active learning and critical inquiry. The goal of the project is to create historically accurate and pedagogically effective curriculum that addresses issues of social justice, transformation, and reconciliation, while meeting state and national standards. The broad range of materials related to the African American freedom struggle, such as the King Encyclopedia and a database of 1,000 primary source documents, coupled with an online community, offer educators the support necessary to integrate the Liberation Curriculum into their teaching and transform the way young people learn about history.
Awele Makeba: Awele (ah-WAY-lay) is an award winning and internationally known actor, emerging playwright, storyteller, recording artist and educator. She has been a regular speaker at SFFS Saturday sessions and fundraising events.
Teachers 4 Social Justice has helped us spread the word about SFFS, offering us a venue at their Annual Conference. T4SJ organizes teachers and community-based educators and implements programs and projects that develop empowering learning environments, more equitable access to resources and power, and realizing a just and caring culture. T4SJ provides opportunities for self-transformation, leadership, and community building to educators in order to affect meaningful change in the classroom, school, community and society. T4SJ organizes teachers and community-based educators and implements programs and projects that develop empowering learning environments, more equitable access to resources and power, and realizing a just and caring culture.
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy: Sande Leigh, the former principal (and now resident of New Orleans) is an alumus of our summer program. When principal of HMCRA, Sande supported her teachers in developing civil rights curriculum for their students. Sande also helped SFFS connect with teachers and administrators in the SF Unified School District leading to our participation at the annual SFUSD adminstrative retreat on August 6, 2009. HMCRA continues to provide authentic community-based, high quality elementary education to SF residents. They are committed to diversity and social justice.
Colored Ink: is a SF Bay Area based theatre company that explores contemporary issues through Hip-Hop, Theatre, and Spoken Word. Javier Reyes, founder and artistic director of CI, has been a regular speaker at our SFFS Saturday sessions.