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Protect the Filipino legacy of Gran Oriente Lodge before its too late!

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Dear Members of the Grand Lodge of the Gran Oriente Filipino,

As distinguished leaders who are proud of carrying out the legacy of the Grand Lodge of the Gran Oriente Filipino, we urge you to:

remove your eviction of Steve Arevalo, a long-time member of your fraternity;
not to sell your property to a private entity; and
sell the building to a non-profit capable of preserving its affordable housing, preventing the displacement of the existing tenants and that will continue the historic legacy of your forefathers.

Since its purchase in the 1920s, the Gran Oriente Filipino Hotel has been a vital social center for Filipino families in San Francisco. The building was purchased when Filipinos faced discrimination and harassment, and when most were unable to purchase property. For generations, this single room occupancy (SRO) building has provided affordable housing for recent immigrants, workers and their families. This is the legacy that you carry and still represent today.

In its 96-year history, no one has ever been evicted from the Gran Oriente.

Steve Arevalo will be the first.

The Gran Oriente and the nearby Rizal Lodge have been identified as significant community resources in the Filipino Cultural Heritage District also known as SoMa Pilipinas, which was unanimously passed by a resolution of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on April 12, 2016.

By establishing SoMa Pilipinas, the Board of Supervisors is acknowledging the contribution of the Filipino community to San Francisco and is committing to furthering develop SoMa Pilipinas as the regional center of Filipino culture.

The sale of this building to a private entity will wipe out a nearly century old resource for San Francisco’s Filipino community and would directly contradict the purpose of SoMa Pilipinas.

Furthermore, the City would lose much-needed affordable housing, which would dishonor the reasons why your family members purchased the building in the first place.

We know that you respect the Filipino community because of your ongoing support to SoMa youth and their education. There are ways to preserve this important community landmark and its 24 affordable homes for generations to come even if your fraternity no longer intends to own it.

We urge you to sell the building to a non-profit capable of preserving its affordable housing, preventing the displacement of the existing tenants and that will continue the historic legacy of your forefathers.

This can be a win-win situation for all the parties involved and for our Filipino community!



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