Name the new TNDC Eddy & Taylor Housing the "Sharen Hewitt" Family Housing

Name the new TNDC Eddy & Taylor Housing the "Sharen Hewitt" Family Housing

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Curtis Bradford started this petition to Tenderloin People's Congress

We are asking that TNDC name it's newest building at Eddy & Taylor St. in the Tenderloin the "Sharen Hewitt Family Housing"  in memory of long-time TNDC and Tenderloin resident/activist Sharen Hewitt.  Sharen Hewitt was a true global citizen committed to love, peace, and the eradication of poverty and violence.  Below are are just some of her many accomplishments.

Sharen came to San Francisco from New York and worked at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic on needle exchange initiatives.  Took in over a dozen foster children.

Founded the Girls After School Academy (GASA) in 1993, and organization that empowered low-income girls of color, living in public housing to attain healthy, stable, independent lives by establishing a culture that affirms their dreams for the future.

Worked as a leader in the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) and the Mayor's Office of Community Development developing public policy and legislation.  Contributed significantly to the City's First Source Hiring Program, and advocated for increased economic development goals and one-to-one unit replacement for the rebuild of public housing under HOPE VI.  Worked for the Human Services Agency developing framework to serve whole family systems, as opposed to singular interventions.

Campaigned tirelessly to bridge the gap between disconnected public housing sites and City services and political systems.  Demanded resident input and leadership on public housing projects and encouraged public housing residents to run for the Public Housing Tenants Association.  Advocated for the first resident SFHA Commissioner, a resident of Sunnydale, and continually helped put public housing residents on City Boards and Commissions.  Brought weekly legal clinics to Sunnydale for residents facing eviction.  Brought expungement and GED services to public housing.  Quietly (and not so quietly) worked with individual SFHA Directors to get families moved immediately after witnessing or experiencing gun violence.  Took public housing residents to the United Nations to testify on the impact of homicides by firearms in their communities.  Activated residents on everything from the HOPE SF rebuild to Darfur, and everything in between.

Acted a an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University and taught a "Politics in San Francisco" course around land use.  Developed a fellowship program that allowed dozens of single mothers and grandmothers to attend SF State at no cost, and with no red tape.  Was a Board member of the Urban Institute and the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

Founded the Community Leadership and Emergency Response Project(CLAER) in response to San Francisco's rising homicide rate in 2002.  CLAER empowered mothers and grandmothers who had lost their children to violence to be their communities' first responders to homicide.  CLAER was committed to the value of diversity and purposefully hired recent college graduates and public housing residents to facilitate their cross cultural understanding and development.  Helped draft Proposition H, a local ordinance banning most handguns in the City  Led the fight to have gun shows banned at the Cow Palace.  Founded the Campaign for Life.  Approached homicide and violence with an unmatched sense of urgency.  Said "there are no expendable people".

Called for the African American Outmigration Task Force under Mayor Newsom and was a founding member.  Founded the Coalition for an African American Agends.  Participated in the first Community Congress Trained and built the political and organizing power of hundreds of regional and national leaders.  Advised countless political campaigns and was the ultimate connector and teacher.  Was an Executive Producer and Board member at the Bay Area Video Coalition. 

Committed to ensuring everyone's right to vote with a special emphasis on ex-offenders and the politically disengaged.  Put voting machines in public housing and in the jails.  Engaged local business owners in the Tenderloin around elections and made their corner stores and shops voter registration sites.  Spent her time in District 6 organizing immigrant families, and promoting safety and diversity.  Co-founder of the Tenderloin People's Congress.  Engaged and educated countless Police Chiefs, Commanders, Captains and officers.  Worked to expand their understanding and better shape their interventions.

Traveled to Cuba as a part of the San Francisco delegation multiple times and met with Fidel Castro.  Went to South Africa to meet with and advocate for the release of Nelson Mandela.  Was a grandmother, an Executive Director, an organizer and a Shero.

From her Tenderloin home in the Curran House at 145 Taylor (at Eddy St.) which is a TNDC Family Housing project, Sharen spent her last years organizing Tenderloin residents right in her own neighborhood.  Educating, empowering, pushing and loving residents to become the leaders she knew they could become.  She was often seen talking with youth or old alike at the corner of Eddy & Taylor, her home, where the new TNDC family housing is being built.  We believe STRONGLY that there is no better name for the building than a Sharen's to represent the heart of TNDC's work to empower our residents and encourage resident leadership.  It's time a building is named for one of our own and that name is "Sharen Hewitt".  Thank you for reading all this, and thank you for signing the petition.

For more information contact; Curtis Bradford, co-Chair Tenderloin People's Congress, curtisbradford5@gmail.com

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