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Oct-07-2019

“Keeping It Going”

Edna Webster Coleman’s remarkable life in the struggle for social justice GLIDE’s Annual Fund manager Hallie Brignall spoke recently with Edna Webster, a longtime GLIDE community member and Bay Area educator and activist who has designated a portion of her estate for GLIDE and its work on behalf of the community. In the following account,

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May-10-2019

GLIDE and Skywatchers Team Up to Create Tenderloin Leadership Academy

This year, the GLIDE Center for Social Justice (CSJ) along with our community partners at Skywatchers have been proud to create a new Leadership Academy with residents of the Tenderloin. Skywatchers is an arts-based ensemble that has been working in the Tenderloin for eight years with SRO residents, centering performance-based and multi-disciplinary art and stories

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Feb-02-2019

Love in Action: Reflecting on 50 years in community with Ernestine Nettles

On the first day of Black History Month, we are delighted to feature and honor Ernestine Nettles, who this Christmas celebrated 50 years of service—not only to GLIDE, but to her community in Oakland, the Civil Rights Movement, gender equality and voting rights. Ernestine is a beloved pillar of the holiday feasts GLIDE organizes for

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Dec-20-2018

Challah for Christmas!

GLIDE’s blend of meals, celebration and social justice adds up to a delicious holiday feast for the community When Rabbi Michael Lezak joined GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice last year, one of his main goals was to connect broader Bay Area Jewish communities to GLIDE’s dynamic work. And what a year it’s been! Michael has

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Oct-18-2018

An Officer and a Mensch

Building social justice mindsets in law enforcement communities With the arrival of Rabbi Michael Lezak last year, GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice (CSJ) has been able to expand and deepen the ways we emphasize truth and reconciliation in our efforts around advocacy, staff development, and community building. In April, CSJ welcomed police departments and district

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May-11-2018

Reflections on Justice and Reconciliation

Thoughts from GLIDE staff who attended our pilgrimage to Montgomery On April 25, a group of 85 people from GLIDE, The Kitchen, the Rafiki Coalition and Stanford Graduate School of Education traveled to Montgomery, Alabama for the opening of the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The trip was the culmination

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Jan-26-2018

Challah for Justice!

Breaking bread with Rabbi Michael Lezak, newest member of GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice In July 2017, GLIDE welcomed Rabbi Michael Lezak to its Center for Social Justice. This position, a Rabbi at GLIDE, was made possible by funding from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund and generous individual

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Aug-25-2017

Dynamic Leadership Team Complete!

Introducing GLIDE’s new President and CEO, Karen Hanrahan After a nationwide search lasting more than a year, GLIDE is thrilled to welcome Karen Hanrahan as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. This is a new position, created last  year by GLIDE’s Board of Trustees as part of a carefully managed transition plan. The intention throughout

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Aug-23-2017

Eye on the Ball: Know Your Rights and Protect Yourself from Unjust Eviction

Welcome to Eye on the Ball’s four-part series on renters’ rights in San Francisco. This week, we’ll talk about what to do when your landlord says, “You gotta go!” First, take a few deep breaths. You don’t have to leave just because your landlord tells you to. There are rules they have to follow and

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Aug-14-2017

Photovoice – A Tool for Community Empowerment and Advocacy

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them. — Diane Arbus San Francisco is the land of invisible people—the homeless, the needy, the users, the ill, the marginalized, the undocumented. People who not only fall through society’s cracks, but who are ignored (or worse) by the middle and upper

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Apr-14-2017

Good Friday— Unfiltered

Today is a day of days- it’s Friday! For some, Friday marks the end of the work week- an opportunity to pause from the intense demands of work and recharge. For others, Friday is only the beginning of intense life demands. For some, Friday marks the end of the school week- a time to absorb

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Mar-27-2017

Eye on the Ball: Together, we can make California a Sanctuary State!

Welcome to another edition of Eye on the Ball, where we share what’s going on and how you can join us—in a movement for justice, for the health and wellbeing of our communities, and for an equitable and inviting world for all.

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Mar-24-2017

"Deciding to Have Joy Is an Act of Resistance": Women’s History Month at GLIDE, Part 2

We are proud to share this second installment of reflections in our Women’s History Month series honoring women’s roles in resisting oppression and advancing social justice. GLIDE remains deeply committed to the struggle for gender equality. In the current national climate, it is more crucial than ever that we resist and repel the misogynist forces

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Feb-23-2017

Eye on the Ball: Where the Action Is

Welcome to another installment of Eye on the Ball. There’s so much happening these days that it can be hard to keep focused. So, we’d like to spotlight a few things going on this week of special relevance to our communities. As we all know too well, something is rotten in Denmark—(no offence, Denmark, we

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Feb-16-2017

Remember, and never be silent: On the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066

As we have seen in recent weeks, presidential executive orders can come swiftly, barreling down on a population with the stroke of a pen. They can have enormous influence, enormous consequences. And, again as we have seen, they can also be resisted by the populace and overruled by the judiciary when they outrage our sense

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Feb-10-2017

Learning, healing, and fighting: The GLIDE Racial Justice Group

  Attending a GLIDE Racial Justice Group (GRJG) meeting is a dizzying and eye-opening experience. The group is comprised of men and women from all different races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds. Everyone’s life experiences may be different, but the glue of the organization is the commitment to fight racism and white supremacy.

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Feb-01-2017

Freed to Free

Freed for New Beginnings “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” —Harriet Tubman “And before I’d be a slave I’ll be buried in my grave; and go home to my Lord and be free.” —lyrics to “Oh, Freedom”

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Dec-28-2016

Hold the Judgment: GLIDE teams up with community partners to deliver food and choice to those in need

The great Grocery Bag Giveaway is a huge event in more ways than one. It is one of the most anticipated events of GLIDE’s holiday programming: hosted each year by GLIDE Co-Founders Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani and attended by thousands of community members, many of whom line up before dawn on streets closed

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Nov-04-2016

Why I’m voting YES on 62 and NO on 66

Editors’ Note: This week’s post, the final installment in our pre-election #PropDropFriday series, addresses the morally bereft system of capital punishment. Californians have before them two propositions concerning the death penalty, only one of which calls for its outright abolition, a choice that GLIDE endorses. As anti-death-row activist Glen Wu argues persuasively below, capital punishment is

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Sep-16-2016

Why I Am Voting YES on PROP 57

Editorial Note: As Election Day 2016 nears, we kick off a weekly series of opinion pieces on ballot propositions of particular concern to our communities. #PropDropFriday will bring you a total of eight posts in all, leading up to Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. The series is designed to help you, the voter, make sense

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Sep-22-2011

The Things that Make for Peace!

by Dr. Karen Oliveto, Pastor The morning after the executions of Troy Davis and Lawrence Russell Brewer found me mulling over Luke 19: (41) As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, (42) saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But

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