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Voices from the front lines of GLIDE’s efforts serving those in need and advocating for change.

Jun 30, 2020

Our Neighbors Need Your Support!

Please consider ordering take-out or purchasing gift cards from these loyal supporters of GLIDE

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone hard and the financial impa

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Apr-30-2020

GLIDE’s OPT-IN mobile outreach

A lifeline in a landscape stalked by poverty and the coronavirus As most of San Francisco remains at a relative standstill to slow the spread of the coronavirus, GLIDE Harm Reduction Case Manager Felanie Castro is behind the wheel, crisscrossing the city seven hours a day. Piloting GLIDE’s community outreach van, and accompanied by a...


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Apr-23-2020

The Epigenetics of Joy

You know, months before the pandemic hit.  Pandemics, “hit” right?  This is going to leave a bruise, right? Months ago, during a routine doctor’s visit, My doctor asked, “Does diabetes run in your family? Remembering my mama and my grand mama’s high and low sugar,  I answered, “Yes.” My doctor asked, “Does hypertension run in...


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Mar-27-2020

“All behavior is learned behavior”

Saundra Haggerty on GLIDE’s Men In Progress violence-intervention program Saundra Haggerty is the lead facilitator and case manager for GLIDE’s Men In Progress (MIP) program, a 52-week court-mandated Batterer’s Intervention program that supports men in acquiring the skills they need to work through their anger and change their violent behavior. GLIDE’s MIP is one of the...


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Mar-27-2020

Vashti

I was with the other women In the woman’s place In the palace And it’s only The letter “A” That separates place From palace I was with the other women When he called I had been up cooking all night And had just wiped The last of the semolina Off my forehead And we were...


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Mar-27-2020

Women Are Moving

by Janice Mirikitani There are women who are moving.There are women who have said what must be done:            Our grandmothers who carried us on their shoulders,            wove memories of prisons/canefields/refugee camps    without self pity.            Our mothers/mine who stood in a River of Silence            snuffed her dreams and stilled her life, incarcerated in            World War II internment camps,...


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Mar-25-2020

Soul Force

Isoke Femi on the spiritual roots of African American music and the power of harmony Music has always played an essential role in resisting oppression and advancing social justice, including at GLIDE. In honor of Women’s History Month, we sat down with Isoke Femi, Maven of Transformative Learning in GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice, to...


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Mar-06-2020

“Transitional Justice” from Kuala Lumpur to the Tenderloin

Reflections of a powerful young voice from the global movement for justice Bee Ling recently came to GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice as part of the International Research & Exchanges Fellowship (IREX) on tolerance and conflict resolution. Having Bee here with us was a rare and very special opportunity. We learned from her, and we...


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Feb-20-2020

A Place to Find Connection

Reflections on Client Advocacy, or What Is a Case Manager? (Part 2) Walk-In Center client advocate Nikki Dove says her role at GLIDE is a constant reminder of how hard life can be. “Working here isn’t easy,” Nikki explains. “It’s not for the faint of heart or cold of heart. You’ve got to have humility....


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Feb-13-2020

“Malcolm X flows through me”

Reflections on an African American role model LeRon L. Barton has been an active GLIDE community member since 2014. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the GLIDE Racial Justice Team that grew out of the Ferguson Rally held at GLIDE. The Racial Justice team has interviewed African American youth about race issues with the...


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