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Where has the love of San Francisco gone?

September 3, 2010

by Nyese Joshua, candidate for San Francisco District 10 Supervisor

Nyese Joshua, your No. 1 Supervisor Candidate for District 10
Thank you to everyone who came out Saturday and joined the kickoff of this historic campaign. This campaign is historic because it is genuinely for the people, from the people and it goes to the people. The endorsements that will support this campaign will be the voters who go to the polls and turn in their ballots marking Nyese (Knee-see) Joshua their No. 1 choice for Supervisor in District 10.

To make your voice heard in this monumental moment for District 10, your name and current address must be on the voter rolls. Registering to vote and updating your registration if your address or name has changed is critical.

This campaign is historic because the people want something dramatically different from past years, but the belief that that can actually happen is almost decimated in their hearts. We are here to say if District 10 stands up for itself in this pivotal time, together we can demand health, human rights, economic opportunity, respect for families and so much more.

The question for the community living around the Hunters Point Shipyard is really becoming who does not have asthma, rather than who does? Knocking on doors in this community is heartwarming and heart wrenching.

We love this community but we will have to work to restore it to all its splendid capacity. And that does not happen with wholesale removal of the current population. I drove downtown to meet with James Keys, leading candidate in District 6, on Sixth Street and I was astonished at what looks to be a poverty pipeline.

With hope-filled hearts, people from around District 10 flocked to the kickoff on Saturday, Aug. 28, of Nyese Joshua’s campaign for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Nyese has earned the trust of the people for her years of leadership in the struggle for environmental justice in Bayview Hunters Point. When she filed for office after months of urging, she immediately shot to the top of the long list of contenders as the People’s Candidate. After the rally, dozens went door-knocking to talk to their neighbors about the brighter future we can look forward to with Nyese on the Board of Supervisors. Gathering around Nyese with heartfelt support are, in back from left, Ron Stutz, mesha Monge-Irizarry, Lynne Brown and Vivian Donahue; in front, Nyese Joshua, the People’s Candidate, and Shardae Bard with her little cousin.
With this campaign we have to fight to plug the mass leak of people systemically pressed into nearly abject poverty. It is like watching the death of the spirit of a city that the world depends upon to be the one place where right is right and fair is fair.

So what’s really going on, San Francisco? Where has the love of San Francisco gone? It is looking more and more like the policies of our city are driving its populace, its neighborhoods and its political choices to a strange place.

With this campaign we have to fight to plug the mass leak of people systemically pressed into nearly abject poverty. It is like watching the death of the spirit of a city that the world depends upon to be the one place where right is right and fair is fair.

This campaign aims to root out the problems of neglect and to press for what could work to revive the spirit of District 10 and San Francisco. My expectations for San Francisco’s capacity to bring back the heart are high and hopeful. I am in this fight because I believe that the unabated energy that I bring to the table will move the mountains that this historic campaign must face.

If you are interested in organizing campaign home conversations with your friends and family, if you would like to request a window poster and/or be direct emailed for events, please email me at nyesej@gmail.com. Visit my campaign website, www.NoMorePoliticsAsUsual.org. And become a friend on Facebook: Nyese Joshua.

I am grateful for your support, concerns and the exchange of positive ideas. Together we can bring back the love to San Francisco for all its people.

Nyese Joshua, your No. 1 Supervisor Candidate for District 10

Register to vote

To vote on Nov. 2, you must be registered by Oct. 18. For help with registering or updating your voter registration, call the San Francisco Elections Department at (415) 554-4411 or call the Bay View at (415) 671-0789. To confirm that you are registered to vote, call Elections at (415) 554-4411 or go online to http://www.sfelections.org/VoterRegStatus/index.html.

In order to qualify as a registered voter in San Francisco:

• You must be a citizen of the United States

• You must be a resident of San Francisco

• You must be at least 18 years of age or older on or before the next election

• You must not have been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and vote

• You must not be in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony; however, prisoners in county jail who have not been convicted of a felony and are otherwise eligible may vote and should register. Your vote is needed.

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