The vote expected Tuesday, Jan. 16, to choose an interim mayor has been postponed. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, our Mayor London Breed remains in charge of San Francisco!

by Melonie Green and Melorra Green

London Breed – Photo: Johnnie Burrell

With the tragic passing of Mayor Lee, San Francisco reached another milestone – the first African American woman mayor, London Breed. She began serving as acting mayor on Dec. 12, 2017.

Amidst the sadness of Mayor Lee’s passing, for many in the Black community, ourselves included, London represents tremendous hope and opportunity for our city.

The Black Woman is God exhibition continues to grow and establish more credibility for its boldness in expressing the power of the Black woman through a platform that explores the intersections of race and gender. Mayor Breed’s fortitude is exemplified as she provided a platform for The Black Woman is God exhibition (TBWG), which empowers and inspires thousands of Black women around the world.

Mayor Breed has proven she is committed to using her leadership platforms to advocate for resources for the underserved, to ensure the preservation of culture and history in San Francisco, while improving economic development.

Mayor Breed has proven she is committed to using her leadership platforms to advocate for resources for the underserved, to ensure the preservation of culture and history in San Francisco, while improving economic development.

Growing up in Plaza East public housing, she knows what it is like to lose friends and loved ones to gunfire and drugs, as well as grow up in a community held down by unemployment and neglect. Because of this experience, Mayor Breed continues to aid in reducing disparities amongst underserved populations in San Francisco.

It was Mayor Breed who found $2 million to rehabilitate vacant public housing units for 179 homeless families. It was Mayor Breed who helped ensure 104 units of affordable housing at Frederick Douglass Haynes Gardens were protected.

She pushed forward landmark legislation which prioritizes neighborhood residents, and those who have been displaced from their community, for affordable housing units. Mayor Breed also pushes for living wage jobs and real economic development opportunities in the Black community.

London’s story is like so many of the children we serve and it inspires our youth to believe in and explore their own opportunities to shape the city they inherit. San Francisco is a prosperous city, full of opportunity, beauty and cultural diversity. But we need our leaders and importantly our mayor to remember and understand there are still places where people are living their lives in danger, where people are suffering, and where people are in need.

We need a mayor who understands that San Francisco is not an inclusive city if Black residents are forced to leave because they can no longer afford housing or are denied economic opportunities.

We need a mayor who understands that San Francisco is not an inclusive city if Black residents are forced to leave because they can no longer afford housing or are denied economic opportunities.

London Breed, Melorra Green and Melorra’s twin sister Melonie worked together for years when London was executive director of the African American Art and Culture Complex, the cultural center at 762 Fulton, before she ran for the office of Supervisor for District 5. Recently, the twins were named co-executive directors of the AAACC, the heartbeat of Black culture in San Francisco. – Photo: Lance Burton, Planet Fillmore Communications

We need a mayor who will invest in and preserve the cultural heritage and history of our neighborhoods.

We still have much work to do in our communities and Mayor Breed is a mayor who has lived the challenges we continue to face. She is the mayor who has the experience to lead our city – a San Francisco where no one should be left behind.

The Black Woman Is God continues to be a reflection of the greatness we know is present within the gifts of Black leadership. We are inspired, excited and motivated by this historic moment. We have unwavering confidence in her ability to lead the city of San Francisco as mayor.

Call your supervisor and let them know we have a capable mayor who will continue to advocate for the Black community and all communities in San Francisco. Mayor Breed has been doing it her entire life.

Melonie Green and Melorra Green, co-directors of the African American Art & Culture Complex at 762 Fulton St. in San Francisco, can be reached at Borncollaborators@gmail.com.

 

This and the rest of the photos come from London Breed’s family album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 COMMENTS

  1. I hope she will take the guns away from all the thugs who reside in The Bayview and the surrounding areas. I also hope she will help change black culture for the good and make it look cool to be smart.

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