tv Government Access Programming SFGTV July 1, 2018 12:00am-1:01am PDT
who are working at the very grassroots level and changing hearts and minds. to introduce this year's grand marshals and honourees, and those being selected, keep that in mind. there are many of us who, just by attending the local churches, by being educators, by being out, that that is part of our due diligence and social responsibility, and making sure we do fight for equal rights. these are the people who are making and paving the way for us. that was from my heart. now i will go on script. [laughter] from the little -- multilayer grassroots advocacy work that is being done in the bay area by the incredibly talented kinfol kinfolks, they are our community selected grand marshal. [cheers and applause] to the generations of?
or artists that have been fostered by? or cultural centre and just honoured, steered with a loving hand by pam tennyson, from aria, founder of the queer culture initiative that is promoting cultural equity for trans women of colour, through social empowerment and cultural enrichment, to the work that community grand marshal really criticized on to develop safe spaces for lgbtq students, faculty, employees -- and employees at ucb berkeley, i could go on and on and on about the grand marshals and awardees. they have contributed over 30 years to the lgbtq community. they have litigated and continue to fight for our community through the court system. putting out lgbtq queer and nonconforming images, and visibility, voices out there.
john haines, who many of you know at city hall, he works tirelessly and volunteers and advocates for everyone here in the city of san francisco. they paved the way for freedom and liberation. the fair education act implementation coalition with our family coalition, of course, a lesbian gate freedom been, we would not sound so amazing if not for the lesbian gate freedom band. we thank each and every one of you for your service to our communities and i know many of you are here today and that was my script. thank you. i look forward to san francisco pride. [cheers and applause] >> thank you michelle. 2018 is a special year in san francisco for a number of reasons.
as the supervisors pointed out, he was 40 years ago the rainbow flag was first unfurled and flown at the gate freedom day festivities. today it is an internationally recognized symbol of unity, love and acceptance. for two years ago, in 1978, we saw the first performance of the gay man's chorus, who during a dark and painful moment in this history, brought to the community comfort right here on the steps of city hall. forty years ago, in 1978, harvey milk sat triumphantly atop a car and rode down market street as a first openly gay elected official in california. [applause] if you look at the film and look at the photos, it was clearly a victory lap and he wore a huge smile. he wore a lay around his neck and he were a t-shirt that read, i will never go back. we must never go back. while we have been enjoyed great civil rights and victories, there are those who will take
those victories away, as was proven today. we must never stop fighting to defend what we have one, and simultaneously ensure that no one is left behind. we will never go back in the name of the community ancestors like sonny wolf who led the pride parade for over 40 years with dykes on bikes. we must keep moving forward. [applause] we will never go back. while we face great challenges, we must also seize on great opportunities. the young people in our communities need support and they need mentorship and they need love. they keep us moving forward. we will never go back. the only way we can progress is together as one. take a chance at this june to celebrate alongside the million people we've invited to the city and other human beings, and unite your voices in a call for justice and equality. i want to share some words i saw
this morning from a colleague and a friend on social media. sam singer. some of you in the room -- room may know it sam singer. he was reflecting on the assassination of bobby kennedy, 50 years ago, this week. i think it is quite poignant for what we are talking about today. it is our political, social and moral imperative to survive, and honour those who gave their lives to protest. [applause] with that, i will say, once again, we will never go back. we are generations of strengths happy lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender pride. thank you for being here today. [cheers and applause] >> mayor farrell: thank you. george, stay here for a second. two quick things. first of all, i would like to recognize our district attorney
he was here today as well, with us. was clause second, kate, celebrate, we named it kate kendall day in san francisco. but i'm proud to announce today this is lgbtq pride month in the city of san francisco. [cheers and applause] all right, everyone. and droit the refreshments and happy pride, everybody. [cheers and applause]
>> i came to san francisco in 1969. i fell in love with this city and and this is where i raised my family at. my name is bobbie cochran. i've been a holly court resident for 32 years. i wouldn't give up this neighborhood for nothing. i moved into this apartment one year ago. my favorite thing is my kitchen.
i love these clean walls. before the remodeling came along, the condition of these apartments had gotten pretty bad, you know, with all the mildew, the repairs. i mean you haven't seen the apartment for the program come along. you wouldn't have believed it. so i appreciate everything they did. i was here at one point. i was. because i didn't know what the outcome of holly court was going to be. you know, it really got -- was it going to get to the point where we have to be displaced because they would have to demolish this place? if they had, we wouldn't have been brought back. we wouldn't have been able to live in burn. by the program coming along, i welcome it. they had to hire a company and
they came in and cleaned up all the walls. they didn't paint the whole apartment, they just cleaned up the mildew part, cleaned up and straighted it and primed it. that is impressive. i was a house painter. i used to go and paint other people's apartments and then come back home to mine and i would say why couldn't i live in a place like that. and now i do.
>> good afternoon, everyone. how you feeling? this is a really special day for us. it's our opportunity to acknowledge many of the amazing young people that we have here in san francisco, and we have been doing this now for eight years, and it was something that mayor lee started. [applause] >> and he appropriately calls it the "i am the future scholarship award" because he always thought a lot about our students and thought that they were our future and wanted to get you all off to a great start to make sure you get where you're headed. and our incredible mayor, mayor farrell has been helping to lead this work alongside us to
ensure that you get to where you're headed. so we're really happy to have you here and your families. families are such a critical piece in making sure our young people get to where they need to go, and it's through our families that many of our young people have had the courage and th the encouragement to go onto college and university. so we're glad you're here, as well. my name is hydro-mendoza. i'm the president of the board of education here in san francisco, and so i'm really delighted to be emceeing. for me personally, this is something because of the both sides of the street that i work on, really special, because you are all sfusd graduates or are
in college and graduated from sfusd. so this is our eighth year, and in particular, we just want to thank all of our partners who have been involved with us. we draw from schol orships you've already received and through organizations that you work closely with, and so we want to thank our schol orship partners, many of who are here with us, the black college track, filipino graduates of san francisco, first track, teachers of san francisco, masonic foundation of san francisco, mission economic development agency, mission promise neighborhood, mission graduates, san francisco achievers, san francisco alliance and black school educators, san francisco foster youth fund, san francisco university state project rebound, the association of chinese teachers, and a26 valencia. these organizations reflect the
love san francisco has for our youth, so we want to thank you for being a part of that. i also want to acknowledge gina frommer who is our sponsor from the san francisco education fund. she has always supported the work that we do with our young people and with principles, teachers and paraeducators, and last, i want to thank pg&e for their generous support. andrea, you did this donation on behalf of mayor lee, and so it's really important for us to do this in partnership with you, so thank you, and thank pg&e for all you do for our city. these partnerships, as i said,.
we expect you to be the next doctors and lawyers, the next mayors, the next supervisors, and people that will lead our city going forward, so we're proud of you. you represent the future of san francisco, and congratulations to you all. thanks for coming out. [applause] >> thank you so much, mr. mayor. so many organizations that we referred you to us we work with closely, and many are funded by our department of children, youth and family, and i just wanted to acknowledge maria fu, who's the director of the c.y.f. and lives, breathes, and
ettas everythi eats everything that has to do with young people. we have a supervisor in our districts that does so much with public schools. katey tang graduated from public schools. she invests in every single one of our schools in her district, so i'd like to have katey tang please join us for a little welcome. [applause] >> supervisor tang: thank you very much, hydra, and welcome, everyone, and congratulations. as hydra mention, i did grow up going to our public schools here in san francisco and proud graduate of sfusd, and so i definitely know how much it means to be able to support these schools in any way i can. like many of you, i grew up with an immigrant family and was the first in my immediate family to attend college and graduate from college and then go onto receive a graduate degree, as well. when i first went to college, i really worried so much about how it is that we're going to
pay for college. my parents had to work overtime so much that i barely saw my dad on the weekends, he was just working and working and working. then i had a brother that was right behind me, and we were supposed to overlap in college for three years, so i definitely freaked out how we were going to pay for college. so i pushed myself to graduate in three years so we -- i could afford to help pay for college. some of my favorite experiences were the extracurricular stuff that we got to do and earn some money at it, but i'm excited for all of you and the journey you have ahead, and of course all the support that you have from your parents and family and friends. just enjoy it. it's a wonderful time to do self-exploration and learn how to live on your own. so thankful for this honor today, and thank you to mayor
farrell for continuing this tradition. so congratulations. >> thank you, supervisor tang. not often do you get to be in the room with the president of your college, and we are lucky to have a great relationship with san francisco state university and our president of san francisco state is here to welcome -- i know that there are six of you, maybe. how many of you are going to san francisco state. [applause] >> yeah. so if you'd please join us in welcoming your new students. >> so the six of you, raise your hands again. all right. we're going to have a photo. okay. again, i want to reiterate the comments the mayor and the supervisor, etcetera, and thank all of your sponsors and all of the families that are here. i'm really excited for you.
there there's a special responsibility that comes not only with your scholarship but going to college, and at san francisco state we talk about the responsibility of being an educated person and that your education not only is a great gateway for you, but it's a great gateway for your families going forward. we are actually conducting some research i wanted to share with you. 40% of our students are first in their family to go to college, what we call first-gen. we have about 50 -- about half of our students. about 40% of our students are pell students, etcetera. and what's interesting is once you go to college and graduate, it's very likely that another person in your family, including your mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, will go to college. and the ripple, the wave that we're tracking now is really
quite significant. i actually had the honor at commencement, not this year, a year ago, to hand a diploma to a grandma -- great grandma who was 84 years old who had put children, grandchildren, great grandchildren through college and who then finally said it's my turn, and she came to san francisco state, got a degree in poetry, and it was absolutely the high point of commencement. and her whole thing was getting the first grandchild to go to school. and when i told her about, you know, our commitment to the responsibility of being an educated person, it means being active, being involved. as mayor says, we want you to be a good citizen, we want you to vote. we just want you to be productive in ways that you want to be, and that's when the
world opens up to you. so congratulations. i'm really pleased that a bunch of you are coming to san francisco state. i'm on the 5th floor of the admin building. you are welcome. there are free food up there sometimes, but it's really terrific. we think of ourselves as managing talent. so one last bit of advice to hear from a university president, and that is in many ways, you not only look like me, and i look like you, when i was in high school -- i'm from east oakland. i was one of the few chinese kids on the baseball team at that time, and a counselor said to me, don't go to college and waste your parents' money, okay? and the only reason i got to college was a, i could play baseball, and two, i actually wrote a paper that was published when i was a junior
in high school. and i couldn't understand why the counselor said to me not to waste my parents' money. so you get the opportunity for revenge like me because when i got my -- when i got my ph.d. i sent a copy to the counselor. [applause] >> and -- and then, i felt guilt, right? and so when i became a president, i was going to send him the announcement for that, but unfortunately, he passed away, and i did -- i thought, i better not buck the odds, right, that kind of thing. but it's just you have to persist, you know? the world is complicated, it's challenging, but the is opportunity and the support, the scholarships, etcetera, is golden. it's like being drafted one, whether it's baseball or any sport. but it's an investment in your talents, and i believe that each one of you will take advantage of that.
and i look forward to having you, wherever you are, whether you're at state or any college or university because you're going to make a difference, and that's what we expect out of you. congratulations. [applause] >> so i hope the grandchildren paid for their grandmother's education. yeah, that would be good. and katey, could you please talk to my son about finishing in three years? that would be awesome. all right. are you ready? we are going to announce our award recipients, and if i can have the mayor and supervisor tang join us, we're going to have each one of you come up and get your certificate, and this is your opportunity, family, to take pictures. our first award recipient is claudia lu from lowell high school, going to chapman
congrats. emony katz, leadership state, humboldt university. [applause] >> jennie qwan ku, from mission high school school, heading to cal state university. go bears! [applause] >> jose domingues espina, from abraham lincoln high school, going to san francisco state university. [applause] >> stay there. the next one is a san francisco
state student, as well. cassandra lowell montez from john lowell high school, going to san francisco state. [applause] >> all right. stay there, less, because i'm going to skip katja, and i'm going to have keenan larue come up, from mission high school, heading to san francisco state. >> all right. our next recipient is katja suarez, from mission high school, heading to u.c. berkeley. [applause] >> great.
keyona reynolds from george washington high school, heading to the university of washington in seattle. [applause] >> kyle chan from lowell high school, going to the university of california davis. [applause] >> congrats. laura gian from lowell high school, heading to the university of california san diego.
[applause] >> okay. leisha from galileo high school, heading to san jose state university. [applause] >> nadra mohamed from mission high school heading to holy names university. [applause] >> nacina chambers from raul wallenberg high school, heading to u.c. berkeley. oh, you changed your mind? sorry, you're right. you're going again. >> double major. >> double major, yeah. pamela campos adrizan from john
[applause] >> let's give our 2018" i am the future award" recipients a great round of applause. [applause] >> so each one of our award recipients will be receiving $1,000 that go towards their tuition, and we did not think about whether or not you were documented, we just wanted to make sure that you got the funds that go directly to your tuition, so we're going to make sure that that gets taken care of. so that is the first step, is getting all your money together so that you can head off and come back and work in our city and make us more and more proud than we already are. events like these could not be put together or programs like these couldn't be run without the incredible support of two
wonderful staff members, so marisa and erica, thank you for all that you do in reaching out to our young people and getting all of the scholarships to us. so we want to congratulate you, we want to thank you. and again, to the families, congratulations. we look forward to hearing some amazing stories about what your graduates are doing going forward, and we want to just thank you again for joining us here with mayor farrell. congratulations.
>> first of all, welcome everybody. we will make this routine. i'm very glad that everyone here has partnered to end s.f. gun violence. all over the world, it is a phenomenon that is going on. we are playing our part that we end this gun violence. we live in a country that has villains everywhere. but one thought -- gone off the streets, potentially packed could save one person's life. you could save the planet. what i mean by that, you do not know who will be the person that you might save. i will give you a prime example. we have a mayor in san francisco who is born and raised. she is a native from san francisco, born and raised in the o.c. projects. if anyone knows san francisco, it is one of the hardest
projects in san francisco. to come out at the o.c. projects and fillmore as a negative, you tell me that? [laughter] come on. so look at her. she is the mayor now. give it up for the mayor of san francisco. [applause] you never know who is going to be affected, and who is going to be saved by doing the work that we do together as partnerships. we will have four speakers. i will have the current mayor right here and then the elected mayor come speak. and then i will have, where is captain redmond? i went to school with him. we go back like a hot bowl of menudo. and then i will have my sister right here, patty, who lost her son to gun violence. i just want to welcome you all here. i want to welcome everyone here. and all of our partners pick without further ado, i will bring up mark farrell, our current mayor.
[applause] >> mayor farrell: thank you. first of all, i want to thank you at the united players for holding this event, as well as the gun buyback program. i want to thank mayor elect reed who has been a champion for a long long time. this is not something new to her. kudos to her. [applause] i want to thank our police department for being here. to the captions that are here. give them a round of applause, please. [applause] and i also want to give a shout out to our late mayor ed lee, he was a huge supporter of this program as well. for all of his support over the years. we are here to talk about gun violence in san francisco. this is an issue that affects our entire country. it affects us in our streets. ever.every year, in our countr whoa. >> it was ed lee exco. [laughter] >> every year in our country we have 12,000 people killed by gun
violence. 106,000 people -- 106 people every day. for everyone killed by guns, and other two are injured. 24,000 are injured on the streets of our country. and that has to stop. we are going to continue to push in san francisco. and mayor elect breed will push in san francisco for policies and commonsense policies to get guns off our streets. we are here today that san francisco is going to continue to lead the effort to get them off of our streets. [applause] >> i'm so excited to be here today. san francisco is doing something different, once again. we are leading the charge. when our country and our congress and our presidents continue to do everything that flies in the face of san francisco values, san francisco is stepping up. we're doing things different. doing things a san francisco way. we are here to protect the youth of san francisco and here to
protect the generation of san francisco leaders. i'm proud to be here today and proud to join everyone behind me. thank you for being here. [applause] >> i want to acknowledge a lot of our partners who made this happen. mothers in charge right there, mattie skye. [applause] her son is actually on the wall right here. she has been tremendously fighting throughout many, many years to end this gun violence. you have sfpd, the mayor's department. a whole array of community-based organizations that are here. project level, the brothers against guns, rate? we have the suicide prevention organization. we have the brady campaign. who else have we got up in here? the foundation. john did what we you all heard
that. that is the honey on my tongue. sometimes i can't spit it right. you heard that. does a lot of other organizations. i want to thank our business partners who actually funded this event. that you all see them out there. [applause] all my homeboys who wanted -- to run the dispensaries. [applause] elevated, green boy, grassroots. am i missing anymore? we need to get some more because they have a lot of weed stories in san francisco too. i'm sure there's plenty more. i want to acknowledge salesforce, boston property, kilroy, clients, all partners. there are so many different dimensions that are coming together as one to end gun violence. i want to thank all the leadership from everybody who has been a part of making this happen. without further ado. i will bring up the amazing and
intelligent and beautiful london breed. our mayor chair applause -- [applause] speed you -- >> it is so exciting to be here for something that i know, for certain is going to save lives. last year, when we did this in december, 280 guns were collected through that last buyback. that is 280 lives saved. i have to tell you, rudy said that i come out of the concrete. o.c. projects, out-of-control projects. let me tell you a story about ocp. i was about 12 years old, one night, and i know sean richards will remember this. we were all hanging out and purging in a place called the
tunnel. some of you will remember the tunnel if you grew up in the western addition. most people did not come to the projects that i grew up in. but the people who lived there and were welcomed there would hang out in the tunnel. at night, we were playing music and having a good time. we were just hanging out and enjoy ourselves. and sadly someone came through the tunnel and started shooting. that person was after somebody. there were a lot of people out there. that is where we hang out at. when all the dust settled, there was one person who was dead. do you all remember when stacy died? stacy, if you know -- if you knew stacy, all the mothers loved stacy. all the kids loved stacy. everybody loved stacy. and he wasn't, again, even the person that this shooter was targeting. he is not here with us today. that could have been me. that could have been anybody else in the tunnel that night that could have died because of
a gun. because of senseless violence. this is why, what we do here today, is so important. our goal is to save lives. our goal is to help people who are out there with guns understand the tragedy that they are inflicting on the lives of the people that have to suffer the consequences because of their mistakes. we want a safe city. we don't want to see our young people continued to die to gun violence. we do not want our kids to feel like every time they hear a loud noise, they have to get on the ground. where they are learning and they are learning environment and in our schools. we not only have work to do in the city and county of san francisco, we have work to do around getting guidance out of our communities all over the country. and as your future mayor, this will continue to be at the
forefront of my advocacy efforts, as long as i am a part of the city can't get as long as i am living and breathing, i will always be an advocate for getting rid of guns on our streets on a regular basis. [applause] so here is an opportunity. we need to change our lives. for those folks who feel they have to have a gun, no questions asked. no questions asked. no judgement. turned them in. we are asking you to help be a part of the solution and make our city safe. thank you so much and i hope to see you here on saturday. thank you. >> right on. [applause] spoken like a right -- a real mayor. i just want to -- i apologize, i didn't acknowledge who does the outreach for the gun buyback. you have to catch this. they did it by you, and ten gentlemen who did a life
sentence in prison. come on up here. you all have to be up here. you are part of it. all these brothers right here did a life sentence in prison and are now back advocating to stop gun violence. [applause] we have over 300 years of prison time up here. instead of taking lives, they are saving lives. [applause] i have to make sure i acknowledge glenn holden, our reentry leader there he did 45 years in prison, straight and is out now leading the charge to end gun violence. forty-five years. longer than probably -- you probably didn't have cameras back then. [laughter] this brother right here, in these brothers right here are miracles that are walking legends. let's not neglect and forget these gentlemen right here. theories are the gentlemen that are pushing the line to get the
guns off the streets. with that said, from convicts to the police -- police, my brother there, thank you. i want to bring up one of his fellow brothers who i went to school with at mission high school. brother tony chapman. [applause] >> first of all, it is hard to follow our current mayor and our mayor elect. both are detailed. they are faced -- they have detailed what we are facing and how we are facing it as a team. i want to, before i say anything, i want to give a shout out to the mayor, and everything that he has done and the mayor elect for everything she has done and will do. think both of them. thank you. [applause] secondly i did go to school with rudy and he has been passionate about everything. and stories about me taking his lunch money are all false.
[laughter] let me start off with the good news. let me start off with the good news. the good news is the homicide rate in san francisco is down 43%. [applause] another piece of good news, the shootings are down double digits, but in the teens. we want to get that a lot better. now the bad news, last night and early this morning we had two shootings and two different neighborhoods in the bayview hunter's points that illustrates the point we need more guns off the street. the thing that this country has to wrap his mind around and the city and county of san francisco, we get it here. the rest of the country, we need to drag them along. a study came out and it was a national study. there are more guns in this country than there are people in this country. anyone who thinks we don't have to do this gun buyback, they are mistaken. if you have a gun that is sitting at home and you are not using any think is there for protection, and it has been sitting there for a long time packed think about the potential of your house been broken into
and that gun being used and consider bringing it down and turning it into the gun buyback program. what we aim to do, and pardon the bad pun,'s ge is get as manf these weapons off the street as possible. again seized as a life saved. the reason our numbers have been dropping every year, is we have been doing these gun buybacks every year. were getting more and more of these weapons off the street. i implore anybody out there with a gun to come and turn it in. there are no questions asked. we will not call you later and talk to about the weapon. turn it in and we will take it from you. my last shout out has to go to the united players. they are right. this partnership is necessary. it takes a hood to save the hood. thank you. [applause] >> me and him went to school and he had a jerry curl back then. [laughter] yeah. [laughter] before we bring on our last speaker, there's a lot of people
who also have been in the background. they are sometimes, sometimes they don't get acknowledged, but they do all the major work that makes it happen. i have to give a shout out to my brother damien posey with paradise. where are you at? you see that hampso hamsun brotr right there? [laughter] and sean richardson. my brother right there. big rich. project level. these are people that you can't forget about behind-the-scenes. we have a lot of women who did this. this world is ran by women. how about that. are supervisor president? and a sister. come on, now. so i want to acknowledge carolyn and misha who are often behind the background who don't like to get acknowledged. you know, add to my beautiful daughter right there. she has all of her teeth. [laughter] i want to bring on a mother who i met to his amazing and incredible.
she is doing big things. i will bring her on up. her name is patty. her son passed away, we will dedicate this gun buyback on saturday, june 30th, from 8-12 to her son, robbie. come on up, patty. [applause] >> good afternoon. i want to thank you rudy for inviting me to come here and think united players for the great work they do in the city and beyond. my name is patty. on the founder of the robbie pub d. foundation. i have a very unique perspecti perspective. for almost a decade, i was working at the chronicle just down the street as a metro editor. at a columnist and an editorial writer. for years, i ran headlines about gun violence. when my son was shot and killed in 2014, i understood what it meant to have that headline me about your family. all we know is that headline. we don't know the aftermath. there aren't stories about what
happens to the family and the life sentence that is imposed on the family. within seconds of pulling that trigger. i gained a lot of appreciation. i didn't understand it when i was writing the stories what it meant to those families to have that last story about their loved one. and my son was just on the verge of getting hired full time. he was learning how to weld. he had set his suit out for his interview on his bed. that was a suit that we buried him in. so, you know, for two years, i had a really bad ptsd. i couldn't even return to the place where i called home for 30 years because of that ptsd. one day, i looked at my daughter and said she had lost her brother and she will not lose her mom. i created the foundation. we do gun buyback just like rudy. that is why we are so proud to partner on this one. we get that metal and we redistributed to artists throughout the country.
they create art out of them. alameda county has adopted that there. there are two exhibits made out of guns that were confiscated in homicides and gun violence throughout the country. i hope to bring that way the rudy to san francisco. the other thing we do, as we provide paid vocational scholarships for exoffenders and at-risk young adults because there's no better challenge to crime then a good paying job. i wish, i wish someone gave the four men who killed my son that opportunity. we can take the guns away, but that does not address the desperation and hopelessness that causes them to pull the trigger. i applaud rudy. i applaud everyone here. all the partners that support him. it takes all of us. i can't do this alone and he can't do it alone. it takes all of us. thank you so much for supporting all of this. [applause] >> before we close out, i want to thank our mayor, mark
farrell, for coming. our mayor, london breach. the real deal seal. [laughter] >> don't forget about your brother. come on, now. my brother tony chapman. i know right now they have a bad rap. but you can see there's a lot of good cops, you know what i mean? we have to build relationships with the police to. we want to make sure they holds the bad police accountable. what is fair is fair. if we all commit a crime, we should all go to jail. so, thank you to everyone coming out. it takes all of us to make this happen. all of us. i want to say this last. you wonder why i am carrying this shovel?
there's an organization that's called lead to life that me and patty match. they are in oakland. they flew us out there. the guns we took off the street, 280 guns that was given to us by sfpd, 5, 50 of them were melted down and we made shovels. [applause] this is made out of a gun. we planted 50 trees in atlanta where martin luther king's granddaughter was there to help plant 50 trees, right? the soil be used came from young men who were lynched back from mississippi mississippi alabama. they were lynched and the dirt was thrown in the chattahoochee river which they preserved, and they gave it to me. we use that soil and to be shovels, and the trees that martin luther king, he likes them cherry trees, cherry blossom trees. we planted 50 of those trees in commemoration of the 50 year anniversary of his assassination. way that these shovels. the mothers through and th in ts that we had got from the buyback. so they are melted and people
say, you give them to the police. no, look. this is living proof. , this out. feel that, brother. [laughter] as we decompose a violence, made the earth, again be free. i want to thank everybody for coming out. this saturday, june 30th, 8-12, we are doing the gun buyback. one hundred dollars for a handgun, $200 for assault rifles. [applause] let's get these guns off the streets, you guys. one life can save the whole planet. thank you. where is your players club aptly the heart and soul. make sure we get those starts for the ladies. that is right. last year we got a rocket launcher. a cannonball.
we destroyed them all. and we think the police thank te department. we can't do it. we might go and sell them if we got them. [laughter] i am lying. [laughter] that was 87 rudy. [laughter] but we are here. it is about saving lives now. and preserving the future for our youth. and so let's do this together, everybody. we have all of our community-based organizations. we have our developers. we have our tech people and we have all our foundations kick all of us together, when the bullet fires out of that chamber, they don't care if you are black, white, straight or striped. i am a gun violence survivor. believe that. it takes a hood to save the hood. god bless you guys and thank you for coming. i had to give a shout out to my man who got baptized last week. welcome to the kingdom, baby. [applause]
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the june 20, 2018 meeting of the san francisco board of appeals. board president frank fung will be the presiding officer tonight. he's joined by commissioner ann lazarus, commissioner dale honda, and vice president swig will be absent tonight. brad russy will provide the board with any needed legal advice this evening. at the controls is the board's legal assistant, gary cantara. we will also not joined by representatives from -- be