August 9, 2013
TO PARTICIPANTS AND SUPPORTS OF THE AUGUST 19, 2013
“FATHER’S BACK TO SCHOOL MARCH AND RALLY”
SUBJECT: PROJECT OVERVIEW
Dear Friends, Supporters, and community partners:
As you may already know, on August 19, 2013, the Bayview Hunters Point community of San Francisco in partnership with California Federation of Fathers, Families, and Communities is having its first annual event of the, “Father’s Back To School March and Rally.” Our goal for this event is to attract at least 500 participants from our and other communities who share our concerns about the importance of responsible fatherhood. Not only the Bayview Hunters Point community, but the city of San Francisco, as well as the entire Bay Area are significant in the context of this important endeavor.
The event is triggered initially by the continuing deadly youth related and other violence that is impacting our neighborhoods. The Bayview Hunters Point community is considered the largest remaining segment of San Francisco’s rapidly shrinking African American population. Bayview Hunters Point is also a place of a growing Latino/Hispanic population that shares many of the same concerns as African Americans. This community currently suffers a significant amount of social, moral and safety issues including, but not limited to, an extraordinary number of African American children removed from their homes and placed in Foster Care (2000% higher than other communities in the city).
There is also a significantly higher arrest rate of African American men and boys than any other ethnic communities in the city. Youth unemployment is also traditionally highest here. The city’s highest youth homicide rate (both victims and victimizers) are among African American males are also in this cities low-income communities of color and like Bayview Hunters Point. In the San Francisco Department of Juvenile Probation’s incarceration facilities, approximately 98% of residents are from Bayview Hunters Point. There is also a drastically increasing number of Pacific Islander community members included in this destructive community profile.
The immediate and long-term impact of these critical issues on our community and others, as well as the implications of the Trayvon Martin case on our youth and families are dire. Therefore, this fathers, families, and communities focused event is of extraordinary importance to us all. Along with the above-mentioned issue, we are also considering the ongoing violence and deep sense of fear and distrust that permeates far too many of our neighborhoods. Add to all of this, the upcoming 50th Anniversary commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington, and it is clear that the San Francisco Bay Area’s stage has been effectively set for this important event.
Your participation will be seen as a voice of empowering support with the chorus voices from our communities. You will be joining with us as we all shout out to the world that we (as fathers and community) will stand up for the present and future well being of our children, our families and our communities. In this effort, we will effectively be erasing the lines and geographic boundaries on a map and become one dynamic community standing for family unity, community health and well being and safety, future and life for all of our children.