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We are a vibrant electoral alliance based in San Francisco.

We are SF Rising and we are here to make lasting change.

Vote with us to build political power with working-class communities of color.

Our Student Liberation Manifesto and other highlights from the 2022 Summer Rising Fellowship

by Ashwin Prabu This summer, I joined ten other student organizers representing four Bay Area schools — SF State, USF, Stanford, and UC Berkeley — in San Francisco Rising’s Summer Fellowship program. Together, we built up our organizing skills, learned about the issue...

BREAKING: President Biden announces that he will cancel $10-20k in student debt per borrower making less than $125k a year

Thank you to all the students and other loan borrowers who have built support for #studentdebtcancellation over the years. Today's historic announcement that President Biden will cancel $10-20k for borrowers making <$125k would not have happened without you sharing...

Student Debt Crisis: Where is the Relief?

Written by Diamund We are quickly approaching the 6th student debt moratorium deadline. A deadline that will lead to many students, grads, and other loan holders scrambling for lifelines they simply do not have. While some people have been able to get their student...

SF Rising’s own Celi Tamayo-Lee will now become a permanent Co-director!

SF Rising is proud to welcome Celi Tamayo-Lee, our former Interim Co-director, as one of the new permanent Co-directors of the organization! We sat down with Celi and asked them some questions about their experience, background, and what they’re excited to bring to SF...

Bay Rising: Integrated Voter Engagement in the Bay Area

By Bay Rising WHAT IS INTEGRATED VOTER ENGAGEMENT? Bay Rising and our member organizations all use a strategy called integrated voter engagement (IVE) – an approach that research, as well as our own experience, has shown is among the most effective ways to increase...

Call to art: Student debt reimagination

For the month of July, San Francisco Rising is hosting a Call to Art to reimagine what our lives would look like without student debt. Respond with any art medium or form to reimagine what life would look like without student debt. Post your art...

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Community Redistricting

Community Redistricting

The Redistricting Task Force voted 5-4 to approve their final new district map in late April. Like the draft maps the majority of the Task Force has proposed throughout this process, the final map keeps white, affluent neighborhoods together while dividing marginalized neighborhoods. 

The draft map carves the Tenderloin out of District 6, moving it into District 5, splits up the Transgender Cultural District, and dilutes the voting power of AAPI renters in Districts 1 and 4. These changes were not rooted in public input and the Task Force couldn’t even explain why they put the needs of white, affluent neighborhoods over those of marginalized communities like the Tenderloin, Transgender Cultural District, and Japantown. 

What does this mean for you and your community? Depending on where you live, you may be in a new supervisorial district, meaning that a new Supervisor may represent you at City Hall, you may be voting in a different supervisorial race, and your access to resources may have changed. You can find out if you’re in a new supervisorial district by typing your address into this map viewer and seeing what district you’re in. 

Cancel Student Debt and Free College for All

Cancel Student Debt and Free College for All

Before the COVID-19 public health crisis began, student debt was already a drag on the national economy, weighing heaviest on Black and Latinx communities, as well as women, amounting to $1.8 trillion dollars. These communities are more likely to fall behind in repayment, and are much more frequently the targets of predatory student loan companies. During the first round of COVID relief, the Federal Government under Trump prioritized bailing corporations with $4 trillion dollars of aid - money that could have and should have gone to everyday people.

This weight is exponentially magnified given the disproportionate toll that COVID-19 is taking on both the health and economic security of people of color and women. Cancelling student debt would allow millions of people to focus on crafting a more meaningful future for themselves and reaffirm education as a basic right. Sign this petition to tell Congress to support student debt cancellation by executive action.

Interested in joining the movement for free college for all? Apply to be a Summer Rising Fellow! There are still open spots for CCSF students and we will continue taking applications on a rolling basis until those spots are filled. Students will learn about past social, economic and environmental justice movements and current social, economic and environmental justice organizations and campaigns through out San Francisco and the Bay Area. Each fellow will be responsible for recruiting and building out the local movement for Free College.


Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice

SF Rising is committed to restorative justice, an approach to criminal justice which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large. We are an active part of the Restorative Justice Collaborative, a group of community members, organizations, the Restorative Justice Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and other government partners who work to promote and expand the use of restorative justice principles and practices to repair harm in the city. SF Rising recognizes that our city needs to build cross-cultural bridges throughout our communities when it comes to public safety. Through public advocacy and education, we aim to make restorative justice an integral component of our criminal justice system. 

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San Francisco Rising builds the political power of working-class communities and communities of color in San Francisco to lead the way for democratic governance that prioritizes racial, economic and environmental justice.

We are an alliance of grassroots organizations led by people of color, and a political home for San Franciscans who care about justice and sustainability. We build power through deepening multiracial solidarity, educating and mobilizing voters, working closely with policymakers, organizing, and developing leaders of color.

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