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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.

Find Your District Supervisor

Click on the map or enter your info below to select a district. Then, scroll down to learn about your district supervisor.

Connie Chan

District 1

(415) 554-7410

ChanStaff@sfgov.org

Elected November 3, 2020 for January 8, 2021 to January 8, 2025

Catherine Stefani

District 2

(415) 554-7752

Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org

Elected November 06, 2018 for term January 08, 2019 to January 08, 2023

Aaron Peskin

District 3

(415) 554-7450

Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org

Elected November 3, 2020 for term January 8, 2021 to January 8, 2025

Gordon Mar

District 4

(415) 554-7460

Gordon.Mar@sfgov.org

Elected November 06, 2018 for term January 08, 2019 to January 08, 2023

Dean Preston

District 5

(415) 554-7630

Elected November 3, 2020 for term January 8, 2021 to January 8, 2025

Matt Haney

District 6

(415) 554-7970

Matt.Haney@sfgov.org

Elected November 06, 2018 for term January 08, 2019 to January 08, 2023

Myrna Melgar

District 7

(415) 554-6516

MelgarStaff@sfgov.org

Elected November 3, 2020 for term January 8, 2021 to January 8, 2025

Rafael Mandelman

District 8

(415) 554-6968

MandelmanStaff@sfgov.org

Elected November 06, 2018 for term January 08, 2019 to January 08, 2023

Hillary Ronen

District 9

(415) 554-5144

Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org

Elected November 3, 2020 for term January 8, 2021 to January 8, 2025

Shamann Walton

District 10

(415) 554-7670

Shamann.Walton@sfgov.org

Elected November 06, 2018 for term January 08, 2019 to January 08, 2023

Ahsha Safai

District 11

(415) 554-6975

Ahsha.Safai@sfgov.org

Elected November 3, 2020 for term January 8, 2021 to January 8, 2025


Register to Vote

Now, more than ever, it’s increasingly important for us to show up in the voting booths in a powerful way and make our voices heard on the issues that matter to us.

Become an Individual Member

Join progressive San Franciscans by becoming a member of SF Rising and building a political agenda that supports working families and communities of color. Together, we are a rising majority that can create a more just, equitable, and affordable city for all of us! 

Our individual membership’s purpose is to further build community in our organization, provide opportunities to participate in our mission and work, have a space to develop and practice our politics, and foster people power in our movements. Join us!

This form is for individuals. If you represent an organization that would like to join San Francisco Rising as an affiliate, please contact our director Emily Lee at emily@sanfranciscorising.org.

 

 
Summer Rising Fellowship

San Francisco Rising is a political and electoral alliance made up of organizations fighting for working-class people / black, indigenous, people of color / immigrants. Join San Francisco Rising for “Summer Rising” – an Organizing Fellowship for 10-15 college students attending school in the Bay Area or born/raised in the Bay. This is an 8-week long fellowship at 20-26 hours a week. During this fellowship, participants will learn community organizing skills and work on campaigns to improve educational access for all students in higher education. Students will learn about past social, economic and environmental justice movements and current social, economic and environmental justice organizations and campaigns in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Each fellow will be responsible for recruiting and building out the local movement for Free College. We’re seeking individuals who are serious about developing their organizing skills and are ready to commit to a summer of growth. 

Structure

This is a remote fellowship, facilitated on Zoom. The 8 weeks will work toward a final organizing project. For those who can participate in-person, there will be optional in-person canvassing and doorknocking activities. Our staff are highly trained in COVID-safe doorknocking protocols from previous campaigns in Arizona and Georgia in 2020, and participants will be fully trained in safety protocols. Half the week will be spent doing outreach (either remote or in-person), while the other half will be spent in political education, training and community building. *Stipends will be offered to those who request financial aid to participate, ranging from $500-$2000.

2021 Dates

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11 pm PST – SUNDAY, March 21st
  • Program start date: Monday, June 14th, 2021
  • Program end date: Friday, August 6th, 2021

Outreach Activities

  • Phonebanking: calling college students in the SF Bay Area about issues of college affordability and the impacts of COVID on students in this moment
  • In-person canvassing: Doorknock working-class San Franciscan’s about worker safety during COVID and criminal justice issues (optional)
  • Collecting stories and media (photo/video) from students about campaign issues

Political Education Sessions

  • History of College Tuition and Free Education in CA
  • History of social movements in San Francisco, Bay Area, and Internationally
  • Learning about and supporting local campaigns in San Francisco with SF Rising’s Member Organizations

Training Sessions

  • Fundamentals of Organizing
  • Base-building
  • Narrative Strategy & Storytelling
  • Facilitation
  • Power Analysis & Power mapping
  • Community Outreach via Phonebanking (or Doorknocking)
  • Team Management & Propositions
  • Grassroots Fundraising

A Typical Week

DRAFT SCHEDULE of a TYPICAL WEEK (not finalized)
*We may alter the schedule based on fellows’ availability and campaign needs.

MONDAY
– 12pm-2pm :: Guest speaker / Training / Political Education / Community Tour
– 4pm-7pm :: Phonebanking (or Doorknocking)

TUESDAY
– 12pm-2pm :: Guest speaker / Training / Political Education / Community Tour
– 4pm-7pm :: Phonebanking (or Doorknocking)

WEDNESDAY
– 12pm-2pm :: Outreach at City College or SF State
– 4pm-7pm :: Phonebanking (or Doorknocking)

THURSDAY
– 5pm-7pm :: Community Event (Optional)
– 4pm-7pm :: Phonebanking (or Doorknocking)

FRIDAY
– 12-2pm :: Meeting with small group on final project

SATURDAY
– 3pm-5pm :: Community Event (Optional)

Other Details

POSSIBLE FINAL PROJECTS
– Presentation/Event for College For All Campaign from outreach activities this summer
– Conducting a media event or campaign rally
– Generating turnout and planning logistics for all final projects

OPTIONAL EVENTS:
– Community or campaign events hosted by local organizations

Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11 pm PST – SUNDAY, March 21st. Apply here!

30-minute Zoom interviews will immediately take place thereafter:
+ Mon, Mar 22, 1-4pm
+ Thurs, Mar 25, 12-4pm
+ Tues, Mar 30, 2-4pm

*Due to the high volume of applications, priority interviews will be scheduled for applications received before 3/21/21.
*We will do our best to notify fellows of acceptance by Monday, April 5th.
*This program structure, dates, and design are all subject to change. We appreciate your flexibility!

Any questions? Reach out to Celi: celi@sanfranciscorising.org

This application should take about an hour to complete and is broken down between:

a) BASIC INFO – 11 questions
b) GETTING TO KNOW YOU – 4 questions (longer answers)
c) PARTICIPATION & SCHEDULING – 5 questions
d) INTERVIEW – 1 question

Job Openings

We’re always looking for ways to bring talented leaders into SF Rising, and we often hire for temporary canvasser positions in the months leading up to elections.

Check back for opportunities to join SF Rising’s staff and grow the political power of working-class communities and communities of color in our city!

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Chapters

Richmond District Rising

Richmond District Rising is our first neighborhood chapter of San Francisco Rising, committed to equitable communities and building electoral and political power in the Richmond District. We started Richmond District Rising in 2017 when we reached a critical mass of volunteer organizers who live outside the neighborhoods represented by our affiliates. 

We’re engaging in neighborhood-specific organizing so we can build power in our local neighborhoods where we live and where our neighbors are, in the places where we spend most of our lives. With this work, San Francisco Rising is building a political base that can operate out of specific neighborhoods so we can take action more effectively.

Neighborhood-based organizing also allows us to experiment with new models to partner with and relate to elected officials that complement existing community organizations’ work around the city. We intend to organize neighborhood chapters around San Francisco in the coming years.

Richmond District Rising’s members (volunteer organizers) hold regular meetings to take action on current events, city-wide and statewide campaigns, and potential campaigns specific to the Richmond District. Membership in Richmond District Rising is open to any resident in the Richmond who commit to our platform.

Richmond District Rising is the first of our new neighborhood chapters to come. Interested in learning more? Contact Richmond District Rising.

This form is for individuals. If you represent an organization that would like to join San Francisco Rising as an affiliate, please contact our director Emily Lee at emily@sanfranciscorising.org.

 
SF Students Rising

Given our national political context, as well as the crises facing our planet and our economy, young people need to be front and center of any movement is forging our path forward for future generations. Students and young people are already taking leadership across the country, and San Francisco Rising is part of this movement. We cultivate the leadership of young people of color, in particular, to organize, shape, and determine California’s future. 

We began organizing with students at San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco and the University of SF, in the fall of 2017. Together, as SF Students Rising, we are developing a school-to-organizing pathway of students equipped with strategic, culturally-relevant organizing skills who will actively support a political agenda of working-class communities of color. Our organizing alongside students has helped establish the first SF Students Rising chapter at San Francisco State University: Student Liberation Against Exploitation (SLAE).

SF Rising is the leading coalition member of College For All, a statewide campaign to make college free again at the University of California, California State University and community college level, including undocumented and formerly incarcerated students, by taxing the ultra-wealthy. SF Students Rising members are also part of Student Action, a national movement to demand free public higher education and cancel student debt. Learn more about our work on College for All below.

Because San Francisco Rising is a member organization of Power California, SF Students Rising members are part of a statewide network that organizes hundreds of thousands of young people of color and their families from diverse backgrounds as voters: Black, Latinx, API, Native, LGBT, currently and formerly incarcerated, undocumented and citizen. Youth of color make up 70% of the millennial generation in California and 50% have an immigrant or refugee backgrounds. Together, we are building a movement of young people and families of color to win policy victories, elect and hold leaders accountable and meet the aspirations of our communities.

Specifically, we inform, educate and mobilize young people of color and their families to engage in civic decision-making to transform their strength in numbers into real political power at the polls. We run phone banks and personally speak to thousands of young voters of color before every election so that our communities are aware of what’s on the ballot, are ready to vote, and know how to vote. Together with the Power California network, we registered more than 40,000 young voters between 2017 and 2019 and engaged more than 200,000 voters in elections during the same period.

This form is for individuals. If you represent an organization that would like to join San Francisco Rising as an affiliate please contact our director Emily Lee at emily@sanfranciscorising.org, or for questions specifically about SF Students Rising, contact Celi Tamayo-Lee at celi@sanfranciscorising.org

Our Campaigns

Domestic Workers’ Rights

Domestic Workers’ Rights

SF Rising is supporting two pieces of legislation that would advance domestic workers’ rights.

First, SB 321, The Health and Safety for All Workers Act, would require Cal/OSHA to convene an advisory committee in order to create and publish for the first time the occupational health and safety guidelines specific to the domestic work industry. The COVID-19 laid bare the lack of protections for these essential workers. Let’s help secure these urgently needed health and safety guidelines so that all workers in California can feel safe and protected at work. Help us support the California Domestic Workers Coalition in passing this bill by calling or sending a letter to the governor. He has until October 10th, 2021 to sign this bill into law! Sign up to take action today.

Second, San Francisco also has a unique opportunity to pass an ordinance that would create a portable benefits program and secure paid time off for domestic workers in the city. Right now, domestic workers are entitled to sick leave, but because many of them work for multiple employers, they are unable to access that sick leave. Add your name to ask San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors to ensure that all of SF’s workers can access paid time off.

Cancel Student Debt

Cancel Student Debt

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 $1.7 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.

Community Redistricting

Community Redistricting

Every 10 years, after Census data is released, cities, counties, and states redraw district lines to align with population changes. Where these lines are drawn will have huge impacts on our power in elections and the subsequent distribution of resources for the next decade. With an increase of 80,000 people in the last ten years, San Francisco will be redrawing its Board of Supervisors district lines so that all districts have around the same number of people. It'll be vital for the Redistricting Task Force, made up of 9 appointees, to keep communities of interest together and avoiding diluting the political voice of marginalized communities when redrawing the maps. Sign up to be a redistricting advocate and help us ensure the voices of working-class communities of color are taken into account and prioritized during this process. 

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