Kababayans protest over lack of funding for SF non-profit groups

Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 09, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Kababayans joined dozens of union members and activists on Tuesday at San Francisco City Hall to call on the city government to provide proper funding to non-profit organizations.

Protestors marched and chanted through the halls as they made their way to a meeting with the board of supervisors.

Eleven protesters who blocked the entrance to the meeting room were arrested.

These protesters say it is unfair that the city gives for-profit organizations 2 to 3 percent funding increases, while non-profits receive only a 1.5 percent increase.

Protestors say they will have to consider making cuts to programs and staffing without proper funding.

“Single mom, two kids, come on now. We are part of the city, we help it grow and then 1.5 is really hard,” said Evelyn Curiel of the SF Municipal Transportation Agency. “They probably expect us to stay on the street.”

“We were here a couple weeks ago and they told us the case is closed,” said Ramses Nichols who is a Tenderloin case manager. “They got the budget finished but we know from research that there’s a lot of money left in there.”

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