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Jane Kim


Jane Kim is a current San Francisco Supervisor and candidate for State Senate, District 11.

Jane is a proven progressive leader who has fought to expand access to affordable housing, protect renters, close the income gap and improve public schools.

Kim attended Stanford University where she majored in Political Science and Asian American Studies. She went on to receive her law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law.[1]

She is now the partner of Goodwin Liu.

Endorsed by Our Revolution

Jane Kim was endorsed by Our Revolution, an organization run by former campaign workers and supporters of former socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[2]

Berniecrat

Jane Kim is a Berniecrat, is a term used for those democrats (generally) running for office who have expressed support of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[3]

Board of Supervisors

Jane Kim was elected in 2010 to represent District 6 on the Board of Supervisors, which includes South of Market, Mission Bay, the Tenderloin, Civic Center, Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island. She is the first Korean-American elected official in San Francisco and the first Asian-American candidate to win a non-historically Asian district in the city.

Jane Kim led efforts to establish the police substation on 6th Street, transform Boeddeker Park into a beautiful, brand new park, implement the city’s Vision Zero policy to protect pedestrians and cyclists, add critical medical and mental health staff to homeless shelters and pass CEQA reforms to give our community greater input in development decisions. And Jane has been a leading voice to close the income gap, authoring the ballot measure to increase San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15/hour. This is the most progressive wage increase in the country and was passed overwhelmingly in November 2014.

During her first term on the Board, Kim was appointed Chair of the Rules Committee and also served as a member of the Budget & Finance Committee. She worked with multiple citywide stakeholders throughout the City to pass a values-based budget thoughtfully and responsibly. Currently, Jane sits on the Land Use Committee, making recommendations on small to large land use and economic development projects and reforms to the Planning Code.

In her second term, she negotiated a major increase in the number of affordable housing units in the new Giants development, raising the threshold from 33% to 40% and setting a new standard for city-supported developments. She has also worked to pass the boldest tenant protections to counter frivolous and profit-incentivized evictions.

Kim is also a member of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the body that oversees the design, construction and operation of the new Transbay Transit Center, which is currently under construction and includes the extension of the Caltrain commuter rail from 4th and King Station and the future California High Speed Rail.[4]

Board of Education

In 2006, Jane Kim was the top vote-getter elected citywide to the Board of Education. Later, her colleagues would unanimously vote her to serve as the President of that body.

Early Life and Education

Jane was born and raised in New York City. Her parents immigrated to New York from Seoul, South Korea in the early 1970s. During high school, Kim became involved in community service groups and participated in leadership development programs. She also began working at local community organizations in New York, gained valuable insight into the systemic roots of homelessness and began a lifelong commitment to advocating for the underserved.

Kim attended Stanford University, where she majored in Political Science and Asian American Studies. She went on to receive her law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law. Jane Kim lives in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood.[5]

"Community organizer"

Writing in the Huffington Post of September 8, 2008, in an article entitled "From Organizer To Elected Official" Democratic Socialists of America member Peter Dreier listed several serving US politicians who had begun their careers as "community organizers". They were US Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Representatives John Lewis of Georgia, Jan Schakowsky and Danny Davis of Illinois, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Linda Sanchez of California, and Donna Edwards of Maryland, Washington House of Representatives Speaker Frank Chopp, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, state legislators Beth Low of Missouri, Michael Foley of Ohio, Gilbert Cedillo of California, Tom Hucker of Maryland, Tony Hill of Florida, and Crystal Peoples of New York, Alameda County (California) Supervisor Nate Miley, City Council members Jay Westbrook of Cleveland, Chuck Turner and Sam Yoon of Boston, and Melvin Carter of St. Paul, and San Francisco School Board member Jane Kim. [6]

Coalition on Homelessness

When she was a teenager, Jane Kim worked at the Coalition on Homelessness in New York City.[7]

Concerned Students for Asian American Studies

In 1996 freshman Jane Kim was a member of Concerned Students for Asian American Studies, pushing for Asian Studies at Stanford University.[8]

Stanford protest

After fasting for eight days, protesters at UC-Berkeley claimed victory following an agreement with administrators that guaranteed continued support for ethnic studies. The conclusion of the strike, which included the arrest of approximately 100 protesters — including five Stanford students — on Tuesday, came after eight hours of negotiation between UC-Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl, students, and faculty. Only hours earlier, a support rally was held at Stanford. "Things turned out well," said junior Sarah Eisenstein, one of the Stanford students arrested during the strike. "We're really, really excited about the way the protests turned out. Almost all of the demands were met. It's a victory-"

Most students arrested will receive only a disciplinary letter. However; eight will face further student conduct proceedings because they received more than two police citations for unlawful conduct. "It's unfortunate that a number of student protesters weren't granted amnesty," senior Chester Day said. "Otherwise I'm pretty excited. The future of ethnic studies looks bright." As sophomore Jennifer Wekselbaum said, the result affects Stanford students as well. '.'Anything they do there at Berkeley has a trickle-down effect here, either symbolic or concrete," she'said.

Supporters acknowledged the relevance the UC-Berkeley hunger strike had at Stanford during the rally in front of the education building last Friday. "I teach classes here at Stanford that could be construed as ethnictype studies," said Asst. English Prof. Paula Moya. "I support the scholarship that occurs in ethnic studies programs all over the country. Don't take ethnic studies classes at Stanford for granted." Stanford students focused on the unity between themselves and students at I JC-Berkeley that had been shown throughout the protest. " Traditionally, when we think of Berkeley, we think of the Big Game, but there was a tremendous amount of solidarity in the jail cell," said sophomore Mariama White-Hammond. another Stanford student arrested. "The protest doesn't end with Berkeley. The struggle is not over. It's just the beginning of a longer struggle by people of color to be recognized in this nation." The struggle is occurring at Stanlord as well, Day said.

At the rally, senior Jane Kim continued to stress the importance of ethnic studies at Stanford. "Ethnic studies can help us understand what brings us together, what is beautiful about our culture, and also what can divide us," she said. "Ethnic studies is necessary. I don't think it's a choice. It's not an elective to take."

Sophomore Dan Shia worked on a sign protesting a perceived lack of commitment to ethnic studies by UC-Berkeley administrators.[9]

Clothing protest

April 2002, Stanford University senior B. J. Lee was browsing the Abercrombie 8c Fitch Web site when he came across a T-shirt that read, "Wong Brothers Laundry Service — Two Wongs Can Make It White." Next to these words were two smiling figures, with slanted eyes and wearing rice-paddy hats—reminiscent of 1900s popular-culture depictions of Chinese men. Less than 48 hours later, over 75 students — of many racial backgrounds — gathered Wednesday night in the lounge of Okada House, the AsianAmerican theme house, to discuss the company's line of Tshirts that portray Asian Americans in what many students have called a stereotypical and derogatory manner.

The meeting was organized and led by the Asian American Students Association, at the request of several students, and lasted until 2 a.m. After Lee discovered the T-shirts, he sent out an e-mail to students and student groups on campus, including AASA, in which he called the T-shirts a "slap in the face to the Asian and Asian/American communities." Between the time that Lee first noticed the T-shirts and the meeting held Wednesday night, similar e-mails quickly spread across the country. "Several universities and organizations learned of these Tshirts through that initial spark," said AASA Chair Bryan Kim, a sophomore. "[They] noted the origin of the emails and expected Stanford's AASA to react. Student groups representing dozens of universities have already contacted me asking what they can do. "The community here, which AASA is a part of, is expected to lead some plan of action," he said. At Wednesday's meeting, AASA encouraged students to call Abercrombie & Fitch to file formal complaints.

the San Jose Mercury News reported that the company received about 60 telephone complaints on Wednesday, many of them from Stanford students. The company announced that it would pull the Tshirts from all of its 300-plus stores —just one week after they first went on sale. All but one T shirt have been pulled from the Web site. "If anyone still has doubts about how valuable community centers and student groups are to the Stanford community, they should consider that in the course of 48 hours, a group of Stanford students was able to organize, mobilize and activate a campaign to get a national clothing retailer to apologize for their racist products," said coterminal student John Lim.

Sophomore Sung Woo Cho spoke with Hampton Carney, a spokesperson for the company, when he called to file a complaint. " I wanted to get the message out to Abercrombie that Stanford students had negative feelings about the pictures and words on these Tshirts," Cho said.

"These offensive T-shirts are indicative of the blind eye that America continues to turn to racist portrayals of Asian Americans," said junior Toru Mino. "We should take this opportunity to finally demand that these demeaning images no longer be tolerated in mainstream culture," he said.

Stanford students wanted not only to talk about what was happening but also wanted to organize and plan an effective way to act against the company. The agenda for Wednesday night's meeting included coming up with a list of demands. Among these were a formal, public apology from the company and a halt on production ol the T-shirts. "We are currently in the process ofstrategizingan effective national campaign surrounding this issue," Bryan Kim said. "I've been talking about this with student leaders around the nation and they agree that we must create a consolidated plan ol action." AASA is in the process of drafting a list of demands and a mission statement. Once completed, a "flexible plan of action to pressure Abercrombie to accept these demands" must be created, Kim said. At the meeting, there was talk of other demands. Sophomore Christine Ku suggested that Abercrombie & Fitch invest in community programs that educate the public about Asian/American issues. There was also a discussion about the lack of diversity iti the company's advertisements, quarterly catalogue and hiring practices.

Sophomore Jeffrey Chang, the AASA treasurer, expects the expenses to add up to around $200 but said AASA is willing to spend "whatever it takes to support the activism." More than 20 Stanford students participated in a rally in front of the Abercrombie & Fitch store in San Francisco, organized by the Chinatown Community Development Center. About 200 people were present in total. A few speeches were made to the crowd as flyers were handed out to people on the street. Kim said that support from non-Asian-American groups, both in and outside of Stanford, is essential. "Incidents of insensitivity or outright racism and intolerance affects all communities," he said. "In a promising sign, Stanford's Black Student Union, MEChA and Students of Color Coalition have not only offered their support, but also have been active in the planning and organizing for upcoming events," Kim said. AASA is in the process of planning more events on campus. Though nothing is yet concrete, there has been discussion of a rally in White Plaza and a protest at local Abercrombie & Fitch stores. Lee commented on the importance of taking action against the company immediately. "Asian Americans were being targeted because we are stereotypically seen as passive and nonconfrontational. They thought they'd get away with it and we have to show them that they can't. "I am encouraged by the electricity in the air, not only at Stanford but also at college campuses all over the country," Lee said.

Jane Kim, who graduated from Stanford in 1998, speaks to a crowd of high school students at a protest against Abercrombie & Fitch. Students rallied against racist depictions of Asian Americans in the company's latest line.[10]

Chinatown Community Development Center

During her six-year stint as a youth organizer for the Chinatown Community Development Center, Kim helped Asian-immigrant students organize graffiti clean-ups and healthier school lunches.

Mandelman connection

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Service

Jane Kim also served as a Civil Rights Attorney at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and a Policy Fellow at the Greenlining Institute.

San Francisco People's Organization

The political left in San Francisco, which lost its footing after progressive torchbearer Matt Gonzalez lost the 2003 mayor's race to more centrist Gavin Newsom, hoped to find solid ground with the the San Francisco People's Organization convention Saturday, June 11, 2005, at the St. Mary's Cathedral conference center, 1111 Gough St, when tenant activists, environmentalists, labor organizers and other crusaders for the underdog inaugurated a new coalition.

Organizers said they expect to draw 400 to 500 attendees.

Among the groups involved were the health care workers union, Senior Action Network, the San Francisco Day Labor Program, the Tenants Network, the San Francisco Child Care Providers Association, the Sex Workers Outreach Project and the Coalition for Transit Justice.

The new alliance's goal, according to its mission statement, is to "transform San Francisco into a city that places human needs and the common good above everything else."

In more practical terms, the organization was looking to build a political majority that carries clout at the ballot box and can set a successful agenda at City Hall, now dominated by Newsom.

"It's about creating strength in numbers, finding common ground and supporting each other," said Jane Kim, a Chinatown youth organizer who had been active in forming the new coalition.

"Progressives have found themselves in more of a reactive role," said Corey Cook, a political scientist at San Francisco State University.

Now, however, some political leaders on the left are trying to reclaim a bigger stake, and the San Francisco People's Organization is being viewed by some of its backers as the vehicle to achieve more power.

Among those expected to attend Saturday's convention were Gonzalez, Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Chris Daly and Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

"This is an attempt to draw people together from various progressive causes and issues throughout the city to examine what issues matter most to folks and to figure out how we an continue to work together on a consistent platform," Adachi said.[11]

President

Jane Kim

Jane Kim was elected president of the San Francisco People's Organization (SFPO), made up of many left-wing political groups. SFPO worked against several California ballot propositions in November 2005, and assisted with health care and affordable housing measures for San Franciscans through 2006.

Green Party

Jane Kim was a member of the Green Party USA. She registered as a Democrat after Barack Obama was elected president.[12]

Chiu ally

Jane Kim is a close ally of Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, a former roommate who is deft at straddling the board's left and centrist flanks.

"I think you'll see Jane as a supervisor who will bridge divides," Chiu said.

POWER

In 2010 School Board President Jane Kim was working with POWER to pass a new policy called the Right to Thrive Initiative for the San Francisco School District that would give grassroots organizations access to unused school property for community space. The initiative came before the Board of Education this November 2010.[13]

Occupy SF/Elected Officials

Police called off a raid that had apparently been planned for pre-dawn hours on Thursday, Oct. 27. Supervisors John Avalos, David Chiu, Jane Kim and Eric Mar, along with state Senator Leland Yee, were at the encampment in Justin Herman Plaza.[14]

Eric Mar supporters

Eric Mar April 21, 2012.

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With Raymond Fong, Chris Jackson, Myrna Melgar, Gabriel Haaland, Michael Tong, David Campos, John Avalos, Amy Bacharach, Ken Wang, Conny Ford, Robynn Takayama, Jane Kim, John Rizzo, Chris Gembinski, Steve Ngo, Evan Brown, Pam Tau Lee, Jeff Adachi, Rafael Mandelman, Wendolyn Aragon, Nicole Derse, Hene Kelly, Alex T. Tom, Sasha Cuttler, Myron Lee, Richard Rothman, Shaw San Liu, Jen Kwart, Mike Alonso, Nick Pagoulatos, Leah Taylor Pimentel, Alex Walker, Viva Mogi, Yvonne Liu, Linshao Chin, Dan Nguyen-Tan, Wyatt Lim-Tepper and Kelly Welsh Dwyer.

CPA 40th anniversary

On August 4th 2012 to celebrate Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco)'s 40th Anniversary. CPA was proud to honor the National Guestworkers Alliance and New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, the Free MUNI for Youth Coalition, and Jobs with Justice San Francisco.

Host Committee:

Rolland Lowe and Kathy LoweGrace Lee BoggsJosue Arguelles • Supervisor John AvalosAngelica Cabande • Supervisor David CamposMike Casey • Supervisor David ChiuAntonio Diaz • Reverend Norman FongConny FordMaria GuillenAlicia GarzaRoger Kim • Supervisor Jane KimHelen KimJee KimMario Lugay • Supervisor Eric MarGordon MarAlisa MesserLuke Newton • Supervisor Christina OlagueVincent PanTim PaulsonAi-jen PooRaquel RedondiezPeggy SaikaShiree TengMakani Themba-NixonHelena WongMiya Yoshitani[15]

Host Committee

The Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco) Celebrates 45 years of Resilience and Resistance.

[[On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco) will celebrate our 45th anniversary with the theme, “Harnessing the Strength of a Thousand Rivers.

Host committee members were:

Fahd Ahmed, Alysabeth Alexander, Mike Casey, Myra Chow,Cathy Dang, Antonio Diaz, Supervisor Sandy Lee Fewer, Norman Fong, Conny Ford, Alicia Garza,George Goehl, Rudy Gonzales, Corinna Gould, Sherry Hirota, Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Helen Kim, Supervisor Jane Kim, Aarti Kohli, Laura Livoti, Gordon Mar, Xavier Morales, Vanessa Moses, Tim Paulson, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, Ai-jen Poo, and Mu Ping Poo, Supervisor Hillary Ronen, Saket Soni, Sarath Suong, Mabel Teng, Shiree Teng, Supervisor Norman Yee, Haeyoung Yoon, Miya Yoshitani, Anand Singh.[16]

"Brown is the New White"

February 4, 2016 -mImpact Hub Oakland 2323 Broadway, Oakland CA

Please join us for an evening celebrating Steven Phillips's new book Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Created a New American Majority.

The event also features Marcus Shelby, John Santos with Manuel Constancio and Jose Roberto Hernandez, Aya de Leon (Poetry for the People); DJ Davey D from Hard Knock Radio; PolicyLink President and CEO, Angela Glover Blackwell; SF Supervisor Jane Kim; Mobilize the Immigrant Vote’s Jidan Koon, Ashara Ekundayo, music and more!

Co-presented by Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, Impact Hub Oakland, Bay Localize, Green for All, PolicyLink, and the Rosenberg Foundation.

PowerPAC+ 2016 Endorsements

Launch of Democracy in Color

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Launch of Democracy in Color Loew's Hotel Philadelphia July 25 2016, at Democratic National Convention.

Steve Phillips July 28, 2016

Words can't convey the power of these women taking the stage and showing by word and symbol what the future looks like. — with Stacey Abrams, Nina Turner, Lucy Flores, Alida Garcia, Rida Hamida, Jane Kim and Aimee Allison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Stand for Solutions

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As part of her Stand for Solutions series, Jane Kim will be joined by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Lateefah Simon, California State University Trustee and candidate for District 7 BART Board Director, and David Talbot, best selling author and founder/former editor-in-chief of Salon, to hear how we can improve housing, transportation and urban planning to make our cities work for every family. Join us!

Tues. August 30, 6:30-8:30pm, Mission High School Auditoriumn3750 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 .[17]

East Bay DSA connection

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Democracy in Color podcast

The Democracy in Color podcast, hosted by Aimee Allison, features today’s best and brightest political political leaders, strategists and thinkers of the New American Majority. We’ve featured Senator Cory Booker; Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal; San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, Stockton, California Mayor Michael Tubbs; BART Director Lateefah Simon; writer Eric Liu; #Goodmuslimbadmuslim co-host Tanzila Ahmed; New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb, and writers Rebecca Solnit and Jeff Chang, among many others. Ellen McGirt, editor of Fortune magazine’s raceAhead, calls it: "The smartest podcast on race I've found in ages. Listen and grow.".[18]

2016 Spirit of Courage Awards

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On November 17, 2016, Courage Campaign hosted the Sixth Annual Spirit of Courage Awards at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, to honor two courageous champions and inspiring leaders -- State Senator Holly Mitchell and author and activist Steve Phillips.

From live mariachi in the courtyard to rousing speeches and lively conversation, the evening brought together hundreds of Courage Campaign members, partners and friends, reminding us all that the shock of the election would not diminish our courage and commitment to fight for a more progressive California and country.

Senator Mitchell, whose 30th Senate District stretches from Culver City to South Los Angeles, was celebrated for her skill and determination as a legislator, and her unparalleled record fighting for policies that alleviate poverty, roll back the War on Drugs, and bring justice for the most vulnerable Californians. The award was presented by her constituents, with a special video greeting from Congresswoman Karen Bass.

Steve Phillips was honored for his visionary and innovative leadership as the founder of PowerPAC+ and Democracy in Color, and New York TImes-bestselling author of Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created A New American Majority. His award was presented by Jane Kim, who currently serves on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and was the first Korean-American elected official in San Francisco. [19]

Haney campaign

Matt Haney December 26, 2017

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With Kia Kolderup-Lane, Tom Temprano, Gail Packwood-Seagraves, Matthew L. Steen, Angeles Roy, Dori Caminong, Liz Cermak, Mark Sanchez, Jordan Davis, Gloria Frances Rodriguez Hernandez, Erin Haney, Jane Kim, Sarah Souza, Shamann Walton, Tim Figueras, Rosario Cervantes, Elizabeth M. Cervantes, Fidel E. Cervantes, Sharen Hewitt and Evelyn Torres.

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