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Don't Destroy The Victor Yara Mural At Bernal Library & "Song of Unity" La Pena Mural
by repost
Sunday Aug 12th, 2012 10:37 PM
A protest and music sing out will take place to on 9/16 at the SF Bernal Heights Libary to stop the destruction of the Victor Yara mural and also there is a campaign to stop the destruction of the "Song of Unity/Cancion de la Unidad" Mural at La Peña Cultural Center
9/16 Don't DestroyThe Victor Yara Mural At The Bernal Library In San Francisco And La Pena Mural

Stop the Destruction an Privatization Of Our Libraries
Sunday September 16, 2012 12:00 noon
Bernal Library 500 Cortland Rd, San Francisco

The San Francisco Library Commission is hellbent on destroying the historic mural commemorating
Chilean musician Victor Yara. Yara, one of the most famous political musicians in Chile was murdered
by the US supported military coup on September 16, 1973. Now the City of San Francisco Library
Commission with the support of San Francisco Supervisor David Campos want to destroy the entire
mural at 500 Cortland St. and they did not even get the permission of the artist's family before they set
up scaffolding to eliminate the mural.
They want to replace it with a sterile painting that leaves out the working class women and artists like
Yara.
Campos also illegally rigged the community input that prevented transparency and also illegally hid
the records of their actions according to the San Francisco Sunshine Commission which cited him for
refusing to provide the full records of their action.
Musicians, artists, public workers and community members will sing out and commemorate the life of
Victor Yara at the library on Sunday September 16, 2012 at 12:00 noon and demand that the mural
be repaired and stay at the Bernal Library.
Sponsored by
United Workers For Action UPWA http://www.upwa.info
Library Users Association libraryusers2004 [at] yahoo.com
For more information or to perform music call
(415)867-0628 or (415)753-2180

Sunday September 16, 2012 12:00 noon
Bernal Library 500 Cortland Rd, San Francisco




Appeal to Defend SF Bernal Heights Library Mural &Privatization of San Francisco Public Library And Accountability

Appeal To Defend The San Francico Bernal Heights Library Mural

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

We were successful in temporarily -- for 90 days --stopping the Bernal Mural paintout at the last minute -- thanks to our research, help from friendly attorneys, and the concern of muralist Arch Williams's heir and personal representative.

CAN YOU HELP WORK TOWARDS MAKING THE TEMPORARY REPRIEVE PERMANENT?

We need your ideas and effort -- even an hour for helping with such things as:
--Research
--Flyering -- in Bernal Hts and at other events
--Speaking at Meetings
--Web/Blog other computer knowledge
--Contacting others
--Getting petitions signed
--Social media connections
--Writing, editing

Please contact Library Users Association -- we would very much like to hear from you!

Best Regards,

Peter Warfield
Executive Director
Library Users Association
415/ 7 5 3 - 2 1 8 0

Library Users Association

P.O. Box 170544, San Francisco, CA 94117-0544

Tel./Fax (415) 753-2180

PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Peter Warfield

June 14, 2012 Tel./Fax: (415) 753-2180; cell/text 735-8963

Reprieve!
Library Users Association Efforts Stop Destruction
of Victor Jara Mural Temporarily
--Library Failed to Notify Heir, as Law Requires
San Francisco, June 14, 2012 – Library Users Association’s efforts to stop the paintout of the Arch Williams mural on Bernal Heights Branch Library have succeeded in temporarily halting the destruction that the library had scheduled to begin on Monday, June 11. Scaffolding was erected June 8 and remains standing.
Peter Warfield, Executive Director of Library Users Association, said “It is stunning that the Library is in such a rush to destroy and replace this community asset that they didn’t follow basic legal requirements to allow the artist or his successor to remove the mural.”
He added that there had been numerous violations of law during the process of approving mural removal, including six unanimous votes to issue Orders of Determination by the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force against the Arts Commission and Supervisor David Campos.
Library Users Association research found that the California Art Preservation Act requires the owner of fine art to give the artist, or his heirs and personal representatives, 90 days notice prior to any destruction. San Francisco Public Library had no records showing that such notice was ever given.
In addition, the Library had no documents showing that any attempts had ever been made to locate the necessary person, as required by the law.
Library Users Association notified the heir and personal representative of the artist, who had died in 1996. Under the law, such heirs and personal representatives retain rights for 50 years after the death of the artist. The notification provision is intended to provide an opportunity to remove the artwork prior to its destruction.
Nancy York, sister of muralist Arch Williams, then sent a letter to City Librarian Luis Herrera and other City officials on Friday, June 8, asserting her rights to receive 90 days notice prior to any removal of the mural. Mr. Herrera responded with an internal memo that he was “in touch with the city attorney’s office and they will be preparing a formal response. We are confident that all the necessary noticing has been done but in the interest of doing it right, we are holding off on the paint work on the Cortland and Moultrie sides [where two of the three sides of the mural are located] until the letter is sent out.”
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The existing mural was painted by muralists Arch Williams and Carlos Alcala in 1980-1982, with participation by many adults and children. Approved by the Arts Commission and Library Commission at the time, it covers three sides of the building. The front includes the important Chilean musician Victor Jara playing his guitar, with his name, and words in Spanish and English from one of his songs. Jara was tortured and killed by the Chilean military when they seized power in 1973; the stadium in Chile’s capital where arrestees were brought after the coup is now named after Jara. The front panel also includes singer Holly Near’s name and words, and the image of an African American singer. The mural also honors working women and Native Americans. The proposed mural omits Jara, Near, working women, a local history, and more.

S.F. Branch Library’s Victor Jara Multicultural Mural

Headed for Destruction

FLASH–Temporary Halt to Destruction 6-8 – Legal Challenge by Muralist’s Heir Nancy York


Partial View of Existing Mural at Front Entrance

San Francisco Public Library plans imminently to eliminate the historic, multi-cultural, community-created mural on the Bernal Heights Branch Library. It was painted by gay muralist Arch Williams and Carlos Alcala in 1980-1982, along with many neighborhood adults and kids.

The Library Commission approved saving the Victor Jara front as a “compromise” in August, 2009, but approved total destruction, with replacement murals in July, 2011. The Commission did not discuss the mural’s history, content, or words – or its previous compromise. Instead, it approved the results of a closed-to-the-public “community process” set up by Sup. David Campos -- lacking meeting notices, agendas, minutes, and recorded votes.

The Art Commission approved the general plan September 12, 2011, and gave final approval for removal the entire existing mural April 2, 2012 -- also without discussing the mural’s content or words or local history. The library has not properly informed the public about the existing mural’s history or meanings. For example, the library’s website includes a page describing the Bernal Heights Branch library’s history -- without once mentioning the mural -- and showing a picture of the branch more than 30 years ago -- without any mural.

The existing mural covers three sides of the building. The front-facing side includes the historically important Chilean musician Victor Jara playing his guitar, with his name, and words in Spanish and English from one of his songs. (Jara was tortured and killed by the Chilean military when they seized power in 1973; the stadium where it happened, in the capital, is now named after Jara. A documentary about Jara has recently been completed and a trailer is available online at ResurrectionOfVictorJara.com.)

The front left panel (north) also includes singer Holly Near’s name and words, the image of an African American singer modeled on Roberta Flack; the right front includes the UN symbol and children. The east side honors four working women; on the south is Bernal Heights history, including Native Americans and the BHNC.

The library plans to remove all three existing sides, replacing them with a nondescript two-sided mural. The result is to be what someone close to the original called a sanitizing gentrification, with no words or names, no Victor Jara, no Holly Near, no working women, no children, no UN. The building front is to have only what another critic called “whirls and swirls.” The side is to show a tree, plus images reminiscent of existing symbols.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

1- Write to the Mayor and the Arts Commission, copy to Bd. of Supervisors, Sup. Campos, and us:
mayoredwinlee [at] sfgov.org; juan.torres [at] sfgov.org; tom.decaigny [at] sfgov.org (Director of Cultural Affairs) Board.of.Supervisors [at] sfgov.org; David.Campos [at] sfgov.org; libraryusers2004 [at] yahoo.com

2-Get more information by going to this blog: libraryusers.wordpress.com

3. Write to your favorite newspapers and TV stations urging them to provide fair coverage.
4 - Contact Library Users Association for more information, or to volunteer & inform others:

Library Users Association, libraryusers2004(at)yahoo.com, (
Privatization of San Francisco Public Library And Accountability

Legal Challenge! Bernal Library’s Victor Jara Mural

is Now Scheduled for Total Destruction

Unless WE Help Stop It

The sister of Bernal muralist Arch Williams has challenged the legality of painting out the Bernal Library mural at this time because she was never notified and given a chance to remove the mural, as required by California Law.
Yet San Francisco Public Library has begun to paint out every square inch of this historic, multi-cultural, three-sided community-created mural at Bernal Heights Branch Library: scaffolding up 6-8-12, paint-out to start 6-11.

The replacement is to cost TEN TIMES more than the 2009 refreshment plan ($185k vs. $18k) and includes a fiscal fee of $16,800 for the Friends of SFPL. Please help save this mural.

A pair of planned replacement murals was described by a person close to the original as “sanitized” and “gentrified.” They lack the current mural’s history and most of its content – including Chilean folk hero Victor Jara, Holly Near, children, the U.N. symbol (front), working women (side), and local history (rear).
The decision-making occurred mainly through a so-called community process, initiated by Mayor Newsom and Sup. David Campos, that lacked basic openness for all, such as public meeting announcements, agendas, minutes, and recorded votes. S.F.’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force found multiple violations of open government law by Campos and the Arts Commission -- preventing public participation and awareness. The Library Commission approved the group’s plans in July, 2011 -- reversing its own “compromise” of 2009 to refresh the front panel of the mural.
WHAT YOU CAN DO

1 - Write to the Art Commission and the Mayor, copy to Bd. of Supervisors, Sup. Campos, and us:
mayoredwinlee [at] sfgov.org; juan.torres [at] sfgov.org, tom.decaigny [at] sfgov.org, (Arts Commn.) Board.of.Supervisors [at] sfgov.org; David.Campos [at] sfgov.org; libraryusers2004 [at] yahoo.com

2 - Get more information by going to this blog: libraryusers.wordpress.com

3 - Contact Library Users Association for more information, or to volunteer & help inform others:
Library Users Association, libraryusers2004 [at] yahoo.com, (415) 753-2180 Rev. 6-9-12v7



Legal Challenge! Bernal Library’s Victor Jara Mural

is Now Scheduled for Total Destruction

Unless WE Help Stop It

The sister of Bernal muralist Arch Williams has challenged the legality of painting out the Bernal Library mural at this time because she was never notified and given a chance to remove the mural, as required by California Law.
Yet San Francisco Public Library has begun to paint out all of this historic, multi-cultural, three-sided community-created mural at Bernal Heights Branch Library: scaffolding up 6-8-12, paint-out to start 6-11.

The replacement is to cost TEN TIMES more than the 2009 refreshment plan ($185k vs. $18k) and includes a fiscal fee of $16,800 for the Friends of SFPL. Please help save this mural.

A pair of planned replacement murals was described by a person close to the original as “sanitized” and “gentrified.” They lack the current mural’s history and most of its content – including Chilean folk hero Victor Jara, Holly Near, children, the U.N. symbol (front), working women (side), and local history (rear).
The decision-making occurred mainly through a so-called community process, initiated by Mayor Newsom and Sup. David Campos, that lacked basic openness for all, such as public meeting announcements, agendas, minutes, and recorded votes. S.F.’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force found multiple violations of open government law by Campos and the Arts Commission -- preventing public participation and awareness. The Library Commission approved the group’s plans in July, 2011 -- reversing its own “compromise” of 2009 to refresh the front panel of the mural.
WHAT YOU CAN DO

1 - Write to the Art Commission and the Mayor, copy to Bd. of Supervisors, Sup. Campos, and us:
mayoredwinlee [at] sfgov.org; juan.torres [at] sfgov.org, tom.decaigny [at] sfgov.org, (Arts Commn.) Board.of.Supervisors [at] sfgov.org; David.Campos [at] sfgov.org; libraryusers2004 [at] yahoo.com

2 - Get more information by going to this blog: libraryusers.wordpress.com

3 - Contact Library Users Association for more information, or to volunteer & help inform others:
Library Users Association, libraryusers2004 [at] yahoo.com, (415) 753-2180 Rev. 6-9-12v7.5



PETITION TO SAVE ALL OF THE BERNAL HTS BRANCH LIBRARY MURAL

We urge all necessary steps be taken to PRESERVE AND REFRESH ALL THREE SIDES of the mural on San Francisco Public Library’s Bernal Heights Branch Library.



All three sides of the existing mural are currently (June 2012) scheduled to be painted out completely -- and be replaced with brand-new products that do not respect this mural’s content and history.



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Member, Board of Supervisors
City Hall
San Francisco, CA 94102

Re: Friends of the Library -- New Disclosures of Privatization

Dear Supervisor:

A basic factor of any accountability is timeliness. To be meaningful, openness and disclosure must be available when the information can have an effect.

A private nonprofit corporation known as The Friends of the Library (the actual name of the group is the Friends & Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library) like other nonprofit organizations, is required to file financial statements with the California State Attorney General. The disclosure for the period ending June 30, 2011, is finally available. Under California Government Code §§12586 and 12587, it must be filed within 4 months and 15 days of the close of the reporting period, in this case it was due on November 15, 2011. It was actually filed with Attorney General's Office on March 22, 2012, and not available to the public until June 12, 2012, exhibit A, attached.

While it would have been more satisfactory to have the data at the end of the reporting period, the virtue is that all but two branches have been completed in the Branch Library Improvement Program. That program, known as BLIP, began in 2000, and was intended to be completed in January of 2010, so there has been an additional two and one-half years of fund-raising. With 11 years of reports, it is time to draw some conclusions about this “public-private partnership,” and whether it shows fraud or just broken promises. I have reviewed that information and created a table which is attached as exhibit B. The information is readily available for those who wish to verify the figures.


One factors that we have not considered in the past is the relationship of income to expenditures. We have always demonstrated the meagerness of the Friend's benefit to the public library by comparing it to the Friend's income. In fact, a comparison to its expenditures is the more apt comparison. In three of the past eleven years, the Friends took in more than they spent, and for eight years, the Friends expended more than their income. If we add up those figures for income and expenditures, we now know that the Friends of the Library had income totaling $40,038,542. During that same period, the Friends of the Library expended $48,179,251. In 2011 alone the expenditures exceeded income by $2,131,640, (Income: $4,311,050, Expenses: $6,442,690).

If we look at assets, at the height of its wealth in 2000, Friends had assets of $20.3 Million. By the end of 2011, its assets were $10.3 Million. This would be good news if they were spending that money on the Library.

No such luck. Not only is the non-profit required to make disclosures to the Attorney General, but the Library Department is required to make disclosures of, not just donations, but private money to assist any city department or function under Admin Code Sec. 67.29-6, which states: “No official or employee or agent of the city shall accept, allow to be collected, or direct or influence the spending of, any money, or any goods or services worth more than one hundred dollars in aggregate, for the purpose of carrying out or assisting any City function unless the amount and source of all such funds is disclosed as a public record and made available on the website for the department to which the funds are directed.” This means that all funds whether spent directly or indirectly to assist the library is reportable. The most recent report is attached as exhibit C, and the eleven years of disclosures total $4,909,771.

It is reasonable to assume that the Library Department and the Friends noticed how bad this looks because 35% of the support to the library has taken place in the last two years. The only other year above average was the election year of 2006-7 reflecting support of the Proposition E campaign.

This means that of the $48.1 million expended by the Friends, only 10.2% ($4,909,771) was ‟for the purpose of carrying out or assisting” the public library. By comparison, the Friends’ executive level employees earned $6,642,803 in the same period.

The Board of Supervisors allows the Friends of the Library to present themselves as the benefactors of the City, but the Board provides no oversight whatsoever. If the supervisors were responsible, this “public-private partnership” would be investigated for defrauding their donors, never mind the fact that the public library is a civic institution. The real damage is to our faith in public institutions and democracy

Very truly yours,

James Chaffee
cc: Interested citizens & media
http://www.libraryusers.wordpress.com
§Helping to destroy the mural
by Library Uses Association Monday Jun 25th, 2012 6:22 AM



PETITION: For the Preservation of "Song of Unity/Cancion de la Unidad" Mural at La Peña Cultural Center

http://www.causes.com/actions/1671821?recruiter_id=15873033&utm_campaign=invite&utm_medium=wall&utm_source=fb
To: Board of Directors: La Peña Cultural Center

Úselo y Tírelo / Use it and Discard it: For the Preservation of “Song of Unity/ Canción de la unidad”
(Title borrowed from E. Galeano’s work)

This is an open letter to inform the local, national and international community regarding the imminent possibility of taking down “Song of Unity/...
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SIGN THE PETITION
"Song of Unity"/"Cancion de la Unidad"

A Brief History of the Mural, to Understand What Is at Risk.

Canción de la unidad was painted in 1978 by a group of local artists who wanted to make an artistic statement regarding Latin American and US society and evoke a cultural resistance to militarism, cultural repression, and alternative discourses pertaining art forms. Central to the painting was the unity between the old cultures of the Americas and the most representative figures of the arts in the U.S. as well as Latin America. The central figure chosen to embody this reality was the aura and powerful image of song/writer and playwright Víctor Jara, brutally tortured and assassinated by the military dictatorship of Pinochet in Chile.

By 1986, the mural had deteriorated and was repainted. On the new mural, some of the same original artists were called to do the job, the mural became larger and new faces were added to both sides of this large canvas. The muralists added figures, and did not erase former ones, as the community believed that it was through layers of meaning that we could build a more inclusive representation of a "Canción de la unidad/Song of Unity".

For a complete description of "Cancion de la Unidad/Song of Unity" Mural please visit facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/peopleunited4songofunity/

Read:
Understanding the Duality and Unity of the Mural Symbolism: Who is Depicted, and Why They Should Not Be Erased.
by Quique Cruz

We are demanding that NONE of these important cultural icons be removed, ignored, or painted over from "Song of Unity/ Canción de la unidad"

"Song of Unity/ Canción de la unidad" is a complex inclusive multilayered object of art that needs to be where it stands today, as a reminder to future generations of the meaning of a discursive art and politics that have struggled for unity. What is at stake, by taking it down and replacing it by a new mural represents cultural suicide and erasure of a specific memory that has served many. It is not right to Úselo y Tírelo, the mural belongs to the local, national and international memory, and because of its significance has become sacred ground.

Firmly, we are asking that the mural must be restored where it stands now, and not somewhere else. Also, we are asking to open a true process for the restoration and the inclusion of the Community in the final say in how this is going to be done, as well as all options to be considered in its restoration. Lastly, we also believe that in the process of restoring the mural, new faces can be added, but not at the expense of the powerful and historical meaning of the present "Song of Unity/ Canción de la unidad."
§Photo of La Pena Murals
by repost Monday Aug 13th, 2012 12:00 PM
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Photo of La Pena mural

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by Mark S.C. Twain
Saturday Aug 18th, 2012 9:27 PM
it is Victor Jara not Yara.