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Artists, Musicians and Bernal Community Residents Protest Destruction Of Victor Jara Mural
Musicians Rafael Manriquez and Francisco Hererra as well as community residents and artists joined together on the anniversary of the death of Victor Jara and in action to prevent the destruction of the Bernal Heights Victor Jara mural. Jara was murdered on September 16, 1973 by the US supported military coup in Chile. His hands were broken and then he was killed
Musicians and artists as well as San Francisco and Bernal Heights Community residents spoke out on September 16 against the destruction of the Victor Jara mural on the wall of Bernal Heights Library. The city has secretly manipulated with the support of San Francisco Supervisor David Campos a committee that mostly had members who wanted to destroy the mural and get a contract for a new mural that would double the cost of restoring the present mural.
The corporate controlled San Francisco Library Commission also illegally sought to destroy the mural before they even contacted the artists or heirs of the artists to let them know the mural would be destroyed. The rush to destroy the mural was taking place to prevent the community from even knowing that it was going to be destroyed and to prevent people in the community from coming together to challenge the destruction.
A statement from Holly Near was read and statements of solidarity were presented including the heir of the artist.
At the rally it was also reported by community resident that the Community Heroes Mural that had been destroyed at the Horace Mann school the previous week by the San Francisco School District.
Participants called on residents and supporter of the Victor Jara Mural to call David Campos at 415-554-5144 and call for a halt of plans to destroy the mural and for a new transparent and democratic process for discussion on the murals. Also it was reported that the so called Bernal Heights Mural Project had actually been involved in making the decision to destroy the mural and then getting a contract by the City and County to do the work on the new mural. This flagrant conflict of interest it was pointed out was unethical and it again showed that there was complete lack of transparency. Supervisor David Campos has also been cited by the Sunshine Commission for violating the rules on transparency and illegally cleansing documents related to the process of the destruction of the mural.
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The rally included musicians and artists who were involved in supporting the arts.
Community members watched the concert and spoke out to defend the mural.
Beautiful songs of Victor Jara were performed.
SEIU UHW Executive Board member Brad Weidmaier who is also a architectural historian talked about the history of the building and why the Victor Jara mural was important to preserve
Community activist Margarita Andino was a student during the painting of the present mural and talked about how it encouraged and strengthened the education and brought all communities together during it's painting.
It was reported at the rally/concert that the San Francisco Unified School district has destroyed the Community Heroes mural at the Horace Mann school that had recognized community leaders who had contributed to the youth and education in the Mission.
Peter Warfield of the Library Users Association reported on the censoring of documents by City and the manipulated process that the supporters of the destruction of the Victor Jara used to destroy the mural instead of restoring it. He also read a letter from Holly Near to support the mural.
Those wanting to remove the Victor Jara have manipulated the process and want to sanitize the history of Bernal Heights as
well as manipulate the political process so there is no transparency.
Call David Campos and the Library Commission to stop the destruction. Also the Friends of the Library will be getting $16,000
as fiscal consultants to help with the destruction. The "non-profit" Friends are apparently profiting off the destruction of the art history of San Francisco and instead of helping defend the library and it's artistic history.
The effort to protect the San Francisco Bernal Heights Library mural which includes Chilean singer activist Victor Jara continues. Rallies have been held to stop the destruction and the undemocratic process that led to the decision to destroy it.
Stop Destruction Of Victor Jara Mural At SF Bernal Heights Library-Rally-Music Speakout On Sep 16
Musicians, artists and community activists rallied on 9/16/2012 to protest the destruction of the Victor Jara mural at the San Francisco Bernal Heights library. Chilean musician Victor Jara was murdered in September 16, 1973 in a military coup supported by the United States. The coup supported by the United States took place on September 11, 1973. The corporate controlled San Francisco Library Commission and the Friends of the Library in San Francisco have pushed to censor and remove political community murals at San Francisco libraries. Artist Holly Near and other artists have publicly called on Mayor Ed Lee not to go ahead with the destruction of the mural. At the same time the community was not informed of the plan to destroy the mural.
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Artist and musician Victor Jara was arrested, tortured and murdered by the US military coup in September 1973. Now the San Francisco Library Commission and Friends of the Library want to destroy the mural that included him. This effort to censor and ethnically cleanse the important community mural at the Bernal Heights library is part of the gentrification and corporatization of the city by Mayor Ed Lee and the chair of the Library Commission Gomez. The Ethics Commission and Sunshine Commission have said she violated the rules and his violated the ethics of the City and County of San Francisco but Lee wants to keep his crony in power.