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Mission District Day of the Dead Celebration Marked by Call Out Against Evictions
Hundreds formed a special part of the celebration of Day of the Dead in the Mission District in San Francisco, starting at 24th and York streets, that protested evictions and other changes the neighborhood is having forced upon it as upscale youth from the tech industry move in. (See statement below).
From the Facebook announcement of the event:
We all feel the death in the Mission by the forced displacement of familias, artist, seniors & residents who have lived here for decades & have contributed to the formation of the Latino cultural identity of our Barrio.
We are under attack by speculators, developers, and new residents who love our culture but don't care about us residents & local merchants. The impact they are causing to our familias, residents & merchants has created a CRISIS!
The tech industry was given tax incentives & breaks by the City of SF to be in SF and their employees along with greedy speculators have caused increase in rents & property.
Our annual Dia de Los Muertos has been invaded by these new residents who think its a Mexican Halloween party & drink beer, get drunk & disrespect our cultural sacred tradition.
We are taking back our dia De Los Muertos cultural procession which this year is dedicated to XOCHIPILLI (Aztec God of Flowers, Poetry & Musica) & XOCHIQUETZAL (his twin sister). This year is a new calendar cycle,marks an era of rebirth, enlightenment & the evolution of a higher consciousness towards mother earth & all life.
Poet Paul Flores, Recording artist Dr. John Calloway on flute