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Black Leaders in SF Say Drugs, Homelessness Out of Control

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Black community leaders in San Francisco say they are fed up with homelessness, drugs, and crime.

“My grandma used to say, ‘Your freedom ends where my nose begins,’ ” said the Rev. Amos Brown, who is president of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP and a former local politician. “When homeless folks cause problems, their freedom ends. That’s not being mean, it’s being what I call engaging in responsible compassion.”

Community members said at a meeting on Monday that the Fillmore District’s Safeway parking lot is a hell zone. They described human feces being everywhere, harassment from drug dealers, and having to witness “X-rated acts.”

Want More Police in Fillmore District

Is there a solution?

“Just the police’s presence will make a difference,” said Majeid Crawford, executive director of the New Community Leadership Foundation. “Their eyes will prevent crime from happening.”

Read more at The San Francisco Standard.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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