White Supremacy and Capitalism Systems of Oppression Toward the Filipino Community of San Francisco

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Everyone needs a home. Rich or poor; all people are included. This is a problem that occurs in many places of the world because housing costs a great deal of money, especially in the San Francisco area. Poor people can barely afford food and clothing so that makes it even more difficult to find affordable housing. As a result, some live in unsafe and unsanitary conditions that are badly in need of repair. There is a huge population in San Francisco that live below the poverty line. Homelessness describes a situation in which people lack a fixed dwelling place. A homeless individual is a person without a fixed and regular nighttime residence. Shelter is one of the most basic needs, yet many people lack this necessity. Homelessness in San Francisco has continued to be an issue of concern to government officials and social service providers. In San Francisco, the number of homeless people is estimated to be between 7,000 to 15,000. This estimate is the highest in the major American cities thus making San Francisco to have the highest number of homeless people. During the early 1900s, Filipino immigrants settled in the San Francisco community. A migrant labor community, they lived in several low-cost residential hotels such as the International hotel. After World War II, San Francisco made plans to expand its downtown business area, especially near the financial district. High-rise buildings went up in the 1950s and 1960s at the disadvantage of small businesses and residential hotels. This is gentrification, which is the dynamic that emerges in poor urban areas when residential shifts, urban planning, and other phenomena affect the composition of a neighborhood. It involves migrating people of poor background. This “urban renewal” torn through hundreds of homes displacing thousands of residents in the city. Manilatown was devastated. The Veterans Equity Center

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