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Should the SF School Board be Recalled?

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3092 16th Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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Three commissioners of the SFUSD Board of Education are facing a February recall election. Should they be recalled?

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Manny's is creating a time and place that we hope will contribute to an honest discourse about the issues facing the city.

The school board has been embroiled in controversy for the last couple years, often making national news. Distance learning, school renaming, budget shortfalls, and other issues have frustrated many around the city, resulting in an official recall vote for the February 15th ballot.

We're hosting an event on the recall to help inform people as the vote comes up. We're bringing Commissioner Faauuga Moliga, Vice President of the School Board and one of members on the ballot, and Autumn Looijen, the co-lead of the recall campaign to Manny's to discuss his recall.

Note: Commissioner Moliga is not speaking on behalf of the entire school board or on the merits of recalling his fellow commissioners but just on his perspective.

The recall election is not asking if the entire school board is to be recalled, but rather just the three individuals listed on the ballot.

Should Commissioner Moliga be recalled? What about the rest of the members on the ballot?

Why is he on the recall ballot?

Who are the proponents of the recall? Why did they spearhead this effort?

Is this the time to be recalling School Board Members? If so why and if not why not?

The structure of this event will be about 60 minutes of discussion. If folks have questions please submit them in advance to tomas@welcometomannys.com

We hope to help solicit a more collaborative discussion and hear the diverse stories in our city.

Manny's never turns away anyone for lack of funds. To receive a complimentary ticket just email the word "grapefruit" and the title of this event tomas@welcometomannys.com.

This event will be in person at Manny's but there will also be a Zoom link ticket for those who'd like to tune in digitally from the comfort of their home.

Please note that this event will be recorded.

In-person attendees MUST wear face masks and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Go to https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ to acquire a digital vaccine record.

About Faauuga Moliga:

Faauuga Moliga is a San Francisco native and San Francisco Unified School District alumni. He grew up in the San Francisco neighborhoods of Bernal Heights and Hunter’s Point, where he lived in public housing with his family. He gained first-hand insight into the SFUSD as a student at Paul Revere Elementary, Burbank Middle School, McAteer High School, Downtown High Continuation, John Adams, and finally as a graduate from Balboa High School. Later down the road, he would also come to further understand the importance of public education as a father of children attending public schools.

Moliga received his bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies at San Jose State University. Originally intent on becoming a lawyer, he left law school when he discovered that only five out of 55 Pacific Islanders at Burton had a 2.00 GPA. The lack of support for Pacific Islander students compelled Moliga to start Take Out Until Completely Healed (TOUCH). For six years, he spearheaded a program supporting over one hundred young women within a given year and leading to a 90% college transition rate for all seniors. Today, TOUCH participants have graduated and attended colleges such as UCLA, Harvard, Smith College, and UC Riverside.

Moliga then developed student advocacy programs Center for Academic Re-entry Empowerment Center to help chronically truant students. After this, he worked with Burton High School to increase the school's attendance and decrease its push-out rate. While at Burton, Faauuga also extended his support to the PUMA Prevent initiative to address.

After his work with Burton, Moliga studied at San Jose State University's School of Social Work with a concentration on mental health and social justice, interned for the SFUSD Student Intervention Team and spent a school year at Carver Elementary, providing school wide support systems and individual counseling for the students and educators.

After graduating, Moliga was recruited by the Richmond Area Multi Services to be the therapist for June Jordan High School. Today, he works for the Department of Public Health Community Wellness Program building wellness centers for the HOPE SF initiative and provides trauma-informed practices for students at Downtown High School once a week.

About Autumn Looijen:

Autumn Looijen is a parent and co-lead of the campaign to recall the school board. She canvassed for the environment as a teenager, managed thousands of volunteers at the Netscape’s Open Directory Project, and served on the Los Altos Environmental Commission before moving to San Francisco.


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