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Progressive on Social Issues

I am progressive socially and interested in working towards social justice. The list of social justice programs I supports is quite extensive and covers a range of important issues.

Education assistance is an important issue, as access to quality education can greatly impact a person’s future opportunities and success. Racial justice issues are also crucial to address, as systemic racism and discrimination continue to have a negative impact on marginalized communities.

Income equality and housing equality are also important issues to address, as many people struggle to afford basic necessities like housing and food. Raising the minimum wage to a livable wage is a step in the right direction towards ensuring that all workers are able to make ends meet.

Creating a benefits program for street vendors with a monthly guarantee is a unique and innovative idea, as these individuals often face significant financial insecurity and lack access to traditional benefits like healthcare and retirement plans.

Adding a supplemental cash for those on government assistance is also a promising policy proposal, as it can help alleviate some of the financial struggles faced by those living in poverty.

Finally, creating programs for entrepreneurs, including financial assistance for those on welfare trying to get off welfare, is a great way to support individuals looking to start their own businesses and achieve financial independence. .

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Education

As a substitute, student teacher, and volunteer at various schools in San Francisco, I have witnessed first-hand the struggles faced by students from disadvantaged households. These students often lack the resources and support necessary to succeed academically, which can lead to low self-esteem and a lack of motivation.

One of the most effective ways to raise the performance levels of these students is through outreach programs. Outreach programs provide students with additional resources and support, which can help to bridge the gap between their home and school lives. These programs can include tutoring, mentoring, and after-school programs, all of which can provide students with the extra help they need to succeed.

During my time as a volunteer and student teacher at Moscone Elementary, Commodore Sloat Elementary, Hoover and Everett Middle Schools, San Francisco School of the Arts, and Music City Academy, I have had the opportunity to work with students from a wide range of backgrounds. Through these experiences, I have seen firsthand the impact that outreach programs can have on the academic success of students from disadvantaged households.

In addition to my work as a volunteer and student teacher, I am also a private music teacher. Through my work as a violin, viola, guitar, and voice teacher, I have had the opportunity to work with many students from disadvantaged households. I have found that music can be a powerful tool for raising the performance levels of these students. Music provides a creative outlet for students who may struggle with traditional academic subjects, and it can help to boost their self-esteem and motivation.

As a consultant to the United States Department of Education, I have had the opportunity to work on a number of initiatives aimed at improving the academic performance of students from disadvantaged households. These initiatives have included the development of outreach programs, the implementation of technology-based learning tools, and the promotion of creative learning strategies.

In conclusion, raising the performance levels of students from disadvantaged households is a critical issue that requires a concerted effort from educators, policymakers, and community leaders. Through my work as a substitute, student teacher, and volunteer at various schools in San Francisco, as well as my work as a private music teacher and consultant to the United States Department of Education, I have seen firsthand the power of outreach programs and other initiatives aimed at improving the academic success of these students. By continuing to invest in these programs and strategies, we can help to ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed academically and reach their full potential.

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Housing and Mental Illness: Addressing San Francisco’s Crisis

The housing crisis in San Francisco is well known, but the link between housing and mental illness is not as commonly understood. A lack of affordable housing, combined with a scarcity of supportive services, can exacerbate mental health issues and contribute to homelessness. The situation is critical and needs attention.

Homelessness and Mental Illness

Homelessness is a major issue in San Francisco, with thousands of individuals sleeping on the streets every night. The city’s housing affordability crisis and high costs of living make it challenging for individuals with mental health problems to find housing. For example, people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other serious mental illnesses often face barriers to obtaining and maintaining stable housing, leading to homelessness. The situation is exacerbated by the limited availability of mental health resources in the city.

Mental Illness and Hospital Crowding

The shortage of affordable housing and support services has led to a rise in mental health crises, which, in turn, has caused hospitals to become overcrowded. As a result, patients with mental illness are often turned away, unable to access the care they need. This can have devastating consequences, both for the individual and for society as a whole.

Solutions

To address the crisis of housing and mental illness in San Francisco, we need to take bold and innovative steps. Here are some possible solutions:

Rent vacant commercial buildings and renovate them into low-income housing for the mentally ill and homeless.

Create more outreach programs that target the mentally ill homeless, providing them with support, medication, and access to mental health resources.

Increase funding for mental health services and support, including more psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals.

Continue the good work of Mayor Breed in addressing the opioid and meth crises, which often co-occur with mental illness and homelessness.

Launch an awareness campaign to encourage landlords to rent to those with mental illness, offering incentives and support.

Conclusion

The mental health crisis in San Francisco is not going away anytime soon, but by taking a comprehensive and collaborative approach, we can address the root causes of the issue. By providing affordable housing, support services, and access to mental health resources, we can help people with mental illness lead healthy and productive lives, while reducing hospital crowding and homelessness in our city. Let us work together to make San Francisco a healthier and more equitable city for all.

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Barnes
Barnes

Bio Gig Salad Benjamin Barnes is a true Renaissance man. With a wealth of experience and expertise, he has earned a reputation as one of the most versatile and talented musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs in the industry. Ben’s art music and film project was awarded 20,000 dollars from the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2023 and in 2022 he served on the arts grants panel for California Arts Council, and consulted for U.S. Department of Education. Throughout his career, Benjamin has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments, including serving as a chamber musician with the Rilke String Quartet, lead singer of the bands Deadweight and Swindlefish, and a prolific singer-songwriter with over 120 recordings available on all major streaming platforms and web-stores. Additionally, he has collaborated with renowned musicians such as Metallica's Jason Newsted, Primus' Les Claypool, Fishbone, Mr. Bungle, Fishbone, Dead Prez, The Coup, DJ Disk, Isaac Stern, Eric McFadden, and Mr. Bungle. Benjamin's talents extend beyond the realm of music. He is also an accomplished actor, painter and digital artist, with a successful art gallery at bencasso.org. Additionally, he is an entrepreneur who has owned several businesses, including record labels and own websites: BenjaminBarnes.com for lessons, Bencasso.net for recordings, Bencasso.org an art gallery, bencassomedia.com music and store, Skeletonichi.com a merch store, culturescholar.org, a nonprofit which teaches arts and culture as a health and well-being staple for the disadvantaged, disabled, and economically challenged. EPK https://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/bencasso EPK https://musician.artistpr.com/p/bencasso/ Despite facing numerous challenges throughout his life, Benjamin has persevered and achieved incredible success. He is a survivor of a suicide attempt and has managed to thrive while also managing bipolar disorder and recovering from traumatic childhood experiences. Additionally, he has recovered from catastrophic injuries and a traumatic brain injury, all while consulting for the US Department of Education and teaching kindergarten, third, and fifth grades. Education has always been a crucial part of Benjamin's life. He holds a Master's and Bachelor's degree in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a multiple subjects teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Furthermore, he is a talented lyricist, poet, and novelist, and his work often incorporates political satire and social commentary. In 2020, Benjamin was the subject of a movie about street musicians, which premiered in 2021. Despite all of his achievements, Benjamin remains grounded in his faith and is grateful for the love of Jesus Christ, which has helped him through the most difficult times. His message of hope and positivity has inspired audiences around the world, and he has become a sought-after motivational speaker. In conclusion, Benjamin Barnes is an extraordinary talent and a remarkable human being. He has achieved incredible success in multiple fields and has overcome numerous challenges, including mental illness, traumatic childhood experiences, and catastrophic injuries. Through it all, he has remained optimistic, positive, and committed to helping others. As a motivational speaker, Benjamin offers a message of hope and resilience, inspiring audiences to overcome their challenges and achieve their dreams. Achievements and Significant events 1975-present ~ Street performances and sales of art on the street 1987-Present ~ Jazz, Rock, and Bluegrass bands rehearsals and performances 1986-present ~ Private instructor, violin, viola, guitar, voice ~ Orchestral and Chamber Musician: violin, viola ~ Bencasso Gallery: Street store and web-gallery, owner and artist https://www.Bencasso.org 2022 ~ Panelist California Arts Council ~ Psychedelic S.F. Violin and consultation ~ Fractured Atlas fiscal sponsorship ~ Bencasso.org Gallery ~ Musicare emergency medical grant award for accident getting hit by car causing broken wrist and Traumatic Brain Injury ~ Fractured Atlas Fiscal sponsorship ~ Complete audio recordings and sheet music manuscripts, transcriptions published and catalogued.- literary works in process of being catalogued works 2021 ~ Beats of the Street Violin Madness: Premiered ~ Creator: 421 Music videos, 3 short films, 7 vlogs premiered on 18 Bencasso Media YouTube channels ~ Rilke String Quartet: Lyric Suite opus 3 recording released ~ Film Editing coaching with Emmy Award nominee Eric Deinzer ~ Amherst Online Interview: Madeliene Bonn host 2020 ~ Beats of the Street Violin Madness: Documentary about Ben’s life filmed ~ Creator; 143 music videos and 3 short films and vlogs premiered on 18 Bencasso Media YouTube channels ~ San Francisco Mayor’s COVID Relief Arts Grant awarded ~ Livestream broadcasts. 2019 ~ Consultant, U.S. Department of Education 2018 ~ K.A.L.X. radio interview: Jon Schickman host 2015 ~ Swindlefish: Dasche Cellars concert video produced, shown on Benjamin Barnes and Swindlefihs YouTube channels 2010 - 2013 ~ Volunteer, student and substitute instructor: San Francisco Unified School District grades K-8. ~ San Francisco State University Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential with Supplementary Authorization for Music 2012 ~ Swindlefish: Unlucky, ~ Swindlefish: t-shirt, stickers, poster designs ~ Kickstarter fundraising campaign for album: Awarded 2011 ~ Academy of Art: Performance art with D.J. for hip hop music festival. 2007 ~ Catastrophic injury from impact with train. Skull shattered, two vertebrae, collarbone, scapula fractured, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) 2005 ~ Dead Prez 2004 ~ Alternative Tentacles: Stroking the Moon. ~ Deadweight: Sticker and Shirt designs sold at concerts ~ Deadweight: Poster designs hung at clubs public places 2003 ~ Swindlefish: Portlandia ~ Les Claypool: Black and White Ball, The Fillmore 2001 ~ Les Claypool: Purple Onion ~ Deadweight: U.S. Tours ~ Fishbone, two U.S. tours ~ Deadweight: The Fillmore ~ Deadweight: Sticker and Shirt designs sold at concerts ~ Deadweight: Poster designs hung at clubs public places 2000 ~ Deadweight: Fuji Rock Festival ~ Deadweight: Nippon Columbia ~ Deadweight: Lucky Strike band competition ~ Deadweight: North East Music Organization conference. ~ Deadweight: Sticker and Shirt designs sold at concerts ~ Deadweight: Poster designs hung at clubs public places 1999 ~ Deadweight: Halfwit Anthems 1998 ~ Mr.. Bungle: California ~ Rilke String Quartet: Brahms Piano Quartet no. 3 in C minor op.60 ~ McFadden Experience: Our Revels now are Ended 1997 ~ Deadweight: KUSF Fortune Cookies “A Dream within A Dream” 1996 ~ Deadweight: Opus 1~ Deadweight: Sticker and Shirt designs sold at concerts ~ Deadweight: Poster designs hung at clubs public places 1995 ~ Deadweight: Jason Newstead demo 1992-1994 ~ Tart to Tart (San Francisco): Three works of art (1 photograph, 1 drawing, 1 painting) ~ San Francisco Conservatory: Grad Student 1993 ~ Rilke String Quartet: Rilke String Quartet 1991-1992 ~ San Francisco School of the Arts: Artist in Residence ~ Jason Newsted: My Lung Hurts 1988-1992 ~ The Owl and Monkey (San Francisco California): Three works of art (Photograph, 2 drawings) ~ Izzy Tinkleman: Violin Student ~ San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Undergrad Student 1987 ~ The Beanery Corvallis Oregon: Three works of art (2 drawings 1 painting) ~ Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Oregon State University ~ Concertmaster, Soloist Corvallis Youth Symphony ~ Corvallis High School Art department end of year exhibit: 3 works of art 1. collage 2. drawing 3. painting 1987 ~ William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Oberon ~ Corvallis High School Art department end of year exhibit: 3 works of art 1 .collage 2. drawing 3. painting 1986 ~ The Beanery Corvallis Oregon: Three works of art (drawings) ~ Corvallis High School Orchestra: , Concertmaster ~ Corvallis Youth Symphony: Concertmaster~ Oregon State University Symphony Orchestra: 1st violin ~ Corvallis High School Art department end of year exhibit: 3 works of art 1. collage 2. drawing 3. painting 1986 ~ Oregon All State Orchestra: first violin ~ Corvallis High School Art department end of year exhibit: 3 works of art 1 .collage 2. drawing 3. painting 1985 ~ Corvallis High School Orchestra: Soloist ~ Corvallis High School Art department end of year exhibit: 3 works of art 1 .collage 2. drawing 3. painting 1984 ~ The Music Man: Tommy Djilas ~ Corvallis Youth Symphony: Principal 2nd violin ~ Corvallis High School Art department end of year exhibit: 3 works of art 1 .collage 2. drawing 3. painting 1980 ~ Southern Oregon Youth Symphony: second violin Education 2011-2013 San Francisco State University: Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential program 2006-2009 City College of San Francisco: Art History 2003-2004 Ilan Laks: Art student 1994-1995 Randy Clark: Guitar student 1992-1994 Dave Balakrishnan: Jazz violin and composition student 1988-1994 San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Master of Music (1994) Bachelor of Music performance and pedagogy (1996), 1987-1989 Sherry Kloss: Violin lessons 1986-1987 Oregon State University Symphony Orchestra: student 1984-1987 Violin lessons: Marlon Carlson Professor, Oregon State University Teaching Positions 2017 United States Department of Education: Consultant 2012-2014 Moscone, Commodore Sloat, San Francisco: Substitute and student teacher, volunteer, grades K-8 (Chinese bilingual Kindergarten, Spanish bilingual 2nd grade) 1994-1996 Music City Academy: Instructor: violin and viola 1990-1992 School of the Arts: Artist in Residence 1990-1991 Brandeis Hillel School: Violin instructor