From Mission Housing:
Sam Moss, the executive director of Mission Housing, said he was excited about the project. “One thing about the affordable housing industry that gets lost in translation is how important our ground-floor spaces are, and should be, to serving the general community’s needs,” he said. Moss said he chose Yekutiel’s business out of a half-dozen other interested parties for precisely that reason. “16th and Valencia should be a hub of empowerment,” he said. “I see this as a way to do it.”
The community was clearly engaged by Emanuel Yekutiel’s vision. His kickstarter raised over $75,000.
From the Kickstarter campaign:
Where can you go to meet and engage socially with civic leaders, advocates, public servants, activists, elected officials, unsung heroes, artists, and poets, and writers, the motivated and the marchers?
Where can you go to plug in civically? To get inspired by your community leaders and hear about the issues that motivate them? To get informed on the fights being waged both here and abroad for a more justice and equitable society? Where can you physically go to take that first step and get involved?
With the help of many people, I am building that place - building it at a bustling intersection in San Francisco, one of the most civically engaged cities in the world. The City of the Summer of Love, of the Beat Poets, of Harvey Milk, and of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
I'm calling it Manny's.
Manny's will be a civic social gathering space that will combine high-quality coffee, tasty food, great beer and wine, a political bookshop, and a large civic event space.
One half of the space is devoted to social: food, drink, and books. The other half will be devoted to civic: a fully functional event space that will hold nightly programming. The bookshop will be run by the 25 year old veterans of the book industry, Dog Eared Books.
It sounds like a perfect fit in San Francisco, and particularly in the Mission district, yet Manny’s is being targeted by some of the most bizarre protests since Cliff’s Variety in the Castro was tormented for daring to sell Israeli seltzer machines.
Its an astonishing level of hypocritical virtue-signaling, even for San Francisco, a city that elevated it to an art form.
Photos from the Lucy Parsons Project on Twitter
The Lucy Parson's Project calls for running the Jew, er, "Zionist", out of town. Sounds like they are calling for a pogrom.
World salad from Indybay, the Bay Area's own agitprop site calls Manny's a " gentrifying wine-bar, cafe and fake “social justice” space", claiming the existance of this community space will "accelerate the raising of rents and the displacement of Black, Latinx, disabled and trans/queer people in the Mission." And worse of all (is this the real reason for the protest?), they describe Emmanuel Yekutiel as having "unequivocally espoused racist, Zionist, pro-Israel ideals".
What can you do? Visit Manny's, on the ground floor of Mission Housing’s Maria Alicia Apartments, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. Attend some of the sponsored events. And consider donating here