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BDC is going to HARD FRENCH

Posted in art party, Brown Amy, dancedancedance, DJ Carnita, HARD FRENCH, jorge portillo on February 24, 2010 by browndowncrown

The HARD FRENCH crew in SF are starting a new OUTDOOR DAYTIME soul music party! The idea behind the event is to modernize, takeover, revamp, trick out, revive, and do up the Outdoor Afternoon Dance Party in the Mission. This is a party for everyone- a party where drag queens mingle with lesbians, leather daddy’s soul dance with cholas, sharps share hot dogs with activists, jocks make out with twinks, brown meets white meets purple meets gay guy meets ladies meets q and everyone leaves excited for the next party. The party is being dj’d by Resident DJ newcomers and soul music wizards DJ Carnita and DJ Brown Amy. They, along with the rest of the Hard French Crew, will be curating music throughout the spring and summer with live bands, guest dj’s, performers and as many surprises.

for more info check out our facebook invite and DJ Carnita and DJ Brown Amy’s blog, The Real Nitty Gritty.

a saturday afternoon soul music party

dj carnita
dj brown amy

El Rio. March 6th. 3pm – 8pm. DJs on the patio. BBQ. Hard Dancing. Hard Cruising.

this is a new monthly OUTDOOR dance party at el rio, the first saturday of the month. come shake it and eat a burger at the BBQ or drink a beer during the beer bust!

$5 – gets you in for hard dancing and hard cruising all day long
$10 – gets you in and you get unlimited beer and a plate of bbq from 3pm – 5pm


EMERGENCY – help BDC kids get TOYS for XMAS!

Posted in beyonce borrowed it, BeyonceWouldLoveIt, jorge portillo, toys on December 18, 2009 by browndowncrown

The Mission SRO Collaborative is looking for toy donations for the 100 kids that live in and out of the single room occupancy hotels in the mission district. These are little brown kids who might not otherwise be able to afford toys for the holidays and BDC superstar Jorge Portillo (Program Coordinator for the M.SRO.Collab) is organizing an EMERGENCY TOY DRIVE to get them the toys that will put smiles on their faces this year.

the deets:
what: Mission SRO Collaborative TOY EMERGENCY
who: toys for the 100 little brown kids that live in single room occupancy hotels with their families
when: they need to get the toys by this MONDAY DECEMBER 21st, 3PM.
where: drop off the toys at 938 Valencia St. (btwn 20th and 21st – you don’t even have to leave the mission, hipster!) from 9am – 6pm or make special arrangements with Jorge Portillo (415-282-6209 ext 16, 12, or 19) and
why: cuz these kids are off the radar and don’t have access to a lot of the services provided to homeless families.


We asked Jorge some questions about the toy drive and Mission SRO Collaborative and this is what he had to say:

BDC:What is the mission of the Mission SRO Collaborative?
Jorge: Though its currently being revised our current Mission Statement is:
The Mission SRO Collaborative provides tenants rights counseling, organizing leadership opportunities, case management, safe sex/substance abuse outreach services and community space to tenants of Single Room Occupancy hotels in San Francisco’s Mission District. We work together to empower single adult residents and families to defend their rights and organize themselves to improve their lives and living conditions.

BDC: Where do these kids live that will be getting the toys?

Jorge: The kids we work with live inside the hotels. Until recently the families I work with were considered Homeless under federal guidelines (I say until recently because the federal govt. just passed legislation removing families living in SRO’s from the federal definition of homelessness which will undoubtedly have a detrimental effect on their ability to receive social services). Usually these families live in rooms that are no larger than about 8×10, share this space with 4 or 5 other people, have no kitchens, and share bathroom facilities with the variety of folks also living in those buildings. The buildings are in (pardon my francois) usually pretty shitty condition; abestos ridden, plagued with pests, unkept, and under exploitative management.

BDC: Why is it important to donate toys to the M.SRO.Colab?

Jorge: I think the most important reason is because so many of our kids are off the radar. They don’t stay in shelters or live on the streets (though they might as well) so they dont benefit from services for homeless youth, their parents can barely afford to keep the meager roofs they currently have over their heads much less buy them a gift, because they come from traditionally uber- marginalized communities; recently arrived immigrants, monolingual households, single parent homes, etc… and really can’t participate in afterschool programs or other programs where they might get gifts, and because we are really the only organization serving these amazing little buds.

For more information about the Mission SRO Collaborative contact Jorge Portillo,