Aria Sa'id

Policy Advisor
San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Aria Sa'id serves as the Policy Advisor for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. As an award-winning public policy advocate, political strategist, and transgender cultural icon, she co-founded the Compton’s Cultural District- the world’s first transgender cultural district and restores the historical legacy of the site of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots. In addition, she co-sponsored SB 310: the Name and Dignity Act for Incarcerated Transgender People and SB 179: Gender Recognition Act, through California state legislation in 2017. She was also a lead advocate of the United State's first sex worker-specific policy, "Prioritizing Safety for Sex Workers" .

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Outmigration of African Americans In San Francisco: How Government Is Paying Attention

Articles like "Is San Francisco Losing Its Soul?” or “San Francisco’s Alarming Tech Bro Boom: What Is the Price of Change?” and “San Francisco’s Diversity Numbers Look More and More Like a Tech Company’s” have become the norm for characterizing the city. As the refrain goes, the rising cost of living in San Francisco is forcing out the city’s teachers and artists, who are being replaced by engineers and wealthy businesspeople drawn by the tech boom. The “Outmigration of Blacks” has been both a silent and apparent social issue in San Francisco, and the Bay area overall. With San Francisco being one of the most expensive cities to live in on the globe, much of community has wondered how local city government prioritizes this specific issue.

With robust, high impact priorities, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, has engineered efforts on Equitable Access, Cannabis Equity Post-Legalization, the San Francisco Fair Chance ordinance, Tech Equity and LGBT Initiatives that address social issues with an intersectional framework. Director Sheryl Davis and Policy Advisor Aria Sa’id discuss how government institutions can address social inequity, systemic racism, and reduce the harms for communities affected by the “War on Drugs”, mass incarceration, economic inequality, and overall criminalization of poverty.

Speakers: Sheryl Evans Davis, Aria Sa'id