SHARP is a volunteer neighborhood association serving the Inner Sunset and Sunset Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco. Our activities include free program meetings in our building, small financial grants, and a resources page with links to useful information about the neighborhood. Our programs cover civic, political, and cultural topics. The meetings are a great place to connect with friendly, constructive neighbors, like you. You’re invited!  SHARP — a resource for the Inner Sunset.

Upcoming Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, SHARP meets at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of the month in the ground floor meeting space of our building, 1736 Ninth Avenue (between Moraga and Noriega). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for cookies and conversation.

  • Hadar Aviram: Observations on the Criminal Justice System

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    If you’ve never met a law professor, or if you have and think you never want to meet another one, you need to meet Hadar Aviram. She is an expert on the criminal justice system who uses her expertise to speak plainly and compellingly in her efforts to reform the system. You may not agree with her, but you won’t be bored or befuddled. Among other things, she will discuss her provocative new book, Cheap on Crime, which explains how we have become more interested in cutting costs than in maintaining the “tough on crime” policies of the past.

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  • Blue Courage and the SFPD

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    Blue Courage is a reform-minded training program that teaches police officers to think of themselves as a community’s guardians, focusing on the quality of the policing process, rather than the number and types of arrests and convictions. Lieutenant Jack Hart is a lawyer and veteran police officer in the SFPD who conducts Blue Courage training.  He will speak about what San Francisco is doing to avoid the tragedies that have recently afflicted Ferguson and other cities.

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  • Zahra Billoo: Muslim, feminist, advocate, organizer

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. As thoughtful and articulate as she is passionate, Zahra is a leading voice for the civil rights of American Muslims. She will speak about her faith, the Muslim community in the Bay Area, and her work at CAIR—work that includes political advocacy on behalf of American Muslims, legal representation of Muslims with anti-discrimination claims, and outreach to people of other religions and no religion at all.  Zahra describes the work of CAIR here.

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