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Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community (WDBC) was founded in 2012 by San Francisco Black community leader Phelicia Jones to address five of the major disparities Black San Franciscans face:​

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In 2015, WDBC added “Justice 4 Mario Woods” to the end of the group’s name after Mario's firing squad-style execution by the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) on December 2nd 2015. The murder was captured in multiple viral videos and community outrage over it and many others by SFPD was so powerful it garnered national attention, helping to inspire Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem. Since then, much of WDBC’s efforts have focused on disparities in Mass Incarceration & Law Enforcement.

How We Connect With The Community

  • Owing to our activism, the City of San Francisco unanimously declared Mario Woods' birthday Mario Woods Remembrance Day. Each year, we organize an annual Mario Woods Remembrance Day event, a celebration of Mario’s life and care for the Bayview community, reminding the City that we will never forget what his death represents. This free event involves local artists, activities for children, and free food.


  • Due to COVID-19, in lieu of Mario Woods Remembrance Day 2020, we have been providing direct aid to the Bayview community by delivering groceries, masks, and hand sanitizer to elderly Black folks, and providing educational materials on staying safe. The Bayview has the highest concentration of COVID cases in San Francisco. You can donate to help our efforts here. All funds will be used to provide aid, including grocery store gift cards, vital household and food staples, and masks and gloves.

  • On June 1, 2020, we organized a peaceful demonstration after the murder of George Floyd (May 25th 2020) in Minneapolis, with the support of Mayor Breed, as well as an SF-based memorial service for Mr. Floyd the following week.

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