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Gray Panther Events, Actions, & Issues

 

Thursday, January 20, Noon, Zoom Rally: Defend City College: No Layoffs! No Class Cuts! We demand a Zero Covid Policy for a safe return to campus.  Read more about our demands and the Zero Covid Policy.  Please sign the City College petition.

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Blasts from the Past: Previous Prowls and Growls

SF Gray Panther Prowls and Growls, January 30

Petitions and Actions:

Demand Newsom Grant Justice and Equity in Vaccine Access in California.  Newsom’s recent order of vaccine priority strictly by age leaves out younger people with covid vulnerability and poor black and latinx essential workers, all at high risk of infection. Things to doHear more.   This is in the context of (1) California’s having the worst vaccine rollout in the nation,  (2) Newsom’s turning over vaccine distribution to  “non-profit” Blue Shield health insurance company, heavy contributors to his election, who will almost certainly favor distribution to the insured over the uninsured, and (3) Newsom’s contributing to infections by opening up bars and hair salons, and schools, which will get no health or stimulus money to make them safe.  

Sign a petition telling Gov Newsom to request a Federal waiver allowing California’s Medicare and Medicaid money to be used to finance Single-Payer, Medicare for All healthcare in California. Sign here.

Tell US Senators (find them here) and Representatives (find them here) to support Biden COVID relief package, $1.9 trillion to help both people and the economy to recover, including support for mass vaccinations; state and local aid; more generous unemployment benefits, raising the federal minimum wage to $15/hour and more.  Read more about the plan.

Tell Gov. Newsom: Rent Relief Must Be Mandatory! Don’t Leave Millions of Tenants at the Mercy of Landlords!Governor Newsom’s Housing Deal could be good, but it leaves millions of tenants at risk of eviction and crushing housing debt with one giant gaping loophole: relief for tenants is conditional on landlord participation. Rent relief cannot be left to landlord discretion. It must be mandatory!  Sign ACCE petition demanding mandatory eviction protection.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance and SEIU have opened a campaign to push the Biden to institute a national program of Universal Long Term Services and Support (LTSS for All) that would create 1.5 million new care jobs with good pay, benefits, and union membership, would provide training and job advancement, would provide immigrant caregivers a path to citizenship, and would provide affordable and accessible care and support services to all who need it.  Read more.

As hospitals become more overwhelmed and vaccine rollout problems develop, issues of justice and equity in access and triage become more severe.  See materials from a January 8 Senior Disability Action forum on these issues.  Recording of the forum. Advocacy toolkit.

Sign petition to Biden to make his promised eviction protection extension as strong and universal as possible, including utilities protection and cancellation of rent/mortgage debt.  For individuals to sign.  For organizations to sign.

Email the Governor that his Golden State Stimulus should include people on SSI/SSP, who suffer from years of cuts but face rising costs to be able to shelter in place.  Few would qualify for the Stimulus as presently proposed. Email the Governor here, (choose subject as “Budget Proposal 2021-2022.”

Events:

Weds, Feb 3 & 10, 5-7 PM,  SF Green New Deal Townhall:
A People’s Climate Justice and Just Recovery Platform. Join with PODER, Jobs with Justice San Francisco, Bayview Advocates, the Public Bank Coalition, United Educators of San Francisco, American Federation of Teachers 2121, SEIU United Services Workers West, SEIU 1021, SOMCAN, SF Rising, IFPTE Local 21, Reclaim Our Power: Utility Justice Campaign, Youth vs. Apocalypse, unions, environmental organizations and allies to craft a bold plan together.  Register here.

Wed, Feb 3, 7 PM, Behind the Mask, a community forum on racist policing in Berkeley during COVID 19.  Sponsored by Bekeley Copwatch, with the NAACP and National Lawyers Guild.  See Facebook page.

Thurs, Feb 4, 4-6 PM, Alameda County Town Hall of Vaccine Justice and Equity. Update on Alameda County vaccine rollout, and hear community concerns on vaccine justice and equity for aged, disabled, and so-called minority communities.  See more and register on Facebook page.

Sat, Feb 6, CNA Medicare-for-All-Statewide Car Caravan, In-Person. San Francisco: Assemble 10 AM at City College, 50 Frida Kahlo Way, See Facebook page. Oakland: Assemble 1PM at Oakland Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, See Facebook page.     Part of a Statewide Day of Action for Medicare-for-All in California.

Mon, Feb 8, 5PM, SF Youth Commission’s Youth Budget Town Hall. How to respond to the Mayor’s demand for 7% cuts in all Departments’ budgets including those affecting youth welfare and services. Gray Panthers is about Age and Youth together.   See Facebook page.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Feb 16-25, 10:30AM-12:30PM, Senior & Disability Survival School, Pandemic Edition.  We will talk about COVID resources for housing, food, IHSS, mutual aid, physical and mental health. Also work on developing skills for self-advocacy in your own life and for your communities.    See Facebook Page for more information. Register here.

Tues, Aug 18, 3 to 5 PM: SFGP monthly meeting (NOTE THE SPECIAL TIME)

  1. The US Postal service in crisis—a Portland activist’s perspective;
  2. Portland Gray Panther convener on “What’s going on in Portland?”;  and Can the divide be bridged?  And if so, how?
  3. A UC Berkeley sociologist on the left/right divide in US politics and on how to handle COVID-19:

Zoom link here.  Or call in: +1 669 900 9128;  Meeting ID: 890 3675 5652;  Passcode: 609806  (Art, our new convenor, has been working on building up a West Coast Gray Panther network.  Join this meeting and find out more!)

Support #TaxCABillionaires.  Along with Prop 15 (Schools and Communities First), the Millionaire’s Tax (AB-1253) is an important way to respond to  California’s $60 billion budget deficit, raising an estimated $7 billion   AB-1253 is a graduated tax on the ultra-wealthy. Billionaires have seen their personal fortunes rise by 25% since the beginning of the global pandemic, while cuts to schools and essential services are looming in the worst economic collapse in 100 years, and the post-COVID poverty levels are expected to grow to their highest in 50 years. Governor Newsom has said he would sign it, but it must be supported by EVERY Democrat, and pass the legislature by August 31.  Read LA Times on AB 1253. Read a one-pager on the bill.

Friday Aug 14, afternoon: Defund SFPD: Public comment at the SF Board of Supervisor’s Budget meeting!  Support these young activists’ work to redirect our taxpayer money away from state violence, by making public comment at this meeting.  Instructions here.

Call Nancy Pelosi and California House Members: NO TRUST ACT!
Some thirty Democratic House members are pushing to include the Trust Act, which endangers Social Security and Medicare, baked into any COVID relief legislation. The TRUST Act (would create “Rescue Committees” to draft legislation addressing the solvency of federal trust funds, including Social Security and Medicare. This would open up Social Security and Medicare to potentially devastating across-the-board cuts. Once these committees approved a trust fund bill, the legislation would be fast-tracked in the House and Senate, bypassing regular order. Read more.  Tell Nancy Pelosi, pressure these Democrats to stop pushing the Trust Act.

Tenants Together Petitions to Stop Mass Evictions in California: Three quick steps in three easy minutes can make all the difference this month in stopping a wave of pandemic evictions and infections as temporary protections and supplements expire.  

Phone or Text Banking for Prop 15, the Schools and Community First Act.  Multiple dates  and online venues with training.  If I learned how to phonebank from home, then you can too!  Event listing here.  SF Rising, ACCE, Dolore Huerta Foundation, others

Call today! Oppose Trump’s Call to Delay Contributions to Social Security! 1-202-224-3121(Capital Switchboard)  More info here.   Natl Council of Gray Panther Networks

Call today! Its time to stop the massive, deadly spread of COVID-19 to US nursing home residents and workers!  Call your US Senators and members of Congress at:  1-202-224-3121(Capital Switchboard).  Suggested script here.   SF Gray Panthers

Black Lives Matter page from SF Community Living Campaign here.  Honor local Black elders, and be a better ally, and resources for care and healing for Black people.

List of Bay Area BLM Events and Rallies here.    Updated frequently.

Actions and Events for Aug 14 – 28

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Events

Every Thursday, 5 to 6PM Cayuga Connector Vigil for Black Lives – San Jose and Geneva and stretching out a safe 6′ apart wearing masks.  Make your own sign. A piece of cardboard works well.  “Remember that the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott saw hundreds of people – young and old – walking everywhere every day for 380 days.  One grandmother said: ‘my soles are weary but my soul is at rest. I am doing this for my grandchildren.’   So are we.”

Fri, Aug 14, begins at 10AM- Public Comment at approximately 1PM The Budget and Appropriations Committee of the SF Board of Supervisors is reviewing the budgets of the SFPD, Sheriff and a number of other law enforcement departments on August 14th at 10:00am PT. Note that while these meetings can take hours, your public comment will only take 2 minutes. You will need to call in and may be on hold for a while, so plan on having the phone on in the background as you wait for your turn to comment. Call-in instructions here.

Every Friday from 4 to 4:45, Vigil for Black Lives.  Geary and Laguna.  Get people to honk in support!  Bring signs (and a chair if you like).  SF Community Living Campaign

Mon, Aug 17 (release date for Part 2):  Sounds Like Hate is an audio documentary series about the dangers and peril of everyday people who engage in extremism, and ways to disengage them from a life of hatred.  Chapter two takes Samantha’s story from the privacy of chatrooms to the corridors of power. What is the cost of her neo-Nazi separatist views?  How did she contribute to the spread of deadly lies?  And why she decided to get out.  Website here.   Southern Poverty Law Center

Wed, Aug 19, 6 PM, Defund the Police, Reinvest in Black & Brown Communities.  Details here.  SF Latino Democratic Club 

Fri, Aug 21, noon: Direct Action & Allyship with Indigenous Movements – Telling Your Story: Outreach and Media.  Water Protection Speakers Series.  Humboldt State U Native American Studies Program.  Free online series.  Details here.

FRI, AUG 21, 12 – 3 PM:  March & Rally to Slash SFPD’s Stash!  Meet at City Hall at 12 and march to the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St.   Events details here.   Hosted by Slash SFPD’s Stash Coalition

Sat, Aug 22, meet at 3PM: Day of Action!  Oakland Medicare for All Car Caravan. meet up and end in the Oakland High School Parking lot, 1023 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland.   Event details here.   National Nurses United

Thurs, Sept 10, 10AM, CARA SF Regional Convention:  One of 14 on-line CARA Regional Conventions.  The SF Regional Convention will have SF Supervisor Candidates, SF State Senate Candidates answering specific questions on important state and local issues, plus explanations and recommendations on state and local propositions.  More details coming.  Register here.

Actions

NO MORE EXCUSES!  PPE for essential workers!   Labor unions representing nurses, teachers and millions of other frontline workers have joined with environmental groups to demand that the Trump administration take emergency action to provide adequate masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment to these essential workers. SIGN THE PETITION.  Labor Network for Sustainability

Make a call for racial justice!  The California Racial Justice Act, AB 2542 (Kalra), was heard by the Public Safety Committee on August 7th and passed. Now, as the bill moves to Senate Appropriations, we need your help to get it passed.  Call your local representative directly and express your support.  Find the Senator for you district and their phone number here.   More info here.  Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Petition.  Join us to demand corporations like Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, and Target divest from police foundations and refuse seats on police foundations’ boards.  Sign petition here.  From Color of Change

Contact your local elected officials re the Covid-19 crisis in nursing homes.  Here is a model cover letter in Word format, and a resolution passed by the National Council of Gray Panthers Networks here. 

Petition: Demand Safe Transportation for Essential Workers and Transportation Workers.  Sign here.

Please help the Defund SFPD campaign to Defund the SF Police.  DefundSFPD is calling for defunding 36 specific line-items of the coming SFPD budget, saving  $295 million from SFPD’s $700 million budget. These cuts would (1) eliminate programs most harmful to people of color, homeless, aged, disabled, gender-non-conforming, and poor, (2) transfer these duties to more qualified people, such as having psych and social workers respond to mental health crisis calls, and (3) provide badly needed money for housing, mental health, and other social programs that actually contribute to public safety.   (Details of this program are here.)  And check out the Defund SFPD website for more information and future actions.

Support AB 1436: Stop Pandemic Evictions Statewide!   Sign petition.

Events and Actions – July 30 to Aug 6 (and beyond)

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More events and actions for the coming week (and beyond) are here.

Action Alert:  Urge Your U.S. Senators to Adopt COVID Relief for People Not Corporations.   Here is a comparison of the HEROES Act and the Senate Republican’s “HEALS Act”.  National Council of Gray Panther Networks here.

Before Friday, July 31.  Call the San Francisco Supervisors to demand significant reductions to the SF Sheriff’s budget.  There is no Budget and Appropriations hearing on the Sheriff’s budget before the Mayor’s budget deadline, so individual Supervisors must demand cuts to Sheriffs’ activities that harm the community. Read more.

Protest Abuse of Black Prisoners at Soledad Prison: Soledad guards in riot gear at 3 a.m. July 20 snatched 200+ Black prisoners from their bunks, brutalized them, crammed them into the kitchen for hours, zip-tied, and unmasked.  Read story with list of officials to contact.

Call our US Senators to support the “Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on America’s Streets Act” in response to Federal attacks in Portland and projected for Oakland and other cities.  Sen. Feinstein – (202) 224-3841 and Sen. Harris – (202) 224-3553

Black Lives Matter page from SF Community Living Campaign here.  Honor local Black elders, and be a better ally, and resources for care and healing for Black people.

List of Bay Area BLM Events and Rallies here.    Updated frequently.

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Events

Fri, July 31, noon:  Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Connections Between Health & Environmental Justice.  Water Protection Speakers Series To Focus on Native People Fighting For California’s Rivers and Food Systems.  Humboldt State U Native American Studies Program.  Free online series.  Details here.

Sat, Aug 1, 7 AM, Caravan for Amazon & All Essential Workers in San Leandro.  Details here.   Bay Area Amazonians and others

Sat, Aug 1, 10 AM, When Allyship is Not Enuf: How to Disrupt & Take Action.  Details here.

Sun, Aug 2, 9 AM, Right to Health: COVID-19, Climate, and Community
Details
here.

Sun, Aug 2, 12 Noon, San Quentin Prison Protest, No State Execution by COVID-19.  Details here. 

Tues, Aug 4, 5 PM, Prop 16 Kickoff Rally, Overturn Ban on Affirmative Action. Details here.  

Wed, Aug 5, 6 PM, The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot and the Legacy of Police Violence. Details here.   The GLBT Historical Society and Tenderloin Museum

WED, AUG 5, 6:30 PM:  Special DCCC (SF Dem Party) Meeting – Ballot Measures Endorsement – dozens of ballot measures, mostly progressive!  Details here.

Thurs, Aug 6, 8 AM, 75th Anniversary of Atomic Bombings, Action at Livermore Labs.  Details here.

Thurs, Aug 6, 12 Noon, Black & Unhoused – panel discussion by the Tech Equity Collaborative.  Details here.  

Thurs, Aug 6, 1 PM, Race and Restorative Justice with Fania Davis. Details here The Institute for Democratic Education and Culture 

Fri, Aug 7, noon: Direct Action & Allyship with Indigenous Movements – From Fish Wars to Fish Kill.  Water Protection Speakers Series.  Humboldt State U Native American Studies Program.  Free online series.  Details here.

Fri, Aug 7, 12 Noon, Black Lives Matter – Vehicular Hands Around Lake Merritt.  Details here.  

Sat, Aug 8, 12 PM, Shut Down CA’s Concentration Camps: Statewide Day of Action for Immigrant Justice.  Details here.

Sat, Aug 8, 12 Noon, No Fascist USA! Hilary Moore, James Tracy, Ed Onaci.  Details here.    City Lights Books

Mon, Aug 10, 4 PM, The Future of Racial Capitalism: There is None.  Details here.  East Point Peace Academy

Tues, Aug 11, 10 AM – 3 PM, Save the Date, Public Comment Needed at Meeting Stakeholder Advisory Committee of Governor’s Master Plan on Aging.  Because of tireless work by seniors, people with disabilities, and others, The Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the Governor’s Master Plan on Aging has become a strong advocate for a truly Universal Long-Term Services and Support program, providing all elderly and disabled Californians with a rich array of care and support so they can stay at home, avoid dangerous nursing homes, and provide their supportive workers with good pay and working conditions, regardless of income, assets, age, or disability.  The Committee also presented the State with a deeply-researched letter on fixing glaring nursing home deficiencies, spoke out against giving nursing homes legal immunity for COVID deaths in their facilities, and helped defeat proposed state hospital triage guidelines sidelining elders, people with disabilities, and people with chronic disease if overcrowded ICUs must choose patients. The State is now pushing back with a restrictive COVID-driven “Long Term Care at Home” program which would only cover Medi-Cal-eligible people sick or frail enough to qualify for Skilled Nursing Facilities, and which duplicates successful current programs to have Medi-Cal-eligible people stay at home.  Please tell the Committee we need truly Universal Long-Term Services and Supports allowing in-home care and support for all who need it. Tentative access info:  https://zoom.us/j/461990280, Meeting ID  461 990 280, Toll-Free Phone: (888) 788-0099

Wed, Aug 19, 6 PM, Defund the Police, Reinvest in Black & Brown Communities.  Details hereSF Latino Democratic Club 

Thurs, Sept 10, 10AM, CARA SF Regional Convention:  One of 14 on-line CARA Regional Conventions.  The SF Regional Convention will have SF Supervisor Candidates, SF State Senate Candidates answering specific questions on important state and local issues, plus explanations and recommendations on state and local propositions.  More details coming.  Register here.

Actions

Contact your local elected officials re the Covid-19 crisis in nursing homesA model cover letter is here in Word format and here as a pdf.   Here is a resolution passed by the National Council of Gray Panthers Networks.

Petition: Demand Safe Transportation for Essential Workers and Transportation Workers.  Sign here.

Please help the Defund SFPD campaign to Defund the SF Police.  DefundSFPD is calling for defunding 36 specific line-items of the coming SFPD budget, saving  $295 million from SFPD’s $700 million budget. These cuts would (1) eliminate programs most harmful to people of color, homeless, aged, disabled, gender-non-conforming, and poor, (2) transfer these duties to more qualified people, such as having psych and social workers respond to mental health crisis calls, and (3) provide badly needed money for housing, mental health, and other social programs that actually contribute to public safety.   (Details of this program are here.)  And check out the Defund SFPD website for more information and future actions.

Support AB 1436: Stop Pandemic Evictions Statewide!   Sign petition.

July 23 – 29: Events and actions

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Events

Every Thursday, 5 to 6PM Cayuga Connector Vigil for Black Lives – San Jose and Geneva and stretching out a safe 6′ apart wearing masks.  Make your own sign. A piece of cardboard works well.  “Remember that the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott saw hundreds of people – young and old – walking everywhere every day for 380 days.  One grandmother said: ‘my soles are weary but my soul is at rest. I am doing this for my grandchildren.’   So are we.”

Thu, 7/23 10:00 AM Public Comment: Speak out against conservatorship and SB 1045 SF BOS Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee Sound off on conservatorship and the implementation of SB 1045 in San Francisco! The SF Board of Supervisors Public Safety and Neighborhood Services committee is meeting this Thursday at 10:00 AM, with a discussion of the preliminary evaluation report on conservatorship on the agenda. Call in ((415) 655-0001 / Meeting ID: 146 812 8928, press *3 to raise your hand for comment) and let the committee know that voluntary services are more humane and more effective – talking points here!

Thur, July 23, 5 to 7:30 PM:  Come join us Phone Bank for the Schools and Communities First (Prop 15) campaign! Training will be provided.  Details here.

FULL!!  Thur, July 23, 6PM:  Conversation on the Intersection of Politics, Labor, & Race with Dr. Stephen Pitts.  Register here.  Bay Area Labor Councils

Thurs, July 23, 7 PM, Race, Integration, and the Future of America.  Details here.

Thurs, July 23, 7 PM, After Dark Online: Racial Injustice and Public Health.  Details here.

Fri, July 24, noon: The River Feeds Us: Food Sovereignty & Community Resilience.  Water Protection Speakers Series To Focus on Native People Fighting For California’s Rivers and Food Systems.  Humboldt State U Native American Studies Program.  Free online series.  Details here.

Every Friday from 4 to 4:45, Vigil for Black Lives.  Geary and Laguna.  Get people to honk in support!  Bring signs (and a chair if you like).  SF Community Living Campaign

Fri, July 24 5PM, Reimagining Public Safety – San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin will host a Virtual Town Hall to hear from constituents.  Details here.

Fri, July 24 & 30, 5 PM Organizing 4 Racial Justice: An Interactive Space.  Link here.

Sat, July 25, 11- noon,  EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE PRESENTS A TALK and DISCUSSION ON RACIAL JUSTICE.   OWL (Older Women’s League)  Details here.

Tues, July 28, 3PM, Teach-In “Rationing Care: Who Gets to Live, Who Dies, and What You Can Do About It.”  As the COVID surge spreads through California, more jammed-up hospitals will have to choose who gets care.  These decisions can discriminate against people who are old, disabled, racial minorities, and the poor. For sign-up info, email ligia@sdaction.org

Thurs, July 30, 5 PM, From Ally to Co-Conspirator, BLM Solidarity in Latinx, API, and White Communities.   Link here.

Fri, July 31, noon:  Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Connections Between Health & Environmental Justice.  Water Protection Speakers Series To Focus on Native People Fighting For California’s Rivers and Food Systems.  Humboldt State U Native American Studies Program.  Free online series.  Details here.

Sat, Aug 1, 10 AM, When Allyship is Not Enuf: How to Disrupt & Take Action.  Details here.

Thurs, Aug 6, 8 AM, 75th Anniversary of Atomic Bombings, Action at Livermore Labs.  Details here.

Sat, Aug 8, 12 PM, Shut Down CA’s Concentration Camps: Statewide Day of Action for Immigrant Justice.  Details here.

Tues, Aug 11, 10 AM – 3 PM, Save the Date, Public Comment Needed at Meeting Stakeholder Advisory Committee of Governor’s Master Plan on Aging.  Because of tireless work by seniors, people with disabilities, and others, The Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the Governor’s Master Plan on Aging has become a strong advocate for a truly Universal Long-Term Services and Support program, providing all elderly and disabled Californians with a rich array of care and support so they can stay at home, avoid dangerous nursing homes, and provide their supportive workers with good pay and working conditions, regardless of income, assets, age, or disability.  The Committee also presented the State with a deeply-researched letter on fixing glaring nursing home deficiencies, spoke out against giving nursing homes legal immunity for COVID deaths in their facilities, and helped defeat proposed state hospital triage guidelines sidelining elders, people with disabilities, and people with chronic disease if overcrowded ICUs must choose patients. The State is now pushing back with a restrictive COVID-driven “Long Term Care at Home” program which would only cover Medi-Cal-eligible people sick or frail enough to qualify for Skilled Nursing Facilities, and which duplicates successful current programs to have Medi-Cal-eligible people stay at home.  Please tell the Committee we need truly Universal Long-Term Services and Supports allowing in-home care and support for all who need it. Tentative access info:  https://zoom.us/j/461990280, Meeting ID  461 990 280, Toll-Free Phone: (888) 788-0099

Thurs, Sept 10, 10AM, CARA SF Regional Convention:  One of 14 on-line CARA Regional Conventions.  The SF Regional Convention will have SF Supervisor Candidates, SF State Senate Candidates answering specific questions on important state and local issues, plus explanations and recommendations on state and local propositions.  More details coming.  Register here.

Actions

Please help the Defund SFPD campaign to Defund the SF Police.  DefundSFPD is calling for defunding 36 specific line-items of the coming SFPD budget, saving  $295 million from SFPD’s $700 million budget. These cuts would (1) eliminate programs most harmful to people of color, homeless, aged, disabled, gender-non-conforming, and poor, (2) transfer these duties to more qualified people, such as having psych and social workers respond to mental health crisis calls, and (3) provide badly needed money for housing, mental health, and other social programs that actually contribute to public safety.   (Details of this program are here.)  And check out the Defund SFPD website for more information and future actions.

Support AB 1436: Stop Pandemic Evictions Statewide!   Sign petition.

 

 

 

July 16 – 23: Events, Actions and Petitions

We think these are particularly important!

Tues, July 21, 1 PM, SF Gray Panthers July Meeting
“What About ‘Defund the Police’?” and “Activism in the Pandemic Era”
Part One: Anthony Ginez of DSA-Afro-American Caucus and Defund SFPD and NoNewSFJail Coalition will speak of their initiative to remove 37 specific line-items from the SF Police Budget, freeing up ~$200 million from SFPD’s $660 million budget in order to improve community services and real public safety.  We’ll also talk about the wide range of what “defund” can encompass, from strategic cuts to complete abolition, and what could be done to replace current police activities or policing itself.  Part Two: The worldwide pandemic, especially dangerous to elders, has fundamentally altered daily life as we know it.  Poor American leadership, whose plan is to hope the virus is going to sort of just disappear, in addition to impeding basic public health, is also encouraging ongoing risky behavior.  Without a change, the pandemic, and the misery it brings, will continue for months or possibly years to come. How should Gray Panthers as activists react to this new normal?
Connect by clicking on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83599898399
or use Zooom ID 835 9989 8399
or phone in calling 669-900-9128, and then key in the ID above

Fri, July 31, Noon, CARA Celebration and Town Hall: Protect, Improve, and Expand Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, US Postal Service, the ADA, and Women’s Vote. A Zoom celebration and call to action.  Speakers: Nancy Altman, from Social Security Works, Fernando Torres-Gil from UCLA Center for Aging Policy Research, Andy Imparato, from Disability Rights California, Omar Gonzalez, from the American Postal Workers Union, and Diana Madoshi, CARA VP and board member of the National Women’s History Alliance.
Read more about the event. See event poster.  Register by emailing July31.cara@gmail.com

Board Games!! from the TESA Collective here.

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Events

Thurs, July 16, 1 PM, Human Rights Commission, Legal Protections Against Housing Status Discrimination, Register here.

Thurs, July 16, 3 PM, Zoom Get-Together for Residents of Nursing Homes and Other Care Facilities. Email Raia@sdaction.org for more info.  SDA

Thurs, July 16, 5 PM, SF Schools & Communities First Kickoff & Phone Bank
Details here.

Thurs, July 16, 5:30 PM, The Road to Rebellion: Organizing, Protest, and the Way Forward.  Details here.

Fri, July 17, 10:30 AM, Humanizing Education in the Fight for Black Lives
Details here.

Fri, July 17, 12 PM, Vehicular Hands Around Lake Merritt.  More info here.

Fri, July 17, 1:30 PM, Protest Phillipppine Anti-Terror Law and Its Reach into US.  More info here.

Fri, July 17, 4 PM, SDA Book Reading, Keah Brown.  Register here.

Fri, July 17, 6:30 PM, Sensible Cinema On-Line, A Discussion of “2040,”  Projecting the Future.  Watch the film before hand here.  Then join the Zoom discussion Friday 6 PM here.

Sat, July 18, 9:30 AM Pacific, Turmoil and Tumult: The 1877 Railroad Strike.  More info here.

Sun, July 19, 5:30 PM, Uprooting Racism from Healthcare. Details here.

Sun, July 19, 8 PM, Honor Lives Lost, Candle-lighting to #FreeThemAll.  More info here.

Mon, July 20, Noon, National Strike for Black Health & Vitality, against a backdrop of Racist Health Cuts & Closures in Alameda County.  Oakland event info here.   Info on National Strike for Black Lives here and here.

Mon, July 20, 5  PM, White Educators Pushing Back Against White Supremacy.  Details here.

Mon, July 20, 7 PM, Fascism: What it is and How to Fight it.  Details here.

Tues, July 21, 6 PM, No Seniors Without Homes! A Faith-in-Action City-Wide Summit
Register here.

Tues, July 21, 7 PM, EVNA Public Meeting & Panel, The Future of Policing.  Details here.  Eureka Valley Neighborhood Assn.

Wed, July 22, 2:30 PM, SF Senior Beat Convos: Personal Writing for Life Satisfaction.  Event details here.

Wed, July 22, 6 PM, The Evolution of Black LGBTQ Leadership.  More info here.

Thur, July 23, 6PM:  Conversation on the Intersection of Politics, Labor, & Race with Dr. Stephen Pitts.  Register here.  Bay Area Labor Councils

Thurs, July 23, 7 PM, Race, Integration, and the Future of America.  Details here.

Thurs, July 23, 7 PM, After Dark Online: Racial Injustice and Public Health.  Details here.   

Tues, July 28, Noon, CARA SF Visibility Event:  Protect, Improve, Expand Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and  Post Office. Car Caravan, Poster-Holding, and more.  Save the date!

Thurs, Aug 6, 8 AM, 75th Anniversary of Atomic Bombings, Action at Livermore Labs.  Details here.

Thurs, Sept 10, 10AM, CARA SF Regional Convention:  One of 14 on-line CARA Regional Conventions.  The SF Regional Convention will have SF Supervisor Candidates, SF State Senate Candidates answering specific questions on important state and local issues, plus explanations and recommendations on state and local propositions.  More details coming.  Register here.

Actions

US Mail is Not For Sale! Call Your Senators.  Details here. 

Sign the pledge: “Healthcare is a human right! I support a single-payer healthcare system that’s fair and affordable for all.”  Sign here.  Labor Campaign for Single Payer.

Petitions

Tell the EEOC to protect federal workers from discrimination.  Sign here.

Join others in sending a message directly to our port trucking companies: We won’t stand by when drivers aren’t being protected.  Sign here. 

Tell Congress to Ban Federal Use of Face Recognition.  Sign here.

SF United In Crisis: Sign onto our Community Platform here.

We Need a People’s Bailout and We Need it NOW!  Sign here.

President Trump Uses Excessive Force to Open Schools In September.  Sign petition here.

YouTube: Stop censoring video on Palestine!  Sign here.

Events, actions and petitions – July 9 – 16

TODAY!  Thur, July 9, 2PM,  Make your voice heard during public comment at the SFPD Minimum Staffing Requirement Rules Meeting.  PUBLIC COMMENT CALL-IN    1 (408) 418-9388 / Meeting ID: 146 539 7752.   WATCH on SF CABLE TV 26 here.  Official agenda here.   RSVP here.   Talking points: Here (Causa Justa, includes English and Spanish) and here (AfroSocialist)

Stop the Spread of COVID-19 at San Quentin State Prison! Call CA politicians and officials.  Extensive media toolkit here, with phone numbers and call scripts on page 9.

Demand justice for Sean Monterrosa and his family!  Sign our petition and our platform will automatically send your message to State A.G. Xavier Becerra, D.A. Krishna A. Abrams, and Vallejo PD to fire, arrest and charge officer Jarrett Tonn for the murder of Sean Monterrosa.  Sign petition here.  Read a very moving article about Sean by two of his teachers, here.

Advance notice! SF Gray Panthers will be having our monthly general meeting (by Zoom) on July 21, from 1 to 3.   There will be speakers addressing:

“the specific 37 line-items and ~$200 million worth of things to take off the SFPD budget (see https://defundsfpdnow.com/ for more details)

the general topic of what “defund” can mean ranging from small cuts to significant cuts to abolition, what replacing the police means for abolitionists, etc”

Join us.  Details will be emailed out soon.

Events

Thur, July 9, 1PM:  Teach-In on “How White Supremacy Built Wall Street “    Register here.

Fri, July 10, 4PM: Join National Educators United (NEU) for a “Return to Schools #OnlyWhenItsSafe” Town Hall.  Educators from across the nation will discuss organizing materials and strategy related to a safe return to schools for all students and staff.  Details here.

Sat, July 11, 11AM:   Intervention & White Nationalism: a CRCAA Webinar.  Details here.  Community Ready Corps – Allies and Accomplices

Sat, July 11, 1:30PM:   KPFA Local Station Board, Zoom Town Hall to hear presentations about KPFA’s successful fund drive and KPFA’s COVID-19, social justice and climate emergency programming. The meeting will also include reports about the Pacifica National Board’s governance and financial actions that affect KPFA’s future. People attending will have an opportunity to make public comments.  Details here.

Mon, July 13, noon: Standing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) Action Hour.   Feeling rage and sadness about police brutality, but not sure what to do? Join SURJ for an hour of action!  Details here.

Wed, July 15, 10AM:   Please join us for CA Dept of Aging (CDA)’s inaugural All Stakeholder Quarterly Meeting, with updates on COVID-19 response activities, Master Plan for Aging, the 2020-21 Budget Act, and the department’s strategic plan, followed with time for question and answer.   Log-in details here.

Wed, Jul 15, 2PM:  “Unemployed Action Organizing Seminar” (organized via a MoveOn petition).  Register here.

Wed, July 15, 6:30 PM:  Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State in the Age of Trump and Pandemic.   Check here for log-in details, starting a few days before the meeting.

Thurs, July 16, 5 PM, SF Schools & Communities First Kickoff & Phone Bank.  Details here.  Evolve SF

Thurs, July 16, 5:30 PM:  The Road to Rebellion: Organizing, Protest, and the Way Forward.  First of three parts.   Details here.   Center for Political Education.

Actions

Email SF Sheriff Paul Miyamoto to Support SF Black Leader Phelicia Jones.  Details here. 

Oil Rigs—in the Bay Area?  More info and submit public comment here.     BayKeeper

Call your Senators – Pass a Moratorium on Evictions for those who lost their jobs during the pandemic.  Phone numbers and call script here.   Indivisible

Unless Congress steps in, the federal unemployment benefits will also run out at the end of July. Ask your Senators to pass the HEROES Act and enact a moratorium on evictions of those who have lost their jobs.  Details here.   Indivisible

Tell CA Dept of Education to keep the Model Ethnic Studies Curriculum intact, including the proposed Arab American studies curriculum. A well-funded right-wing campaign has worked to eliminate Arab American content and brand any mention of Palestine as anti-Semitic.   Submit a public comment in favor of Arab American content here.   SURJ

We need Health and Safety Buffers around oil wells because oil and playgrounds don’t mix!   AB 345 is moving through the Senate, so it’s never been more important to pressure our Senators to support it!!  Full toolkit here and full call-in script here.   Vision

Petitions:

Take Mark Zuckerberg’s name off of San Francisco General Hospital  Sign petition here.

Protect Tyson Workers: Call on Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to act immediately to protect public health by ordering the shutdown of meat processing plants in Arkansas where workers have tested positive for COVID! Take action today.   CALL Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson at (501) 682-2345.  SIGN the Petition here.    More info here. United Electrical, Venceremos.

To: The Governors of all 50 states, and both houses of Congress – Our Federal Legislators  Extend COVID19 Emergency Unemployment $600 per week additional assistance through Dec 31, 2020.  Sign petition here.  MoveOn.

Tell US Dept of Education: We Refuse to Return to School Campus until Counties Report No New Cases for 14 Days.  Sign petition here.

Moratorium on the Invasion and Destruction of Amazonian Indigenous Land.  Sign here.  Amazon Watch

Tell Gov Newson to Free the Innocent Now!  Commute the sentences of  four these men who, collectively, have served nearly 70 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.  Sign here.  More info here.   The Northern California Innocence Project

End the Endless War in Afghanistan –  demand Congress repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force NOW.  Sign petition here.  Win Without War

Every Trump appointee must be removed from every level of government at which they serve – NO lifetime appointments  Sign here.    Progress America

Stop a War with Iran.  Sign petition here.   Code Pink

 

July 2 – 8: Actions and Events

Thur, July 2, 4 to 5:15 PM: Crip Camp: The Fight for Disability & Domestic Worker Rights, Panel discussion of the video Crip Camp with movement leaders. Watch the video here. Event details here. Hand in Hand: the Domestic Employers Network and Caring Across Generations.

Thur, July 2, 4 PM: Let’s Talk About It: Anti-Blackness in Immigrant Communities. Register here. Livestream here.

Thur, July 2, 5 PM:, Webinar – Free Mumia! Free them all! There are black revolutionaries from the 1960’s and 70’s who are still in jail! Speakers: Mumia Abu-Jamal plus others. Register here. Workers World Party Prisoners Solidarity Committee

Thurs, July 2, 7 PM, After Dark Online: Racism in Science. Details here. Exploratorium

Fri, July 3, 12 PM, Black Lives Matter, Vehicular Hands Around Lake Merritt. Details here.

Friday, July 3, Noon, Global Birthday Vigil for Julian Assange (currently in Belmarsh Prison, London). At British Consulate, 1 Sansome St. (nr. Market St.) SF. Or join the stream at Action 4 Assange.

Sat, July 4, 2PM DEFUND THE POLICE, DEFUND THE PENTAGON, SUPPORT BAYVIEW HUNTERS POINT GREENACTION! Meet up SF City Hall, caravan: Fulton @Webster, Broadway & Divisadero (Pelosi’s House), Bay View Hunters Pt. Details here. CodePink

Tues, July 7, 12 PM, Webinar: How the Trump Administration Has Weakened Environmental Policies. Details here. USF School of Law.

Tues, July 7, 1 PM, San Francisco: Divest from Animal Agriculture. If we don’t change our food system now, we could find ourselves with a new, highly lethal, rapidly moving pandemic that could kill millions of people. More info here.

Tues, July 7, 6:30 PM, It’s Not Working! The Labor Force Letdown, and how we get back up. Livestream from KQED on Youtube. Part of a new series “How’d We Get Here?”. More details here.

July 8 Day of Action #SenateFail #DoYourJob More info here.

FLASH! City Hearing on Police Budget, July 8, 12:30 PM, Defund the Police!

Join Senior & Disability Action on a Zoom meeting at 12:30 PM to brief on issues of the police budget, then watch hearing together, and exchange ideas for public comment later in the program. To get a Zoom link, please emailligia@sdaction.org. See Facebook announcement on Hearing. See Defund Police website for breakdown of proposed programs to be taken from the Police Department, totaling $280 million cuts from their approximately $700 million budget.

Wed, July 8, 4 to 5:30 PM: Race and the Care Economy ( Anti-Racism 201, Part 2) Learn about the race, class, and gender history of the care system and how that informs the current system we organize to transform. Link here. Hand in Hand: the Domestic Employers Network and Caring Across Generations.

Sat, July 4, 4PM: San Francisco Mime Troupe: Tales of the Resistance – a radio show! Tune in to “Civic” Podcast on KSFP 102.5FM in SF for chats with fellow Troupers followed by Episode 1 at 5PM! More info here.

Wed, JULY 8, 6PM: Fighting Back: The 1990 International AIDS Conference in SF Online More info here. LGBT Historical Society.

June 17 – 22: Actions and Events

SF Gray Panthers board wants to remind you that persons at risk of Covid-19 are advised to stay home. Please be cautious about joining in-person events. Also, please contact us if you would like help joining on-line events (Zoom, etc).

Events and actions:

Wed, June 17, 5 to 6:30 PM: A Conversation on Long Term Care, COVID, and Race Inequity (online). Join us for a tele-town hall on Facebook Live with SEIU 2015 President, April Verrett, Senator Holly Mitchell, members, and experts as we discuss the impact COVID has had on our nursing home workers. Join the conversation here. SEIU 2015.

Thur, June 18 at 10 AM: National Nursing Home Day of Action led by SEIU 2015 representing nursing home workers: Keep up the pressure on nursing homes to protect the health and safety of workers and residents. Participate in a variety of online and in-person actions. RSVP and more info here.

Thur, June 18th, 6:30 to 8:15: (online) Big Tech, Big Troubles & Big Laughs
 Comedy night! Big names in ethical tech and comedians too! Free tickets here. Ethics in Tech.

Thurs, June 18, 7 to 9 PM: Courthouse to Compton’s – A protest to demand economic justice and safety for trans folks. Gather 7PM at 450 Golden Gate, then march to rally at 8PM at Turk and Taylor (site of historic Compton’s Cafeteria riot). More details here.

Fri, June 19, 10 to 3PM : Juneteenth: Support ILWU West Coast Ports Shutdown! March and car caravan from 1717 Middle Harbor Rd to Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland. More details here.

Fri, June 19, 1 to 3 PM: SF City Hall. Juneteenth Rally & March. A socially distant, peaceful rally and march. Please wear masks and face coverings! More info here. Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth.

Fri, Jun 19 5PM: 899 Mariposa St, SF. Celebrate Junteenth, the US’ true independence day! Kid-friendly event in Dogpatch/Potrero Hill. More details here

Sat, June 20 11 AM, Portsmouth Square, 733 Kearny Street, SF. Share the Square. Create a mural in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the Chinese community. Details here. SixNineteen.

Sat, June 20 12 noon, Japantown Peace Plaza, 1610 Geary Blvd., SF. Japantown for Justice. Join us in creating thoughtful, community art in solidarity with the Black community. Family-friendly art event. Details here. SixNineteen

Sat, June 20, 7AM and 3PM and Sun, June 21, at 3PM: MASS POOR PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY & MORAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON (online). Join, pledge, watch, learn here.

Sat, June 20 from 4 to 7PM: Health Workers Unite–Bridging the Bay for Black Lives
Car Caravan from Pill Hill (Telegraph Ave and 30th St, Oakland) to Alex Nieto memorial on Bernal Hill, SF. Details here. Do No Harm Coalition

Mon, June 22, noon: City College is for everyone! Keep the Fort Mason Art Campus open! Rally in parking lot at entrance to Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd, SF. Sign Our Petition : bit.ly/fortmasoncivic.

Here are 3 petitions, too:

Petition: Remove Oakland school police and reinvest in student support programs. Sign petition here. Black Organizing Project.

Petition: Save the 29th and Church MUNI stop. Tell SFMTA to maintain access to publictransportation for all neighbors, especially those with limited mobility! Sign petition here. More info here.

Petition: Justice for Emerald Black, San Leandro woman who lost her baby due to police brutality in June 2019. She has not seen justice yet. Sign petiton here.

 

June 8 – 14: Events and Actions

Mon, June 8, until 2PM: Moral Monday National Day of Fasting and Focus, which will culminate at 2 PM when we are asking people to stop where you are for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in silence in honor of the time George Floyd had the literal knee of the state on his neck. More info here. Poor People’s Campaign.

Mon, June 8, 1:30 PM – Please support the Eviction Protection Ordinance by giving public comment at the SF Supervisors Land Use Committee Detailed instructions here. One pager on the ordinance here. Dean Preston’s office.

Mon, June 8, 5PM (DEADLINE) OPPOSE Nancy Tung & Geoffrey Gordon-Creed’s nomination to the SF police commission. Please sign the petition here to send an email to the supervisors. Please feel free to customize the email and make it your own no later than end of day Monday June 8th! DSA SF.

Tues, June 9, 2020, 11AM to 1PM: Kneeling 4 Justice Part 2 – Memorial and Celebration of Life for George Floyd. San Francisco City Hall (outside, Polk Street side). Details here. Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community.

Tues, June 9, starting at noon: No More Anti-Health Care Judges! Join us here on Facebook to call on our senators to protect our health care and #StopWalker and #StopWilson. More details here.

Tues, June 9 by 5 PM (DEADLINE) : Help Us Say No To New Oil Drilling In Brentwood, CA. Public Comments due by 5 pm Tuesday 9 June. Messaging toolkit here: 1000 Grandmothers

Join us in demanding justice for George Floyd and his family by adding your name to our super petition. When you sign, our platform will automatically send your message to County Attorney Michael Freeman, who has the power to arrest and charge these police officers. Click here to sign petition or call. Justice for Big Floyd.

Tell your governor: Protect our solar rights! Protect roof top solar. Petition here. Vote Solar.

SDA SAYS (AND CARA TOO!): It’s time to take action! Stop Governor Newsom from giving for-profit nursing homes a pass to ignore dangerous conditions that lead to people dying! Details on ways to take action here.

Urge CA state legislators to freeze nursing home rates and use the substantial savings to maintain CBAS, MSSP, IHHS and other programs that are helping persons needing long term care stay out of deadly nursing homes. Instructions and more info here. CA Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.

Keep California’s workforce healthy! Tell your legislators to support California workers by voting YES on AB 3216 and the paid family leave budget proposal! Here’s how to help. ACLU.

June 8 – 9: Actions and Events

Mon, June 8, until 2PM: Moral Monday National Day of Fasting and Focus, which will culminate at 2 PM when we are asking people to stop where you are for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in silence in honor of the time George Floyd had the literal knee of the state on his neck. More info here. Poor People’s Campaign.

Mon, June 8, 1:30 PM – Please support the Eviction Protection Ordinance by giving public comment at the SF Supervisors Land Use Committee Detailed instructions here. One pager on the ordinance here. Dean Preston’s office.

Mon, June 8, 5PM (DEADLINE) OPPOSE Nancy Tung & Geoffrey Gordon-Creed’s nomination to the SF police commission. Please sign the petition here to send an email to the supervisors. Please feel free to customize the email and make it your own no later than end of day Monday June 8th! DSA SF.

Tues, June 9, 2020, 11AM to 1PM: Kneeling 4 Justice Part 2 – Memorial and Celebration of Life for George Floyd. San Francisco City Hall (outside, Polk Street side). Details here. Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community.

Tues, June 9, starting at noon: No More Anti-Health Care Judges! Join us here on Facebook to call on our senators to protect our health care and #StopWalker and #StopWilson. More details here.

Tues, June 9 by 5 PM (DEADLINE) : Help Us Say No To New Oil Drilling In Brentwood, CA. Public Comments due by 5 pm Tuesday 9 June. Messaging toolkit here: 1000 Grandmothers

Join us in demanding justice for George Floyd and his family by adding your name to our super petition. When you sign, our platform will automatically send your message to County Attorney Michael Freeman, who has the power to arrest and charge these police officers. Click here to sign petition or call. Justice for Big Floyd.

Tell your governor: Protect our solar rights! Protect roof top solar. Petition here. Vote Solar.

SDA SAYS (AND CARA TOO!): It’s time to take action! Stop Governor Newsom from giving for-profit nursing homes a pass to ignore dangerous conditions that lead to people dying! Details on ways to take action here.

Urge CA state legislators to freeze nursing home rates and use the substantial savings to maintain CBAS, MSSP, IHHS and other programs that are helping persons needing long term care stay out of deadly nursing homes. Instructions and more info here. CA Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.

Keep California’s workforce healthy! Tell your legislators to support California workers by voting YES on AB 3216 and the paid family leave budget proposal! Here’s how to help. ACLU.