This has been a challenging time – many of you already know that we lost longtime community leader SDA Board Member Beverly Taylor on February 19th and one of the city’s most determined transit justice advocates, SDA member Bob Planthold, on January 28th. Especially if you have not yet had the opportunity to remember them, please join us at the General Meeting this Thursday, where, in addition to regular business, we will have some time to share memories and celebrate their contributions to our community.
And yet, the memory of our elders and their works in the community inspires us to move forward, stronger, together; and as always, there are also signs of hope and progress. Our Free Wifi campaign has gotten the attention of corporate internet-service giant AT&T, the newly ill and disabled cohort is planning their first meeting, SDA members are renewing their memberships in record fashion, and on Friday evening we will be graced by Lateef McLeod’s powerful poetry, as he reads from his work and holds a conversation with SF Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin.
With gratitude and love,
The SDA Staff
2021 Advocacy Agenda Campaign Updates
From the Free Wifi Campaign, with love
In February, in the run-up to and aftermath from our powerful Valentine’s Day action at the AT&T Corporate offices in downtown San Francisco, where we called on AT&T to “Have a Heart”, AT&T announced a major increase in speeds for it’s low-cost Access program – quadrupling the top speeds from 25mbps to 100mbps. They informed us of new, targeted enrollment support efforts in partnership with local community organizations, and they agreed to meet with members leading the campaign. A week after the action, a delegation of campaign leaders met with Rhonda Johnson, the President of AT&T California, and Director of External Affairs Cammy Blackstone.
This reaffirms what we already know to be true:
- Peoplepower can challenge corporate power.
- AT&T has the ability to meet our demands.
- Organizing gets the goods.
The day after our meeting, an SF Chronicle article highlighting internet inequity in SF’s Chinatown drove home the importance of one of our core demands – ending digital redlining and investing in underserved communities. AT&T’s recent announcements represent progress, but they are only a start.
We are not stopping here and we’ll continue to impress the urgency of the issue on AT&T. And we will continue to call on them, as the largest national provider of broadband internet, to do more for our communities – by eliminating costs and means-testing for seniors and people with disabilities, increasing speeds, supporting access and enrollment, investing in the necessary infrastructure to reach long-sidelined communities, and engaging in a meaningful and transparent process to monitor progress toward these goals.
- Email Dasom@sdaction.org and Peter@sdaction.org if you want to be involved!
- Learn more
- Sign our petition
- Read our full December letter of demands here
SDA Campaign Updates
Housing: SRO Workgroup
SAVE THE DATE: on Thursday March 24th, 2022 at 12 noon PST, we will have an action to demand that elevators get fixed for seniors and people with disability! If you want to get involved and make a difference demand that we get a working elevator! If you want to join this fight, contact Yesi at Yesi@sdaction.org or call (415) 261-4300.
SDA’s SRO Workgroup is pushing for working elevators and other accessibility improvements in residential hotels. If you live in a residential hotel or know someone who does, please fill out the survey here. If you’d like to take the survey or want to help get surveys filled out, contact Yesi and come to the SRO workgroup meetings!
Senior and Disability Action, in partnership with City Wheelchairs and Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center, is excited to offer the second Free Wheelchair Repair Clinic. This event will take place on Friday March 11th, from 10am to 12pm at the Pomeroy Center, 207 Skyline Blvd., in San Francisco. It will be open to all and include food and music. These clinics are just a small step towards the city funded program that will start soon in San Francisco to address the mobility needs of wheelchair users in the city.
Disability Book Series Poetry Night with Lateef McLeod
FRIDAY, MARCH 11 5:00 PM (Pacific)
We’re excited to share that the Disability Book Series is partnering with Lateef McLeod for a poetry night! Lateef will be in conversation with San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin. Register NOW to make sure you get a spot at the reading on Friday 3/11 at 5pm.
Like all the Disability Book Series events, this event is free and will be on Zoom with ASL Interpretation and live captioning. Get your ticket here!
SDA is Hiring
We are looking for a passionate and motivated person to work towards social and racial justice as Housing Organizing Director with Senior and Disability Action. Great if you have organizing experience. Full-time. Pays $57,000 + full benefits. The job description and information on how to apply are here.
The Attendant Employer Organizer will coordinate SDA’s work to organize seniors and people with disabilities who hire home attendants. This new role is part-time (15-18 hours/week) with pay starting at $25/hour. Part-time employees accrue paid sick time. The job description and information on how to apply are here.
Seniors and people with disabilities and Black, indigenous, people of color are encouraged to apply to any and all positions with SDA.
Newly Disabled or Ill Group plans to meet soon
Senior and Disability Action is hosting a training program for people who are new to disability or chronic illness and want to connect with other people and/or change the way disabilities are created and treated in our society. The group plans to hold its first meeting soon, so now is the time to reach out!
If you have long COVID or a new disability, please fill out our short survey here.
If you want to learn more about this cohort, contact Raia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do some spring cleaning and support SDA 🙂
When you donate or shop at to Community Thrift Store, 623 Valencia Street, please mention you would like your donation to go to Senior and Disability Action. We’re one of their community partners. Thank you!
Please renew your membership today!
Thank you to the almost 70 people who have already renewed their memberships for 2022. Please do so today if you haven’t yet! It’s your dues that allow us to do things like this newsletter and our General Meeting.
From our Partners
A call to action from MHASF: Don’t let the clock run out on providing zero-cost, accessible mental health care for all! The California state legislature MUST continue to fund the California Peer-Run Warm Line and expand its budget. That way, this not-for-profit resource can continue to keep up with the growing demand for mental health care services — rather than leave people out in the dark.
We can’t desert 39.5 million Californians and deprive them of a mental health service that has become essential — especially during the pandemic and whatever new challenges lay in store for 2022. Sign the petition now!
The National Domestic Workers Alliance is conducting paid ($50/hour) interviews with individuals who employ caregivers in their homes in San Francisco, to better understand employment relationships and talk about new legislation that recently passed that affects those relationships. The goal of our interviews is to learn from employers and hear their feedback/opinions.
Upcoming SDA Meetings
**Please note meetings continue to be remote until further notice**
Thursday, March 10: General Meeting (2nd Thursday of every month). Join at 9:45am for Zoom support, 10:00am for General Meeting. Captioning and Spanish Interpretation provided. Email SDA or leave a message at 415-546-1333 mentioning the General Meeting with any questions.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85282401205
One-tap mobile: +16699006833,,85282401205# US (San Jose).
Toll-Free Dial In: 888-475-4499; Meeting ID: 852 8240 1205.
Thursday, March 17: SDA in East Bay (typically 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month). 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Email Regina for more information.
Wednesday, March 23: Housing Collaborative Meeting (3rd Wednesday of every month). 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Email Jessica for more information.
Friday, March 25: Transit Justice Meeting. 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Email Pi for more information.
Friday, April 1: SRO Workgroup (first Friday of the month). 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Email Yesi for more information.
Tuesday, April 12: Healthcare Action Team (HAT) Meeting (2nd Tuesday of every month). 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Email Ligia for more information.
Free Wifi Campaign. 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Email Peter and Dasom for more information.
Mad Mob SF: Email Raia to get the information to join or to find out about future meetings.