January 2022 News and Views

Dear friends,

Last week, CDC director Rochelle Walensky described the news that 75% of people dying from COVID-19 in the US have disabilities as “encouraging.” Disabled people created an outcry on Twitter, starting the hashtag #MyDisabledLifeisWorthy. Disabled people and seniors know that our lives are valuable and our deaths from COVID-19 are not inevitable. From care rationing to the failure to control the spread of Omicron, ableism has underscored the US response to the pandemic.

Join the twitterstorm calling out ableism at the CDC, using #MyDisabledLifeisWorthy, #OurDisabledLivesAreWorthy, #NoBodyIsDisposable, #EugenicsbyCDC. And for more reading, check out High-Risk Pandemic Stories: A Syllabus, compiled by Alice Wong and the Disability Visibility Project – remember, our stories have power.

We look forward to being with many of you at General Meeting this Thursday morning to discuss how all of us at SDA, members and staff, will build and wield our collective power to fight for justice in 2022; similarly, we are excited for the Assembly District 17 Candidates forum that afternoon, where we can begin to hold a new elected official accountable to the priorities of seniors and people with disabilities. More information on both is below. And as we approach the holiday weekend dedicated to honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., SDA has compiled this list of events hosted by partner organizations. We will be sharing these on our social media as well. Please feel free to suggest others to add to the list!

What do you think SDA’s priorities should be this year?

General Meeting: Voting on our Top Issues

Come to the January 13th SDA General Meeting to make your voice heard. We’ll discuss campaign ideas and vote for our top 3. This meeting is an important part of our process to define our Advocacy Agenda for the year. After this vote, there will be a leadership meeting with staff, board members, and campaign leaders at the end of January to further flesh out the top campaigns and bring them back to the full membership as a fully formed Advocacy Agenda. The Advocacy Agenda issues are ones that are of primary concern to our communities where SDA has a role to play in effectively addressing them. As always, SDA will continue to work on a variety of other issues as well.

If you want to vote and you’re not sure if your membership is current, please email Sarah@sdaction.org to check.

Details:
Date: Thursday January 13th
Time: 10 AM
Location: Join online:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85282401205
Or join by phone:
* Dial toll-free 888-475-4499 and enter Meeting ID: 852 8240 1205
* Or call with one click from a mobile phone: +16699006833,,85282401205#

Spanish and Tagalog interpretation and Live Captioning provided.

RSVP to peter@sdaction.org

Thank You Donors!

Here we come 2022! THANK YOU 2021 SDA DONORS

SDA would like to send a very heartfelt thank you to all of our donors! We blew past our year end fundraising goal of $15,000 and raised over $21,000 to keep our work going! We are so grateful to be working alongside all of you. We’re entering 2022 ready to get to work!

SDA Members are the life of the organization!

It’s January 2022! That means it’s time to become a new member or renew your SDA membership. Please stay current with your membership so that you don’t miss out on what we’re up to!

You can join or renew online at https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/become-an-sda-member-today , you can also send cash or a check to SDA P.O. Box 423388, San Francisco, CA 94142-3388, OR Venmo us at @sdaction

2021 Advocacy Agenda Campaign Updates

Free Wifi Campaign Delivers Demands!

On December 10th, a targeted delegation of members visited the flagship AT&T store to deliver these updated demands. Along with the demands, the Wifi Warriors gave AT&T a timeline to meet with the group by the end of January. If the deadline is not met, we promised to take our appeal public again with a large action.

You can read our most recent letter of demands to Ken McNeely, the President of AT&T’s Western Region, here.

In summary, our demands are as follows:

  • Expanding eligibility for Access by AT&T to all seniors and people with disabilities
  • Maximum speeds of at least 200/200 mbps and minimum baseline speeds over 100/100 mbps for Access by AT&T customers with a parallel plan offered at $30/month for households only eligible for ACP (essentially zeroing out the cost)
  • Invest in outreach and enrollment efforts to increase access to existing programs
  • Invest in connecting buildings and neighborhoods to the necessary network
  • Support the establishment of, and participate in, a collaborative task force with SDA and other stakeholders that would work to quantify the systemic and geographical connection discrepancy, set goals for increasing connectivity, and monitor progress toward these goals.

Join us to win these demands in 2022!

Meetings

Come to our planning meetings! Meetings are usually the last Tuesday of the month, but the next meeting will be on Tuesday February 8th from 3:00-4:30, by Zoom and phone. Spanish interpretation will be provided – please let us know if you’d like to join and have any other requests for interpretation or accommodation.

Sign our petition here to show your support. Reach out and get involved by attending a meeting and/or joining outreach efforts, emailing Peter[at]sdaction.org or Dasom@sdaction.org or leaving a voicemail at 415-546-1333 mentioning the Free WiFi Campaign.

SDA Campaign Updates

Housing: SRO Workgroup

Photo of woman holding bullhorn

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 want to join this fight, contact Yesi at yesi@sdaction.org or (415) 261-4300.

If you’d like to take the survey or want to help get surveys filled out, contact Yesi@sdaction.org and come to the SRO workgroup meetings! 

The photo at right shows Yesi speaking at an action in Dec 2021 calling on DPH to ensure that people in their supportive housing buildings only pay 30% of their income as rent. Facing public pressure, DPH agreed to do this the day before the action!

Wheelchair Repair Campaign: Clinic Recap

More than 15 wheelchair users were able to get wheelchair repairs done, and others planned follow-up with City Wheelchairs for larger repairs.

Next fiscal year, Supervisor Myrna Melgar has committed to include funding to start a new free Wheelchair Repair and Battery Replacement Program for wheelchair users in San Francisco. After this first clinic we realize this program will have high demand, and we are planning future wheelchair repair clinics in the Mission and at Pomeroy Center. Please help us amplify the impact that the future program could have. Sign the petition here.

Transit Justice

SDA’s Transit Justice group continues to be busy! Currently, we are working on four key accessibility issues as part of our Pedestrian Accessibility Campaign:

  • Shared Spaces Program
  • Golden Gate Park Plan
  • Restore Muni Campaign
  • Gimme Shelter Campaign

Interested in any of these current campaigns? Then join us. Just contact Pi Ra, srira@sdaction.org, (415) 225-2080.

The Gimme Shelter Campaign survey and petition are still open – find them at the links below!

Access the Survey in English, Chinese or Spanish

Access the Petition in English, Chinese or Spanish

Announcements

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. Seniors and people with disabilities and Black, indigenous, people of color are encouraged to apply. Great if you have organizing experience. Pays $57,000 + full benefits. The job description and information on how to apply are here.

Reminder: Another Round of Recalls

Be sure to vote in the February 15 election! If you need help, contact the SF Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or SFVote@sfgov.org, or leave SDA a message at (415) 546-1333. Sign your envelope and drop it in the mail, a vote-by-mail dropbox, or a voting site, by February 15, or vote in person early or on Election Day.

On the ballot: three school board recall contests, the primary for CA Assembly District 17, and Assessor-Recorder. If any of the three board members (President Gabriela López, Vice President Faauuga Moliga and commissioner Alison Collins) are recalled, Mayor Breed will appoint their interim replacements. There will also be a recall election for DA Chesa Boudin occurring with the June 7th statewide primary elections. 

The city has requested $12 million to fund the anticipated costs of the recall elections.

Thursday Jan 13: AD 17 Candidates Forum

CANDIDATES FORUM ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 17 - Thursday, January 13, 2022 2:00pm

Following up on the election announcement above, here’s your opportunity to meet the candidates for Assembly District 17!

All 4 candidates (Campos, Haney, Mahmood & Selby) will be at the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) & SDA Forum on Thursday, January 13 @ 2 pm. The primary election is coming up on February 15!

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/8308420049

Dial by phone: 888 475 4499 toll-free, Meeting ID 830 842 0049.

Becoming Disabled During the Pandemic

Have you recently developed a chronic illness or disability? If you have long COVID or a new disabillity, please fill out our short survey

Over the past 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have become disabled or chronically ill for the first time– due to COVID-19, mental health effects of the pandemic, lack of access to healthcare, and more. 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.

If you have long COVID or a new disabillity, please fill out our short survey here: https://forms.gle/1cX9aW9bBZmg6hkcA 

If you want to learn more about this cohort, contact Raia at raia@sdaction.org.

Senior and Disability Survival School in February!

February 2022 Survival School

Please mark your calendars for SDA’s February 2022 Survival School to mark the beginning of the new year. In this online Pandemic Edition Survival School in Chinese and English, we will cover topics on COVID, technology, food, transportation, housing, mental health, and home services. Join us to strengthen your advocacy skills and meet service providers to get your questions answered.

To register, please contact Dasom at dasom@sdaction.org and call 415-546-1333. Classes will be held on Zoom on Wednesdays and Fridays: February 2nd and 4th, 9th and 11th, 16th and 18th.

Upcoming SDA Meetings

Click here to view the full SDA Calendar of Events on our website!

**Please note meetings continue to be remote until further notice**

Tuesday, January 11: Healthcare Action Team (HAT) Meeting (2nd Tuesday of every month). 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Email Ligia for more information.  

Thursday, January 13: General Meeting (2nd Thursday of every month). Join at 9:45am for Zoom support, 10:00am for General Meeting. Topic: Reflecting on our Year and Dreaming for 2022. 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.   

Friday, January 14 and 28: Mad Mob SF (2nd and 4th Friday of every month). 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Email Raia to get the information to join or to find out about future meetings.  

Wednesday, January 19: Housing Collaborative Meeting (3rd Wednesday of every month). 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Email Jessica for more information.   

Friday, February 4: Transit Justice Meeting. 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Email Pi for more information.  

Friday, February 4: SRO Workgroup (first Friday of the month). 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Email Yesi for more information.  

Let’s build this movement together. Please become a member or donate today!

December 2021 News and Views

Dear friends,

We are looking forward to our annual collective visioning process, that last year brought us the successful rental subsidies campaign and the ongoing high energy campaign for free wifi. At our December General Meeting, we’ll come together to dream a brighter, healthier, fuller future and start the work of determining our priorities for the year to come.

Before we get there, tomorrow is Giving Tuesday!

As part of this international day of giving, all donations made on Facebook throughout the day will be matched, so your impact can spread further. Please help keep our important work going and growing so that we can continue making our collective dreams reality!

Donate on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/4827099860673594/,

or donate on Action Network: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/support-sda.

Giving Tuesday

Advocacy Agenda Campaign Updates

Free Wifi Campaign Drumbeat is Steady!

Free Wifi members have been taking the campaign directly at AT&T – on October 18th, over 60 SDA members and allies occupied the flagship AT&T store at Market and Powell with another 25 participating on Zoom – peacefully holding a rally in the grand lobby of the building and negotiating with store officials to get in touch with Ken McNeely, President of AT&T’s Western Region to discuss our demands for Free, Fast, Reliable internet for seniors and people with disabilities.

Unfortunately, AT&T’s Public Relations team intervened and prevented Mr. McNeely from speaking with campaign leaders and then brought police in to disperse our protest. As the dispersal order was given, campaign members strategically moved the rally outdoors to public space. To read the coverage from the Chronicle and Examiner, click here.

Since the rally, we have heard from AT&T officials but they have not yet agreed to the demands – in response, campaign members have continued to take steady action with a series of visits by delegations to smaller AT&T stores throughout the city and a phone blitz day where over a hundred calls were made. We’re preparing to take the next step with another larger action in mid-December.

Before the action, join us at 1pm on Friday, December 3rd, to prepare materials and plan the action at the SDA office (1360 Mission St). We will have the air purifiers running and the windows open. If you plan to come, please wear a mask and contact Peter or Dasom to let them know. 

Meetings

Come to our planning meetings! Meetings are usually the last Tuesday of the month, but the next meeting will be on Tuesday December 7th from 3:00-4:30, by Zoom and phone. Spanish interpretation will be provided – please let us know if you’d like to join and have any other requests for interpretation or accommodation.

To get involved by attending a meeting and/or joining outreach efforts, email Peter[at]sdaction.org or Dasom[at]sdaction.org or call 415-546-1333 and leave a voicemail on the main line mentioning the Free WiFi Campaign.

SDA Campaign Updates

Housing: SRO Workgroup

Thanks to the organizing of Cadillac Hotel tenants and the SDA SRO Workgroup, the elevator at the Cadillac Hotel has been working for two weeks now! After a rally and many phone calls and emails to the building owner and manager, people power won. The work continues, though, and the workgroup is currently doing a paper survey on other access issues people living in SROs have to determine the next priorities.

If you’d like to take the survey or want to help get surveys filled out, contact Yesi@sdaction.org and come to the SRO workgroup meeting on Friday!

Mad Mob: Mental Health Group Rallies Against Conservatorship

Photos of Mad Mob holding signs to protest conservatorship. Timed to coincide with Britney Spears’ court hearing
On November 12, Mad Mob rallied outside of S.F. General Hospital to protest conservatorship. Timed to coincide with Britney Spears’ court hearing, which has brought the issue of conservatorship into the public eye, Mad Mob members, friends, and allies highlighted all the ordinary people who are held involuntarily when seeking mental health care.

SDA member Joyce Calagos led chants, including “Hey hey, ho ho, conservatorship has got to go!”. Fancher Larson spoke about her experience as a patient and patients’ rights advocate, and the need for community support beyond medical treatment. Cheryl Shanks spoke about her experiences being held on 72-hour holds, and how long it took to get into ongoing treatment. “I was one of the lucky ones,” she said. “I actually got the mental health I needed. Why did I have to be lucky? Everybody should be able to access the mental health they need.” Rebecca Ruiz from Mental Health First, a program of the Anti-Police Terror Project, spoke about how conservatorship was used to alienate indigenous people from their land and natural resources, and how the racism of the practice continues today.

Right after the rally ended, Britney Spears was released from her 13-year conservatorship. Mad Mob members celebrated her freedom, but will keep pushing for an end to forced treatment and an expansion of voluntary services, peer respite, and accessible housing. To get involved, contact Raia (raia@sdaction.org) and join our next meeting on December 10, 3-4:30pm on zoom. 

Read or listen here: https://www.sfpublicpress.org/mental-health-advocates-call-for-voluntary-treatment-as-spears-conservatorship-ends/  

Transit Justice

For the last 2 months, SDA’s Transit Justice group has been busy! As part of our Pedestrian Accessibility Campaign, we are working on 4 accessibility issues. They are:

Shared Spaces Program: The Transit Justice group with it’s allies, MEDA, Race and Equity Coalition and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association recently won changes to the city’s Shared Spaces program, to make sure that outdoor tables and chairs don’t block access and benefit everyone. But we are not finished. Currently we are working with the Planning Department to make the program beneficial to all minority restaurant owners.

Golden Gate Park Plan:  As a response to shelter in place mandate in Spring of 2020, Rec and Park closed JFK Drive to provide a safe open space for all local residents. This closure highlighted how inaccessible the park is for seniors and people with disabilities. Now over a year later, there is a proposal to close JFK Dr. permanently.  So we have formed the Golden Gate Park Accessibility Coalition. Our first task is to make JFK accessible for all people.

Restore Muni: Another win! SF Municipal Transportation Agency, SFMTA has finally agreed to fully (actually 95%) restore all Muni routes.  This win was the result of strong pressure coming from the Coalition to Restore Muni, of which TJG is a founding member. We will continue our pressure on SFMTA to address the needs of its’ senior and disabled Muni riders as the SFMTA starts designing the future Muni service network in 2022.

Gimme Shelter Campaign:  Currently only 25% of Muni bus stops have shelter with seating. Our campaign is demanding that all Muni bus stops must have a bus shelter with seating. Presently we are conducting a survey and petition drive and recruiting support for our campaign.

Interested in any of these current campaigns?  Or have an idea for one in 2022? Then join us. Just contact Pi Ra, srira@sdaction.org, (415)225-2080.

Here are the links to the Gimme Shelter survey and petition: 

Access the Survey in English, Chinese or Spanish

Access the Petition in English, Chinese or Spanish

Upcoming SDA Events

November and December General Meeting:
Forming our Advocacy Agenda

As 2021 comes to a close, its time to look back and to dream forward.

On Thursday December 9th from 10-12PM PST, all SDA members are invited to dream together about our hopes and wishes for 2021, as the first step in our Advocacy Agenda Process. Through an open-ended, conversational, collective visioning process, we can come to start the process of determining and affirming our priorities for the year to come.

Join us over Zoom. Info on how to join by Zoom or Phone is at the bottom of this email, in the Upcoming SDA Meetings section.

Wheelchair Repair Clinic

FREE WHEELCHAIR REPAIR CLINIC

Friday, December 3rd from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Clementina Towers, 320 Clementina St., San Francisco

Senior and Disability Action members and staff, with support from City Wheelchairs, will host our first FREE WHEELCHAIR REPAIR CLINIC. We will invite people to bring their wheelchairs and get basic repairs. The event will take place at Clementina Towers.

The lack of affordable wheelchair repair is a serious issue for people with disabilities of all ages in San Francisco. Medi-Cal has strict rules about who can get wheelchairs and how often people can get repairs and/or new batteries. And for someone whose battery runs out or a part malfunctions while out of their home, there is no one to call for immediate repairs. At the Wheelchair Repair Clinic on December 3rd, trained staff of City Wheelchairs will be present to provide repairs. 

The event will include food and music, and a chance for people to talk about the problem of wheelchair repair. 

Attached is an information sheet about wheelchair repair and below are the graphic and image description for the event. Please start spreading the word, and join us December 3rd!

SDU on Social Media Advocacy

FREE SOCIAL MEDIA ADVOCACY COURSE

Our Senior & Disability University (SDU): Social Media Advocacy has been a powerful exploration of digital safety and activism. All sessions will be recorded and uploaded to our Senior & Disability University Youtube playlist, for accessible access. Spanish interpretation will be available. We welcome participants from San Francisco as well as the East Bay. Register here: bit.ly/sdawinter

Remaining Sessions: November 30th to December 15th, Mondays & Wednesdays from 3-5PM PST on Zoom.

Questions? Email bisma@sdaction.org or regina@sdaction.org 

Announcements

Dignity Fund Community Survey

Make your voice heard!

The San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services is currently conducting the 2022 Dignity Fund Community Needs Assessment (DFCNA) to understand the strengths, challenges, and gaps in services to older adults and adults with disabilities in San Francisco.

Fill out the DFCNA Community Survey by Friday, December 17 at tinyurl.com/2021DAS

The survey is also available in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese, and Samoan is coming soon.

Please also share feedback through virtual and in-person forums, held from November 28 to December 15, around the city and in multiple languages. More information is available here.   https://www.sfhsa.org/about/departments/department-disability-and-aging-services-das/help-improve-our-services-older

SF Department of Disability and Aging Services Report:
Affordable Housing for Seniors and People with Disabilities

San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services 2021 Overview Report on Affordable Housing for Seniors and People with Disabilities (table)

San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services also recently released the 2021 Overview Report on Affordable Housing for Seniors and People with Disabilities. (Table above)

Some key takeaways:

  • Across both senior-occupied units and also disability-occupied units, over 75% of households report actual income levels below 20% AMI. (p. 11)
  • Most units are designated for … the 30% to 50% AMI level. This indicates most residents require a rent subsidy or else face significant rent burden. (p. 11)
  • In practice, most senior and disabled residents rely on a rental subsidy to meet their monthly rent. About 77% of senior-occupied units and 91% of disability-occupied units have a rental subsidy through federal sources (such as Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers or Continuum of Care programs) or local sources (such as the Local Operating Subsidy Program). (p. 11)
  • Over the next three years, an additional 925 units for these populations are anticipated to be in development. Almost all are senior-designated units. A small number (27) are units designated for adults with developmental disabilities (Units can only be set aside for disabled occupants if there is a dedicated funding source, such as HUD’s Section 811 program for people with developmental disabilities.) (p. 12)

Read the report in full here: https://www.sfhsa.org/sites/default/files/Report_SFDAS_Affordable Housing Overview October 2021.pdf

Becoming Disabled During the Pandemic

Have you recently developed a chronic illness or disability?

Over the past 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have become disabled or chronically ill for the first time– due to COVID-19, mental health effects of the pandemic, lack of access to healthcare, and more. 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.

If you have long COVID or a new disabillity, please fill out our short survey here: https://forms.gle/1cX9aW9bBZmg6hkcA 

If you want to learn more about this cohort, contact Raia at raia[at[sdaction.org.

Remote meeting participation

Do you like being able to join meetings by zoom or phone, rather than having to go in person? Does a remote option make it more possible for you to participate? 

If so, please fill out this form! It’s time to work together to make sure that as people start to meet in person again, disabled people and seniors don’t lose our ability to participate.

Please share widely. Contact jessica@sdaction.org to get more information or to get involved. 

First Hybrid SDSS in the books!

Senior and Disability Survival School

Senior and Disability Survival School (SDSS) October-November 2021 celebrated graduates from our first hybrid course (Zoom and in-person) on November 10th! If you’d like to participate or volunteer for the January 2022 SDSS at Richmond Senior Center in English and Chinese, contact Dasom at dasom@sdaction.org.

Partner Updates

STOP Ellis Act Evictions in San Francisco!

There are tenants being pushed out through the Ellis Act at 3661 19th Street, between Guerrero and Dolores. Half of them are seniors, and some are people with disabilities too. With the Eviction Defense Network and other allies, the tenants are organizing to stop the speculators who have bought the building from evicting them. Call the building’s new owners to show them the community is against these evictions and will fight!

CONTACT:

Jeff Pollack (650) 533-8534, jpollack@tridentequitygroup.com 

Pierre Malak (408) 807-3409, pierre@pierremalak.com 

Ryan Fong (650) 504-8940, rcyfong@gmail.com   

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is ___, and I’m a member of Senior & Disability Action. I heard that you’re evicting people at 3661 19th Street with the Ellis Act and I want to ask you NOT to evict anyone! Housing is a human right and people must be allowed to stay in their housing. Thank you. 

Also, at 40-42 Sycamore Street, Filipinx seniors and people with disabilities and their families are facing Ellis Act evictions from their longtime homes. The tenants are organizing with SOMA Pilipinas, United to Save the Mission, and others to stop these evictions by working with the city to purchase the buildings through it’s small sites program. 

Both fights are tied to the current effort to pass the Emergency Housing Acquisition program at the Board of Supervisors. Stay tuned for more information on how you can support that fight as well. 

Tai Chi and Qigong with SF Village

Every Thursday, 2:30PM – 3:15PM PST

Starting December 2 until December 16, 2021. Held in Person at SF Village Office (3220 Fulton St.).

Tai Chi and Qigong are exercises designed for health of mind and body. Tai Chi is known to be the best form of exercise for elders to practice balance to prevent falls. Practice the first twelve basic movements of the Sun Style form. No experience necessary and you are welcome to join at any time as the moves are broken down and repeated. The emphasis is on improving balance, increasing flexibility and building strength. Led by Caroline Lew, a Certified Instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Stand or Sit. 

To register visit: https://www.monami.io/calendars/san-francisco-village/events/4201 

Beyond the Bay and Beyond CA

#CareCantWait: a national campaign for action

In alliance with Hand in Hand, the Disability Organizing Network, and the CA Domestic Workers Coalition, SDA members and staff rallied for a Halloween action to call on Congress to pass Build Back Better with full funding for home & community based services (HCBS), to make sure that seniors and disabled people get needed home care. On Friday, November 19th, the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better plan with $150 million toward Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services and for better wages to address the staffing shortage. Please continue to call your Senators to urge them to increase funding for HCBS, or use this toolkit to get the word out on social media.

Upcoming SDA Meetings

Click here to view the full SDA Calendar of Events on our website!

**Please note meetings continue to be remote until further notice**

Friday, December 3: Transit Justice Meeting. 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Email Pi for more information.  

Friday, December 3: SRO Workgroup (first Friday of the month). 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Email Yesi for more information.    

Thursday, December 9: General Meeting (2nd Thursday of every month). Join at 9:45am for Zoom support, 10:00am for General Meeting. Topic: Reflecting on our Year and Dreaming for 2022. 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.   

Friday, December 10: Mad Mob SF (2nd and 4th Friday of every month). 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Email Raia to get the information to join or to find out about future meetings.

Tuesday, December 14: Healthcare Action Team (HAT) Meeting (2nd Tuesday of every month). 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Email Ligia for more information.

Wednesday, December 15: Housing Collaborative Meeting (3rd Wednesday of every month). 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Email Freddy for more information. 

Let’s build this movement together.

Please become a member or donate today!

October 2021 News and Views


Image Description: Top Banner with SDA Logo. At left, there are three concentric circles drawn to indicate motion: the outer two are black and the inner is red. Text partially overlaps with the right side of the outer two circles. It reads: Senior & Disability Action.

Dear friends,

 

Summer started off with victory for seniors and people with disabilities in the San Francisco city budget! Congratulations to SDA members and allies who fought for and won funding for rental subsidies, Senior Operating Subsidies, Dignity Fund money, tech devices and training, and critical community services. Click here for more information. We also improved accessibility guidelines in San Francisco’s Shared Spaces legislation, held our first-ever East Bay SDA gathering, started building the Free WiFi campaign, and launched the first Social Media Advocacy Senior & Disability University. Thank you to all who joined SDA to celebrate community at the Annual Celebration on August 11! We had such a lovely time.

 

Unfortunately COVID is still a major threat in our community and we cannot yet open our office doors and hold in-person meetings. Let’s continue to connect on zoom and phone, and occasional outside gatherings — like this Friday’s action at the SF Federal Building for Home and Community-Based Services! 

 

Together, let’s connect to support each other and build stronger, more just communities. Take care, and take action. 

 

FRIDAY: Urge Speaker Pelosi to lead on funding for care!

Image Description: Stylized photo of a person in a wheelchair, a caregiver, and older people, holding signs and wearing masks. Text reads: Dear Speaker Pelosi: CARE is ESSENTIAL. 400 Stories for $400 Billion in HCBS Funding. Friday, August 27th, 10:30 AM, San Francisco Federal Building Rally and Caravan. Zoom option RSVP: bit.ly/400forPelosi. Logos of several organizations at the bottom.

Friday, August 27th, 11am

The Long Term Supports and Services (LTSS) for All Grassroots Coalition will be meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office to urge her to SUPPORT and LEAD the efforts to win $400 billion in funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). Over the last months, members of the LTSS for All Coalition have collected personal stories sharing why CARE Is ESSENTIAL to them. These stories will be presented to Speaker Pelosi in person and on Zoom. Help us urge the Speaker to LEAD on this funding and help us pass the $400 billion in Congress when they return from their August recess. Here is how you can join:

In Person (outside):

Meet at 10:30 outside Speaker Pelosi’s SF office to drop off the letters at 11 to Speaker Pelosi at the Federal Building in SF (90 7th St). Wear a mask, socially distance. RSVP at www.bit.ly/400forPelosi

Zoom:

If you cannot be in SF for the in-person event, you can still participate on Zoom at 10:30AM. RSVP at www.bit.ly/400forPelosi

For questions: cynthial.cara@gmail.com / 510-663-4086

Thank you for joining us at our Annual Celebration!


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The SDA Annual Celebration was held on Wednesday August 11th. Thank you to all our sponsors, donors, members, friends and family who help make it a rousing success! We raised over $30,000 for our growing work around housing, healthcare, pedestrian safety, mutual aid, digital organizing and peer advocates!

Click here for more information and a full list of sponsors.

Do you recall there’s a recall? We hope so!

Potential Recall of Governor Newsom

Now through poll closings on Tuesday, September 14th

Be sure to vote in the recall election! If you need any help, please contact the SF Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or SFVote@sfgov.org, or leave SDA a message at (415) 546-1333. Sign your envelope and drop it in the mail, a vote-by-mail dropbox, or a voting site, by September 14, or vote in-person early or on Election Day.

 

There are only two questions: Do you want to recall (take out of office) Governor Gavin Newsom? (yes – recall him; no – keep him as Governor). And if he is recalled, who do you want to replace him from the list in your ballot? You can but do not have to vote on both questions.

Conservatives collected signatures to put the recall on the ballot out of frustration with Newsom’s policies on immigration, COVID, and homelessness. Top contenders include (all Republicans) conservative talk radio show host Larry Elder, reality tv star and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, and businessman John Cox. The election will cost the state $276 million.

 

Advocacy Agenda Campaign Updates


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Free WiFi Campaign

We all know how essential for survival staying connected is — survival during and beyond this pandemic. We also know the barriers that lack of access to technology and quality, reliable internet connection poses to staying connected.

SDA Members are joining together to call on AT&T to create a high-quality, reliable, Free WiFi program! We are gearing up for a rally in front of the AT&T building in San Francisco on October 18th. Before this, we will gather to prepare materials for the rally at 11am on Saturday, September 18th.

Our Free WiFi group has also launched a PETITION to gather signatures in support of the campaign! Join us and sign the petition here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/we-need-free-wifi. Then, share it with your community!

Meetings are the last Tuesday of the month – there is no meeting in August, so the next meeting is on Tuesday September 15th from 3:30-5:00, by Zoom and phone. Spanish interpretation will be provided – please let us know if you’d like to join and have any other requests for interpretation or accommodation.

Email Peter[at]sdaction.org or Dasom[at]sdaction.org to get involved by attending a meeting and/or joining outreach efforts or call 415-546-1333 and leave a voicemail on the main line mentioning the Free WiFi Campaign.

 

Recap: Mad Mob Toxic Conservatorship Forum


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Mad Mob collaborated with the Mental Health Association of SF to host Toxic Conservatorship on August 5, a community forum on guardianship inspired by the case of Britney Spears. We hosted 5 speakers— all of whom have mental health disabilities— including two disability rights attorneys, three people who survived psychiatric incarceration, and two longtime peer advocates. Over 85 people participated in the forum, and discussion was lively, impassioned, and supportive. Mad Mob will keep pushing for autonomy, freedom, and accessible care in mental health treatment. Contact Raia (raia@sdaction.org) to get involved with Mad Mob.

Watch the recording of the forum here and check out our Toxic Conservatorship resource list here.

Updates from the Transit Justice Committee

One of the Programs of the Senior and Disability Movement

 

Our current Ongoing projects and campaigns to make the city safer, accessible and enjoyable for all seniors and people with disabilities pedestrians and transit rides consist of:

  • Shared Spaces: Making sidewalk dining and socializing accessible for all,
  • Slow Streets: neighborhood streets to be less motorize and more pedestrian-ize and safe,
  • Golden Gate Park: Closing down a street, JFK, is just one of many improvements needed to make the Park safe and accessible for seniors and people with disabilities,
  • City’s Restore Muni Service plan: Create a Muni service plan that is truly accessible and affordable for all riders

If any or all of these projects move you or should I say “Walk and Roll”  you, then join us.  

 

Our monthly Transit Justice Meeting is this Friday the 27th at 1:00 pm.

 

On Tuesday September 14, 2:00 – 3:30, we will be hosting a meeting with the Park & Rec and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, SFMTA. The topic will the closure of JFK Drive and other city plans for Golden Gate Park.

For more information and how to attend our upcoming Transit Justice meetings, please email or call Pi Ra, srira@sdaction.org / 415.225.2080.

Social Media Advocacy SDU Kicks Off!

Thank you to all those who have participated in the first Social Media Advocacy SDU course so far! We have been able to cover the account basics of Facebook, Twitter, Zoom and digital safety practices, while workshopping the #FreeWIFI campaign together.

There are recordings available on Youtube in case you want to see the content that was covered. Stay tuned for a future SDU Social Media course later this year. If you have specific social or digital media requests to cover in the future class, please email Bisma, SDA’s Digital Organizer, at bisma@sdaction.org.

Watch the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/SrDisabilityAction.

 

Upcoming SDA Events

September General Meeting

Join us for the September General Meeting (GM) as we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, discuss immigrant voting rights, and engage in an anti-racist & anti-colonialist discussion.

There will be a lot to cover, so come prepared with your thoughts and compassion for each other. The September GM will take place on September 9th, from 10-12PM PST over zoom. Info on how to join by Zoom or Phone is at the bottom of this email, in the Upcoming SDA Meetings section.

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Disability Book Series is back – starting with Emily Ladau!

The Disability Book reading series is back! Join us on October 7th, from 5-6:30 PM on zoom as we discuss Emily Ladau’s upcoming book, Demystifying Disability. Stay tuned for more events in the series. Click here to register. You can preorder Emily Ladau’s book here.

 

Beyond the Bay and Beyond CA

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#CareCantWait: a national campaign for action

On July 13th, SDA Members rallied with allies in support of the proposal to include $400 billion for home and community based services in the federal budget reconciliation package.

Seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers (paid and unpaid) have been fighting for this for years — now is the time to keep the pressure up! Be sure to join us this Friday, August 27th to call on Speaker Pelosi to make sure this critical investment passes. RSVP here. More info here.

 

A Message on Smoke and Wildfire Safety

As climate catastrophe induced fires ravage California and the American West, we want to do what we can to help our community stay safe. Stay tuned for updates from more disability and senior-specific resources, but here are a few resources that may be helpful in dealing with wildfire season, especially if you are located in the East Bay:

 

Upcoming SDA Meetings

 
**Please note all meetings are remote until further notice**
 
Friday, August 27 and September 24: Transit Justice Meeting. 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Email Pi for more information.
 
Friday, September 3, SRO Workgroup (first Friday of the month). 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Email Yesi for more information.
 

Thursday, September 9: General Meeting (2nd Thursday of every month). Join at 9:45am for Zoom support and interpretation set up, 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. 

Friday, September 10 and September 24: Mad Mob SF. 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Email Raia to get the information to join or to find out about future meetings.

Tuesday, September 14: Healthcare Action Team (HAT) Meeting (2nd Tuesday of every month). 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Email Ligia for more information.

Wednesday, September 15: Housing Collaborative Meeting (3rd Wednesday of every month). 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Email Freddy for more information. 

Friday, September 24: African-American Racial and Social Equity and Justice Alliance (AARSEJA). 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. This is a space for African-American/Black-identifying members. Please email Freddy for more information.

 

 

Let’s build this movement together.

Please become a member or donate today!

Stay in touch with us: 

Senior and Disability Action
1360 Mission Street #400
San Francisco, CA 94103
http://www.sdaction.org
(415) 546-1333

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