OWL ALERT NOVEMBER 9: SPEAK OUT ABOUT YOUR TRANSPORTATION NEEDS

SITUATION: The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is seeking public input on a draft spending plan for the city’s half-cent sales tax, which will go on the ballot for renewal as soon as next June. The SF Board of Supervisors, acting as the Transportation Authority Board, directs revenue toward projects city-wide, such as construction on the Central Subway and the purchase of new MUNI vehicles.

SITUATION: San Francisco voters first passed the half-cent sales tax in 1989 and renewed it in 2003. Current plans are to develop the 30-year spending plan, formally called an Expenditure Plan, and the Board of Supervisors are expected to vote by the end of February on whether to place the Expenditure Plan and sales tax renewal on the June ballot.

ACTION: San Francisco residents can:

A 27-person Expenditure Plan Advisory Committee will then make recommendations next month to the SFCTA Board.

OWL ALERT OCTOBER 25: PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUELS NOW!

PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUELS NOW —Some success, more needed!

SITUATION: After years of advocacy from environmental justice frontline leaders and allies (including OWL), Governor Newsom announced a draft rule to impose a 3200-foot setback for new oil and gas operations near sensitive receptors, like homes and schools.

This is great news for California’s children and frontline communities.

However, this rule must apply to ALL new wells, not just those “with new surface locations” and the state must also protect the millions of residents living near existing wells.

ACTION: After taking a moment to celebrate this forward progress, please join Mothers Out Front CA in calling on Governor Newsom to do more.

Help us flood his office with calls!

ACTION: Urge Governor Newsom to finalize a rule that ends ALL neighborhood drilling and all permitting for fossil fuels.

http://ca.mothersoutfront.org   CALL 877-434-0011

OWL ALERT OCTOBER 18: FREE WIFI FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

SITUATION: The pandemic has made it more important than ever to have access to the internet. For many seniors and people with disabilities, getting online is already full of challenges, but the lack of affordable internet has made it nearly impossible for us to access information, services, and connections online.
 
We know that internet access is an essential right today.
 
ACTION: We ask AT&T to provide FREE Internet at a minimum to senior buildings, single room occupancy hotels and supportive housing in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.  AT&T can do this now!
 

ACTION: Please join Senior and Disability Action and SIGN THIS PETITION that will go to the AT&T Western Region President: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/we-need-free-wifi.  This petition provides more information and a way for you to express your concerns and needs for fast and reliable Internet access.

 

ACTION: There will be a rally and action on Monday, October 18, 12:45 pm at the AT&T flagship store at Powell and Market, San Francisco. For more information, CLICK HERE .

OCTOBER 23: TURNING STREETS INTO WALKWAYS

A Panel Discussion of the Pros & Cons of Banning Cars on JFK Drive and the Great Highway

skip the first 15 minutes!

  • Why is this important?
  • Who benefits? Who loses out?
  • How do MUNI, Recreation and Parks Dept. and other agencies fit in?
  • Does this affect access to public spaces for older people and the disabled?

The panel:

Gordon Mar, San Francisco Supervisor, District 4
Serena Unger, Urban, Rural, Regional Strategies Planning Consultant
Karen Berniker, Logistics and Planning Department, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Sarah Jones, Director of SFMTA Planning Sub-division, SFMTA

Join us to hear all sides of the issue on street closure

Ask Questions!
Join in the Debate!

Zoom Meeting plus telephone call-in

Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021—11 AM to 12:15

For more information, call: (415) 712-1695, or email info@owlsf.org

 

OWL ALERT OCTOBER 3: HELP SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AGE IN PLACE

SITUATION: The U.S. Senate is currently working on a Reconciliation Package, including $400 billion for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), funds which will allow seniors and people with disabilities to age in place, but the amount allocated to HCBS is in jeopardy, with opposition proposing less than half those funds, $150 billion.

The full $400 billion will:

  • Increase federal matching funds to states for HCBS
  • Expand and strengthen caregiving jobs for workers who provide these services and have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, a workforce which is predominately female, low-wage and BIPOC

A lower figure is simply inadequate to address the entrenched issues in the HCBS service system.

ACTION: Call our U.S. Senators ASAP to tell them we need the full $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Package, especially the $400 Billion for HCBS.

ACTION: Send this email to friends and family in the U.S.

Contact information for California Senators:

Senator Dianne Feinstein
One Post Street, Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 393-0707
click here to email Dianne Feinstein

Senator Alex Padilla
333 Bush Street, Suite 3225
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 981–9369
click here to email Alex Padilla

 

 

 

 

OWL ALERT September 13, 2021 ADVOCATING FOR VACCINE GLOBAL EQUITY

 Advocating for Vaccine Global Equity

SITUATION:  The United Nations General Assembly meets tomorrow, September 14, and continues until September 30.

High on its agenda is ensuring fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines around the world.  Global vaccine equity is the best way to make sure that this deadly virus is eradicated for good.

ACTIONS:  

1) Please urge President Biden to strongly support worldwide vaccinations at the UN General Assembly through their partnerships with WHO, COVAX, UNICEF and others–and to encourage other nations to do the same.

2) Ask President Biden to scale up vaccine production in the USA, share excess vaccine with countries that do not have vaccines, and encourage voluntary sharing of intellectual property rights worldwide during this global crisis.

Call the White House at: (202) 456-1111

Email the White House by clicking HERE

Write to the White House at:

The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20500

SEPTEMBER 25 LOOKING AFTER OUR MENTAL HEALTH

The Pandemic and Beyond:

Looking After our Mental Health

A Presentation by Dr. Patrick Arbore, EdD.

Institute on Aging

  • Taking stock of the effects of this historic pandemic
  • Coping with the resulting changes, losses and emotions
  • Opportunities for learning and growth

Dr. Abore is a nationally recognized expert in the field of mental health and aging.  He has devoted his life to increasing awareness of isolation, loneliness, and depression in older adults.

Zoom video and call-in Meeting

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021—11 AM to 12:15

The meeting was recorded and can be viewed by clicking the link and entering the passcode below

Passcode: ?@!Eh=V6

 

OWL ALERT AUGUST 30, 2021: FIGHT VOTER SUPPRESSION!

SUPPORT OUR VOTING RIGHTS!
Contact your U.S. Senator to urge their support for the
JOHN LEWIS VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT

After years of dangerous Civil Rights activism, The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was enacted to secure the right to vote for racial minorities throughout the country, especially in the South.

In 2013 and again in 2021, The U.S. Supreme Court gutted this landmark legislation, resulting in:

  •     The closure of thousands of polling places, many of them in predominantly Black counties
  •     Eighteen states across the country enacting laws THIS YEAR making it harder for Americans to vote
  •     A significant increase in the number of citizens being illegitimately purged from voting rolls
The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act responds to current voting conditions by restoring the full protections of the original, bipartisan Voting Rights Act of 1965.

It is crucial to pass legislation to protect the voting rights of citizens in all states.  


Share this with your family and friends in other states!
Contact info for California Senators below


See a helpful one-page summary of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act at:
https://www.leahy.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/John%20Lewis%20Voting%20Rights%20Advancement%20Act%20one%20pager.pdf

Senator Dianne Feinstein

One Post Street, Suite 2450

San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: (415) 393-0707

click here to email Dianne Feinstein

Senator Alex Padilla

333 Bush Street, Suite 3225

San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: (415) 981–9369

click here to email Alex Padilla

OWL ALERT August 16, 2021

SUPPORT TAX CREDITS FOR UNPAID FAMILY CAREGIVERS AND STUDENTS

On July 23, 2021, Congresswoman Gwen Moore introduced a very important bill, The Worker Relief & Credit Reform Act (WRCR), which will modernize the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This crucial tax credit helps low income individuals and families receive from $538 to $6,660 each year.
 
For the first time, the WRCR will allow the EITC to reach more workers by:
  • Expanding the definition of work to make unpaid family caregivers eligible (work largely done by women)
  • Expanding the age range for this eligibility to include anyone 18 years or older
  • Including low income college students who struggle to support themselves while learning
WRCR is co-sponsored by 13 House members, including California Representatives Karen Bass, Judy Chu, Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee.
 
Please urge your Representatives to support this much needed legislation, and encourage friends and family to do so as well.
Contact information for Bay Area Representatives listed below.
 
For details, look for the Care Income Now! campaign of the Global Women’s Strike: Global Women’s Strike: Care Income Now!

 

U.S. REPRESENTATIVES, San Francisco and surrounding area:

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

90 7th Street, Suite 2-800

San Francisco, CA 94103

phone: (415) 556-4862

click here to email Nancy Pelosi

Congressman Jared Huffman

999 Fifth Avenue, Suite 290

San Rafael, CA  94901

phone: (415) 258-9657

click here to email Jared Huffman

Congresswoman Jackie Spier

155 Bovet Rd # 780,

San Mateo, CA 94402

phone: (650) 342-0300

click here to email Jackie Spier

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

1301 Clay St # 1000N

Oakland, CA 94612

phone: (510) 763-0370

click here to email Barbara Lee

Congressman Ro Khanna

3150 De La Cruz Blvd, Suite 240
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: 408-436-2720

 

OWL ALERT August 10, 2021

YOUR CALIFORNIA VOTE IS CRUCIAL SEPTEMBER 14th!

Your mail-in ballot for California’s September 14th Gubernatorial Recall Election will arrive very soon.
Your vote is crucial!
Here is why:

The recall election will present voters with two questions.
The first will ask whether Gavin Newsom should be recalled from the office of governor.
A simple majority of votes will win for this issue.
If people do not exercise their right to vote, this decision could be made by a minority of voters.

The second will ask who should succeed Newsom if he is recalled.
The candidate with the most votes on the second question would win the election, no majority required.
There are 46 candidates on the ballot to replace Newsome if the recall passes.
This makes it possible for someone with less than 3% of the vote to become our next governor.

And this is at a time in the U.S when laws limiting voting rights are being enacted in states across the country.
EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!!!

Please help us encourage every registered voter in California to participate in this election!

For more information, see California Recall Election Details.

OWL ALERT July 19, 2021

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IS A HUMAN RIGHT – RIGHT NOW!

Senator Cory Booker and Congressman A. Donald McEachin

are re-introducing the

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE LEGACY POLLUTION ACT

 
In our nation, the biggest determining factors of whether you live near toxic pollution, drink contaminated water, or breathe dirty air are the color of your skin and your economic status.  Communities of color, Indigenous communities, and low-income communities disproportionately bear these burdens, resulting higher rates of cancer, birth defects, autism, and countless other avoidable illnesses.
 
If included in infrastructure legislation currently being created, this act would would allocate $200 billion to:
  • Accelerate the cleanup of toxic Superfund sites
  • Remediate lead-based paint hazards in low income housing
  • Build and renovate sanitation infrastructure, which will bring safe drinking water and adequate sewage systems to every American Indian and Alaskan Native household, and more
Encourage our elected officials to co-sponsor this legislation, addressing both the climate crisis and structural racism.
Senator Dianne Feinstein

One Post Street, Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 393-0707

 
Senator Alex Padilla
333 Bush Street, Suite 3225
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 981–9369
 
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
90 7th Street, Suite 2-800
San Francisco, CA 94103

phone: (415) 556-4862

click here to email Nancy Pelosi

Congressan Jared Huffman
999 Fifth Avenue, Suite 290
San Rafael, CA  94901
phone: (415) 258-9657
 
Congresswoman Jackie Spier
155 Bovet Rd # 780,
San Mateo, CA 94402

phone: (650) 342-0300

 
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
1301 Clay St # 1000N
Oakland, CA 94612
phone: (510) 763-0370

 

OWL ALERT July 11, 2021

BREAK THE CYCLE OF GUN VIOLENCE

2020 was the deadliest year for gun violence in the U.S. in decades, denying so many people their basic right to live.
 
Senator Cory Booker (NJ), and Reps Lisa Rochester (DE), and Lucy McBath (GA), have reintroduced the Break the Cycle of Violence Act providing billions of dollars over eight years for proven community based programs for gun and violence intervention:
 
  • The Bureau of Justice Assistance must award grants for coordinated violence reduction initiatives in units of local government that are disproportionately impacted by gun and group-related violence.
  • The National Institutes of Health must award grants for hospital-based violence intervention programs that reduce the risk of violent injury and retaliation among high-risk patients.
 
Action: Contact your Senators and Representatives,
urging them to co-sponsor the Break the Cycle of Violence Act.
 
No more heartbroken mothers, fathers, siblings, friends, widows!
 
Senator Dianne Feinstein

One Post Street, Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 393-0707

 
Senator Alex Padilla
333 Bush Street, Suite 3225
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 981–9369
 
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
90 7th Street, Suite 2-800
San Francisco, CA 94103

phone: (415) 556-4862click here to email Nancy Pelosi

Congressman Jared Huffman

999 Fifth Avenue, Suite 290

San Rafael, CA  94901

phone: (415) 258-9657

click here to email Jared Huffman

 

Congresswoman Jackie Spier

155 Bovet Rd # 780,

San Mateo, CA 94402

phone: (650) 342-0300

click here to email Jackie Spier

 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

1301 Clay St # 1000N

Oakland, CA 94612

phone: (510) 763-0370

click here to email Barbara Lee

 

Congressman Ro Khanna

3150 De La Cruz Blvd

Suite 240
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Phone: 408-436-2720

click here to email Ro Khanna

OWL ALERT JULY 5, 2021

TELL GOVERNOR NEWSOM TO STOP FRACKING NOW!

California is in severe drought.
 
Wildfires are already starting.
 
Yet fracking continues to use huge quantities of water and to pollute our waterways, and our Governor says it can keep doing that for three more years.
 
ACTION:
 
Keep up the pressure on Newsom to ban fracking NOW.  Citizens must curtail water usage: Big Oil must do the same.  The fate of our Earth depends on people like us taking action.
 
Contact:
Governor Gavin Newsom
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-2841, or
 
Please forward to all your California friends.

An Occasional Piece, May, 2021

AN OWL OCCASIONAL PIECE – May 2021

 

Informative and inspirational programs are planned for OWL for May 22nd and June 26th.  Sadly, these still must be via Zoom even as we all begin to hope that soon we can gather again in person.

For May 22nd at 11 AM, we feature a short video of “1000 Grandmothers” acting to protect our planet followed by Dr. Jan Kirsch, oncologist and environmental medicine expert speaking about climate change and health including things we can do to protect our planet for our grandchildren.

The June 26th program is Collecting the Wisdom of Your Years and Passing it Along. Our own Melanie Grossman will lead us through the process of writing our memoirs.  She has just completed and published her memoir Crossing Bayou Teche and even sold some copies.  We have been a part of creating some amazing history and societal change and it needs to be documented.  This is fun!

OWL SF has a Job Opening!

The person who has managed many of the details of keeping OWL organized is no longer available to do this.  This position requires a pretty good level of comfort and skill with a computer as it can mostly be accomplished at home.  Responsibilities range from maintaining an accurate membership list to monitoring emails coming to OWL (not many of those) to formatting and emailing the weekly ALERTS (but not choosing topics or writing the content), and a few other items necessary for such an active organization.  The compensation is $30/hour for a position which is 7- 8 hours per week.

Are you interested in taking on this vital work?  If not, do you know anyone who might be?  Please contact Glenda Hope at 415-585-4636.

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“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow.  It only saps today of its joy.” Buscaglia

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Suggested Message to U.A. House of Reps Re: H.R. 82

I am writing to ask for your help in cosponsoring H.R. 82 (Graves-LA and Spanberger-VA) since you were one of the cosponsors of this bill in the 117th Congress. This bipartisan bill will repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), penalties that financially harm millions of retirees across our nation.

The WEP and GPO cut or eliminate Social Security benefits that retirees have paid for. The WEP cuts the earned benefits of public service workers that they paid for during their time working in the private sector. The GPO eliminates the Social Security survivor benefit, even for those with a modest pension. Retired educators can be forced into poverty when their spouse dies, even though their survivor benefit had been paid for by their spouse.

Now is the time to take action to repeal these two unjust penalties. The nation has been seeing an exodus of teachers who are either leaving the profession or retiring earlier than planned. The repeal of these two offsets is an important step to help to turn the tide in favor of teachers remaining in the classroom.

Please cosponsor the bipartisan bill H.R. 82 (Graves – LA and Spanberger – VA) and move this issue to the forefront.

2022 MEMBER MEETINGS

  • 2022 meetings included…
  • GETTING OUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER FOR 2023: Subsequent to the meeting, presenter Susan Pollack made her list of priorities available to us. Click HERE for a list of Estate Information Essentials.
  • Celebrating Creativity
  • Get Ready for the November Election
  • Protecting Social Security and Medicare
  • Strengthen and Stretch
  • Your Internet Security
  • Older Women and Employment
  • What’s New With the Corona Virus

2021 MEETINGS

  • 2021 meetings included…
  • The Human Face of Immigration: To llisten to an audio recording of the meeting, go to:
    https://1drv.ms/v/s!BOcjC88eJNeggZMC4ZUNbY4rFemxUQ?e=Me6JcV
  • Turning Streets into Walkways
  • Looking After Our Mental Health
  • Seasoned Voices: Telling Our Stories, Sharing Our Insights
  • Environment, Health & Advocacy
  • Improved Physical and Mental Agility
  • The Future of Health Care – A Social Justice Issue
  • What You Need to Know About Patient Rights!

2018 MEETINGS

  • OWL meetings in 2018 included…
  • Docent Led Tour at the Museum of African Diaspora
  • Be An Informed Voter!
  • Clearing Out Our Clutter
  • Clean Air: The Environmental Crisis Brought Home
  • Age On! Exploring Aging Resources with The Institute On Aging
  • Ballot Round-Up for November 2018 Elections
  • Dreaming of a More Livable Sf?

2017 MEETINGS

  • OWL meetings in 2017 included…
  • Coming Together: Broadening Our Base: Learn About What Other Organizations Are Doing in These Unsettling Times!
  • Stand Together and Take Action: Medicare and Medical Are Under Attack…
  • And Social Security Is Next!
  • Women’s Health:  Learn of All the Many Services for Women from Planned Parenthood
  • The Immigration Debate:  What Is True? What Is False? What Is Mixed?
  • Summer Of Love: Garden Party
  • What Does Climate Change Mean for You and Your Health?
  • Reframing Aging: Confronting and Transforming Society’s Current Images, Biases and Prejudices
  • Why Bother Making Friends?  Let’s Talk About the Importance of Relationships In Our Lives!

2018 Meetings

  • OWL meetings in 2018 included…
  • Docent Led Tour at the Museum of African Diaspora
  • Be An Informed Voter!
  • Clearing Out Our Clutter
  • Clean Air: The Environmental Crisis Brought Home
  • Age On! Exploring Aging Resources with The Institute On Aging
  • Ballot Round-Up for November 2018 Elections
  • Dreaming of a More Livable Sf?