USPS NEEDS TO BE FULLY FUNDED

OWL ALERT August 8, 2020

 Fully Fund The U.S. Postal Service

PLEASE  SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN OTHER STATES. ASK THEM TO CONTACT THEIR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES and SENATORS https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

If not us then who? if not now, then when?

SITUATION:    Our USPS (United States Postal Service) is on the brink of bankruptcy and needs funding to continue the delivery of mail. To save our elections, Congress must appropriate significantly more funding to support clean polling places, additional poll workers, early voting, and mail-in ballots. The $400 million provided by the CARES Act covers only 10 percent of the funds needed. Without full funding, our country will not be able to guarantee fair, secure, and safe elections in 2020.

 

ACTION:  You depend on timely delivery by the USPS for medication or for your mail-in-ballot vote to be delivered and counted on time.  Our Postal Service must be fully funded to give us on-time delivery!  

 

CALL OR EMAIL YOUR OWN LEGISLATORS TODAY!

  D.C. Local Email
Representative Nancy Pelosi 202-225-4965 415-556-4862  https://pelosi.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Representative Jackie Speier 202-225-3531 650-342-0300 CA14ima-113@mail.house.gov
Representative Anna Eshoo 202-225-8104 650-323-2984 https://eshoo.house.gov/contact/email-me
Representative Jared Huffman 202-225-5161 415-258-9657 https://huffman.house.gov/contact/email-me
Representative Barbara Lee 202-225-2621 510-763-0370 https://lee.house.gov/contact/email-me
Representative Mark DeSaulnier 202-225-2095 925-933-2660 https://desaulnier.house.gov/contact/email
Representative Eric Swalwell 202-225-5065 510-370-3322 https://swalwell.house.gov/contact/email
Senator Dianne  Feinstein (202) 224-3841 (415) 393-0707 https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
Senator Kamala Harris (202) 224 – 3553 (415) 981 – 9369 https://www.harris.senate.gov/contact/email

 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

 

 

PASS HR 4 VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT

OWL ALERT August 1, 2020

PLEASE  SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN OTHER STATES, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHOSE LEGISLATORS ARE INCLINED TO DISAGREE.  URGE THEM TO CONTACT THEIR SENATORS
 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

 

PASS H.R. 4 VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT

If not us then who?  If not now, then when? – John Lewis 1940-2020

SITUATION:  …as we sit here, there are those in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations, and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws, and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision — even undermining the Postal Service in the run-up to an election that’s going to be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick.” Barack Obama in his eulogy for John Lewis

ACTION:  HR 4 will reinstate the oversight of state election law to increase protections against racial discrimination of the Civil Rights act of 1965. Urge Senators to pass HR 4 as passed by the House.

CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY!

Senator Dianne  Feinstein (202) 224-3841 (415) 393-0707 331 Hart Senate Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Kamala Harris (202) 224 – 3553 (415) 981 – 9369 112 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

 

 

PARA-MILITARY TROOPS DON’T BELONG IN OUR CITIES

OWL ALERT July 26, 2020

PLEASE  FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN OTHER STATES. ASK THEM TO CONTACT THEIR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES and SENATORS https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

KEEP DHS’S CUSTOMS and BORDER PATROL TROOPS OUT OF U.S. CITIES

If not us then who?

SITUATION:  Dept. of Homeland Security’s Border Patrol para-military style troops are in Portland, OR, Seattle, WA and headed for Chicago to confront protesters practicing their first amendment rights of free expression and assembly.  In Portland they were in unmarked cars and unidentifiable uniforms creating fear and intimidation attacking and arresting Americans.

ACTION:  Our elected legislators must immediately investigate the Dept. of Homeland Security and other agencies to stop these un-patriotic and un-American horrible acts against protestors. 

CALL YOUR OWN LEGISLATORS TODAY!

D.C. Local
Representative Nancy Pelosi 202-225-4965 415-556-4862
Representative Jackie Speier 202-225-3531 650-342-0300
Representative Anna Eshoo 202-225-8104 650-323-2984
Representative Jared Huffman 202-225-5161 415-258-9657
Representative Barbara Lee 202-225-2621 510-763-0370
Representative Mark DeSaulnier 202-225-2095 925-933-2660
Representative Eric Swalwell 202-225-5065 510-370-3322
Senator Dianne  Feinstein (202) 224-3841 (415) 393-0707
Senator Kamala Harris (202) 224 – 3553 (415) 981 – 9369

 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

 

 

CA RACIAL JUSTICE ACT AB2200

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“If not us, then who? if not now, then when?” John Lewis 1940-2020

CA RACIAL JUSTICE ACT AB2200

SITUATION:  AB2200 would establish the California Racial Justice Act which would prohibit the state from seeking or obtaining a criminal conviction, or from imposing a sentence, based upon race, ethnicity or national origin.

 

 ACTION: Tell your Assemblymember and State Senator:  It is time for California to prohibit the use of race and ethnicity as a factor in the state’s justice system across the board. It is time to establish a statewide policy that makes it unlawful to discriminate against people of color in the state’s criminal justice system. SUPPORT AB 2200

Sacramento@ Local  Contact
Assembr Phil Ting  (SF Dist 19) co-author 916-319-2019 415-557-2312 https://a19.asmdc.org/
Assembr David Chiu,  (SF  Dist 17) 916-319-2017 415-557-3013 https://a17.asmdc.org/
Assembr Evan Low (Cupertino Dist. 28 916-319-2028 408-446-2810 https://a28.asmdc.org/
Assembr Buffy Wicks (Oak Dist15) coauther 916-319-2015 510-286-1400 https://a15.asmdc.org/
Assembr Jim Wood (Santa Rosa Dist 2) 916-319-2002 707-576-2526 https://a02.asmdc.org/
Assembr Kevin Mullin (SanMateoDst 22 916-319-2022 650-349-2200 https://a22.asmdc.org/
Assembr Rob Bonta (Oak Dist 18) 916-319-2018 510-286-1670 https://a18.asmdc.org/
Assembr Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (WC, Pleasanton Dist16) 916-319-2016 925-328-1515 https://a16.asmdc.org/
Assembr Marc Levine (SRafael Dist 10) co-a 916-319-2010 415-479-4920 https://a10.asmdc.org/

Call or email your own Assemblymember

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Call or email your own state Senators:

Sacramento Local Sacramento Address
Sen. Scott Wiener – SF Daly City, SSF, Colma 916- 651-4011 415-557-1300 https://sd11.senate.ca.gov/
Sen. Nancy Skinner – Oakland, Berkeley 916-651-4009 510-286-1333 https://sd09.senate.ca.gov/
Steve Glazer- Walnut Creek, Pleasanton 916-651-4007 925-754-1461 https://sd07.senate.ca.gov/
Sen. Jerry Hill – Brisbane, San Carlos Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough 916- 651-4013 650-212-3320 https://sd13.senate.ca.gov/
Sen. Mike McGuire – Kentfield, San Rafael, Mill

Valley, Healdsburg

915-651-4002 415-479-6612 https://sd02.senate.ca.gov/
Sen. Jim Beall – Los Gatos 916-651-4015 408-286-8318 https://sd15.senate.ca.gov/

PROP 15 SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES FIRST is on the November Ballot!

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SITUATION: OWLs have backed this measure for decades.  Thanks to all of you who have called, written your CA legislators, signed petitions, collected signatures and donated to this effort. More people signed petitions to put this on the ballot than any other petition in California history!

 ACTION:  Prop 15 will guarantee long term revenue for schools and community services. Corporations are not paying their fair share of property tax because corporate property changes hands less frequently than homes. (Disneyland, Chevron, Trump owned 555 Calif Street, Trump National Golf Club-L.A., Blackstone Group among hundreds more)  The opportunity is here to help schools and communities reclaim $12 billion each year.  Evolve California is one of many groups dedicated to passing Prop 15 on November 3rd. To volunteer, donate or to find out more:  https://www.evolve-ca.org/

HR 7120 George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

OWL ALERT June 28 – July 4, 2020
PLEASE  SEND THIS URL, WWW.OWLSF.ORG TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN OTHER STATES. ASK THEM TO CONTACT THEIR SENATORS  AND ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE INCLINED TO OPPOSE THIS BILL.  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

 If not us, then who?

SITUATION:  The many instances of racism and brutality towards black people by police puts a spotlight on police policies, training, accountability and militarization.

ACTION: This bill facilitates federal enforcement of constitutional violations (e.g., excessive use of force) by state and local law enforcement. The bill establishes new requirements for law enforcement officers and agencies, including to report data on use-of-force incidents, to obtain training on implicit bias and racial profiling, and to wear body cameras. See the full summary here https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7120

Call, email or write your senators.  Ask them to vote for HR 7120 and to urge their fellow senators to do the same.   

D.C. Local D.C. Address
       
Senator Dianne  Feinstein
https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
(202) 224-3841 (415) 393-0707 331 Hart Senate Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator Kamala Harris
https://www.harris.senate.gov/contact/email
(202) 224 – 3553 (415) 981 – 9369 112 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

 

 

OWL ALERT JUNE 21-28, 2020

PLEASE  FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN CALIFORNIA.   ASK THEM TO CONTACT GOVERNOR NEWSOM

Thanks to your calls, the CA legislature spared senior service cuts

SITUATION: The Legislature passed a budget on June 15th that restored the cuts to essential services that seniors and people with disabilities depend upon.  We must keep the pressure on the Governor and tell him to maintain these services while we work to get additional revenue from the Federal Government (HEROES ACT).”

ACTION: Talking points To Newsom : Please support the Senate And Assembly Budget Plan that passed on June 15thWe must fund the essential programs that keep seniors and people with disabilities safe and supported – and out of institutions.  If we must create new revenues, use the rainy day fund, or borrow money.

Newsom must either sign the budget by July 1 or he can veto all parts of it, so keep the pressure on!

 

Governor Gavin Newsom          Phone: (916) 445-2841 
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

OWL ALERT JUNE 15-22, 2020

OWL ALERT JUNE 15-22, 2020

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

TRUST ACT HR. 4907 & S. 2733 THREAT TO SOCIAL SECURITY

SITUATION: This Act is a sneak attack and a direct threat to our retirement security. It will allow lawmakers to create special “rescue committees” that they can use to slash
Social Security and Medicare.
It is gaining traction behind closed doors.  Last week, 60 members of the House sent a letter urging the TRUST Act to be passed in any future
coronavirus bill.

ACTION: We can’t let Congress create a “commission” to devise ways to cut our earned benefits in the name of deficit reduction. Sign this petition from the Alliance of Retired Americans https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-congress-to-stop-plan-to-cut-social-security-and-medicare-behin

 CALL OR SEND A POSTCARD TO YOUR OWN LEGISLATORS

D.C. Local D.C. Address
Representative Nancy Pelosi 202-225-4965 415-556-4862 1236 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Representative Jackie Speier 202-225-3531 650-342-0300 2465 Rayburn  HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Representative Anna Eshoo 202-225-8104 650-323-2984 202 Cannon HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Representative Jared Huffman 202-225-5161 415-258-9657 1527 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Representative Barbara Lee 202-225-2621 510-763-0370 2267 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Representative Mark DeSaulnier 202-225-2095 925-933-2660 503 Cannon HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Representative Eric Swalwell 202-225-5065 510-370-3322 407 Cannon HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Senator Dianne  Feinstein (202) 224-3841 (415) 393-0707 331 Hart Senate Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Kamala Harris (202) 224 – 3553 (415) 981 – 9369 112 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
       

 

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

 

TIME SENSITIVE MAY 27, 2020

OWL ALERT May 27-TIME SENSITIVE

http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

CA LEGISLATURE MUST SAVE ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE & IN-HOME SUPPORT SERVICES

SITUATION:  The decimating of senior services continues in Newsom’s budget! Governor Newsom’s proposed budget, eliminates funding for Community Based Adult Services, Multipurpose Senior Services, and In-Home Support Services, thereby making it more difficult or impossible for elderly and disabled people to continue living at home.

 

 ACTION:  Contact those listed below, saying:  Help keep elderly and disabled people out of nursing homes where over half of COVID-19 deaths in California have occurred.  Adult Day Health Care, Multipurpose Senior Services, and In-Home Support Services must be funded!

Contact Senator Holly J. Mitchell, Chair Senate Budget Committee at (916) 651-4030 or  sbud.committee@senate.ca.gov and your legislator below:

Sacramento Local  Contact
Assemblyman Phil Ting  (SF Dist 19) 916-319-2019 415-557-2312 https://a19.asmdc.org/
Assemblyman David Chiu,  (SF  Dist 17) 916-319-2017 415-557-3013 https://a17.asmdc.org/
Assemblyman Evan Low (Cupertino Dist. 28 916-319-2028 408-446-2810 https://a28.asmdc.org/
Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (Oak Dist15) 916-319-2015 510-286-1400 https://a15.asmdc.org/
Assemblyman Jim Wood (Santa Rosa Dist 2) 916-319-2002 707-576-2526 https://a02.asmdc.org/
Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (SanMateoDst 22 916-319-2022 650-349-2200 https://a22.asmdc.org/
Assemblyman Rob Bonta (Oak Dist 18) 916-319-2018 510-286-1670 https://a18.asmdc.org/
Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (WC, Pleasanton Dist16) 916-319-2016 925-328-1515 https://a16.asmdc.org/
Assemblyman Marc Levine (SRafael Dist 10) 916-319-2010 415-479-4920 https://a10.asmdc.org/

Call or email your own Assemblymember

If you prefer not to talk with a live person, call during off-hours

 

 

 

 

Call or email your own senator:

Sacramento Local Sacramento Address
Sen. Scott Wiener – SF Daly City, SSF, Colma 916- 651-4011 415-557-1300 https://sd11.senate.ca.gov/
Sen. Nancy Skinner – Oakland, Berkeley 916-651-4009 510-286-1333 https://sd09.senate.ca.gov/
Steve Glazer- Walnut Creek, Pleasanton 916-651-4007 925-754-1461 https://sd07.senate.ca.gov/
Sen. Jerry Hill – Brisbane, San Carlos Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough 916- 651-4013 650-212-3320 https://sd13.senate.ca.gov/
Sen. Mike McGuire – Kentfield, San Rafael, Mill

Valley, Healdsburg

915-651-4002 415-479-6612 https://sd02.senate.ca.gov/
Sen. Jim Beall – Los Gatos 916-651-4015 408-286-8318 https://sd15.senate.ca.gov/

 

WAGING CHANGE MAY 22-31

Women Make Movies Virtual Film Festival

May 2020 | WAGING CHANGE 
Waging Change screening in Women Make Movies Virtual Film Festival May 22-May 31

Register Here

Women Make Movies is hosting an encore of Waging Change in their Virtual Film Festival from May 22-May 31, due to popular demand.

Waging Change, completed before the coronavirus hit, shines a light on the difficulties faced by restaurant servers and bartenders forced to live off their tips in many states which set the tipped minimum wage at $2.13 an hour.   As hundreds of thousands of restaurant workers are laid off in the face of the pandemic, Waging Change, provides a behind the scenes look at what needs to change so that restaurant workers can receive One Fair Wage, which was already mandated by the House of Representatives in July, 2019.

Secretary Hillary Clinton was part of a powerful discussion with Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage and Nikki Cole, National Policy Director of One Fair Wage about the need to end the tipped minimum wage.  The event was hosted by The Riveter and a link to the event is here

“We have to deal with the immediate emergency but that’s not enough—we have to take advantage of the terrible crisis to do better… This vestige of slavery needs to be eliminated once and for all.”
-Secretary @HillaryClinton on fair wages for tipped workers @onefairwage
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CA FUNDING FOR ELDERLY and DISABLED

OWL ALERT May 22, 2020

http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

FUNDING FOR ELDERLY & DISABLED PEOPLE TO LIVE AT HOME

SITUATION:  Governor Newsom’s proposed budget, would eliminate funding for Community Based Adult Services and Multipurpose Senior Services, thereby making it more difficult or impossible for these people to continue living at home.

 

 ACTION:  Contact those listed below, saying;   Over half of COVID-19 deaths in California have been in nursing homes. Help keep elderly and disabled people out of nursing homes. Please fund Community Based Adult Services and Multipurpose Senior Services.

 

Governor Gavin Newsom          Phone: (916) 445-2841 
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Call your own Assemblymember

Sacramento Local  Contact
Assemblyman Phil Ting  (SF Dist 19) 916-319-2019 415-557-2312 info@philting.com
Assemblyman David Chiu,  (SF  Dist 17) 916-319-2017 415-557-3013 Riana.King@asm.ca.gov
Assemblyman Evan Low (Cupertino Dist. 28 916-319-2028 408-446-2810 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249-0028
Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (Oak Dist15) 916-319-2015 510-286-1400 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249-0015
Assemblyman Jim Wood (Santa Rosa Dist 2) 916-319-2002 707-576-2526 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249-0002
Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (SanMateoDst 22 916-319-2022 650-349-2200 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249-0022
Assemblyman Rob Bonta (Oak Dist 18) 916-319-2018 510-286-1670 P.O,Box 942849, Sacto 94249–0018
Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan 916-319-2016 925-328-1515 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249–0016
Assemblyman Marc Levine (SRafael Dist 10) 916-319-2010 415-479-4920 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249-0010

If you prefer not to talk with a live person, call during off-hours

 

Call your own senator:

Sacramento Local Sacramento Address
Sen. Scott Wiener – SF Daly City, SSF, Colma 916- 651-4011 415-557-1300 State Capitol, R 5100, Sacto 95814
Sen. Nancy Skinner – Oakland, Berkeley 916-651-4009 510-286-1333 State Capitol R 5094, Sacto 95814
Steve Glazer- Walnut Creek, Pleasanton 916-651-4007 925-754-1461 State Capitol, R 5108, Sacto 95814
Sen. Jerry Hill – Brisbane, San Carlos Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough 916- 651-4013 650-212-3320 State Capitol, R 5035, Sacto 95814
Sen. Mike McGuire – Kentfield, San Rafael, Mill

Valley, Healdsburg

915-651-4002 415-479-6612 State Capitol, R 5061, Sacto 95814
Sen. Jim Beall – Los Gatos 916-651-4015 408-286-8318 State Capitol, R 2082, Sacto 95814

 

PROTECT YOUR VOTE

OWL ALERT May 12, 2020

http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

PROTECT OUR DEMOCRACY’S PRECIOUS VOTING PRIVILEGE

SITUATION:  Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order Friday requiring counties to send every registered voter a mail-in ballot for the November election must also include an expansion of the number of in-person voting locations to support voters.  In-person locations are needed for people who will not use a mail-in ballot, that need a replacement ballot, need any kind of in-person language or physical assistance, do not have an address to receive a vote-by-mail ballot, are new to voting, or need to register and vote on the same day. This is not a partisan issue.

ACTION:  Voting by mail is not enough.  Having as many in-person locations as possible, with as many early voting opportunities as possible, is the only safe way to conduct an election under the current conditions to avoid long lines and large crowds. Contact those listed below and urge the expansion of both mail-in balloting and onsite voting places.

Governor Gavin Newsom          Phone: (916) 445-2841 
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Sacramento Local Sacramento Address
Assemblyman Phil Ting  (SF Dist 19) 916-319-2019 415-557-2312 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249-0019
Assemblyman David Chiu,  (SF  Dist 17) 916-319-2017 415-557-3013 P.O.Box  942849, Sacto 94249-0017
Assemblyman Evan Low (Cupertino Dist. 28 916-319-2028 408-446-2810 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249-0028
Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (Oak Dist15) 916-319-2015 510-286-1400 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249-0015
Assemblyman Jim Wood (Santa Rosa Dist 2) 916-319-2002 707-576-2526 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249-0002
Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (SanMateoDst 22 916-319-2022 650-349-2200 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249-0022
Assemblyman Rob Bonta (Oak Dist 18) 916-319-2018 510-286-1670 P.O,Box 942849, Sacto 94249–0018
Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan 916-319-2016 925-328-1515 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249–0016
Assemblyman Marc Levine (SRafael Dist 10) 916-319-2010 415-479-4920 P.O.Box 942849, Sacto 94249-0010

Call your own legislator

 

If you prefer not to talk with a live person, call during off-hours

 

 

 

 

Call your own senator

Sacramento Local Sacramento Address
Sen. Scott Wiener – SF Daly City, SSF, Colma 916- 651-4011 415-557-1300 State Capitol, R 5100, Sacto 95814
Sen. Nancy Skinner – Oakland, Berkeley 916-651-4009 510-286-1333 State Capitol R 5094, Sacto 95814
Steve Glazer- Walnut Creek, Pleasanton 916-651-4007 925-754-1461 State Capitol, R 5108, Sacto 95814
Sen. Jerry Hill – Brisbane, San Carlos Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough 916- 651-4013 650-212-3320 State Capitol, R 5035, Sacto 95814
Sen. Mike McGuire – Kentfield, San Rafael, Mill

Valley, Healdsburg

915-651-4002 415-479-6612 State Capitol, R 5061, Sacto 95814
Sen. Jim Beall – Los Gatos 916-651-4015 408-286-8318 State Capitol, R 2082, Sacto 95814

 

Online Town Hall: Crisis in Care in SF Nursing Homes

Thursday, May 14th, 11 AM

Please join advocates for elders and people with disabilities, public health advocates, concerned community members, and City officials in an online Town Hall on problems of care in nursing homes and other congregate facilities (group homes, board & care homes, assisted living facilities, homeless shelters, SROs, jails etc).

 

Click here to sign up!

More information about the issue:

The huge concentrations of COVID cases and deaths in care facilities has been a national disgrace. San Francisco is no exception. Contributing factors include no provision of social distancing, the lack of testing, lack of formal or informal oversight, lack of transparency in reporting cases and deaths to families and the public, and the long-standing low-staffing, low pay, and lack of safe conditions and PPE for care workers.

In California, these problems are made worse by (1) the state’s order that nursing homes accept recovering COVID patients, (2) proposed immunity for nursing homes from criminal or civil penalties for COVID deaths during the pandemic, and (3) proposed state triage guidelines if hospitals become overwhelmed that could discriminate against older people, people with disabilities, poor people, fat people, and people of color.

Nursing facilities are nearly all for-profit, and money must not be a motivating factor in whether or not to provide the best care possible. In addition, local and state government must step in more aggressively to protect people. The low priority placed on the lives of older people and disabled people living in facilities is a sign of ageism and ableism, oppression based on age and disability.

Please attend to learn about these problems, declare that ageism and ableism are unacceptable in our community, and join the dialogue to prevent future tragedies.

 Sponsored by the California Care Rationing Coalition:

Senior and Disability Action, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, Gray Panthers, California Alliance of Retired Americans, Hand in Hand, and many more

No Money For Big Oil

OWL ALERT April 25 – May 2, 2020

NO MONEY FOR BIG OIL

If not us then who?

The U. S. Postal Services is a vital American institution that has served a critical role during the Coronavirus crisis.  It is a lifeline for millions of older citizens, especially those without internet access and those living in rural areas.

SITUATION:  Responding to the recent crash in oil prices, President Trump wants a bailout for the big oil companies.  With the present standstill in transportation, the air we breathe hasn’t been this clear in decades. Some jobs come with oil, but a shrinking of the oil industry could ultimately be a positive, leading to a world powered by sustainable energy.

ACTION: Call your Congressmember and U.S. Senators TODAY!  Tell them to protect our postal services and NOT the oil industry, which has polluted our atmosphere and degraded our environment.

CALL YOUR OWN LEGISLATORS TODAY!

D.C. Local D.C. Address
Representative Nancy Pelosi 202-225-4965 415-556-4862 1236 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Representative Jackie Speier 202-225-3531 650-342-0300 2465 Rayburn  HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Representative Anna Eshoo 202-225-8104 650-323-2984 202 Cannon HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Representative Jared Huffman 202-225-5161 415-258-9657 1527 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Representative Barbara Lee 202-225-2621 510-763-0370 2267 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Representative Mark DeSaulnier 202-225-2095 925-933-2660 503 Cannon HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Representative Eric Swalwell 202-225-5065 510-370-3322 407 Cannon HOB

Washington, DC 20515

Senator Dianne  Feinstein (202) 224-3841 (415) 393-0707 331 Hart Senate Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Kamala Harris (202) 224 – 3553 (415) 981 – 9369 112 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

CARA SING-A-LONG

Friday, May 1st at 12:00 noon CARA (CA Alliance of Retired Americans) is holding a virtual sing-a-long to celebrate INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY in honor of workers all over the world.  (click on link at noon): https://zoom.us/j/8308420049
or Dial by Phone 888-475-4499,  Meeting ID for both computer and phone is  830 842 0049

Union Maid (v.1/2 Woody Guthrie, v. 3: Capple Israel, v.4: Nancy Katz; m:trad “Redwing”)
There once was a union maid, who never was afraid
Of goons and ginks and company finks and the deputy sheriffs who made the raid.
She went to the union hall when a meeting it was called,
And when the company boys come ’round
She always stood her ground.
Chorus: Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union,
I’m sticking to the union, I’m sticking to the union.
Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union,
I’m sticking to the union ’til the day I die.
This union maid was wise to the tricks of company spies,
She couldn’t be fooled by a company stool, she’d always organize the guys.
She always got her way when she struck for higher pay.
She’d show her card to the National Guard
And this is what she’d say (Chorus)
You women who want to be free, take a little tip from me;
Break out of that mold we’ve all been sold, you got a fighting history
The fight for women’s rights with workers must unite
Like Mother Jones, move those bones to the front of every fight! (Chorus)
A woman’s struggle is hard, even with a union card
She’s got to stand on her own two feet and not be a servant of the male elite
It’s time to take a stand, keep working hand in hand
There is a job that’s gotta be done and a fight that’s gotta be won! (Chorus)

Solidarity Forever (lyrics by Ralph Chaplin, v.3 Steve Suffet. music: Battle Hymn of the Republic)
When the union’s inspiration through the workers’ blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the union makes us strong.
Chorus: Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever,
For the union makes us strong.
It is we who plowed the prairies; built the cities where they trade;
Dug the mines and built the workshops, endless miles of railroad laid;
Now we stand outcast and starving midst the wonders we have made;
But the union makes us strong. (Chorus)
They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn,
But without our brain and muscle not a single wheel can turn.
We can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn
That the union makes us strong. (Chorus)
They divide us by our color, they divide us by our tongue
They divide us men and women, they divide us old and young
But they’ll tremble at our voices when they hear these verses sung
For the union makes us strong
In our hands is placed a power greater than their hoarded gold,
Greater than the might of armies, magnified a thousand-fold.
We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old
For the union makes us strong. (Chorus)