OWL ALERT October 18, 2021: 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

 

  • 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, 2021: 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 AUGUST LUNCHEON HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Dear OWL Members,
 
In an August 2nd meeting, the OWL Board of Directors made the reluctant decision to cancel our luncheon. When the meeting adjourned, I put on the TV news and found it full of information and warnings about the increase in infections of COVID-19 as the delta variant spreads.  It appears that we made the correct decision.
 
A while back (I do not remember exactly when), we had a wonderful time gathering at the Jannah restaurant which had made a special arrangement for us. Eating, talking, laughing together, enjoying the delicious Middle Eastern food served by an amiable waitstaff, being entertained by two women singing original compositions, all in an attractive setting made us eager to return.  Alas, it is not to be right now.  We hope for a later date for this delightful time together.
 
The Board members urge everyone to patronize this local business which has been so willing to be supportive of OWL.  Call Jannah to order pick up or delivery or stop by to eat in their lovely backyard space (a parklet but not on the street). You can also order online at orderjannah.com.
 
Jannah Restaurant
1775 Fulton at Masonic
415 567 4400
Glenda Hope for your OWL Board

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.

OWL ALERT June 13, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO 2021/2022 AND 2022/2023 BUDGET 

SITUATION:  San Francisco Mayor London Breed has submitted the Mayor’s Proposed Budget for 2021/2022 and 2022/2023. The Board of Supervisors is currently considering adjustments to the Mayor’s Proposed Budget.  Now is the time for public input.  The Senior and Disability Action (SDA) organization has identified the following three items that need to be included in the budget to benefit Seniors and Persons with Disabilities:

1. $3,000,000.00 to fund an existing rental subsidies program for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities to avert evictions and homelessness.

2. $3,000,000.00 to expand the existing Senior Operating Subsidies program that provides funding for Seniors whose income is Social Security or SSI so they can afford rental units in Senior Housing.

3. $900,000.00 for desktops, laptops, internet service, and digital training for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.

ACTION:  Call and/or e-mail your Supervisor by June 25, 2021 and ask for inclusion of these items in the City’s budget.

CONTACTS:

District 1: Connie Chan – (415)554-7410; ChanStaff@sfgov.org

District 2: Catherine Stefani – (415)554-7752; Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org

District 3: Aaron Peskin – (415)554-7450; Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org

District 4: Gordon Mar – (415)554-7460; Gordon.Mar@sfgov.org

District 5:  Dean Preston: – (415)554-7630; Dean.Preston@sfgov.org

District 6: Matt Haney – (415)554-7970; Matt.Haney@sfgov.org

District 7: Myrna Melgar – (415)554-6516; MelgarStaff@sfgov.org

District 8: Rafael Mandleman – (415)554-6968; MandlemanStaff@sfgov.org

District 9: Hillary Ronan – (415)554-5144; Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org

District 10: Shamann Walton – (415)554-7670; Shamann.Walton@sfgov.org

District 11: Ahsha Safai -(415)554-6975; Ahsha.Safai@sfgov.org

Seasoned Voices: Telling Our Stories, Sharing Our Insights on June 26, 2021, 11 AM to Noon

Women’s voices are important in today’s world.  Voices of older women are especially significant for their perspective on decades lived, and lessons learned.  Writing a memoir is one vehicle for telling stories documenting the history and societal change we have been a part of creating!  Join OWL for a presentation on this unique form of getting voices of older women out into the world.

Program includes:

  • E. Eastman, writer, teacher, and memoir coach, who will talk about what a memoir is, its many forms, how to get started, and how to keep your project focused and engaging.
  • OWL member Melanie Grossman has just published her memoir, Crossing Bayou Teche.  She will share her own process in creating a memoir and new understandings gained, followed by selected readings.
  • Q&A period to follow.

Zoom Meeting link with telephone access will be sent prior to the meeting

OWL ALERT May 26, 2021

Fight Back Against Pollution in the Bay Area


SITUATION: Big Oil Lobbyists are trying to kill a landmark rule before the Air District Board to demand installation of “scrubbers” to remove harmful particles, gases, or chemical byproducts from the industrial smokestacks of the Bay Area’s oil refineries.

 

ACTIONS

  1. Call, email or write Supervisor Shamann Walton (the most pivotal SF member) urging him to vote in favor of the “strict scrubber rule for refineries.” 

Shamann Walton, Dist. 10, 415-554-7670, Shamann.Walton@sfgov.org

 

  1. Call the Air District Board of Directors.

Leave a message (press option #5) at (415) 749-4900

Here’s a suggestion of your message

Dear Supervisor Walton / Board of Directors,

I’m counting on your vote to adopt the STRICT rule for scrubbers on Bay Area oil refineries.  This technology is already in use at most refineries in the US.  I know that you are concerned about the frontline communities who are most impacted by particulate air pollution.  Please help us protect them and ourselves!

OWL ALERT May 22, 2021

 Rental Subsidies for Low Income Seniors and People with Disabilities are vital to Keeping Seniors Housed and Safe

SITUATION A majority of senior renters and people with disabilities in S.F. have incomes too low to qualify for “affordable” housing and need rental subsidies to afford even these programs.   There are 2 types of rental subsidies:

1) Portable Rental Subsidies provide assistance with rent payments that stay with the tenant if they need to move.

2)  Senior Operating Subsidies (SOS): Subsidies stay with the rental unit as “deeply affordable” set asides for very low-income seniors.  Funds for SOS program presently available for 5 years only starting in 2019.

Both of these programs have been successful and must be expanded!

ACTION:  

1) Phone and/or email Mayor London Breed and ask her to fund $3 million for portable rental subsidies and $3M for Senior Operating Subsidies in the Fiscal Year 2021-22 budget.

 

CONTACT: PLEASE CALL ASAP BECAUSE THE MAYOR ANNOUNCES HER BUDGET ON JUNE 1!!!

Mayor London Breed, Phone: (415) 554-6141

E-mail: mayorlondonbreed@sfgov.org

OWL Alert May 12, 2021

BAN UN-IDENTIFIABLE, SELF-ASSEMBLED GUNS IN SAN FRANCISCO!

 SITUATION: “Ghost Guns” are becoming increasingly popular in the Bay Area because they can be bought legally without a background check and shipped to any location.  44% of guns recovered from San Francisco homicides are ghost guns. They are a public safety threat as mounting numbers are being found in the aftermath of gang violence, burglaries and neighborhood shootings.

ACTION:   New legislation, proposed by Supervisor Catherine Stefani, completely bans the possession and sale of ghost guns and their untraceable components. 

Call and email your supervisor and tell him or her to make our communities safer and stop the surge of shootings across our city by supporting this “Ghost Gun” legislation.

Contacts for Supervisors:

Connie Chan, Dist. 1, 415-554-7410, ChanStaff@sfgov.org

Catherine Stefani, Dist. 2, 415-554-7752, Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org

Aaron Peskin, Dist. 3, 415-554-7450, Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org

Gordon Mar, Dist. 4, 415-554-7460, Gordon.Mar@sfgov.org

Dean Preston, Dist. 5, 415-554-7630, Dean.Preston@sfgov.org

Matt Haney, Dist. 6, 415-554-7970, Matt.Haney@sfgov.org

Myrna Melgar, Dist. 7, (415) 554-6516, MelgarStaff@sfgov.org

Rafael Mandelman, Dist. 8, 415-554-6968, MandelmanStaff@sfgov.org

Hillary Ronen, Dist. 9, 415-554-5144, Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org

Shamann Walton, Dist. 10, 415-554-7670, Shamman.Walton@sfgov.org

Ashsa Safai, Dist. 11, 415-554-6975, Ahsha.Safai@sfgov.org

OWL ALERT May 6, 2021

 San Francisco’s City College Needs Your Help

SITUATION City College is more vital than ever as the pandemic ends.  Job training, English as a second language, completing interrupted skills training, and offering meaningful opportunities to seniors and those with disabilities to get back into the world. 

 

ACTIONS:  

1) Show up at the Rally supporting CCSF on Saturday, May 8 at 11:00 am in front of City Hall, the Polk Street side, 

2) Email CC Board of Trustees, scheduled to vote on Monday, and tell them you are a community member and want to see City College serving the community again, 

3) Contact your SF Supervisor about how vital City College is to the city!

 

Contacts: 

Shanell Williams, President, swilliams@ccsf.edu

Tom Temprano, Vice President, ttemprano@ccsf.edu

Aliya Chisti, achisti@ccsf.edu, Brigitte Davil, bdavila@ccsf.edu,

John Rizzo jrizzo@ccsf.edu, Thea Selby, tselby@ccsf.edu, Alan Wong, alanwong@ccsf.edu

Supervisors:

Connie Chen, Dist. 1, 415-554-7410, ChanStaff@sfgov.org

Rafael Mandelman, Dist. 8, 415-554-6968, MandelmanStaff@sfgov.org

Matt Haney, Dist. 6,415-554-7970, Matt.Haney@sfgov.org

Gordon Mar, Dist. 4, 415-554-7460, Gordon.mar@sfgov.org

Myrna Melgar, Dist. 7, (415) 554-6516 – MelgarStaff@sfgov.org

Aaron Pesking, Dist. 3, 415-554-7450, Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org

Dean Preston, Dist. 5, 415-554-7630, Dean.Preston@sfgov.org

Hillary Ronen, Dist. 9, 415-554-5144, Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org

Ashsa Safai, Dist. 11, 415-5546975, Ahsha.Safai@sfgov.org

Catherine Stefani, Dist. 2, 415-554-7752, Catherine.Stefani@sfgov.org

Shamann Walton, Dist. 10, 415-554-7670, Shamman.Walton@sfgov.org

 OWL ALERT May 1, 2021

Tell Governor Newsom Not to Wait Until 2045 to Halt Oil Drilling and Production in California!


SITUATION
: California Governor Newsom has promised to use his executive powers to stop issuing fracking permits by 2024, and that’s great news!  But California cannot wait until 2045,  as proposed by the governor, to stop all extraction of fossil fuels.  We need action now to save the environment!

 

ACTION:  Write, call or fax the governor and tell him we can’t wait until 2045.  Ask Governor Newsom to ban all fossil fuel extraction make California carbon neutral NOW!

 

CONTACT: Governor Gavin Newsom
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160        

VIRTUAL Legacy Film Festival on Aging MAY 24-31 2021

The 10th Legacy Film Festival on Aging, May 24-31, 2021 – the only international screen event exploring life in the world of new aging – will take viewers from Australia to Sweden, from Hungary to Cuba and across the US with over 25 feature-length and short indie films. The festival will screen online, reaching audiences across the nation and the globe.

See legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org for details.