OWL ALERT JANUARY 16: SUPPORT SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE

ACTION NEEDED FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE

SITUATION: Today’s U.S. health care system is a complex, fragmented multi-payer system that leaves wide gaps of coverage and poses significant issues of affordability.

SITUATION:  AB 1400, the California Guaranteed HealthCare For All legislation—which sets in motion a single-payer health care coverage system in California—has passed the Assembly Health Committee and must pass the entire Assembly no later than January 22, 2022. 

With Medicare under attack on a national level,
it is especially urgent for California to lead the nation on behalf of healthcare.
OTHER STATES WILL FOLLOW.

ACTION: Urge Governor Newsom to support AB1400!

ACTION: Contact your Assemblymember and say urge full and vigorous support for AB 1400.

ACTION: TELL FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN CALIFORNIA

OWL ALERT JANUARY 8: MEDICARE UNDER ATTACK

SITUATION: The Trump administration launched a plan to move up to 30 million seniors and disabled people into Direct Contracting Entities without their knowledge or consent.  These DCEs are private, for-profit corporations which would be able to pocket up to 40% of what they charge Medicare, compared to 2% by Traditional Medicare providers.

SITUATION: The Biden administration is continuing this process!

 THIS IS EGREGIOUS FOR MANY REASONS! Here are just a few:

  • DCEs would generate profits by denying care and charging more.
  • They would have no Congressional oversight.
  • This is part of a movement to completely privatize Medicare by 2030.

ACTIONS:

CONTACT Speaker Pelosi at and insist she call for a halt to this process and hold hearings:

90 7th Street, Suite 2-800
San Francisco, CA 94103
phone: (415) 556-4862
https://www.speaker.gov/contact

CONTACT your own Representative and tell her/him to insist Pelosi hold hearings while forcing a pause in this process which is already underway:

https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

CONTACT Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and thank him for pausing the process and sounding the alarm:

HHS Headquarters
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C.  20201
Phone: (877) 696-6775
xavier.becerra@hhs.gov

IMPORTANT:

Urge your friends across the country to
contact their own Representatives, and tell them to
STOP THE ATTACK ON MEDICARE!

ALERT DECEMBER 18: STOP DIRECT CONTRACTING ENTITIES (DCE’s) FROM TAKING OVER TRADITIONAL MEDICARE

SITUATION: In 2020, the Trump Administration launched a new policy “experiment” designed to privatize traditional Medicare. Under this model, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) could move more than 30 million traditional Medicare beneficiaries into mostly commercial, for-profit plans called Direct Contracting Entities (DCE) without the enrollees’ understanding or consent.

In ways similar to commercial Medicare Advantage plans, DCEs have the potential to interfere with care decisions and waste taxpayer money when compared with the efficiency of traditional Medicare.

The Biden Administration is moving the DCE program forward, threatening the future of Medicare as we know it.

ACTIONS: 

DON’T PRIVATIZE MEDICARE, SUPERSIZE IT!

1. Call your member of Congress, Democrat or Republican: House Capital Switchboard 202-225-3121 and tell them to sign Representative Jayapal’s letter to Secretary Becerra. He has the power to end Direct Contracting Entities and protect Medicare for everyone!

2. Call the Secretary yourself: Comment line is (202) 205-5445. Put an end to Direct Contracting Entities and stop the privatization of Traditional Medicare.

3. Sign the petition to HHS Secretary Becerra:  https://pnhp.salsalabs.org/DCEpetitionSeptember2021/index.html

4. Please pass this on to your family and friends. 

OWL ALERT DECEMBER 11: STOP RACE-BASED CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS AND SENTENCING

EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW

SITUATION: The California Racial Justice for All Act prohibits the State from seeking or obtaining a criminal conviction, or from imposing a sentence, based on race, ethnicity or national origin (AB2542). This landmark Act made it possible for a person charged or convicted of a crime to challenge racial and other specified bias in their case, but it did not apply to judgments or actions before January 1, 2021.  

AB256, as Amended would remove this limitation and allow those impacted by unfair convictions and sentences prior to January 1, 2021 to seek redress.

ACTION:  Everyone deserves equal justice under the law. Tell the California Senate to pass AB256 when it reconvenes in 2022.

ACTION: Please encourage California friends and colleagues to support this important upcoming legislation.

OWL ALERT DECEMBER 5: SEATING FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

SITUATION:  People with disabilities and seniors need shelters and seating while waiting for public transportation. At this time, only 34% of current bus stops have seating, and these are distributed inequitably, with the northern half of the city twice as likely to have shelters as the southern half, particularly Bayview/Hunters Point.

ACTION:  Contact the SFMTA Board of Directors and tell them that:
1) Bus shelters and seats should be distributed equitably throughout San Francisco,
2) Bus shelters with seats are especially needed to accommodate seniors and people with disabilities.

CONTACT: 
Office of the SFMTA Board of Directors
Phone: 415.646.4470
Email: MTABoard@SFMTA.com

 

OWL ALERT NOVEMBER 27: CELEBRATE SMALL VICTORIES: They add up to big ones!

SITUATION: The State of California, since July, 2021, has denied 109 permits for fracking.  The Older Women’s League is part of the campaign to end fracking because it uses enormous quantities of water, injects chemicals into our water supply, and promotes use of fossil fuels.

ACTION:  Kudos to everyone who responds to the OWL ALERTS.  Together we can be a part of bringing healing and justice to the Earth and all that is within it.  Give thanks with a grateful heart and contact Governor Gavin Newsom with a word of thanks for this action.

ACTION: Forward to friends in California.

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

OWLSF HOLIDAY PARTY DECEMBER 18

Complimentary catered lunch including

delicious vegetarian & vegan choices and no-host wine bar

Book swap

Saturday, December 18, 11:30 AM– 1:00 PM

Jannah Restaurant  at  1775 Fulton Street, at Masonic

Muni 5 and 43; validated parking at Lucky’s, across the street

One guest per member welcome      Wheelchair accessible

RSVP by Wednesday, December 8th

415-712-1695                info@owlsf.org

 

 

2021-11-22 OWL ALERT NOVEMBER 22: HUMAN MIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION

SITUATION: Executive Director Rev. Deborah Lee and the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity need OWL’s support to, among other things, address the root causes of human migration from Honduras, as well as the transfer of released green card holders from prisons to ICE–for deportation–after completion of their sentences.

ACTION: Open the links below, provided by Rev. Lee after her November 20, 2021 presentation on immigration at the OWL monthly meeting.

ROOT CAUSES – Eight page recommendations and Report (sent to Congress) – with more stories from our root causes pilgrimages:
U.S. Responsibility and Roadmap for Change Blog
KEEP EFRAN HOME – (this is urgent- he could be deported to Colombia as soon as next week):
bit.ly/KeepEfrainHome
KEEP CHARLES HOME:
Script and Toolkit: bit.ly/KeepCharlesHome  
Film about Charles’ transfer to ICE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JTC9OV-mxM

ACTION: Ask Congress to pass H.R. 1574 (previously H.R. 1945), the Berta Cáceres Human Rights In Honduras Act which would suspend U.S. Security Assistance to Honduras until human rights violations by Honduran security forces cease and perpetrators are brought to justice.

ACTION: ASK FRIENDS AND FAMILY NATIONWIDE TO DO THE SAME.

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.

NOVEMBER 20: THE HUMAN FACE OF IMMIGRATION

Come learn about the current state of issues, legislation and resources
impacting people from other countries who hope to live in the U.S.

OWLSF again welcomes knowledgeable and dynamic presenter
Rev. Deborah Lee
Executive Director of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity,
speaking about:

          ♦    Demographics of immigration: The Immigrants and why they immigrate
          ♦    Legal Issues of Immigration: Asylum, Deportation, and DACA
          ♦    Resources for Immigrants: Federal, State, and Local
          ♦    Actions we can take

Rev. Deborah Lee has worked at the intersection of faith and social justice for over 25 years in community organizing and advocacy connecting issues of race, gender, economic justice and immigrant rights. Her work has been recognized as innovative and impactful, with many awards, including the United Nation’s Association of the East Bay and East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy.

To llisten to an audio recording of the meeting, go to:
https://1drv.ms/v/s!BOcjC88eJNeggZMC4ZUNbY4rFemxUQ?e=Me6JcV

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 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.