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




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:


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



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



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

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

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.


February 5th February 19th March 5th

CARA is planning a series of FORUMS on Fridays, beginning on Feb. 5th at NOON PST to engage our members and friends on the key issues we will be working on over the next year. Some of these FORUMS will be policy focused, some more performance oriented, and some skills-building. All of these forums will be held at NOON PST and will be held via ZOOM and Teleconference. All events will have an organizing focus and share opportunities to TAKE ACTION. And each one will have some element of fun and surprise.

You must register in advance for these events. You can register for one, two, or all of them. You will be sent a link for the Forum upon registration. We are proud to announce the first 3 Fabulous Forums. Register here https://californiaalliance.org/3473-2/

Evolve & OWL Support PROP 15

OWL SF can join Evolve on August 20th at 5 pm to phone bank for Prop.15 – Schools and Communities First.
The phone bank on August 20th is going to be from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. We will send out the Zoom link that day so be ready to click that link at 5 pm. Volunteers will first be trained and then they will start calling voters in the Bay Area.

You will need your phone, computer, and access to a Chrome browser for this phonebank. Along with that, you can quickly share your story about why you support Prop. 15 using this link https://www.evolve-ca.org/share-your-story.


Women Make Movies Virtual Film Festival

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
Watch Trailer Above, or Click Here
Please forward to your friends! Please forward to your friends!

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


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)