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Thursday 10/1 @ 12PM
UCSF Mission Bay
Meet at Esprit Park (19th St & Minnesota St.)
March to Genentech Hall.
In the early morning of August 7, 2020, a lighter was discovered in the room of a critically ill Black patient in the ICU at UCSF’s Parnassus Hospital. Following hospital protocol, his bedside nurse called security to conduct a full room search. When guards arrived, they announced that their goal was to “ransack” the room. They forcibly began a search, including removing his gown. When the patient became distraught and attempted to leave the room, security restrained him. Without his oxygen, he cried out “I can’t breathe.”
This incident directly risked patient safety, inflicted trauma, and perpetuated racism. We must act decisively to protect patients, community members and frontline providers. We need to re-envision 'safety' protocols that too easily harm rather than protect.
We ask for your involvement in two important ways:
Please sign this petition that we will deliver to the UCSF Safety Task Force regarding policing in our hospitals.
Please complete this brief, 2-minute survey to communicate your perspectives around safety at UCSF.
For over two decades, our county’s only public health system — Alameda Health System (AHS) — has been under the supervision of an appointed and unaccountable Board of Trustees. This unelected Board has neglected the needs of our communities, failed to address health inequities, and undermined the healthcare workers and staff who care for our most essential needs.
We, the undersigned, call on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to immediately take AHS under County control and disband the existing Board of Trustee governance structure. Together with the Alameda County Coalition for Health Communities (ACCHC), demand a truly public health care system that values patients more than profits. Change is long overdue, and the time to act is NOW!
Therefore, we support ACCHC’s call on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to :
Disband the AHS Board of Trustees structure and institute direct governance of Alameda Health System by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors
Bargain in good-faith with all labor unions within AHS.
Immediately address the unsafe environment for patients and workers due to lack of proper PPE, training, and scheduling.
Increase funding to AHS to improve poor outcomes to public health endured by frontline black and brown communities.
We recognize our moral imperative to actively dismantle structures of racism that are interwoven into the foundation and daily operations of UCSF. This document articulates our vision for an anti-racist UCSF. To build towards this vision requires fundamental changes.
Carroll is running on a platform of systemic change, not incremental reform. After two decades fighting for one legislative victory at a time, Carroll is taking on the entire system. That’s why Carroll fought with the people to establish a Department of Race and Equity at the City of Oakland, to examine and address systemic bias in city government. These are the biases that cause our city to be segregated into the clean, well-resourced neighborhoods of the Hills with rare parking tickets and ample parks, vs the flats of East and West Oakland, over-policed and under-resourced. As the Council Member for District 3, Carroll's focus will be on:
Are you tired of waiting for progressive action from the city council in the most radical city in America? Are you sick of begging your elected leaders to house those without shelter, end police violence and protect working class families from gentrification?
Join the movement to elect a community leader who will always listen to her community and never compromise her principles as the next council member for Oakland District 3.
Carroll Fife is running for Oakland City Council to represent the people of District 3. Carroll is an executive director, a community leader, a mother and a fearless freedom fighter. As executive director of ACCE Oakland, she helped found Moms for Housing and passed legislation at the state and local level to build collective power for tenants. She has fought back against police terrorism and helped to build a network of Black organizations and individuals working together for community self-determination.
Carroll has been behind the scenes in Oakland electoral politics for over a decade as the founder of Black Women in Elected Leadership PAC and an elected member of the Oakland NAACP’s Executive Committee. Since 2014, she has managed several campaigns, including Oakland's first ever slate of all Black women candidates for City Council and the OUSD Board. She was a 2016 and 2020 delegate for Bernie Sanders and is a member of the 2020 Platform Committee for the DNC.
Carroll’s legislative and electoral accomplishments include helping to found the Oakland Department of Race and Equity, pushing for the Cannabis Equity permit system, protecting the Coliseum area from gentrification, passing Oakland’s emergency eviction moratorium and pandemic eviction ban, and most recently, pressuring the City Council to reopen the City budget in order to defund OPD.
“My goal is not only to cultivate and develop the leadership, the critical thinking skills, and the analysis but also to make the space and give the platform to the people so that they can exercise what they know to be right, to lift up their experiences. Together we can create the strategic points that will help us to victory over injustice.”
VOLUNTEER WITH RECLAIMSF TO HOUSE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNSHELTERED
Reclaim SF is currently taking on a dire need for immediate action when the city is refusing to house tens of thousands of people in the middle of a pandemic. In light of unhoused folks trying to stay safe and reclaiming a home, the city is attempting to repress the campaignby sending police.
It is necessary for folks right now to do all that they can to put pressure on the city to use their emergency powers and authorize hotel beds to be opened for unhoused and unsheltered folks during COVID-19, especially given the fact that none of the shelters are doing intakes, and those in the shelters are being rapidly infected. #ReclaimSF is currently looking for volunteers to help support their campaign. Sign up here.
VOLUNTEER AS A MEDIC FOR UPCOMING DEMOS
Do No Harm has been collaborating with Oakland Medics, a longstanding medics network in the Bay Area. If you are trained as a medic (at least 2 hrs for health professionals and at least 10 hours for non-health professionals) and want to plug in, send an email to email@example.com your work or school email if you have one, and include (1) your medical training if any, (2) your street medic training if any, (3) your demonstration experience if any, (4) Your phone number.
The Biopolitics of the Medical Industrial Complex in Pandemic Times
A Big Ideas Talk with Mordecai Ettinger
California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) 9/30 7PM PST
The Medical Industrial Complex profiteers from the very illnesses it's designed to treat and prevent, and is complicit with White supremacy and climate change.
We are grateful for the wisdom of Mordecai Cohen Ettinger as an active member of Do No Harm. This Wednesday, September 30, at 7pm PT, Mordecai Cohen Ettinger of Sins Invalid will give a talk about the Medical Industrial Complex as part of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) "Big Ideas" series. They'll offer a path forward for transforming the Medical Industrial Complex and creating alternatives for health and healing.
Mordecai Cohen Ettinger has 25 years' experience as a multi-sector social justice activist and organizer, healer, radical scholar, and educator. Mordecai is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His field is critical science, technology, and medicine studies. Mordecai’s research spans environmental health and toxicology, to the workings of the Medical Industrial Complex, to the neurobiology of the social nervous system, and its implications regarding collective and historical trauma, healing, resilience and social change. Mordecai is the Founding Director of the Health Justice Commons. He co-founded the TGI Justice Project, served as an Interim Co-Director at Justice Now, and as Interim Executive Director at Caduceus Outreach Services, a radical mental health organization. Schooled by years of movement work, and trained in Somatic Experiencing, Reiki, and Cranial Sacral therapy, he has studied with Dr. Peter Levine, biophysicist and founder of Somatic Experiencing and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. He is the author of the forthcoming book, We All Hold Up the Sky: Lessons in Health Justice for the 21st Century. Finally, Mordecai is queer/ gender non-binary. He is a survivor of radiation poisoning and what is designated by the UN to be medical torture. He's here for disrupting and transforming the Medical Industrial Complex for our futures to be possible!
SYLLABUS: A HISTORY OF ANTI-BLACK RACISM IN MEDICINE
The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is revealing longstanding American health and healthcare disparities yet to be addressed. While some have described COVID as a “great equalizer,” policing, public health, medical care, and public funds are revealing otherwise. COVID-19’s impact on Black people in general and poor and working-class Black people in particular, has elucidated this country’s long disparate treatment of Black people and centuries-long neglect of Black health concerns. We hope this syllabus offers insight into those historical legacies, while simultaneously paving way for equitable health for all underrepresented populations.
Although the focus of this syllabus is the history of anti-Blackness in American medicine, we are aware that many of the texts are not from historians of medicine. Those scholars’ insights, however, are invaluable to our dissertation research and theoretical approaches. The selection of texts here also reveals the gaps that remain between the histories of medicine and science and Black studies. Though this syllabus is certainly not exhaustive, it lays important groundwork for bridging this gap and illustrating that questions of race and racism should be central to studying the histories of medicine and science. We hope that this syllabus serves not as an endpoint–but as a beginning.
As many of you know our community has been supportingJamaica Hamptonsince he was shot by SFPD last year. Jamaica has had to evacuate his home due to the fires, but is now safe with family and friends.
In these moments of profound uncertainty we must turn to each other in times of need. Collectively we have been able to raise money to pay for rent, food, and essential bills on the long road to recovery. Jamaica has been going to SSI appointments and getting his prosthetic limbs fitted - we're looking forward to bridging Jamaica to financial security soon, but need your help these last few months until he's financially stable and ready for the next phase of his life.
If you are part of a mutual aid network or community supporting fire relief and need support, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
SUPPORT THE FAMILY OF ERIC WILLIAM WARNER
On Saturday July 25th, 2020 Eric William Warner became another victim to the deadly COVID-19 outbreak behind America’s prison walls. Family, friends and those who know Eric are saddened by his passing. Eric, as friend’s called him “E” , was born and raised in San Francisco. He grew up in the Excelsior district of San Francisco and attended Balboa High school. E loved riding dirt bikes and motocross. He was also a golden glove boxer. E loved dogs his whole life and his trade was in dry cleaning where he worked many years.
Friends who know E from behind the walls of San Quentin say that he was a very kind, caring and generous person. He was a spiritual person, who would often read his devotion every morning, which could be seen displayed in his practical day to day life. He would go out of his way to help others and would not turn down anyone who needed help. He was part of the Native Hawaiian Spiritual Group/Dancers and the AAPI Ethnic Studies Group SQR.O.O.T.S. Spending years behind walls, E understood the hardship it had on families and relationships. Despite the harsh conditions of incarceration, E would continue to write letters of hope and encouragement to his step daughter providing her with insight and pearls of wisdom on life. To his brother, Hank who E was very close with, E would dream of one day traveling the world with him to see the great natural wonders and connect with people.
Eric "E" will always be remembered by friends and family as a kind and warm hearted person. He was loved by so many and especially those who knew him best.
Eric William Warner is survived by step daughter Shanti, brother Hank, niece Chloe, nephew William and aunts Norma, Juliet and Concha.
Please help Eric William Warner aka "E", a friend, a brother and a father rest easy by donating to help his family pay for funeral expenses.
COVID-19 has spread widely behind the walls of San Quentin. San Quentin, like many prisons in California, is ill equipped to handle a pandemic, especially due to the prison’s unsanitary conditions, lack of medical resources, and overcrowdedness.
Before May 31, there were no positive COVID19 cases at San Quentin. On May 31, 121 people were transferred to San Quentin from CIM, a facility in Chino, California where a deadly COVID-19 outbreak occurred. On the same day of the transfer, CDCR had confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 at San Quentin—in the following weeks hundreds of cases sprung up.
According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as of July 20, amongst those incarcerated at San Quentin there have been 2,089 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 13 people have already died from COVID-19.
The Village is Building Support to Fill Hotel Rooms Not Graves: Here in Oakland, at least 1500 hotel rooms are sitting empty. Since the government is still struggling with the simple task of moving people into empty hotel rooms, The Village of Oakland, East Oakland Collective, and Love and Justice in the Streets will show them how it's done: With your help, we will book 30 hotel rooms across Oakland for unhoused folks that are ready to move in immediately - so they can shelter in place, just like the housed folks!
DONATE TO THE BLACK ORGANIZING PROJECT
The Black Organizing Project is a Black member-led community organization working for racial, social, and economic justice through grassroots organizing and community-building in Oakland, California.
Our vision is to build a strong bottom up organization of Black people that will:
Craft alternative models and institutions that will advance our vision of racial and economic justice
Rebuild the spirit and foundation of our community
Exercise political and economic power
Act to win real systematic change
Transform the lives of Black people
Embody the spirit that has sustained the Black community
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front.
We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.
We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.
We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.
The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.