ACTION ALERTS

BAY AREA

Contact San Francisco Mayor Breed & Board of Supervisors to ask them ACT NOW:

● Declare a Public Health Emergency in Bayview Hunters Point and Treasure Island!
● Declare a moratorium on shipyard development and Lennar’s unsafe soil excavation!
● Conduct full retesting, safe cleanup and removal of all radioactive and toxic contamination at Hunters Point Shipyard Superfund Site & Treasure Island!

The San Francisco Hunters Point Naval Shipyard site was home to a Naval shipyard repair facility from 1945 to 1974 and the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory (NRDL) from 1948 to 1960. These facilities contaminated soil, dust, sediments, surface water and groundwater with toxic chemicals, heavy metals, PCBs, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and radionuclides.
READINGS & RESOURCES can be found HERE.

On Going BAAQMD Advocacy

Contact Bay Area Air Quality Management District to encourage them to prioritize a swift phase out of fossil fuels for health, climate, and clean air benefits throughout the region and stricter requirements for oil refinery pollution controls. READ MORE.

Help Limit Building Emissions in the Bay Area

In conjunction with our April 28 event on electrification of buildings, please take action!

Gas appliance pollution is damaging our climate, health, and air quality. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) already has rules limiting nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from home water heaters and furnaces, but the current standards allow pollution to persist. On April 19, staff announced its plan to work with stakeholders to develop zero-NOx emissions standards for residential furnaces and water heaters. Sometime in July 2021, staff will host a public workshop to discuss equity, affordability, and rule implementation timeline. If you are interested in joining the discussion, please fill out this form and RMI and our partners will send you more information later this summer and alert you to future advocacy opportunities.

CALIFORNIA

Help to Advance CA Policy Proposals through the CA Legislature

Call or email your CA representatives and ask them to support the bills listed in the POLICY WATCH section of our April Newsletter. Most of the bills are in various stages of the policymaking process in Sacramento. We will send out Action Alerts as these policies progress and let you know key times and representatives to contact.

Thank you to VISION-CA for their community-led leadership on Senate Bill 467  that did not pass committee. We remain committed to passing legislation that will create setbacks from oil wells and protect the communities living near them.

Thank you to everyone who called senators to support SB467 to protect health and climate in California.

Statement on continued Public Health Threat of Policing

We at SF Bay PSR are deeply saddened and outraged by the recent killing by police of Duante Wright, 13-year-old Adam Toledo, and the daily killings of people, particularly people of color, by police in the US. It must stop. Our hearts go out to their families and communities. Please join us on Wednesday, May 26, 7pm (registration link coming soon) for our event and discussion, The Public Health Threat of Policing and Mass Incarceration with Zach Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center, and Dr. Jennifer James, professor and researcher at University of California, San Francisco.

Racism is a public health crisis and we are committed to exposing the interconnections of racism in climate, environmental, health equity, and anti-nuclear issues.

Statement on Violence Against Asian American Pacific Islander Communities

All of us at SF Bay PSR are saddened and appalled by the recent alarming rise in attacks on Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities. We stand in solidarity with Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in San Francisco, Oakland, California, and across the country who have been and are being targeted.

Report incidents to Stop AAPI Hate
American Journal of Public Health: Critical Race Theory, Race Equity, and Public Health: Toward Antiracism Praxis
CNBC: How to support Asian American colleagues amid the recent wave of anti-Asian violence
NPR: Anti-Asian Attacks Rise During Pandemic

FEDERAL

ANTI-NUCLEAR ACTIONS

Please contact your senators and representatives to support key anti-nuclear and pentagon budget reduction policy proposals. See the Anti-Nuclear Policy Section of our April Newsletter.

FIRST 100 DAYS

The first 100 days of a new presidential administration are critical to achieving objectives over the next four years. Now is the time to tell the Biden-Harris administration and your congressional representatives what you want to see in a “Green New Deal.”

To read more about President-Elect Biden’s positions on “Green New Deal” polices please see our recent newsletters.

Support the Thrive Agenda and contact your representatives. Supported by 200 grassroots organizations and 83 members of Congress, the Thrive Agenda is a roadmap to a just recovery from our climate crisis, the global pandemic, and the intertwining of persistent racial injustice, Make your voice heard!

Tell Congress to invest in clean energy: Tell Congress to Invest in a Clean Energy Future
President Joe Biden has proposed the American Jobs Plan, which can put people back to work, rebuild our aging infrastructure, accelerate our shift to clean energy, and improve our resilience to the climate impacts we can no longer avoid.
READ MORE at PSR National.

VISIT the MEMORIAL to Healthcare workers lost to the pandemic

“Lost on the Frontline,” an online memorial launched by the Guardian and Kaiser Family Foundation’s Kaiser Health News to honor and memorialize all of the frontline health-care workers who have died because of COVID-19.

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The National Academy of Medicine offers Resources to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During COVID-19