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Tags: Civil Liberties, News, Patriot Act, Politics, terrorism
MayDay! MayDay! Civil Liberties Under Attack!
A SF Gray Panthers Program
Tuesday, May 17, 1 PM
Fireside Room, Unitarian Center
1187 Franklin Street (at Geary)
The extra-judicial killing of Osama Bin Laden has stimulated a flurry of right-wing radicals — Cheney for one — who now propose that torture be legalized. Congress is debating extension of the USA Patriot Act, for three years. The SF Gray Panthers will present a program on the Patriot Act and the Bill of Rights.
Hastily passed after 9/11, the USA Patriot Act is considered by many to be the greatest threat in decades to civil liberties and constitutionally-protected rights of free speech and protections against unwarranted searches and seizures. The Act was due to expire in February, but the Senate did not authorize renewal, so the Act was extended for debate until May 27.
The three most controversial sections of the Patriot Act are:
1) “Section 215,” allowing the government to seize records or “any tangible thing” from any person.
2) “Roving Wiretap” orders which do not have to specify the names or devices targeted.
3) a “Lone Wolf” provision which reduces legal protections for individuals alleged to be a threat.
SF Gray Panthers has opposed the USA Patriot Act from the beginning, hosting public informational meetings and participating in demonstrations against the Act. A list of Gray Panther articles on the Patriot Act is available at http://tinyurl.com/4yk7mdn .
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Tags: CPMC, elder, Gray Panthers, Healthcare, News, Politics, Racism, San Francisco, senior, skilled nursing facility, SNF, Sutter Health
San Francisco Gray Panthers
1182 Market St. Room 203
San Francisco CA 94102
San Francisco Gray Panthers is extremely concerned about California Pacific Medical Center’s plan to eliminate 180 Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) beds as part of its Master Plan for radically changing its healthcare facilities in San Francisco.
San Francisco has a severe shortage of (SNF) beds that accept Medi-Cal. A 1998 SF Department of Public Health study predicted that the City will have 92,000 more residents over age 65 in 2020 than in 2000, and that the City would have a shortage of 2,380 SNF beds, assuming no existing SNF beds were lost. (Options For Laguna Honda Hospital White Paper) But since that time, 732 SNF beds have been lost. The City’s own Laguna Honda Hospital, soon to re-open, stopped taking SNF patients in January 2008. (Fog City Journal, 7-7-2009). California Pacific Medical Center’s planned closing of its Skilled Nursing Facility, with 180 beds, would raise the total of closed beds to 912, a 24% drop since 1997. (SF Examiner, 8-4-2010) The Lewin Group projects San Francisco would face a 30% shortage of SNF beds overall over the next decade.
These SNF beds are almost entirely used by poor elderly or disabled patients on both Medicare and Medi-Cal, and are necessary for treating patients with strokes, heart and circulatory disease, hip fractures, cancer, respiratory diseases, and severe kidney diseases. (CPMC website) Without sufficient SNF beds in San Francisco, these patients will have to be placed in out-of-county facilities, away from the support of family and friends. In addition, the care at stand-alone contracted-out facilities is often inferior to care in SNFs close by hospitals where more skilled medical expertise is close at hand. In short, closing already-scarce SNF beds in San Francisco will hasten deaths for low-income San Franciscans.
Both the San Francisco Health Commission, and a Lewin Group report on CPMC’s Master Plan raised questions about provision of SNF care, as well as sub-acute care and inpatient psychiatric beds. (CPMC news release.)
It is our understanding that CPMC has said it plans to replace the 180 SNF beds it plans to close, but that specific plans are lacking beyond 38 beds at Davies and a commitment to establishing and additional 62 beds somehow, somewhere. (Health Commission Task Force on CPMC IMP, 3-2-2010) This promise, if fulfilled, would still only replace 55% of our badly needed SNF beds.
San Francisco Gray Panthers stands behind the California Nurses Association, community advocates, and elder advocates in demanding that CPMC issue specific, irrevocable plans for replacing all of the closed SNF beds, that new SNF beds be located in close proximity to acute care facilities, and that SNF patients in free-standing facilities not be displaced by CPMC’s SNF patients. We also demand that the City of San Francisco not approve CPMC’s overall plan until these demands on SNF beds are met, as well as community concerns over the future of St. Luke’s Hospital, and the impact of CPMC’s planned main hospital on the Cathedral Hill neighborhood.
Michael Lyon, Co-Convener
Must-See article: “Battle of Cathedral Hill,” by Bob Prentice, Community member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on CPMC’s Master Plan.
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Tags: News, police, police brutality, Politics, Racism, San Francisco, tasers
San Francisco Gray Panthers
1182 Market St., Room 203
San Francisco CA 94102
February 23, 2011
Dear San Francisco Official,
Former Mayor Newsom and former Police Chief, George Gascon argued that equipping police with Tasers would reduce officer-related shooting by as much as one third. This argument is false. If police officers are genuinely endangered by an armed suspect, they will use a gun even if they have a Taser.
Instead, Tasers will be used on unarmed suspects as an additional means to threaten or terrorize non-compliant subjects. ACLU research shows that 80% of Taser use is against unarmed individuals. If police officers are adequately trained, and willing to use their training, they can handle non-compliant subjects without Tasers. Psych Techs do it every working day.
Police policy is that officers are NOT to shoot unless they or someone else is in danger, meaning the suspect is armed. So if it’s true, as Newsom and Gasgon said, that tasers would reduce police shootings by one third, and 80% of taser use is against unarmed suspects, that implies that police are currently shooting unarmed suspects. Gray Panthers do not believe tasering unarmed suspects is an acceptable substitute for police execution.
Police use of Tasers against unarmed suspects will make racial profiling all the worse. In San Diego Blacks and Latinos are twice as likely to be Tasered.
Tasers are not-non lethal. Amnesty International has counted 357 taser-related deaths in the US. When police Taser someone, they have no way of knowing whether it will cause death or permanent injury. Recently, the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) stated that the use of Tasers in Portugal constituted torture.
Courts do not protect against Taser abuse. A seven-month pregnant Seattle black woman was pulled over for allegedly speeding. When she refused to sign the ticket, thinking it admitted guilt, and did not get out of the car, she was Tasered three times. A court ruled police acted reasonably.
Tasers do not belong in any police force.
The SF Police Commission already indicated its extreme unease with Tasers. We will not speculate on what is behind this new move to arm police with tasers, but whatever it is, it has nothing to do with public safety. Reject this measure which is so potentially damaging to the fabric of San Francisco.
San Francisco Gray Panthers
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Tags: News, nuclear war, peace, Politics, terrorism, war
Thursday, December 16th’s NY Times article “How to Survive a Nuclear Bomb” is dishonest in saying the government is preparing for nuclear attack by terrorists. The government’s scenarios for terrorist nuclear attack involve bombs hidden in cargo containers, suitcases, etc. which explode with no advance warming. But the government advice is to seek shelter, complete with diagrams of survivability in rooms of different types of buildings, and projections of casualty reductions if Los Angeles residents are sheltered in a car, versus a shallow basement, versus an underground garage, etc. All these presuppose at least minutes of advance warning. These preparations are not being made for terrorist attack. They are being made to prepare us ideologically for major war, probably with China, which would inevitably include nuclear weapons. Increasing US aggressiveness to maintain world dominance will inevitably lead to war where we are captive participants, unless we can mount a gigantic movement against it.
Tags: Arizona, Immigration, News, Politics, Racism, SB 1070
Appeals Court Hearing on SB 1070 sparks major community protest