In our communities, what hurts some of us, hurts all of us. Our response to this crisis must prioritize the collective needs of all people.
In San Francisco and across this country, we are facing a public health emergency in responding to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This crisis has already exposed major gaps in our existing social safety net that must be addressed with immediate and drastic action. The more urgently and fully we respond to this crisis, the better chance we have of withstanding its effects.
Power lies in our communities. Join us in calling on our government officials and elected leaders to immediately address the platform below. To survive, we must be a city #UnitedInCrisis.
We must shift the way we view resources in this city. Everyone at risk must have access to a test and medical care. No housing unit, private or public, or hotel room should remain unfilled while there are people living at greater risk of exposure on the street, in shelters, or in overcrowded SROs (single room occupancies). As long as people are unable to work due to public health concerns, they also must be relieved from their financial commitments to landlords. All of us, including landlords, should be relieved of financial commitments to big banks. While some corporations and individuals may be trying to keep the status quo, the first priority of our government must be to the people in our communities.
As San Francisco community organizations and labor unions serving those most impacted by COVID-19, we are united in calling for the policy priorities below. We believe this is a moment for our whole community to step up in prioritizing public health and protecting those most at risk. This includes healthcare workers, low-wage workers, low-income tenants, seniors, people with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions, homeless people, and more.
We have highlighted a 10 point platform for the city to address immediately. This list is not comprehensive, and we trust and expect the city to continue acting on this and more. Though we are focusing specifically on San Francisco, we recognize there are necessary actions on the statewide and federal level that must happen immediately, including suspension of loans or any payments to large banks and financial institutions, a continuation of all utilities, internet accessibility for all, and more.
Join us in calling on all decision makers and community members to immediately act in response to this crisis by supporting our most vulnerable San Franciscans.
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