CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Gray Panthers' Plans for 2000
Where have we been? And where are we going? We are
Be prepared to discuss their report with them and to voice your opinions on how we can implement these important goals.
Tues., Nov. 2 Election Day7:00 a.m.8:00 p.m. all polling
Thurs., Nov. 4 1:003:00 p.m.
Board meeting at the office. All welcome!
Tues., Nov. 16 12:303:00 p.m.
Membership meeting. Learn what went on in
Washington, DC, at the Biennial GPs Conven-
tion. Aroza, Inger, Karen and Mary Frances will
give us their impressions of the spirit and the
actions of our organization.
Thurs., Nov. 18 Noon
Tour Mission Bay with the Public Affairs people
of UCSF. Leave and return at the UCSF library.
See site and plans for the new UCSF research
campus. Call to reserve at least a week in ad-
Sat., Nov. 20 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Older Women's League (OWL): "You and Your
Adult Children," a discussion led by Mary
Goulding, MSW, and Micheline Maccario, M.D.
Sat., Nov. 20 and 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 21 10:00 a.m.3:30 p.m.
Friends of the Library sale ($1 and 50¢) at Fort
Mason, Building A. Last chance this year to adopt
that holiday gift for others or yourself.
Mon., Nov. 29Fri., Dec. 3
World Trade Organization convention in Seattle,
WA. Huge counter-demonstrations planned by
labor unions and human rights activists.
More inside, see page 5.
Tues., Nov. 30 7:30 p.m.
San Francisco Green Party County Council
meeting. Green Party office, 15th and Mission
More info, 415/659-1726.
Nominations Needed for Our Board
Elections will be held in December for our own Board of
Completing four years on the Board and therefore not eligible for election are Fanny, Karen and Rhoda. We thank them for their service. Augusta, Mitzi, Inger and Franklin are completing two years, and ongoing members not up for election this year are Aroza, Astrid, Rebecca, Lilian K. and Miriam B.
The Board of Directors determines policy and plans meetings
and activities for the San Francisco Gray Panthers network. It meets at the office once a month, currently the first Thursday at 1:00 p.m. All members and friends are welcome to attend and speak at Board meetings, but only duly elected members may vote.
Nominations are now open and may be made by any paid-up member at any Board meeting, membership meeting or by calling the office. As always, we need new faces to complement the old. So get active and nominate your friends or yourself. Be a member of your Board of Directors!
Welcome New Member
The pros and cons of propositions A through K on the
Here is a recap of our Board's recommendations for some of the issues we will be voting on November 2.
· Prop. A: Laguna Honda bonds. The board voted YES.
· Prop. E: Muni reform. GP board voted NO.
· Prop. F: Restricts ATM fees. The board voted YES.
· Prop. G: Toughens the Sunshine Initiative. The board did not vote on this, but the League of Women Voters supports the measure.
· Prop I: Octavia Boulevard Plan. The board voted YES.
· Prop J: Requires the restoration of the Central Freeway. The board voted NO.
The SF Gray Panthers Board of Directors did not vote on propositions B, C, D, H and K but, for what it's worth, the Green Party of SF recommended a yes vote on these initiatives. Read the ballot carefully and then make up your own mind.
AB 1160 requiring certification of nursing home quality. Passed by the legislature, vetoed by the governor.
AB 116 IHSS, wages and working conditions for in-home health care workers, died in the legislature.
SB 320, increase workers compensation benefits by $1.2 billion over the next six years. Passed by the legislature, vetoed by the governor who agrees with business that the increase should be only $400 million.
Nationally, so far, the record is dismal:
The National Patient Bill of Rights, an inadequate package of bills, was opposed by Senate Republican travesty of protection with the same name. So far, nothing has been passed.
The Senate refused to ratify the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
And in San Francisco: the living wage ordinance has been effectively bottled up for "study" for the past six months.
Leonard Peltier Freedom Month
Members of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee are ask
ing that November be designated "Freedom Month" for
Where Are They Now?
As an advocacy organization, we have taken positions on
many social issues in the past year. Here's what has
The legislature passed nine of the 10 Health Access Patients' Bill of Rights and they were signed into law! These include guaranteed second opinion, review of denial of care, disclosure of criteria for denial of care, whistle blower protection, increased diabetes coverage, consumer advocates, quick independent review, and the creation of a Department of Managed Care, taking HMO supervision out of the business-oriented Department of Corporations.
CNA's AB 394 requiring patient-safe levels of nursing staffing.
AB 633 making private-label manufacturers and retailers responsible for wages owed by their subcontractors to garment workersthe runaway sweatshopis now law.
Who Said This?
"Our government is susceptible to a corporate economic
globalization that is not free trade but corporate managed
Mobilize! Don't Globalize!
Come to Seattle November 29December 3 or any part you
can! A full schedule of events is planned to protest and, if possible,
We eat food. The WTO regulates the standards by which our food is grown, processed and sold to us. The WTO determines the labor and environmental practices that determine how our food is grown.
We work. The WTO sets the standards by which employers determine whom to hire, how much to pay, what kinds of benefits we receive and the safety conditions of our workplaces.
We breathe. The WTO has already ruled that breathing clean air is not a priority. Higher profits for oil companies is far more important to the benefit of the world.
We go to school. The WTO wants to create eductional standards that limit public sector educational services to the standards that business people and corporations decide. Math programs designed by M&M Candies (what's the chance of a green one?) have already entered our school systems.
We live in an industrialized country that exploits other nations and other peoples for the sake of comfortable living conditions in the U.S.A.
We have a responsibility to understand the reality of the global economy beyond our own lives and speak out(!), protest!
The "Rich" Get Richer
Well, not really rich, but certainly better able to cope with the
inflation of necessities! By now you know that Social Secu-
rity Benefits will increase by 2.4 percent for 2000. But is this a fair
way to compensate all recipients for their actual increased expenses?
Food, most rent, clothing and the basics of existence rise the same
dollar amount for those who receive the least from SS as those who
receive the mostabout a $500 per month difference.