November 1996 Newsletter

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Tues., Nov. 5, ALL DAY
Election Day. "Who keeps silent consents!" VOTE!
Fri., Nov. 8, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Commission on the Aging: "Changes in Medi-Cal" and "An Overview of Managed Care." 101 Grove St. Room 300.
Thurs., Nov. 7, 14, 21, 9:00 a.m.
Channel 52 Program Highlights: Senior Info Journal on Osteoporosis, Hearing Loss and Breast Cancer. More Info 239-3887.
Sun., Nov. 10, 6.00 p.m.
Pastors for Peace Caravan on its way to Chiapas, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Dinner, Video and Update. Women's Bldg., 3543 18th St.. Info 821-6545.
Wed., Nov. 13, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Board meeting at the office. All welcome.
Thurs., Nov. 14, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
SAN. Unitarian Church, Franklin and Geary.
Tues., Nov. 19, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Membership Meeting. Plans for putting the Single-Payer Health Plan on the ballot again in 1998, presented by Judy Pope. Unitarian Church, Geary and Franklin.
Wed., Nov. 20, 6:00 p.m.
San Francisco Green Community. "Soy Cubano." New College Cultural Center, 766 Valencia St. Info 339-8140
Wed., Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.
N2N. Women's Bldg., 18th St. near Valencia. Info. 431-0070.
Mon., Nov. 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Coleman Advocates Annual Party Extravaganza. Reception and program at Asian Art Museum. $35 adults, $15 under 18.
Thurs., Nov. 28

Our Own Election
Nominations are now in order for members of the Board of Directors of the S.F. Network of the Gray Panthers. Our by-laws specify a Board of up to twenty-six members. Each Board member is elected for a two-year term, and may serve for two consecutive terms-a total of four years before going off the Board for at least one year.

Mitzi, Vi and Agnes are completing their second two-year term and are not eligible for nomination. We thank them for their services.

Rebecca, Astrid, Miriam B., Ilse, Celia, Kay and Lillian K. are on-going members of the Board in the second year of their second term. Fanny and Karen are on-going members in the second year of their first term.

Deetje, Clarissa, Mary Frances, Carl, Janet, Steve and Eleanor are finishing their first second-year term.

To be on the Board of Directors one must be a paid-up member of the S.F. Network of the GP. Any member may nominate any other member or her/himself. Nominations can be made at a Board meeting, a membership meeting or by calling the of- fice. Elections will be held at the December holiday party.

Youth Summit
The San Francisco mayor's office has been holding a series of city-wide meetings on specific local problems and possible solutions.

Last month we reported to you on the health summit meeting and plans for a city-wide, "single- card" health plan for participants. This month we are talking about the youth summit.

The two-day youth summit was held the first weekend in October. It had been preceded by seven mini-summits held in different parts of the city. Fea- tured speakers were Marian Wright Edelman of the Washington-based Children's Defense Fund and Dr. Sandra Hernandez, director of the city's Department of Public Health. Emphasis was on developing and implementing programs most needed and most de- sired by our city's young people. Perhaps unfortu- nately local press coverage concentrated on the dis- content of young participants who felt under- represented-on, and talked-down-to-by, the mainly adult panel. Not headlined were the programs de- manded by the young people such as more local youth jobs, longer hours at recreation centers, greater access to computers in the schools, youth representa- tion on all city commissions handling youth problems.

Other needed programs stressed at the meetings included child care and health care.

We have for a long time cooperated with Coleman Advocates for Youth which is one of the moving forces behind this accelerating drive for representation of young people by young people and for effective programs to answer the needs of children and teens.

The Youth Commission may speak well for teens but it needs adult support. Children's programs need parenting and monitoring.

This is important. This is our city and these are our children. Make your presence felt and your voices heard.

November Meeting
You are invited to join the Gray Panthers and everyone who is still hopeful for a single-payer health plan to be implemented in California and the nation to come to our meeting, Tuesday, November 19 at the First Unitarian Church.

Our speaker will be Judy Pope, a well-known spokesperson for the Single-Payer Health Plan. She will tell us how physicians, nurses and health workers are organizing their groups to put the health plan on the California ballot in 1998.

We will have the advantage at the November meeting to judge how successful our work has been in educating the public when we learn the results of health care reform props 214 and 216. These health care reforms are only modest steps toward a system that puts health before profits.

October Meeting
We owe a vote of thanks to Mitzi Raas for her excellent report on the stand we have taken on the various ballot propositions.

State Propositions 208 Campaign Contributions Yes 209 Civil Rights (Wrongs) No 210 Minimum Wage Yes 211 Securities Fraud Yes 212 Campaign Contributions Yes 214 Health Care Yes 215 Medical Marijuana Yes 216 Health Care Yes 217 Restoring Income Tax on Rich Yes 218 Grandchild of Prop 13 No Local Propositions A Housing Yes

It will be interesting to compare the results of the actual vote with the above list.

U.S., A Leader in WHAT???
Child poverty is greater in the United States than in other leading industrial countries and the government does less to protect youngsters from hunger, a private study says.

Twenty-two percent of Americans under age 18 live in poverty and more than one in four of those un- der age 12-about 13 million-are hungry or at risk of hunger, according to a survey by the Bread for World Institute, which lobbies for larger antipoverty programs.

Help for Sore Eyes
Help and information for individuals afflicted with age- related macular degeneration are available from several organizations.

For information, send a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope to: AMD 210 East 64th St. New York City, NY 10021.

A newsletter about the availability of services for low-vision individuals can be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped business-sized envelope to: The Center for the Partially Sighted 7120 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200 Santa Monica, CA 90401-1713.

Library Petition
At the October board meeting, the following petition was signed by all present. If you would like to circulate it yourself you can get a copy by calling the office and one will be sent to you immediately:

TO: Mayor Willie Brown and the S.F. Board of Supervisors

WHEREAS, due to the uncontrolled discarding of untold thousands upon thousands of titles from the S.F. Public Library's collection which has been built up over the past four generations of librarians for our shared use and enjoyment, the citizens of San Fran- cisco are losing their precious public heritage of books:

THEREFORE, we the undersigned request that an immediate moratorium be placed on any further dis- carding of S.F. Public Library books until such time as a responsible weeding policy is adopted and the books to be discarded conform to it, with complete re- cords kept of all books discarded. _____________________________________ Please return completed petitions to: GRAY PANTHERS OF SAN FRANCISCO 1182 Market St., #203, S.F., CA 94102 (Tel.: 552-8800)

New Yorker Notes SF Library Brouhaha From the New Yorker article by Nicholson Baker, Oct. 14, 1996, "The Author vs. the Library."

"... under [City Librarian] Dowlin and his A-team (as he calls his administrative team, a cadre of chiefs and special assistants), the S.F. Public Library has, by a conservative estimate, sent more than 200,000 books to landfills-many of them old, hard to find, out of print, and valuable.

"The worst period of book-dumping happened late last year, in the months before the library's move to the New Main. ... On most Tuesdays, until this past January, a Department of Public Works truck ... drove down to [the discard] room, and two, sometimes three men threw the books, which were often tied with string in bundles of eight or ten, into the back. ... When it was loaded (and it could hold perhaps 2500 bundled volumes), the truck drove to a transfer station, where the books were shifted to big rigs, along with the rest of the day's garbage, and then taken to a landfill. ... Although the weeding continues, the good news is that since this past January no more books have been dumped. On January 29th, the Chronicle's Andrew Ross and Phillip Matier published a story headlined `S.F. Library Tossing Thousands of Books' and a picture of the Discard Room. ... Since then, no book, to my knowledge, has been thrown away. Instead, nonprofit and community groups are invited to take what they can use. ... They have gone to other librar- ies, here and abroad, and to schools, prisons, villages in Madagascar and Armenia.

"... Representatives of ... the Gray Panthers left this summer with about 20 boxes of books: works on labor history and birds; books by McPhee, Malamud, Herb Caen, and a first-edition Elizabeth Bishop. (They are holding them in trust, waiting for the library to come to its senses.) At least we can be thankful that the newer rejects will continue their legible lives some- where, and not make up a semi-sentient layer in the ultimate closed stack-the sanitary landfill."

Two Very Useful Books-Free!
Clean It!, Safer House-Cleaning Methods that Really Work!; and The Less-Toxic Garden-two colorfully illustrated books are available free from the San Fran- cisco Water Pollution Prevention Program. A phone call to 695-7375 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., only, will bring them to you by the next mail.

The Newsletter of the San Francisco Gray Panthers is published each month, and distributed free of charge to members and friends of this nonprofit organization.

Editorial Board:Agnes Batteiger, Rebecca Hirshleifer, Mitzi Raas; Publisher, Astrid M. Spector; Art Director, Fannie Biderman; Proof, Lurilla Harris; Circulation: Harold Greenblatt and Mary Francis Smith. Printed by Graffik Natwicks; Webpage design: Barry Simpkins

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