Last week’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade paved the way for at least 20 states to outright ban abortion—no matter the circumstance. This dark day in America represented a radical step backwards for the country as the right to a safe, essential medical procedure is pushed into the shadows. We don’t know what comes next, but we do know that things need to change. In the short-term, make your voice heard by attending a local protest, donating to local and national abortion funds, and most importantly voting in every election, even local races.
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WHAT WE’RE UP TO
Following the recent redistricting process in San Francisco, we are excited to announce the updated versions of sf.citi’s individual and full supervisor district maps that reflect San Francisco’s new boundaries for the next decade. Explore the new districts by getting your updated San Francisco district maps here.
- 75.6 percent of Californians who are fully vaccinated
- 57.9 percent of Californians who are boosted
- 88 percent of San Franciscans who are fully vaccinated
Salesforce and AT&T are teaming up to cut greenhouse gas emissions from Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices, such as construction equipment and transportation infrastructure.
sf.citi members Meta and Microsoft joined a contingent of tech companies to form the Metaverse Standards Forum, which aims to drive interoperability in the metaverse.
Google added a new label on Maps and Search that allows people to identify their business as being LGBTQ+ owned and expanded the LGBTQ+ friendly and transgender safe space labels.
In a push for responsible A.I., Microsoft plans to stop offering automated tools that predict a person’s gender, age, and emotional state and will restrict the use of its facial recognition tool.
Meta’s Instagram is testing a new age verification tool to prevent underage users from posing as adults.
Spotlight Impact Story
Okta launched a Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio that will provide $1,020,000 in grants to support better security across the social sector. The funds will be distributed between six nonprofits to provide resourcing for projects ranging from training to incident response support. Stemming from Okta’s three-year commitment to invest $10 million out of the Okta for Good Fund, this grant comes when nonprofits face increased cyber attacks, putting millions of already vulnerable people at even greater risk.
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SAN FRANCISCO AT A GLANCE
- In response to the Supreme Court decision on abortion, San Francisco will take the necessary steps to ensure that the City continues to protect a woman’s right to choose.
- In response to the Supreme Court ruling on gun restrictions, San Francisco is reviewing and will continue to enforce all lawful concealed-carry licensing requirements.
- As a part of the City’s response to support residents with substance use dependency, San Francisco opened its first drug sobering center, the SoMa Rise Center.
CALIFORNIA AT A GLANCE
- Ten communities across California will receive $17 million in Family Homelessness Challenge Grant funds with the goal of reducing family homelessness.
- Governor Newsom signed legislation to help protect patients and providers in California against other states’s radical attempts to extend their anti-abortion laws into California.
- The governors of California, Oregon, and Washington issued a Multi-State Commitment to defend reproductive freedom and stand united on protecting abortion access.
- California won the 2022 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation, the preeminent education policy award in the nation.
- The California Employment Development Department (EDD) recovered $1.1 billion in unemployment insurance funds.
- California announced $518.5 million in grants to help provide services and housing options to those with severe mental illness or substance abuse problems.
SUPPORT OUR SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY
CounterPulse is a nonprofit that sparks personal transformation and builds enduring community by providing space and resources for emerging artists and cultural innovators, serving as an incubator for creating socially relevant, community-based art and culture. On July 13, CounterPulse is hosting SF Art Board Match, a networking salon designed to introduce people interested in serving on a nonprofit board to the top executives and current board members of some of SF’s most impactful arts organizations. Don’t miss this unique opportunity as a prospective board member to meet face-to-face with the leadership of dozens of arts organizations by registering here.
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