We would like to begin today’s communication with a message of support and solidarity for those fighting injustice in our City and beyond.
As an organization dedicated to building and strengthening San Francisco’s progressive leadership in the world, we believe that true, lasting change can be won in our own backyard through systematic and political reform. We recommend learning more about how to get involved in building a more just and equitable world through President Barack Obama’s Foundation toolkit released this morning.
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On June 9th, join sf.citi for an important conversation with California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, about the effects of COVID-19 on the 2020 Presidential election. You’ll learn how COVID-19 has forced election officials to rethink the way people vote, candidates to behave more like Instagram influencers, and campaigns to stall altogether.
- 112,319 confirmed cases in California
- 4,172 confirmed deaths in California
- 13,943 confirmed cases in the Bay Area
*As of 9:00am PT on 6/1
UPDATES FROM THE TECH COMMUNITY
Instead of sharing the latest COVID-19 tech resources (all of which can be found here), today we are highlighting actions taken by our members to support our Black community and promote racial justice here in San Francisco and beyond.
- Dropbox employees made personal donations to the following organizations: Black Lives Matter, Color of Change, NAACP, and the National Urban League.
- Facebook is committing $10 million to racial justice groups identified by Facebook’s civil rights advisors and our employees.
- Microsoft has partnered with organizations across the United States working to improve the criminal justice system, including the Vera Institute of Justice, the Urban Institute, and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. As part of its Criminal Justice Reform Initiative, Microsoft is using its technology to bring awareness to racial disparities in arrests, build more positive relationships between police and communities, and advance criminal justice reform policies and programs.
- Postmates CEO Bastian Lehman called upon people to join the ACLU in demanding justice for George Floyd.
- Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and Away Co-Founder Jen Rubio gave $700,000 to 10 social justice organizations, including Black Lives Matter, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, The Bail Project, Campaign Zero, Project Nia, and Until Freedom, among others.
- Uber donated $1 million to the Equal Justice Initiative and the Center for Policing Equity.
UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
- On May 31, Mayor Breed announced a citywide curfew requiring people within San Francisco to stay indoors from 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31 until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020.
- On May 28, Mayor Breed announced a multi-phase reopening plan and timeline for San Francisco. Starting June 1st, child care programs can resume, outdoor museums and historical sites can reopen, and additional retailers can offer outdoor curbside service with minimal contact. Beginning June 15th, San Francisco restaurants and bars will be allowed to offer outdoor dining, indoor retailers can reopen with modifications, and outdoor fitness activities can resume with physical distancing.
- On May 28, Mayor Breed and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax issued a new public health order that requires San Francisco residents to wear face coverings in most situations outside of the home, including when exercising outside within 30 feet of other people.
- On May 26, Mayor Breed announced the Shared Spaces Program to provide additional public space and support neighborhood businesses. The program allows neighborhood businesses to use nearby public spaces, such as sidewalks, full or partial streets, and parks and plazas, for restaurant pick-up and other retail activity. Developed by the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force, the Shared Spaces Program aims to support local businesses in expanding their operations outdoors and facilitating physical distancing for employees and customers alike.
To stay up to date with all City of San Francisco updates, follow the Mayor’s updates here.
UPDATES FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
- On May 30, Governor Newsom issued a statement about the demonstrations that occurred over the weekend in California.
- On May 29, Governor Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom announced new initiatives to support victims of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include $5 million in state funding, an executive order that helps ease the financial strain on domestic violence service providers, new partnerships to support survivors fleeing violence, and more.
To stay up to date with all State of California updates, follow the California Department of Health’s updates here.
IN REMEMBRANCE AND SOLIDARITY