Like many of you, the sf.citi team was in a state of shock and heartbreak when we saw the bombshell report that the Supreme Court had taken the preliminary steps to go against 50 years of precedent and overturn Roe v. Wade. This decision would not outlaw abortions—it would ban access to safe abortions. We firmly stand in support of Roe v. Wade and are committed to standing up for women’s rights. Learn more about what this decision would mean for California and make contributions to local and national abortion funds. For more direct action, show your support by attending a protest and, of course, voting in every election!
SAN FRANCISCO OFFICIALLY HAS A NEW SUPERVISORIAL MAP
After weeks of drama surrounding the City’s redistricting process that included walk-outs, protests, and a vote of confidence, the Redistricting Task Force finally ratified a new Supervisorial map last week in a five to four decision. In addition to the drama-filled process, the task force had the difficult job of redrawing the lines to account for the City’s uneven population growth and planned housing developments while also doing their best to keep like-minded communities together. Each district received new boundary lines—some significantly more than others—in this once-in-a-decade process, but we won’t find out until November to see if the changes affect the balance of power on the Board.
SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESSES RESPOND TO NEWS ON ROE V. WADE
As soon as the news dropped about the Supreme Court’s preliminary decision on Roe v. Wade, many San Francisco tech companies immediately started releasing formal statements of opposition. Other companies donated to pro-choice groups, or as in the case of a couple of sf.citi members companies, they shored up internal policies to cover employees no matter what state they live in. This includes employee healthcare coverage that supports reproductive rights at Airbnb and a policy to help employees and their family members relocate to a state with better access to reproductive health at Salesforce.
BUILDING A FUTURE WHERE EVERYONE THRIVES
Next week, sf.citi partner JVS will host its Strictly Business 2022 event to honor the accomplishments of its job seekers and recognize the important support of so many individuals and organizations. The Strictly Business program will feature stories from JVS clients, a performance by award-winning poet Janane Johnson, and an exclusive conversation with Senator Alex Padilla on how to create equitable economic opportunity for Californians. Join JVS on May 11 and celebrate the potential that is unlocked when partners come together to launch innovative solutions to close the opportunity gap so everyone can thrive.
DID YOU KNOW?
A long-time friend of sf.citi, Alex Tourk, launched an ambitious nonprofit called My Own Lock & Key Foundation to build 2,000 tiny homes across San Francisco for people experiencing homelessness. With the help of RescueSF and a broad citywide coalition of 25,000 San Franciscans, the nonprofit plans to support the addition of modular/tiny homes to the City’s supportive housing stock. Learn more about the new nonprofit and how you can support its mission here.