Mayor Beats Homeless Youths Detained in Uganda Raid on LGBTI Safe Shelter

STATEMENT ON THE RAID OF THE CHILDREN OF THE SUN FOUNDATION SHELTER FOR LGBT YOUTHS IN UGANDA- 3/31/2020 Introduction and overview On the morning of 29th March, a shelter for LGBT youth operated by Children of the Sun Foundations (COSF) was raided by residents, and security forces. 23 people found at the shelter were arrested. … More Mayor Beats Homeless Youths Detained in Uganda Raid on LGBTI Safe Shelter

FRAMELINE Postpones the FRAMELINE44 LGBTI San Francisco Film Festival

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL – Originally set to take place June 18-28, 2020, the film festival is now scheduled for Fall 2020, with expanded festival offerings throughout the year. Today,  Frameline Executive Director James Woolley announced the postponement of the Frameline44 San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival.  Originally set to take place June 18-28, 2020, … More FRAMELINE Postpones the FRAMELINE44 LGBTI San Francisco Film Festival

Some News that the COVID-19 Pandemic Upstaged

As COVID-19 dominates the headlines – and it should- what would have been the breaking or big news? For example, PG&E pleading guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the Camp Fire case, this would have been a news-heavy week even without the coronavirus stories that dominated headlines. Judicial Commission recommends removal of Sullivan … More Some News that the COVID-19 Pandemic Upstaged

Concern as COVID-19 Restrictions Trigger Escalated Human Rights Abuses in Uganda

Following my post yesterday ( referenced below) where Ugandan authorities raided a homeless shelter, beating people and threatening beatings in exchange for confessions as to sexuality, reflects not only an abuse of basic human rights, but also an insidious and opportunistic excuse to cite COVID-19 as a justification to victimize the most vulnerable.  As well … More Concern as COVID-19 Restrictions Trigger Escalated Human Rights Abuses in Uganda

Ugandan Homeless Shelter Raided by Authorities in Homophobic Attack

The Ugandan Government has raided a safe shelter for homeless victims of human rights abuses. While sheltered in place and in protection form the Corona Virus outbreak, authorities sought fit to victimize the residents, with homophobic slurs and physical beatings to solicit confessions as to their sexuality. At this time we believe approximately 23 people … More Ugandan Homeless Shelter Raided by Authorities in Homophobic Attack

Helplines for Covid-19 Solitude, Caregivers, Families

There are many important and helpful hotlines for those experiencing specific mental health challenges and need immediate assistance. Disaster Distress Helpline Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or … More Helplines for Covid-19 Solitude, Caregivers, Families

International AIDS Conference AIDS 2020 to go VIRTUAL

The health and safeguarding of our community is our highest priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020), set to be held on 6-10 July 2020, in San Francisco, will become the first virtual edition of the International AIDS Conference. AIDS 2020: Virtual will enable delegates to access and … More International AIDS Conference AIDS 2020 to go VIRTUAL

Bay Area Extend School Closures through Due to CoronaVirus Pandemic

Campuses remain closed to students; Schools continue to offer meals, resources San Rafael, CA –Marin County has aligned with seven Bay Area county health officers, and county superintendents to make a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel … More Bay Area Extend School Closures through Due to CoronaVirus Pandemic

Property Taxes Remain Due April 10

Local agencies need tax revenue to fund essential services San Rafael, CA – Throughout Marin County, 120 local public agencies rely on property tax revenues to maintain essential public services, especially during the current COVID-19 public health crisis. Friday, April 10, remains the final day to pay the 2019-2020 second installment of property taxes without … More Property Taxes Remain Due April 10

Congress Failing to Protect Incarcerated People in COVID-19 Stimulus Deal

Congress Must Act to Reduce Jail, Prison and Immigrant Detention Populations, Support Safe Community Reentry and Protect the Health of Incarcerated People March 25, 2020 – Washington, D.C. – Below is a statement from Maritza Perez, Director of the Office of National Affairs of the Drug Policy Alliance, expressing grave concern over Congress failing to adequately … More Congress Failing to Protect Incarcerated People in COVID-19 Stimulus Deal

Broken Access to Treatment makes Drug Users Vulnerable in COVID-19 Pandemic

Oakland, CA, Wednesday, March 25, 2020… In the rush to protect vulnerable populations from the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk to people struggling with addiction is especially high. And health professionals suggest this could undermine efforts to control the coronavirus spread. According to experts, people who use drugs are doubly at risk during this epidemic, not … More Broken Access to Treatment makes Drug Users Vulnerable in COVID-19 Pandemic

SONOMA Board of Supervisors Approves Eviction Defense Ordinance

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, which also serves as the Board of Commissioners for the Community Development Commission, today passed the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Ordinance, effective immediately for 60 days after the end of the local and public health emergency. The new ordinance aligns with the Governor’s Executive Order N-28-20 which authorized local jurisdictions … More SONOMA Board of Supervisors Approves Eviction Defense Ordinance

UNHCR and African HRC COVID-19 Corona Virus Advisories for Refugees in Kenya

CAUTION: Please refrain from portraying certain situations inaccurately. We would advise you to be cautious and to verify information and facts prior to circulating unconfirmed COVID-19-related information further.  This can cause an enormous amount of harm to everyone. Be sure of your facts before you post them on Social Media. We caution anyone spreading any information to sure off the … More UNHCR and African HRC COVID-19 Corona Virus Advisories for Refugees in Kenya

Marin Approves COVID-19 Relief Fund, Eviction Ban

Board Approves COVID-19 Relief Fund, Eviction Ban- County efforts aimed at helping our most vulnerable populations The resolution requires renters and lease holders to notify their landlord within 30 days after the rent is due that they are unable to pay because of financial impacts related to COVID-19. A landlord may seek payment of unpaid rent … More Marin Approves COVID-19 Relief Fund, Eviction Ban

Know Your Transgender Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic

In times of crisis, transgender and non-binary people among other communities are often at higher risk of violence and discrimination. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a series of unique challenges that may have long-term impact on transgender people and their families. Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) has prepared Know Your Rights guide for transgender and non-binary … More Know Your Transgender Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic

Photo of the Day: A Deathly Quiet JFK Airport on March 21, 2020

Day 06 of Shelter in Place, Marin: Photo of the day- My daughter, now in quarantine – just in case- took this photo of JFK airport upon her return home to Marin this weekend. Everything changed overnight for this NYU grad, as she left her NYC Apartment to join her family here in Marin. Out … More Photo of the Day: A Deathly Quiet JFK Airport on March 21, 2020

All Marin Parks Closed Amid COVID-19 Spread

Public Health issues order to stem influx of selfish visitors – ruining spaces for locals….. ugh… San Rafael, CA – The Public Health Division of Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an order March 22 for the immediate closure of all Marin parks – from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area down … More All Marin Parks Closed Amid COVID-19 Spread

Dammit Marin This is not a Vacation its a Pandemic

Visitors Pack Coastal Marin Despite Order Public Health authorities urge that now is not the time to visit San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) is urging Bay Area residents not to travel beyond their communities as they engage in outdoor activities during the statewide shelter-in-place order. On Saturday, … More Dammit Marin This is not a Vacation its a Pandemic

COVID-19 Social Distancing, Kids, Seniors and Things to Do

I hope to keep updating this: Many of us are sheltering in space, under orders enforceable by law. Those who are not – should be! Our Trump led Federal Government is failing us- so Governors and local authorities are stepping up. The numbers of cases of COVID-19 pandemic carriers and patients is on the rise, … More COVID-19 Social Distancing, Kids, Seniors and Things to Do

COVID-19 Sign Petitions to Suspend Rents and Mortgage Payments

Amidst the spread of coronavirus, communities are increasingly concerned about making the choice between taking unpaid sick leave and making rent. NYC activist and drag queen, Marti Gould Cummings, among other activists, is fighting to protect all New Yorkers from making this impossible decision. In a petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Marti is asking the … More COVID-19 Sign Petitions to Suspend Rents and Mortgage Payments

California Legislators on COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on LGBTQ Community

Senator Wiener and Assemblymember Gloria’s Statement Regarding Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the LBGTQ Community Sacramento – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), on behalf of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, issued the following statement: “Coronavirus is impacting everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or immigration status. Yet, … More California Legislators on COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on LGBTQ Community

Corona Virus – AHRC Kenyan Refugee and U.S. Embassy Advisory

African Human Rights Coalition – COVID-19 Advisory- HERE PLEASE KEEP VISITING KENYAN  MINISTRY OF HEALTH FOR UPDATES: The new Coronavirus – called COVID-19 virus causes fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. There is no need to panic. It is VERY IMPORTANT at this time for community to work cooperatively and in unity. It … More Corona Virus – AHRC Kenyan Refugee and U.S. Embassy Advisory

UNHCR: World Response to COVID-19 Must Focus on ALL Including Displaced Persons

AHRC ADVISORY:  In the face of the sudden uncertainty and vulnerability of the COVID-19 virus as it spreads, our thoughts are with the millions of displaced people around the world. During this time we will continue to advocate in solidarity and for durable solutions for refugees and asylum seekers. Not everyone is at risk for … More UNHCR: World Response to COVID-19 Must Focus on ALL Including Displaced Persons

Marin HHS recommending cancellation postponement of nonessential indoor gatherings

UPDATED March 16,2020: Marin County Health & Human Services On March 16, the public health officers of seven Bay Area jurisdictions, including Marin, issued a legal order directing residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17. The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. Scientific evidence … More Marin HHS recommending cancellation postponement of nonessential indoor gatherings

Marin Confirms First In-County Case of COVID-19

Residents can slow disease spread with simple, everyday behaviors San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) is working with medical staff at a local hospital to treat a Marin resident diagnosed with COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The individual diagnosed was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise ship that … More Marin Confirms First In-County Case of COVID-19

Marin County Schools Prepare for Coronavirus/COVID-19

Marin County Schools Prepare for Coronavirus/COVID-19 Marin County, CA – School leaders and health experts in Marin County are coordinating efforts to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 and determine how schools will respond in the event that a case is identified at a school site. Working closely Dr. Matt Willis, Public Health … More Marin County Schools Prepare for Coronavirus/COVID-19

Coronavirus – Marin Proclaims Health Local Emergencies Increasing Eligibility

Proactive move increases eligibility for COVID-19 cost reimbursement The County of Marin is taking steps to proclaim a local health emergency and a local state of emergency to prepare for impacts associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that has raised concerns worldwide. San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services … More Coronavirus – Marin Proclaims Health Local Emergencies Increasing Eligibility