News Briefs: Juice shop opening to benefit LGBT memorial
compiled by Cynthia Laird
A grand opening party of a new juice shop in the Castro will benefit the nearby Pink Triangle Park and Memorial that memorializes LGBT Holocaust victims.
Project Juice is having its celebration Saturday, January 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 506 Castro Street. The public is welcome to attend.
There will be free juice for the first 100 people through the door, then, until 2 p.m., 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Pink Triangle park. There will also be prizes, including juice and smoothie discounts, samples, and more.
Project Juice is the West Coast's rapidly growing, certified organic, non-GMO, cold-pressed juice and clean food company.
The Pink Triangle Park and Memorial, located on Market Street across from the Castro Muni station, was built by the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association and is the first permanent, free-standing memorial in America to the LGBT experience during the Nazi era. It consists of 15 granite pylons in remembrance of the estimated 15,000 LGBTs who were persecuted, imprisoned or killed during and after the Nazi regime.
Loduca joins Salesforce
James Loduca, who resigned in October as senior vice president at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, has joined the San Francisco-based tech giant Salesforce as a program director in its Office of Equality.
"Today I start my dream job," Loduca, 42, said in a Facebook post Monday, January 9. "As director of equality programs, I'll be part of a new team working to advance racial equality, gender equality, LGBTQ equality, and access equality for people with disabilities. Our work will build on the company's outstanding leadership in areas like equal pay, and its outspokenness in civil rights battles in Indiana, Georgia, and North Carolina.
"Both Salesforce and I share a deep commitment to working to make the world better; giving back is in our DNA. ... There's not a single person I've met who isn't bursting with excitement for the company's commitment to innovation, philanthropy, and connecting people to make the world better," he said.
In an emailed statement, Salesforce Chief Equality Officer Tony Prophet said, "James has been creating social impact initiatives for companies and causes for more than 20 years, and at Salesforce will be responsible for advocacy on equality issues, community engagement, and partnerships. He has a deep professional passion for leading coalitions and campaigns that change hearts and minds, foster resilience and advance equality. We are thrilled that James has joined the Salesforce Office of Equality team."
Loduca, who's gay, had worked at SFAF since 2009. He was a contender to replace Scott Wiener on the city's Board of Supervisors after Wiener, who's also gay, won a seat in the state Senate last fall. But Mayor Ed Lee announced Friday, January 6 that he was appointing longtime AIDS activist Jeff Sheehy to the District 8 seat that Wiener had held.
Salesforce declined a request for Loduca's salary information and wouldn't make him available for a phone interview. According to SFAF's 2014 tax documents, the most recent available, his total compensation at the nonprofit was about $252,000.
Peer advocacy program for trans people
Several organizations have joined together to offer a paid training opportunity for trans people to be peer advocates.
Bloom: Transgender Community Healing Project, Peacock Rebellion, and the Transgender Law Center are launching the four-month program, which aims to train a group of 20 trans people to build a culture of safety and legal knowledge in their communities.
The program is expected to start in mid-January and continue through mid-April. Specific dates weren't available at press time. Payment will be $75 per session attended, up to $300.
According to a flier, attendees will be able to serve as peer advocates to help others with identification document changes; navigate encounters with law enforcement, medical professionals, gatekeepers, and other situations; and build community organizing skills.
The program is made possible with support from the Fund for Trans Generations' rapid response fund, housed at Borealis Philanthropy, and individual donors.
For more information and the application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interfaith march for MLK Day
The San Francisco Interfaith Council invites faith leaders and their congregants to join in this year's birthday celebration for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Members of Old First Presbyterian Church will also be marching, and people can meet at the Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 16.
After the march, the celebration will continue at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens, 750 Howard Street, where an interfaith commemoration ceremony will commence. Other activities are also planned. For more information, visit http://www.norcalmlkfoundation.org.
Tenderloin Museum volunteer fair
The Tenderloin Museum will hold its annual volunteer fair Wednesday, January 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 398 Eddy Street.
The event is an opportunity to hear firsthand from a select group of service nonprofits in the neighborhood and learn how people can get involved.
The evening begins with a reception followed by brief presentations from the nonprofits.
Participants include the nonprofit arm of Glide Memorial Church, whose mission is to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization; Project Open Hand, which provides food and meals to critically ill people and seniors; De Marillac Academy, an independent Catholic school with youth and family programs in the Tenderloin; 826 Valencia, which supports under-resourced students ages 6-18 with creative and expository writing skills; Care Through Touch Institute, a professional massage school; Larkin Street Youth Services, which provides services to youth ages 12-24; and the Gubbio Project, which provides a sacred space and sanctuary for unhoused people in need.
For more information, visit http://www.tenderloinmuseum.org.
Inauguration Day sidewalk protest
The Reverend Ben Meyers, minister of the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, has announced that church members will stand in solidarity for peace, sustainability, and social justice on Inauguration Day, January 20. He has invited the greater Peninsula community and other interested people to join in a peaceful protest from noon to 1 p.m. along El Camino Real, from San Francisco to San Jose.
"If you are concerned about the rhetoric and proposed policies of the incoming administration, you are encouraged to come out and show that as a community we will stand our ground and fight for tolerance, decency, economic justice, and democracy in our country," Meyers said in a news release.
Protesters can come by themselves or with groups; they can carry their organization's banner or signs indicating their primary concerns.
"Be direct," Meyers said, "but please, no hateful or violent language. Don't block driveways, street crossings, or traffic."
For more information, visit http://www.ecrprotest.blogspot.com.
EQCAI seeks applicants for leadership academy
The Equality California Institute, the advocacy and education arm of the statewide LGBT lobbying organization, is accepting applications for its leadership academy, an innovative program to train the next generation of LGBT leaders in the Golden State.
According to the website, the academy will prepare 25-30 LGBT leaders in southern California, northern California, and the Central Valley with a proven record of significant accomplishments in their careers, to seek appointments to state and municipal boards and commissions, as well as corporate boards of directors.
The upcoming northern California cohort, scheduled to begin in early March, includes a two-day training provided by current elected and appointed public officials and EQCAI staff, and each participant will be matched with a public official who will serve as a mentor to them throughout the program year.
For the northern California cohort, applications will be accepted from residents of the following counties: San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Yolo, Solano, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Monterey.
The deadline to apply is 6 p.m. Saturday, January 21. Participant selection is scheduled for Friday, February 17.
For more information and the application, visit http://www.eqca.org/eqcai-leadership-academy/.
Historical society to revive LGBTQ oral history project
The GLBT Historical Society is relaunching its oral history project, an initiative to record interviews with community elders who share their recollections of the LGBTQ past.
There will be a volunteer orientation Wednesday, February 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th Street in San Francisco.
Organizers said that interviews with LGBTQ elders often provide the only real record of aspects of everyday life in decades gone by, particularly for those from underrepresented groups. The project will offer numerous volunteer opportunities, from conducting interviews and researching background histories to providing technical assistance or offering general support.
For more information, visit http://www.glbthistory.org.
Health officials issue flu update
Public health departments around the Bay Area have announced that influenza activity is increasing and has reached "widespread" levels. Areas with the most influenza activity in the state include the Bay Area.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health issued a news release last week in which Health Officer Dr. Tomas Aragon recommends that all individuals 6 months of age and older be vaccinated against influenza.
"Influenza vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect you and your family from the flu," Aragon stated. "It's not too late to get vaccinated."
In addition to getting the vaccine, health officials advise people to take the following steps to protect themselves and loved ones from influenza: cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue (if you don't have a tissue, use your elbow); avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; stay home when you're sick and stay home until you are symptom-free for 24 hours.
For more information about the flu, visit http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Influenza(Flu).aspx. To find a flu vaccine at a location near you, visit https://vaccinefinder.org/.
Seth Hemmelgarn contributed reporting.