Send an email to Alameda County Public Health officials and leaders to urge them to invest in healthcare, not punishment. Protect Alameda County residents in Santa Rita Jail and beyond.
Recent public data suggest that people inside Santa Rita Jail are 25 times more likely to have COVID-19 than people in the rest of Alameda County, and we have seen with vivid clarity in neighboring counties how uniquely vulnerable unhoused residents are in the midst of this global pandemic. It is clearer now than ever that our health is interconnected, and we must take swift action to protect community health and human rights.
Alameda County has taken many strong steps both during and before this crisis to support equity and inclusion, including procuring hotel rooms for people currently experiencing homelessness. However, shelter remains difficult to access for many people who are homeless due to barriers based on COVID-19 status, proof of exposure, and/or a demonstration of symptoms. Our government agencies must demonstrate and exercise urgency in meeting the health and material needs of those who are most marginalized and vulnerable, including both unhoused people and currently or formerly incarcerated people. Our communities do not need more police officers or deputies — we need robust healthcare, medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), financial relief, and housing supports.
You will be sending two sets of emails. The first goes to Public Health Officials Director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Colleen Chawla and Health Officer Erica Pan who have authority during this public health crisis. The second will be a copy of that email to Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Richard Valle, Supervisor Wilma Chan, and Supervisor Keith Carson.
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