Hold SF Pride Accountable to Local Communities
APIENC won Community Grand Marshal of SF Pride 2019 by public vote. This is an honor and a responsibility. With increased police presence, heavy corporate involvement, and impact on the local underhoused communities, SF Pride is far from its radical roots. When we won, we didn’t know what to do. But we wanted to be intentional, so during these past few weeks, APIENC's Core Committee met, discussed contradictions, and asked questions to ensure that we were acting in our values.

Given what we’ve learned through this process, we've come up with concrete asks that we believe SF Pride can implement in the near future.

****ACCESS:**** List clearer accessibility information on the SF Pride website as it pertains specifically to d/Deaf or hard of hearing folks; people with mobility disabilities, visual disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and other invisible disabilities. We suggest including the following:
**Designating on maps the wheelchair accessible areas at the event
**Requesting that attendees come fragrance-free
**And we have the following questions: Can folks get disabled parking permits? Are there ADA accessible portable toilets/restrooms? How can folks request to ride the trolley?

****LOCAL IMPACT:**** Assess and report back on what Pride's impact is on the 25 city blocks where it takes place, specifically the numbers of folks being displaced by police sweeps and arrests.
**Pressure City Hall and SFPD to find alternatives to criminalizing people (ie: sweeps, street arrests in the weeks before pride, etc.) on the blocks where SF Pride operates.
**In the event of any sweep, work with local organizations to house and resource any displaced residents.

****TRUE COMMUNITY SAFETY:**** On the website, clearly state SF Pride’s philosophy and practices as it pertains to community safety, police presence, and militarism. Publically commit to investing in trained, community-based safety volunteers and systems at the march and festival, rather than relying on SFPD or other local police forces.

****LEVERAGE SPONSORS:**** Leverage corporate sponsorships to give free food/drink tickets to local community attendees and groups who could not otherwise afford food. Distribute free food/drink tickets by partnering with local grassroots community organizations.

You can read the full statement and list of requests here: bit.ly/APIENCatPride

APIENC is calling on our community to join us in helping keep SF Pride accountable to our requests! If you are a group or organization who would like to co-sign our asks, please fill out the brief form below!

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