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!