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Stop Discharges At Laguna Honda Hospital: Discharges = Deaths Say Labor, Community & Famil

by Labor Video Project
Labor and community activists as well as family members rallied at San Francisco Laguna Honda hospital to protest the deaths of 9 residents and patients who were discharged by London Breed's Department of Public Health management. Speakers discussed the drive for privatization and the corruption in government agencies that led to these murders.
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Over 30 labor and community members rallied at Laguna Hospital in San Francisco to protest the shutoff of Federal funds by Biden's Secretary of Health and Human Resources Xavier Becerra and Gavin Newsom’s Department of Public Health. As a result of their orders and compliance by the SF Mayor London Breed’s Department of Public Health, the CEO improperly ordered sick and elderly patients discharged leading to the death of nine residents and patients.
Speakers from SEIU 1021 including Brenda Barros Chapter Chair SF General Hospital , Cheryl Thornton SF Community Health Care Vice Chair, UPTE UCSF SF Labor Council delegate Lisa Milos and other workers and community members demanded that it not close and be expanded. They also said that it was part of the privatization drive going on in San Francisco, California and nationally.
Speakers including Joseph Urban whose mother in law is a resident warned that the patients many of whom are in the 80's and 90's would die from transfer trauma. He reported that 90 other residents and patients would likely die if they were discharged by the administration and doctors.
Also speakers reported that behind the drive to shutdown the facility is the push for privatization. The Department of Public Health is pushing privatization and outsourcing to non-profits and other groups that do not provide the care that those at Laguna Honda are receiving.
This action took place on August 13, 2022 and was sponsored by United Front Committee For A Labor Party and Higher Education Action Team at CCSF HEAT.

Additional media:
WW 8-9-22 SF Laguna Honda Hospital Discharges & The Deaths With Pat McGinnis Of CANHR
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww-8-9-22-sf-laguna-honda-hospital-discharges-the-deaths-with-pat-mcginnnis-canhr-8-9-22

WorkWeek 8-4-22 Fight To Save SF Laguna Honda & SEIU 1021 SF Tenderloin Housing Clinic Workers
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww-8-4-22-fight-to-save-sf-laguna-honda-seiu-1021-sf-tenderloin-housing-clinic-workers

Patients' Families, Supporters Hold SF Rally to Keep Laguna Honda Hospital Open
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/san-francisco-rally-laguna-honda-hospital/2976789/

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)
http://www.canhr.org

Hundreds of SEIU 1021 SF Non-profit Tenderloin Housing Clinic Workers Strike For Living Wages
https://youtu.be/yCARCOMpFE0

EPIC, LEAN, SF General, Privatization & SEIU 1021 Contract Negotiations: Interview With John Wadsworth
https://youtu.be/eTRAzcbj-yo

Reign Of Terror Against SF SEIU 1021 DPH Members & Other City Workers: Speakout At SF Labor Council
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JN-f8HeN3w&t=7s

SEIU 1021 SFGH Workers Speakout! Stop Racism, Union Busting & Privatization Of SFGH Pharmacy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1XzRrzB9ZI

Racism, Outsourcing and Retaliation At SF Civil Service Commission With HR Director Micki Callahan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqNhPRQeHGk&t=34s

$8000 A Week Scabs At Sutter Alta Bates Hospital As CNA NNU Nurses & Techs Strike For 9th Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjMYmkAZaFk

SEIU 1021, THC Boss Randy Shaw & Fired SEIU 1021 Shop Steward Nate Holmes Speaks Out
https://youtu.be/WcegGGYPHoQ

For More Info:
Stop The Forced Relocation of Residents From Laguna Honda Hospital
https://www.change.org/p/hhs-sec-xavier-becerra-stop-the-forced-relocation-of-residents-from-laguna-honda-hospital-alto-a-la-reubicación-forzada-de-residentes-del-hospital-laguna-honda

United Front Committee For A Labor Party
http://www.ufclp.org

Labor Video Project
http://www.labormedia.net
§UPTE UCSF Unionist Lisa Milos
by Labor Video Project
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CWA UPTE UCSF Unionist Lisa Milos spoke at the rally and talked about how her own family members were saved by the workers and services provided by Laguna Honda.
§Laguna Honda Resident Family Member Joseph Urban
by Labor Video Project
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Laguna Honda resident family member Joseph Urban and his wife whose mother is in Laguna Honda talked about the transfer trauma death likely for many of the residents. He also talked about his change.org petition to stop the forced relocation at Laguna Honda.
§SEIU 1021 SF General Hospital Chapter President Brenda Barros
by Labor Video Project
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SEIU 1021 SF General Hospital Chapter president Brenda Barros talked about the need to defend Laguna Honda and defending both the patients, residents and workers.
§Walk In Entrance To Laguna Honda Hospital
by Labor Video Project
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The police tried to prevent people from attending the press conference who arrived by car. They were demanding identification to limit attendance at the press conference.
§Supporters From UPTE USF & Do No Harm UCSF
by Labor Video Project
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Participants included members of UPTE UCSF and Do No Harm Coalition at UCSF.
§Musican Pat Fahey Performed At Press Conference
by Labor Video Project
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Labor musician Pat Fahey performed with a song to defend Laguna Honda from closure.
§A Mural In Front Of Laguna Honda Hospital
by Labor Video Project
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Participants spoke about plans of privatizers to sell off the valuable land to developers which has been done at San Francisco Community College where Balboa Reservoir was sold by the City for a for profit developer. The Democratic mayor and Democratic Board of supervisors unanimously supported this privatization of public land for profiteers.
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