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"you are loved" on World Toilet Day

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

701 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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Love and bathrooms should never be in short supply.

But with only 24 public toilets across San Francisco (none of which are open 8pm to 7am), our 7,500 houseless neighbors are being forced to use the sidewalk as a bathroom. That’s a toilet-to-person ratio far less than what the United Nations mandates for refugee camps.

To raise awareness about the lack of access to hygiene and inspire positive change in San Francisco and beyond, artist Anna Sergeeva is organizing a public performance in partnership with Lava Mae on World Toilet Day, Monday November 19th.

If you have a free hour that day, please register here to join a group of volunteers as we post removable vinyl stickers that say "you are loved" in publicly accessible restrooms across San Francisco.

Volunteers will meet at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts the morning of November 19 to pick up supplies and a thank you from Lava Mae including Aesop goodies - please save this event in your calendar and look for an email with more information soon!

If you can't join as a volunteer, we'd still love for you to spread the word at your office, gym, favorite coffee shop or community center. Please download a free "you are loved" poster here: lovesticks.org




More about the problem:

Providing access to bathrooms for people to maintain their dignity, health and well-being is an act of love that everyone deserves. If people lack access to toilets and showers, their health and the health of the community at large is negatively impacted.

Moreover, one of the main complaints of San Francisco residents is unclean streets littered with human feces and other waste. According to a recent investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle, “our city spends more than four times as much as Chicago does to keep streets clean, and Chicago, at 227 square miles, is almost five times larger than San Francisco. San Francisco also spends three times as much as Los Angeles — whose population is more than four times greater. Do the math, and San Francisco’s fiscal 2016-17 spending total of $35 million worked out to more than $40 per resident to clean its streets.”

Instead of spending taxpayer money only dealing with the side effects of this problem, let's urge the City to get to the root cause and provide safe and convenient 24/7 access to toilets and showers across San Francisco!

Learn more & take part in the solution here.

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