Bruce Oka

Bruce Oka was a 504 protester and is a disability rights activist elder with cerebral palsy. He worked tirelessly to create accessible public transport in San Francisco.

Nominator: “Bruce Oka … was an active part of the 1977 504 Occupation.  Bruce has been actively involved in various advocacy roles, including Mayor’s Office on Disability, SFMTA Accessibility Advisory Committee for Fixed Routes, SFMTA’s Paratransit Committee, and mentoring young aspiring advocates.  Bruce’s rich experience as an activist in the community and his commitment to inspiring the next generation of activists in the disability community set him apart from the rest.  His passion and dedication are contagious, simply being around him and hearing his stories will make you want to get involved, and he will be the first one there to make the connection to make it happen!”

An Asian American man with wire-rimmed glasses has a broad smile that is almost a laugh. His hair is blue and the same color as his striped shirt.
Bruce Oka by Harrison Walkowiak, pen and watercolor, 11 x 15 inches, 2019

IMAGE: An Asian American man with wire-rimmed glasses has a broad smile that is almost a laugh. His hair is blue and the same color as his striped shirt.

Harrison Walkowiak from the Pomeroy Center is an accomplished musician who started drawing as a young child using colored pencils and markers. He has embarked on an increasingly successful artistic journey with his energetic artwork.