How to Handle a Zoom Bombing

How to Handle a Zoom Bombing:

(uninvited participants disrupting and vandalizing the virtual meeting room)

Recommended Best practices:

  • Each meeting secretary should claim the host responsibilities by entering a host key or pin as soon as they log into the meeting.
  • Ask someone to serve as a CO-HOST and make that person a co-host. It’s helpful for regular chairing activities (such as for re-muting people who forget to do that) and also you will need the help FAST if a “Zoom Bomb” situation comes up. Here are some recommendations on how to handle a “Zoom Bomb”:
  • Enable the waiting room feature-it is located in the “Security” icon which appears after host is claimed.
  • The hosts needs to accept those in the waiting room to enter the zoom meeting.
  • Anyone can be removed from a Zoom meeting by clicking on their name and remove them or send them back to the waiting room.


  • SUSPEND PARTICIPANT ACTIVITIES by clicking on the “Security” tab on the Zoom toolbar. Then Click on the red “SUSPEND PARTICIPANT ACTIVITIES” button at the bottom of the drop-down menu. Then Click on SUSPEND – This will:

a. Lock the meeting so no one new can enter.

b. Enable the waiting room.

c. Hide profile pictures.

d. Disable Share Screen.

e. Disable Chat.

f. Disable the ability for people to rename themselves.

g. Disable the ability for people to unmute themselves.

h. Disable the ability for people to turn on their video

  • Open the participants list, SELECT DISRUPTIVE PEOPLE, click “MORE” and then “Put in Waiting Room.” We recommend this over “Report” or “Remove” people as you may be moving quickly and don’t want to accidentally report or remove a fellow from entering the meeting again

Once the room seems clear of uninvited participants, you need to click on “Security” again and:

a. Unlock the Room (click “Lock Room” to uncheck it).

b. Allow Profile Pictures (click to uncheck it).


d. Turn on Chat (click “Chat” and a checkmark will appear).

e. Turn on Rename Themselves (click “Rename Themselves” and a checkmark will appear).

f. Turn on Unmute Themselves (click “Unmute Themselves ” and a checkmark will appear).

g. Turn on Start Video (click “Start Video” and a checkmark will appear).

  • You may ask all remaining participants to start their video to verify they are intended participants in the room.
  • Report the Zoom Bombing to your Intergroup via email. Please include details (meeting, time, when the zoom bombing began, and other relevant information.) More information is available here:


NEW SCA Meeting in NYC

We are pleased to announce that SCA New York has started a new weekly meeting. It’s as actually a revival of a meeting which had closed years ago.
This meeting focuses on The Tools of Recovery and will be held every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 pm in room 1-D of the Heritage of Pride offices, 154 Christopher Street (the Archives Building), New York NY 10014.
There is no regular public access to the space. Members will be admitted by  a simple buzzer system code. Please consult the meeting list for details, which will be posted before the Jan 16th meeting , or call (917) SCANY12.

She’s Coming! SCA-New York’s 2019 Winter SHOW

Anti-Mame is the tale of a fabulous addict who LIVES in her third column, while totally ignoring the other parts of her program. Her nephew comes to live with her as her life is rocked with changes that drive her to her bottom. As she recommits to recovery, her nephew has grown into a full-blown addict and she must come to grips with the amends she owes him.
Friday, December 20 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 21 at 8:00 pm
American Theater of Actors: John Cullum Theater
314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
(between 8th and 9th Avenue, 2nd floor.)

Tickets can be purchased on-line at: OR  at the door for a suggested donation of $25, but nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds.

SCA New York will also hold a Gratitude Meeting, immediately followed by a Holiday Party on Sunday, December 22nd, 2019  at the LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011  from 2pm-5 pm. There is no admission charge, though we will ask for donations to help defray the costs of the space and refreshments.

Now Available for Review

New SCA Conditionally Approved Literature

“The Promises” has now been printed and is being distributed to various intergroups, meetings and individuals. Members are encouraged to read it and make comments and suggestions for the Literature Development Committee to consider and/or incorporate into their recommendations for ISO approval.

Please submit your suggestions to the  following address:

Also let David N. know if you need additional copies mailed to you:


SCA New York will hold its Spring Conference on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9 am to 4 pm at the LGBT Center.


The morning session (9 am-12 noon) will focus on Sponsorship in SCA, and will include a panel discussion, along with breakout groups for writing and open sharing.


The afternoon session (1 pm-4 pm) will be on the SCA Tools of Recovery, and will include a 3-speaker meeting, readings from member stories of experience with specific tools, followed by breakout groups and open sharing.


Copies of the new “Sponsorship in SCA” literature will be given to all attendees, and there will be copies of all printed SCA literature available for purchase. The suggested donation is $10, and this can be paid through PayPal on our website along with your registration.


When: Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: The Center
             208 West 13th Street
             New York, NY 10011

Auditions for NY spring show

New York Intergroup reports …

For anyone who doesn’t already know, and a reminder for those that do:
LIKE AN ADDICT: MADONNA THE EARLY YEARS……. SCA SPRING 2017…..This is not your grandmother’s SCA show…..Like nothing you’ve seen before (still unsure if that’s  a good thing)…….. It’s time to release your inner rock star….. 
Show Meeting
Sunday, February 26th, 3 PM 
Cap21 Studios  
18 W. 18th Street | Btwn. 5th & 6th Ave  
Room 607
The dates of the show are Friday May 19th and Saturday May 20th
If you’re interested but can’t make the meeting just let me know.  (events @ scany)
If you’re interested but don’t want to be in the show there’s still lots to do.
Dancers needed.  Also in need of people to choreograph some of the musical dance numbers.
Anyone attending meetings this coming week please make an announcement regarding the show meeting.  
Events Chair, SCA New York