Queer #BlackLivesMatter : A Call to Action in Castro -- Saturday, Feb 28th

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Come join the Castro demonstration celebrating Black History month to affirm and celebrate the lives of Black LGBTQ people. 

San Francisco's recent increase in violence against transgender women with the deaths of Anastasia and Taja de Jesus and the anti-black racism of local establishments like Toad Hall have led us to take collective action. 

We are planning for community building, music, performances, and brief community leaders' speeches. Following the celebration, we will have a moment of silence for our fallen family members as we march in solidarity down Castro street to Toad Hall to declare that all #BlackLivesMatter. Afterwards, we will continue the dialogue and community building at The Mix. 

We invite you to join a celebration! We invite you to build community! We invite you to find safe spaces for us! Help us call out Castro and celebrate black queer and trans lives in our community. #CalloutCastro #TransLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter

During the event, we ask that you please abstain from using any and all substances. We want everyone to be present for this movement, both physically and mentally.

Organizers
Darin Conley
Mahnani Clay
Shaun Haines
Thea Matthews
Kin Folkz

Organizational Partners
SPECTRUM Queer Media
Bayard Rustin Coalition 
San Francisco Black Leadership Forum 
Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
CUAV (Community United Against Violence)
Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club 
Transgender Law Center
GLBT Historical Society
San Francisco Young Black Democrats

Important links:
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/28850-mourners-for-black-queer-and-trans-lives-attacked-by-castro-bar
http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2015/02/02/op-ed-why-black-lives-should-matter-all-lgbt-people
http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2015/02/rip-taja-gabrielle-de-jesus.html
http://hoodline.com/2015/01/homeless-castro-trans-woman-found-dead-on-new-years-eve

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Hump Days With Harvey Happy Hour - Gangway Edition

WHAT: Humps Days With Harvey Happy Hour - Gangway Edition
WHEN: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 | 6:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Gangway, 841 Larkin St.

Calling all queers, progressives, allies, and friends! The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club is holding its first Hump Day with Harvey Happy Hour! In honor of this month of love and friendship, we are inviting all of the club’s friends to join us in the heart of the Tenderloin at the storied Gangway.

Come throw a few back with your favorite queer politicos and in the spirit of the season, bring a pal to join the fun! Maybe they’re new in town, maybe they want to get involved in local politics or maybe they just want to grab a beer - whatever the case, all are welcome to a cordial evening with friends and the first of many occasions to toast the 85th anniversary of the birth of our namesake himself, Harvey Milk!

Please RSVP here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hump-day-with-harvey-happy-hour-gangway-edition-tickets-15825756263

PLUS - 642 Hyde St. Fire Donation Drive
We'll also be accepting donations for the families displaced by the fire at 642 Hyde Street just a few weeks ago. Please give a helping hand and donate some cash directly to them or bring a few items to the happy hour. 

The most needed items (besides money) are:
• Housewares: cups, plates, silverware, pots and pans
• Beds/Bedding: full and queen size sheets, comforters, pillows, blankets, towels
• Toiletries: soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toilet paper, razors, tampons and pads for women
• Baby supplies: size 4 diapers, diaper cream, baby shampoo, clothing size 12 months
• Kid clothing: boys size small, medium, and large shirts/sweaters/jackets and girls size 5T shirts/sweaters/jackets/pants
• Adult clothing: size 30x30, 32x30, and 32x32 pants/jeans/pajama bottoms for men. Medium and Large shirts and sweaters for men and women
• Shoes: size 9, 9.5 Men’s, 7, 10 Women’s, 5 Boys, 4 Girls

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#BlackLivesMatter - United We Win!

A discussion about the role of the queer community in the fight for racial justice

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Tuesday, January 20th
7:30pm at the Women’s Building (3543 18th Street)

“Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.” - Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter

Please join the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club for a panel discussion with some of the Black Lives Matter movement’s leaders, including co-founder, Alicia Garza;  Neva Walker - one of the #BlackFriday14; Thea Matthews – an organizer for the SF #MillionsMarch, and Trans Activist and BLM organizer, Jannetta Jones.  These powerful women are leading the charge in what is arguably the most effective, organized, impactful and galvanizing social justice movement of our time. Moderated by the Harvey Milk Club’s own Mahnani Clay, the panel will discuss the movement’s origins, goals, demands, actions and next steps with a focus on what the queer community can do to join this historic movement.
 
We anticipate that this discussion will be well-attended, so please RSVP on Facebook. To help us facilitate the dialogue, we are asking folks to submit questions for the panelists to president@milkclub.org by January 19th.. There will also be time for live Q&A during the event.

Get to know the panelists:

Alicia Garza

 

Alicia Garza is the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. In 2013, Alicia co-founded #BlackLivesMatter, an online platform developed after the murder of Trayvon Martin, designed to connect people interested in learning more about and fighting back against anti-Black racism. She has been the recipient of multiple awards for her organizing work in Black and Latino communities, receiving the Local Hero award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the Jeanne Gauna Communicate Justice award from the Center for Media Justice in 2008. She has twice been honored by the Harvey Milk Democratic Club with the Bayard Rustin Community Activist award for her work fighting gentrification and environmental racism in San Francisco’s largest remaining Black community.

 

Neva Walker is a long-time youth worker, community organizer and political leader from Minneapolis who recently relocated to the Bay Area. She has organized intensively around community demands for affordable housing and opportunities for youth. At age 29, Neva was the first African American woman elected to the Minnesota Legislature in the state’s history. She ran a precedent-setting grassroots election campaign that involved young people of color at every level of leadership. She served 8 years as a legislator before stepping down to return to her organizing roots. She’s a former Board member of the Progressive States Network. Since coming to the Bay, Neva spent time supporting the Black Organizing Project at the Center for Third World Organizing, and has been organizing workers in the labor movement.

 

A San Francisco native, Thea Matthews is a re-entry, first generation college student at City College of San Francisco; her major is sociology. Matthews is also president of CCSF’s Black Student Union; and she is an active participant in the Black Lives Matter movement. Matthews helped organized the Millions March SF, Queers come for #Black Lives Matter, and the SF Black Lives Matter Community Building Symposium. She continuously strives for the advancement and empowerment of all Black/ African American students and marginalized communities. She envisions people of all races to gain a keen awareness on the pervasiveness of systematic racism and oppression; and with this newfound consciousness, work towards the eradication of it.

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Janetta Louise Johnson isan Afro-American Transsexual from Tampa, Florida. She moved to San Francisco in 1997, where she has worked in various capacities at non-profits and social service agencies. She recently survived 3 years in federal prison and is committed to developing strategies and interventions to reduce the recidivism rate of the transgender community. Janetta’s involvement with TGI Justice dates back to 2006. She served as Interim Organizing Director in November/December ‘08, planned vibrant grassroots fundraisers, and later put her skills as a community organizer, trainer, and activist to use inside as she fiercely and tirelessly advocated for her rights as a transgender person in jail and prison.
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PAC Meeting -- Tuesday, January 12th

Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
Political Action Committee Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 2015
7-9pm @ the LGBT Center (1800 Market St) 

Agenda

1. Welcome 

2. Letter to BART Board regarding #BlackFriday14

3. NUHW & Kaiser Mental Health Clinician Strike

4. Sullivan Funeral Home and LGBT Historical Sites. 

A presentation on the significance of Sullivan's Funeral Home and on the importance of LGBT historic preservation and place-based history, an overview of landmarking as a strategy, and a discussion of preservation and place-based history purposes and strategies that might produce local public policy proposals — including innovative ideas that step outside the existing landmarking regimes.
 
Speakers:
Gerard Koskovich --  Independent queer historian & curator; advisory committee member, San Francisco LGBTQ Historic Context Statement project
Drew Bourn PhD, MLIS -- Historian and archivist at Stanford University, consultant on the National Park Service LGBT History Initiative

5. New Business

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Assembly District Delegate Elections 2015 - Jan 10th & 11th

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This weekend is the San Francisco Assembly District Delegate Elections! Delegates represent us in the California Democratic Party and vote to endorse candidates for statewide, legislative, and congressional office. These endorsements hold huge sway in elections which is why it is critical that we elect progressive candidates who share our values and will advocate for the causes we want to see the Party support.

Two of our very own Harvey Milk Club Executive Board Members are running to be delegates and they are asking for your support.

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             Mahnani Clay, AD 17                 

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     Alex Walker, AD 19

 

AD 17 election is on Saturday January 10, 2015

10:00am to 12pm at the African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street
You must arrive before noon in order to vote as the doors close at noon.

Mahnani Clay is running as part of Tom Ammiano’s progressive slate.
Vote the progressive slate for AD 17:

Rosario Cervantes                                   Tom Brown
Mahnani Clay                                          Chris Gembinski
Jo Elias Jackson                                       Michael Grafton
Mary Marzotto                                         Matt Haney
Veronica Shepard                                    Santiago Lerma
Susan Solomon                                       Justin Morgan
Gladys Soto                                             Ken Tray

 

AD 19 election is on Sunday, January 11, 2015

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM @ the Pacelli Event Center - Merced Room (145 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City 94015) You must arrive before 1:30 in order to vote.

Alex Walker is running as part of Assemblymember Phil Ting’s slate.
You can find Assemblymember Ting’s slate for AD 19 here.

If you’re not sure which Assembly District you are in, type your address here.

All registered Democrats who live in Assembly Districts 17 or 19 are eligible to vote! THANK YOU FOR VOTING!

 

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Harvey Milk Club Holiday Fête

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'Tis the season for cocktails and noshing in good company, so mark your calendars for the annual Harvey Milk Club Holiday Fête! 

Wednesday, December 17th
6-9pm
Lexington Club (3464 19th Street) 

Let's close out the year by celebrating our queer spaces, leaders and community that continue to bring passion, dedication and hope to the progressive movement. We're also honored to be able to host our party at the Lexington Club during its last holiday season! #LexForever!

To liven up the festivities, we're hosting a raffle complete with prizes, serving flavours of the Mission, collecting toy donations for Project CHEER, and will be buying a round and official Milk Club shirt to the first 20 new members to join!

So invite a friend, don your gayest apparel and get ready for a fête!

** 2015 Board Nominations - 6:45pm **
Be the first to hear the official nominations for next year's board. And don't forget to renew your membership to participate in the board election in January! If you are interested in nominating someone for an Executive Board position, please send an e-mail to president@milkclub.org. 

** HMDC Holiday Raffle - 8:00pm **
What will you find in your stocking? Could be a fruitcake, could be tickets to the Hard French Winter Ball! 

** Project CHEER Toy Drive - All Night ** 
Organized in collaboration with the SF Sheriff's Department, Project CHEER (Community Helping Everyone Encourage Restoration) is excited to head into its third year of collecting donations to benefits families and children impacted by incarceration. To help out with the cause, we'll will be collecting new, unwrapped toys throughout the evening.

Season's snapshots provided by FBFE

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Giving Thanks for Hope: Harvey Milk Memorial March 2014

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GIVING THANKS FOR HOPE: HARVEY MILK MEMORIAL MARCH
Thursday, November 27, 2014

Each year, we gather to honor the life of two true community heroes. This year, the anniversary of the deaths of Harvey Milk and George Moscone falls on Thanksgiving and we invite you to join us – and to bring along your friends and family – as we honor these two great leaders. 

This year we remember the unbelievable gift that Harvey Milk was to San Francisco and the LGBT community, and we are filled with gratitude. Grateful for a life lived authentically, grateful for the many lives Harvey touched with his words and his advocacy, grateful for the community he worked so hard to organize and lift up, grateful for the hope he inspired in us all. 

Join the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, Tom Ammiano, Harry Britt, Cleve Jones, and community members for a special Thanksgiving Day Memorial March to honor the life of Harvey Milk. 

Let’s come together and give thanks for the hope that Harvey gave us, as we work to continue to fight for a more just and affordable San Francisco. 

Meet at 7pm at Harvey Milk Plaza for brief remarks and a candlelit walk through the Castro. If you would like to help us assemble the flower shrine to Harvey please arrive at Harvey Milk Plaza at 6pm. Bring friends, bring family and bring candles! RSVP or share the event with friends via Facebook.

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Official Endorsements for November 4, 2014 Election

OFFICIAL HARVEY MILK LGBT DEMOCRATIC CLUB ENDORSEMENTS

November 4, 2014

Statewide Races

Governor: Jerry Brown
Lt. Governor: No Endorsement
Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
Attorney General: Kamala D. Harris
Controller: Betty Yee
Treasurer: State Controller John Chiang
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Jones
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Torlakson
Board of Equalization, District 2: Fiona Ma
House of Representatives, District 12: Nancy Pelosi
House of Representatives, District 14: Jackie Speier

Local Races

State Assembly, District 17: David Campos
State Assembly, District 19: Phil Ting
Assessor-Recorder: No Endorsement
Public Defender: Jeff Adachi
Supervisor District 2: No Endorsement
Supervisor District 4: No Endorsement
Supervisor District 6: Jane Kim
Supervisor District 8: No Endorsement
Supervisor District 10: #1: Tony Kelly; #2: Ed Donaldson
Board of Education: Jamie Rafaela Wolfe, Stevon Cook
Community College Board (4 Year Seats): Wendy Aragon, Brigitte Davila, Thea Selby
Community College Board (2 Year Seat): William Walker 
BART Board, District 8: No Endorsement
SF Superior Court Judge, Place 20: Daniel A. Flores
Oakland Mayor: #1: Rebecca Kaplan; #2: Dan Siegel

Statewide Initiatives

Prop 1: Yes
Prop 2: Yes
Prop 45: Yes
Prop 46: No Position
Prop 47: Yes
Prop 48: No Position

Local Initiatives

Prop A: Yes
Prop B: Yes
Prop C: Yes
Prop D: Yes
Prop E: No
Prop F: Yes
Prop G: Yes
Prop H: Yes
Prop I: No
Prop J: Yes
Prop K: Yes
Prop L: No

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Harvey Milk Club Endorsements General Membership August 2014 Meeting Minutes

Harvey Milk Club

General Membership Meeting Minutes

August 19, 2014

7pm-9pm

 

  • Alex – PAC Update
    • Last week’s co meeting with SF Beautiful went successful
    • Covered upcoming local ballots
    • Heard from Supervisor Jane Kim’s office
    • PAC endorsements Saturday all day went great – 78% turnout
    • Thank you for coming! We’ve got awesome members
    • Past 3 years of endorsement bylaw changes have resulted in a member driven endorsement process
    • Alex reads PAC endorsement results
  • Dan Segal – Candidate Oakland Mayor
    • East Bay Express endorsed me as the most progressive candidate
    • Experience as a civil rights lawyer
    • At Berkeley I helped the LGBT club gain recognition by the school administration
    • I support $15 minimum wage
  • Kimberley Alvarenga – Tom Ammiano
    • Celebration for all his work Sept 20, details coming
    • Creating a video for Tom Ammiano to thank him all his work
    • Club gathers together in camera view and thanks Tom

 

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PAC Meeting Minutes August 2014

 Harvey Milk Club PAC

Meeting Minutes

August 12, 2014

7pm - 9pm

  1. Intros Milk Club and SF Beautiful
    1. Beth and Melissa
  2. Housing Prop K - Affordable Housing Goal – A Policy Statement
      1. By 2020 30k affordable housing –low, moderate to middle income
    1. April Venerocion – In Favor of Prop K
      1. Affirms city’s commitment to remaining an affordable city
      2. Wide coverage – from rehabilitation to new construction
      3. Money not in the program – statement only
      4. Follow-up policies to institute funding from different sources
  3. Prop H & I – The Dueling Ballot Measures
    1. Mike Murphy Prop H - Keep grass in GG and no nighttime sports lighting
      1. Currently consistent with master and local coastal plans
      2. Under AstroTurf plan, pitch would be created on chopped up recycled tires
      3. Will leak toxins onto the field and into the sewer system
      4. Sensible use of water and pesticides without using turf? – West Coast turf – organic grass like in the new 49ers stadium  - it’s a science and we have the technology
    2. Krista Backo Prop I – This was successful when applied to other fields around SF
      1. Brings down crime and raises community connectedness
      2. Passions are ignited, this is a dividing issue but it’s a matter of perspective 
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