Remembering Ken Jones

San Francisco lost another incredible community activist this past week with Ken Jones, who passed away at age 70. (Read more here in the BAR.)

After serving three tours of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy, Ken was stationed at Treasure Island for what would turn out to be a very consequential "relaxed shore duty."

Ken was a key organizer in what would become the AIDS Foundation, took part in the first AIDS bike ride, and served on the San Francisco Pride Board as its first black chair during the 80s.

Ken was also an ordained deacon who told the BAR in 2017, "God created me just like I am, healed, perfect, and whole."

(Portions of Ken's life and activism in San Francisco are chronicled in the book and miniseries When We Rise.)

Now, it is the Milk Club's turn to pick up his progressive torch and carry it forward into 2021 and beyond.

Send in your ballot by Friday, January 22nd!

The deadline to request a ballot has passed. So, If you have your ballot, please mail it in immediately.

Ballots must be received by Wednesday, January 27th in order to be counted!

Here is the Milk Club's list of endorsed candidates:

AD-17 ADEM (Self-Identified Female):
Christin Evans 
Cherelle Jackson
Janelle Jolley 
Nomvula O'Meara
Jackie Prager
Susan Solomon
Joy Zhan

AD-17 ADEM (Other Than Self-Identified Female):
Christopher Christensen
Corey Hallman
Jeffrey Kwong
Julian LaRosa
Vanessa Pimentel
Njon Sanders
William Shields

AD-19 ADEM (Self-Identified Female):
Sophia Andary
Brigitte Davila
Alondra Esquivel
Alida Fisher
Kalimah Salahuddin
Jasper Wilde
Kaylah Paige Williams

AD-19 ADEM (Other Than Self-Identified Female):
Brandon Harami
Gabriel Medina
Joshua Ochoa
Gilbert Williams
Alan Wong


With regards to your ADEM ballot, please remember:

1) That our endorsed ADEM candidates for AD 17 are listed besides these numbers: 01, 02, 03, 09, 10, 12, 13, 17, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, and 46.

2) That our endorsed ADEM candidates for AD 19 are listed besides these numbers: 02, 05, 06, 11, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 31, 33, and 40.

3) To vote for no more than 14 candidates. (If you vote for more, then your ballot will not be counted.)

4) To fill in your 10-digit voter ID code that comes with your ballot. (If you do not fill this in, then your ballot will not be counted.)

5) To send in your ballot using the envelope that came with your ballot. Postage is already provided.

The Milk Club 2021 Executive Board elections are happening tonight at 7pm. Sign up on Zoom by clicking here and on Facebook by clicking here.

Here is tonight's agenda:

1) Political Action Committee update.

2) A discussion with newly-elected Supervisor Myrna Melgar and SF School Board Member Matt Alexander.

3) Speeches from all E-Board candidates in reverse order in the line of succession. Two minutes each. (Online ballots will be distributed at this time.)

4) Potential At-Large Board nominations.

5) Optional speeches from E-Board members stepping down in 2021.

6) New Business.

7) E-Board election results announced after 9pm.

The positions up for election are as follows:

President or two Co-Presidents, Vice-President for Internal Affairs, Vice President for Political Affairs, Vice President of Events and Fundraising, Treasurer, Executive Board for Internal, Executive Board for Political, Executive Board for Outreach, Executive Board for Events and Fundraising (Seat #1), Executive Board for Events and Fundraising (Seat #2), Executive Board for Organizing, Correspondent, and Recorder.

And here are the candidates who will appear on tonight's ballot:

Co-Presidents: Kaylah Williams & Edward Wright
VP Internal: Reid Coggins
VP Political: Jackie Thornhill
VP Events & Fundraising: Jeffrey Kwong
Treasurer: Jerry Fenske
E-Board Internal: Brad Chapin
E-Board Political: Lee Hepner
E-Board Outreach: Kurtis Wu
E-Board Events & Fundraising, Seat 1: Michael Rouppet
E-Board Events & Fundraising, Seat 2: Alvin Lee
E-Board Organizing: Nomvula O'Meara
Correspondent: Seamus McGeever
Recorder: Raya Steier

Also, take our quick community outreach survey here so that the Milk Club can set its priorities for 2021. And please renew your Membership for 2021 by clicking here before it lapses or expires in February!

Dr. King finally got his birthday wish. And tomorrow, so will we.