2017 Harvey Milk Club Executive Board


Co-Presidents: Kimberly Alvarenga & Carolina Morales
VP Political Affairs: Adele Failes-Carpenter
VP Internal Affairs: Kevin Bard
VP External Affairs: Mia Satya
E-Board Political: Katy Birnbaum
E-Board Internal: Jenna Haywood
E-Board Organizing: Gomez Arteaga
E-Board Outreach: Benji Hunt
E-Board Outreach: Brad Chapin
Correspondent: Caitlin Prendiville
Recorder: William Juarez
Treasurer: Charles Sanchez
Events & Fundraising: Anna Heredia 
Ex-Officio: Peter Gallotta

At-Large Members: Albany Nieto Aroyan, Tab Buckner, Laura Thomas, & Stephen Torres.


Resisting Trump // City Budget 101 // Club Officer Elections


Harvey Milk Club General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, January 17th | 7-9pm
Women's Building | 3543 18th St. SF 94110
<< RSVP here >> 

It's the first meeting of the Harvey Milk Club for the year! Join us as we hear from local organizers about how to #ResistTrump and get involved in #J20 inauguration day protest activities, learn a little more about the City budget and what's happening with funding for things like free City College, and hear from candidates running for the 2017 Harvey Milk Executive Board. This meeting is open to the public. 

Members in good standing, who either renewed their dues in 2016 or joined the Club before November 15th, will be eligible to cast their votes in this year's Club officer election. Voting will be open from 7-9pm. 

Club officer nominations are still being accepted until January 17th. 
Nominate here >> https://goo.gl/forms/InFOhH5Zsc7VJUYJ3

1) Welcome / Updates
2) #J20 Inauguration Day Activities
3) City Budget 101
4) Resolution on New Museum of LGBTQ History & Culture
5) Resolutions on Bathrooms in SRO's & Non-Profit Tenants Rights
6) Executive Board Candidate Speeches
7) New Business
8) Adjourn 

Immediately following the meeting, all members and friends of the Club are invited to help us count votes at the 500 Club (500 Guerrero St) and celebrate the outgoing 2016 Executive Board as we welcome in the new 2017 Board!

Have questions? E-mail: president@milkclub.org 


The Harvey Milk Club's 40th Holigay Fête!


Saturday, December 17th
3-7pm | Galeria de la Raza (2857 24th Street, San Francisco, CA) 
Open to the public -- All are welcome!

RSVP here >> 

Is now the winter of our discontent? HELL YES! What better time then to take a moment for self-care and nurture before the long battles ahead?

Your family (the progressive political one) is hosting our annual Holigay Fête- Forty years of progressive politics and holiday cheer sure to warm even the coldest of cockles!

As always, we will have tasty nosh and fortifying libations throughout, punctuated with a little auctioning and, of course, this coming year's Executive Board Nominations. 

What's more, this year we have decided to make our gay-apparelled gathering an Saturday afternoon repast, so membership and new friends alike may bring along the little ones without having to worry about those tiresome holiday babysitting phone calls.

For the second year in a row, this will also serve as a joint fundraiser for not just the Club, but our friends divine, la Galeria de la Raza. Auctioned items will benefit the Club, with beverages benefiting the Galería.

So put on those cowbells, Lady Iris, it's almost time to make your entrance stage left.


Official Endorsements for the November 8, 2016 Election

Thank you to all the members who participated in this year's endorsement process. The Club's official endorsements for the November 8, 2016 election are as follows:

U.S. President: Hillary Clinton / Tim Kaine
U.S. Senate: Kamala Harris
U.S. Congress, D12: Nancy Pelosi
U.S. Congress, D14: Jackie Speier
CA State Senate, District 11: Jane Kim
CA State Assembly, D17: David Chiu
CA State Assembly, D19: Phil Ting
District 1 Supervisor: Sandra Lee Fewer
District 3 Supervisor: Aaron Peskin
District 5 Supervisor: Dean Preston
District 7 Supervisor: Norman Yee
District 9 Supervisor: Hillary Ronen
District 11 Supervisor: Kimberly Alvarenga
Board of Education: Stevon Cook, Matt Haney, Mark Sanchez
City College Board: Tom Temprano, Rafael Mandelman, Shanell Williams, Alex Randolph 
Superior Court Judge, Seat 7: Victor Hwang
BART Board, District 7: Lateefah Simon
BART Board, District 9: Bevan Dufty
U.S. Congress, District 46: Bao Nguyen
Anaheim City Council: Angel Van Stark
Richmond City Council: Cesar Zepeda

Statewide Initiatives
Prop 51 (School Bonds): Yes
Prop 52 (Medi-Cal Reimbursement): Yes
Prop 53 (Voter Approval for Revenue Bonds): No
Prop 54 (Legislature Transparency Act): No Position
Prop 55 (Tax Extension to Fund Education): Yes
Prop 56 (Cigarette Tax): Yes
Prop 57 (Criminal Sentences and Juvenile Sentencing): Yes
Prop 58 (Multilingual Education Act): Yes
Prop 59 (Overturn Citizens United Act): Yes
Prop 60 (Condoms in Adult Films): No
Prop 61 (State Prescription Drug Purchases Standards): No
Prop 62 (Death Penalty Abolition): Yes
Prop 63 (Firearms and Ammunition Sales): Yes
Prop 64 (Marijuana Legalization): Yes
Prop 65 (Charges for Carry-out Bags): No
Prop 66 (Death Penalty Procedures): No
Prop 67 (Uphold Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags): Yes

Local Initiatives
Prop A (School Bond): Yes
Prop B (City College Parcel Tax): Yes
Prop C (Loan to Finance Acquisition of Affordable Housing): Yes
Prop D (Let's Elect our Elected Officials): Yes
Prop E (City Maintenance of Street Trees): Yes
Prop F (Youth Voting in Local Elections): Yes
Prop G (Department of Police Accountability): Yes
Prop H (Public Advocate): Yes
Prop I (Dignity Fund for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities): Yes
Prop J (Funding for Homelessness and Transportation): Yes
Prop K (General Sales Tax): No
Prop L (SFMTA Appointments and Budget): Yes
Prop M (Housing and Development Commission): Yes
Prop N (Non-Citizens Voting in School Board Elections): Yes
Prop O (Office Development in Candlestick & Hunters Point): Yes
Prop P (Competitive Bidding for Affordable Housing Projects): No
Prop Q (Prohibiting Tents on Public Sidewalks): No
Prop R (Neighborhood Crime Unit): No
Prop S (Allocation of Hotel Tax Funds): Yes
Prop T (Restricting Gifts and Campaign Contributions from Lobbyists): Yes
Prop U (Affordable Housing Requirements for Market-Rate Projects): No
Prop V (Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages): No
Prop W (Real Estate Transfer Tax on Properties over $5 Million): Yes
Prop X (Production, Distribution & Repair Preservation): Yes
Measure RR (BART Safety, Reliability and Traffic Relief Bond): Yes

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Celebrating 40 Years of Giving 'Em Hope


Thursday, August 11th @ SOMArts Cultural Center | 6:30pm - 9:30pm

The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club kindly requests the honor of your presence as we celebrate and toast to 40 years of queer progressive Democratic politics and activism in San Francisco. Our annual dinner & gayla gathers over 300 of San Francisco's most influential LGBTQ politicians, community activists and grassroots organizers.


6:30pm: VIP Reception // Cocktail Hour 
7:30pm: Dinner, Keynote Address & Awards Ceremony 

As we celebrate 40 years, we are thrilled to be able to acknowledge and honor the incredible work of the following organizations and individuals: 

40th Anniversary Honorees
Hank Wilson Activist Award: Coalition on Homelessness
Bill Kraus Leadership Award: Supervisor David Campos
Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award: Isa Noyola
Sylvester Pride in the Arts Award: Galeria de la Raza
Howard Wallace Labor Leadership Award: Kimberly Alvarenga
Community Ally Award: Matt Haney and Lyndsey Schlax
Harry Britt Lifetime Achievement Award: Sally Gearhart
Eileen Hansen Social Justice Hero Award: Roma Guy 


This is an evening of queer politics that is not to be missed. We hope you will support us by sponsoring or donating to our 40th anniversary celebration as we embark on the next decade of political organizing for the LGBT community in San Francisco! 

// Contact info@milkclub.org with questions // 


March in Pride with The Harvey Milk Club, Jane Kim & David Campos


March in the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26th with the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, Supervisor Jane Kim and Supervisor David Campos! Open to all to join!

How many of your beautiful faces will we see on Sunday? Let us know ASAP! Please RSVP below so we know how many monitors & t-shirts we need.

RSVP HERE >>> http://bit.ly/1PFcBWb

Help us keep our crew safe and sound during the celebration by completing the contingent monitor training! Luckily, Pride has made it incredibly easy for everyone to do the training.

To become a monitor, simply watch this 10 minute video:

Then fill out this short survey to let the parade organizers know you're marching with us:

Questions? E-mail info@milkclub.org 


Vote June 7th! Harvey Milk Club Official Endorsements



For a PDF and downloadable version of our June 2016 slate of endorsements, click here.
For a text list of our endorsements, click Read More below. 

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The Times of Harvey Milk - Birthday Screening at the Castro Theatre, May 22nd


He was powerful, charismatic, compassionate and gay.
After eleven months in office, he was assassinated.
Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature, 1984
Director: Rob Epstein 

May 22, 2016 at the Castro Theater (429 Castro St)
2:00pm: VIP Reception with special guests (& champagne!) & student/youth art exhibit
3:00pm: Film screening


For sponsorship information, contact president@milkclub.org  

Celebrate Harvey Milk’s 86th birthday with all your friends at the Castro Theatre for this special screening of The Times of Harvey Milk. Enjoy a VIP brunch reception at 2pm with elected officials, LGBT community leaders, and other special guests, and take in a queer youth performance piece. The GLBT History Museum, located in the heart of the Castro, will also be offering free docent-led tours from 1-3pm to those who have purchased tickets to the film. 

CAN'T GO/ WOULD STILL LIKE TO SUPPORT? The emphasis of this year's screening and, indeed, the entire year, is "Forty years of gving 'em hope!" The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club is dedicated to bring Harvey's legacy and message to future generations and this year we want to pack the house with students from all over the Bay Area studying LGBTQ curriculum. Even if you cannot attend, you can help bring Harvey's timeless and powerful message to so many LGBTQ youth by purchasing them tickets through our "Sponsor an LGBTQ Youth" ticketing option! Buy yours and theirs today!

Also, educators and students can message the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club for further details on attending this special screening.

+++ About The Times of Harvey Milk +++
Directed By Robert Epstein

Premiering at the Castro Theatre in 1984, The Times of Harvey Milk chronicles the political career of Harvey Milk, San Francisco's first openly gay elected official, and his rise from a neighborhood activist to a symbol of gay political achievement, through to his assassination in November 1978. Winning an Oscar for Best Documentary Film, international acclaim, selection into the National Film Registry in Library of Congress, the documentary later became inspiration for Gus Van Sant’s 2008 Oscar-winning biopic, Milk.


State Senate Debate: Jane Kim & Scott Wiener


On Wednesday, April 6th, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, and the Bay Area Reporter will co-host a debate between the Democratic candidates for State Senate District 11, Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener.

This is an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates about their policy positions, campaign platforms, and what their priorities will be if elected. After a moderated debate, there will be time for Q&A with the audience. Arrive promptly to ensure a seat, as seating is limited.

What: Senate District 11 Debate
When: Wednesday, April 6, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Moderated by: 
Cynthia Laird, News Editor, Bay Area Reporter
Donna Sachet, San Francisco drag performer, spokesmodel, fundraiser, and activist
Marga Gomez, nationally touring queer comedienne 


RSVP here >> 


Hump Day Happy Hour with Harvey: Celebrating Progressive Women in the Movement

Hump Day Happy Hour with Harvey: 
Celebrating Progressive Women in the Movement 
Wednesday, March 23rd
6:30-9:30pm @ The Wild Side West (424 Cortland) 
March is International Women's History Month and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club would like to honour not only the women in our community who laid foundations, but those badass members who continue to make history by living the fight every day.
Join the Harvey Milk Club and the San Francisco Women's Political Committee this Wednesday, March 23rd for happy hour at the Wild West, a queer women's bar in Bernal Heights. Come mix and mingle and get to know a number of the progressive women candidates who are running for elected office in San Francisco this year, including Jane Kim for State Senate, Kimberly Alvarenga for District 11 Supervisor, Hillary Ronen for District 9 Supervisor, Sandra Lee Fewer for District 1 Supervisor, and more!  
Barbecue food will be provided. There will be a short speaking program at 7:30pm. 

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