Harvey Milk Club Holiday Fête


'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
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


Giving Thanks for Hope: Harvey Milk Memorial March 2014


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.


Official Endorsements for November 4, 2014 Election


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


Harvey Milk Club Endorsements General Membership August 2014 Meeting Minutes

Harvey Milk Club

General Membership Meeting Minutes

August 19, 2014



  • 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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2014 Candidate Questionnaires

Candidate questionnaires will be uploaded here as they are received. Some print copies will be made available at the Saturday, August 16th Candidate Endorsement Day, but we strongly suggest that members review the questionnaires online before the meeting. Click the candidate's name to download and view their questionnaire. For more information about our endorsement process, see Harvey Milk Club Endorsement Schedule for November Election

Community College Board (2 Year Term)

Dr. Amy Bacharach

William Walker

Community College Board (4 Year Term)

Thea Selby

Dan Choi

Anita Grier

Wendy Aragon

Brigitte Davila

John Rizzo

Board of Education

Mark Murphy

Shamann Walton

Stevon Cook

Hydra Mendoza

Trevor McNeil

BART Board, District 8 

Nick Josefowitz

James Fang

Supervisor, District 2

Juan-Antonio Carballo 

Mark Farrell 

Supervisor, District 6

Jane Kim

Michael Nulty

Jamie Whitaker

Supervisor, District 8 

Michael Petrelis

Scott Wiener

John Nulty

Supervisor, District 10 

Malia Cohen

Tony Kelly

Public Defender

Jeff Adachi



Harvey Milk Club Endorsement Schedule for November Election

We are gearing up for the November election, and will soon make our official endorsements as a Club. We were proud to early endorse the Harvey Milk Anti-Speculation Tax (Prop G) at last month’s General Membership meeting by suspension of the by-laws, given the history of the measure. But there are many more ballot measures and candidates for the Club’s consideration, and possible endorsement, and we encourage members in good standing to participate in the upcoming endorsement process.

Endorsement Schedule

PAC Meeting - Tuesday, August 12th
7-9pm @ SF LGBT Center (1800 Market St)
This is the LAST qualifying meeting for members in good standing to vote in the PAC Candidate Endorsement Day. San Francisco Beautiful will be joining us, and we will be hearing from proponents and opponents of Propositions A, B, F, H, I, K and L in advance of San Francisco Beautiful’s endorsement vote. Beth Spotswood, Melissa Griffin, and Pollo del Mar will be moderating the discussion. RSVP or share the Facebook event here

PAC Candidate Endorsement Day - Saturday, August 16th
9:30am - 4:30pm @ Ceremonial Room, SF LGBT Center (1800 Market St)
Qualifying members who have attended at least ONE previous PAC meeting (June, July or August) and who stay for at least two hours of the interviews will be eligible to vote. Candidate questionnaires and a schedule for the day will be available for download on milkclub.org prior to Saturday’s endorsement day. Some print copies will be available at the meeting. Coffee and refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Democratic County Central Committee. The room opens at 9, and interviews begin at 9:30, so please arrive early.

General Membership Meeting - Tuesday, August 19th
**Official Endorsement Meeting**
7-9pm @ the Women’s Building (3543 18th Street)
Members in good standing and new members (of at least 3 months) will be eligible to vote on the Club’s official endorsements at this meeting.

For questions about the endorsement process, please contact pac@milkclub.org. We hope to see you at one or more of our upcoming endorsement meetings! 

Thank You!


What a night! Thanks to everyone who attended the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club's Annual Dinner and Gayla this past Thursday at City College of San Francisco - Mission Campus and made it our most successful fundraiser in years. We would like to congratulate all of our 2014 awardees and give special thanks to CeCe McDonald, pictured here with our Executive Board, for coming all the way from Minneapolis to accept the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award and share her inspiring story with us. 

Check out more photos from the event, courtesy of FBFE Photography, at our Facebook page here

We wouldn't have been able to host such a wonderful event if it weren't for the generous support of our 2014 Dinner & Gayla Sponsors, to whom we express our abundant thanks: 

Tom Ammiano
The Green Cross
STOP Unfair Beverage Taxes
SEIU Local 1021

AFT 2121
Supervisor David Campos
City College Trustee Rafael Mandelman
National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW)
Teamsters Joint Council 7
Trumark Urban

Jeff Adachi, Public Defender
Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
Dan Choi for Community College Board
Treasurer José Cisneros
Drug Policy Action
Daniel Flores for Judge
Forest City
City Attorney Dennis Herrera
Jane Kim for Supervisor
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi
Assemblymember Phil Ting

Wendy Aragon for Community College Board
Annie Chou
Stevon Cook for Board of Education
Patrick Connors
Bob Dockendorff
Mark Murphy for School Board
Thea Selby, Candidate for SF Community College Board
San Francisco Group of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club
Tom Temprano & Jarr Von Samuel
Laura Thomas & Kanani Kauka
Lance Toma
Transgender Law Center


Meet CeCe McDonald, Annual Dinner at CCSF Mission Campus

CeCe McDonald

We are excited to announce that CeCe McDonald will be the Keynote Speaker and recipient of the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award at our Annual Dinner & Gayla on Thursday, August 7th at CCSF Mission Campus.

CeCe McDonald was a political prisoner incarcerated for defending herself against a racist, transphobic assault in July 2010. Due to her willingness to fight, supporters and activists in Minneapolis and across the U.S. built up a solidarity campaign to demand her freedom, and were able to win her a reduced sentence. After serving a 17-month term, she was released in January 2014.

After her release, CeCe quickly became a leading and outspoken fighter in the movements for LGBTQ liberation, prison abolition, and racial justice. She is currently working on a forthcoming documentary with actress Laverne Cox on her case, “Free CeCe”. She was the Grand Marshall of Seattle Pride this year, and has spoken on Democracy Now!, MSNBC, and various other media outlets.
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2014 Annual Dinner and Gayla



The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club's 2014 Dinner and Gayla

Thursday, August 7th, 2014


City College of San Francisco's Mission Campus

1125 Valencia Street




We chose this year’s venue as a small gesture of solidarity with City College of San Francisco and the 90,000 students who depend on it. Many are low-income, queer, people of color, immigrants, seniors, English language learners, disabled, ex-offenders, or military veterans. City College has served our community faithfully for seventy-nine years. We cannot imagine a San Francisco without it and are proud to continue to stand by our college. 

Join us on the evening of August 7th as we proudly honor our City College champions:

Congresswoman Jackie Speier
City Attorney Dennis Herrera
City College Trustee Rafael Mandelman
Student Trustee Shanell Williams
Former President AFT 2121 Alisa Messer

along with our outstanding 2014 Harvey Milk Club Honorees

Hank Wilson Activist Award:  Housing Rights Committee & Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Bill Kraus HIV/AIDS Activism Award: Tita Aida

Sylvester Pride In The Arts Award: Juanita More!

Harry Britt Lifetime Achievement Award: Tom Ammiano

Community Ally Award: Supervisor Jane Kim

Howard Wallace Labor Leadership Award: Gabriel Haaland

Dinner by CCSF Culinary Program Graduates


Sponsorship Levels and Ticketing

HERO {$2,000 or above}

One table (10 tickets) at Annual Dinner
Our undying gratitude and devotion
Banner prominently displayed at event
Full page and logo recognition on program
A thank you on stage during the program
Acknowledgement in press releases and promotional material prior to event
Sponsored posts from the Harvey Milk Club’s Facebook (1,250 fans) and Twitter (850 followers) accounts


One table (10 tickets) at Annual Dinner
Banner prominently displayed at event
Half page and logo recognition on program
Acknowledgement in press releases and promotional material prior to event
Dedicated posts on the Milk Club’s Facebook (1250 fans) and Twitter (850 followers) pages


One half table (5 tickets) at the Annual Dinner
Quarter page and logo or name recognition on program
Acknowledgement in press releases and promotional material prior to event
Group posts on the Milk Club’s Facebook (1250 fans) and Twitter (850 followers) pages 


Two tickets to Annual Dinner  
Company or Individual name listed in program
Email co-presidents Tom Temprano and Laura Thomas at president@milkclub.org for additional information about sponsorship opportunities.


Full Page         Half Page         1/3 Page           1/4 Page

{$1000}          {$600}            {$350}            {$200}


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