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  • published 42: 2020 Milk-Moscone Vigil in Home 2020-11-19 20:05:44 -0800

    42: 2020 Milk-Moscone Vigil

    In this April 1977 file photo, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, left, and Mayor George Moscone are shown in the mayor's office during the signing of the city's gay rights bill. (Read more at NPR.)


    Thank you fo everyone who attended Friday's online vigil for Harvey Milk and George Moscone. If you missed it, feel free to watch it here.

    On November 27th, 1978, Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were both murdered in cold blood by Dan White. So every year on this date, the Milk Club honors these men and the progressive movement they each created. Always remembering how their tragic and senseless deaths continually force us to fight for a queer-friendly, inclusive, and progressive future for all, in San Francisco and beyond.

    During recent years, the Milk Club hosts an in-person, candlelight march in the Castro, ending at Harvey's old camera shop. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that simply was not an option this time.


    According to Chris Arvin's presentation at Tuesday's General Membership Meeting, a strong majority of SF voters continues to agree with our Club's endorsements.

    Thank you to everyone who attended Tuesday's November General Membership Meeting, which included a detailed analysis of the November 2020 election results. In particular, our Club would like to thank our guest speakers David Campos, Jane Kim, Joe Eskenazi, Chris Arvin, Hene Kelly, and Frances Hsieh for shedding light on the results and their ramifications, as well as upcoming elections. (More on that later.)

    At our November General Meeting, the Membership voting to:

    1) Officially oppose Ordinance 201265 which would penalize tenants $1,000 a day if they are accused of smoking tobacco or cannabis in their apartments. (Read more about this here.)

    2) Officially support Ordinance 201185 which would require all new supportive housing that comes online and all current supportive housing to charge tenants no more than 30% of their income towards rent.

    3) Hold an endorsement vote for ADEM candidates running in AD 17 and AD 19 at our December General Membership Meeting. (More on this below.)

    4) Hold an endorsement vote for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock for the U.S. Senate in Georgia at our December General Membership Meeting.

    5) Officially support AB 310 (The California State Public Bank Act) and the Federal Public Banking Act, sponsored by US Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


    If you missed our meeting, you can view it here.

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    Article VI of the California Democratic Party Bylaws provides that Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMS) be held in each of the 80 California Assembly Districts in January of each odd-numbered year to elect seven self-identified female Democratic candidates and seven other than self-identified female Democratic candidates to be Assembly District Delegates to represent the Assembly District in which they live.

    These elections are open to all California Democrats. Delegates are responsible for planning and attending informational meetings throughout their respective regions and working with other delegates across California on statewide matters.

    Therefore, it is critical that all of us in the Milk Club register to vote and vote for progressive Democratic Delegates in Assembly Districts 17 and 19 to ensure that we endorse truly progressive state-level and federal representatives and ballot measures in 2022, worthy of Harvey Milk's legacy. Remember, these delegates could be pivotal if/when there are open seats in Congress or the State Assembly on the horizon.

    In order to register to vote in the 2021 ADEM elections, register here. The deadline to register for a vote by mail ballot is January 11, 2021.

    In order to apply as a candidate, register here. The deadline to apply is December 15th.

    Also, keep in mind that the Membership will vote to endorse a slate of ADEM candidates in AD 17 and AD 19 at our December General Meeting. Stay tuned for more details as we get a clearer picture on who is running.


     


  • published A Queer Election: What Just Happened? in Home 2020-11-12 14:36:29 -0800

    A Queer Election: What Just Happened?

    Bye bye, baby.


    We in the Harvey Milk Club hope you are all rested by now because the 2020 elections have been one hell of a roller coaster!

    And when all is said and done, the incumbent will be ejected from The White House one way or another. And our Club's endorsed presidential ticket, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, will soon be sworn into office and tasked will cleaning up the mess and healing our country's bloody wounds.

    Our national nightmare is almost over. Hopefully.


    Diana Ross in The Wiz singing "Brand New Day" after the melting of Evilene, the Wicked Witch of the West. Very fitting after these four long years.


    Congratulations to District 1 Supervisor-elect Connie Chan!


    Overall, November's election results have been mixed but mostly positive, especially at the local level. In fact, "Progressives are winning the Battle of San Francisco," according to 48 Hills.

    Connie Chan's election to the Board of Supervisors certainly represents one of our progressive wins, despite sleazy, fly-by-night, fake tenant groups spending big bucks in District 1 to the contrary.

    The Harvey Milk Club is proud of the grassroots (and mostly volunteer) support we offered Supervisor-elect Connie Chan, and we look forward to working with her at City Hall next year.


    Join us at 7pm on Tuesday on Zoom as we discuss the November election results and what comes next.


    We briefly discussed Connie Chan's win earlier, but what else happened on Election Day?

    Join the Milk Club on Tuesday at 7pm as we discuss all of the election results (local, state, and federal) and what this election means for advancing our queer values in the not-so-distant future.

    The Facebook Event details are here. And the Zoom details are here.

    Our agenda includes:

    1) Election results analysis, with a particular focus on local and state results with David Campos, Jane Kim, Joe Eskenazi and Chris Arvin.
    2) Community Outreach efforts, including an open conversation on engaging in community service projects during off-election cycles.
    3) Discussion on the upcoming 2021 E-Board elections.
    4) Discussion for our Annual Harvey Milk Vigil for November 27th, which will be held virtually this year, due to COVID-19 concerns.
    5) New Business.


    Onward to 2021, queers! Onward:



    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    SF Transgender Film Festival 2020 (Online)
    Thursday, November 12th - Sunday, November 15th
    Facebook Event Details Here
    Film Festival Details Here

    Milk Club November General Meeting: What Just Happened?
    Tuesday, November 17th | 7-9pm
    Facebook Event Details Here
    Zoom Details Here


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  • published Bye Bye Baby!!! in Home 2020-11-07 20:34:55 -0800

    Bye Bye Baby!!!

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  • published Act Up! Fight Back! in Home 2020-09-20 21:52:47 -0700

    Act Up! Fight Back!

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    “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”


    There are no words to describe how saddened we are by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    Much like our Club’s namesake, Ruth came from humble beginnings. She was born to Jewish immigrant parents and grew up in New York during the Great Depression and came of age during World War II.

    The gender discrimination Ms. Ginsburg faced throughout her professional career undoubtely shaped her political values and overall jurisprudence, much to the material benefit of the lives of millions of Americans during her service on the United States Supreme Court.

    During Justice Ginsburg's tenure on the Court, she fought for Women's rights, LGBT rights, racial equality, voting rights, workers' rights and against discrimination, voter supression, gerrymandering, money in politics and unfettered capitalism. Some of the most rulings on LGBT rights she presided over include (but are not limited to):

    Romer v. Evans (1996):
    Voiding an amendment to the Colorado state constitution that prohibited laws protecting the rights of homosexuals.

    Lawrence v. the State of Texas (2003):
    Overturning anti-sodomy laws in 14 states.

    Hollingsworth v. Perry (2013):
    Legalizing same-sex marriage in Califonria.

    United States v. Windsor (2013):
    Overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.

    Obergfell v. Hodges (2015):
    Giving same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states.

    Bostock v. Clayton County (2020):
    Banning employees from being discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.


    As you can probably guess, the leadership of the Milk Club is deeply worried by who may replace RBG on the Court and the potential loss of all of our civil rights over the next few decades. But we must focus on this fight one step at a time.

    The first step is to volunteer with us and turn out a solidly progressive vote in November 2020. We will show you how below.

    Let's make Ruth proud.


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