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Dean Preston for Supervisor Get Out That Vote!

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When: Saturday, October 19th (10am-1pm)

Where: The Dean Preston Campaign Headquarters at 631 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117-3304

Facebook Invite is here.


Join us at 10am on Saturday, October 19th at the Dean Preston HQ at 631 Haight and Steiner! Our city can and should provide for neighbors! Public good is our aim, and Dean's campaign is our game. Come join us -- throughout history our local work in San Francisco has inspired state and federal change too. It's time that we, workers, families, students, renters, the people, rethink what's possible in our communities.

The future of renters, neighborhoods and San Francisco is up to us! Come help us build our neighbor movement for change in District 5. Come run a proud and ethical field campaign with us. Neighbor to neighbor! We can do better for San Francisco, and we must! But only if we do it together! We neighbors deserve more than crumbs! We deserve lives with dignity and beauty! We can't do it without you, nor would we want to!

Let's elect Dean Preston District 5 Supervisor!


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Chesa vs. The Machine

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Machine politics are alive and well in San Francisco: Boudin vs. The Machine

 

By The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club Executive Board.

Published in the San Francisco Examiner here.

 

In his campaigns for Supervisor, Harvey Milk’s unofficial slogan was Milk vs. the Machine. It reflected not only his values but the realities of challenging a political system that entrenches power for the few at the expense of the many — and at the expense of queer folks, trans folk, the working class, and people of color.

With Mayor London Breed’s appointment of candidate Suzy Loftus days before voting begins, it is clear that machine politics are alive and well in San Francisco, and it comes at the expense of our democratic processes and our progressive values. The race for District Attorney would and should have been the first open race without an incumbent in over a century. The fact that it took us over a hundred years to have this opportunity for the people to decide who should represent us at the Hall of Justice speaks volumes about entrenched power and the means the powerful use to keep it.

It also speaks volumes that Mayor Breed took this opportunity away from us, refused to let the people decide for ourselves who should be our next District Attorney, and instead put her thumb on the scales by appointing her chosen candidate days before voting begins. This is machine politics at its worst. Regardless of whom you support in this race, we should all condemn this shady action that once again deprives us of a truly open race and a free and fair election.

This was a desperate move, one that puts entrenched political factions above and against democracy. It’s shameful, offensive, and wrong. This erasure of our democratic norms deserves to be called out, regardless of who you support for District Attorney.

The winner of this race should be decided by we the people, based on the merits of each candidate, not picked for us based on who’s coziest with the power brokers. The Machine doesn’t care about democracy, but we do. And the next District Attorney should care too because democratic values are at the heart of San Francisco’s safety and justice issues.

This makes the choice before us clearer than ever. We deserve leaders, not gatekeepers. We need movements, not machines. We deserve better than the status quo. We deserve Chesa Boudin as our next District Attorney.

Chesa is a different kind of candidate, running a different kind of campaign. He knows firsthand the injustices of mass incarceration and a criminal justice system that doesn’t keep us safe but does keep LGBTQ people in cages at alarming rates. The same institutions that tried to keep Harvey out of office are doing their damnedest to deny Chesa a fair shot because they are scared. They are scared because Chesa is outrunning and outraising his opponents while simultaneously challenging San Francisco to do and be better. And they should be scared because when Chesa wins, it is going to be a victory for Us— for all of the Us’s—over the powers that be.

This November, it is Chesa Boudin vs. The Machine. And we know who we stand with because Chesa Boudin stands with us.


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6th Annual Harvey Milk Pie Toss at the Castro Street Fair

6th Annual Harvey Milk Pie Toss

 

Sunday, October 6th from 12 PM – 6 PM
Sausage Factory: 517 Castro Street

The Milk Club and the Castro Street Fair share a long bond. At the fair's inauguration and years after, Harvey hosted a dunk tank in front of Castro Camera where he invited his political colleagues, friends, and rivals to join him in the hot seat as folks pitched balls and saw their local leaders take a dip in the sunshine.

The Club carries on this good-natured tradition with our annual Castro Street Fair Pie Toss. Due in part to water conservation concerns, we have traded in the dunking with fully-loaded cream pies ready for the unsuspecting.

Harvey regarded politics as a circus replete with its own pratfalls, so we cordially invite you and our esteemed colleagues under the "big top" to join us this Sunday and toss a pie tin on the chin with Club leadership, civic leaders, community organizers, lawmakers, drag queens, and the rest of the three rings.

Here is our schedule so far:

12pm: Supervisor Hillary Ronen

12:30pm: Dean Preston

1pm: Chesa Boudin

1:15pm: Seamus McGeever

1:30pm: Jeffrey Kwong

2pm: Shaun Haines

2:15pm: Catch Meredeath (Andrew Sheets)

2:30pm: Janice Li

2:45pm: Tom Temprano

3pm: Supervisor Rafael Mandelman

3:15pm: Kevin Ortiz

3:30pm: Cochina Rude (for St. James)

3:45pm: Leif Dautch

4pm: Peter Gallotta

4:30pm: Tab Buckner

4:45pm: Jon Jacobo

5pm: Nancy Tung


And if you would like to volunteer to get pied or to help out at the booth, drop us a line at [email protected].


Here is our Club's list of endorsements for the November 2019 ballot:

Mayor: no position
District 5 Supervisor: Dean Preston (sole-endorsement)
City Attorney: Dennis Herrera
District Attorney: Chesa Boudin (sole-endorsement)
Public Defender: Manohar Raju
Sheriff: 
no position
Treasurer: Jose Cisneros
Board of Education: Jenny Lam
Community College Board: Ivy Lee

Yes on Measure A: Affordable Homes for San Franciscans Now
Yes on Measure B: A New Department of Disability and Aging Services​
No on Measure C: SF Kids vs. Big Tobacco
Yes on Measure D: Safer Streets, Less Traffic, Better MUNI
Yes on Measure E: Affordable Homes for Teachers and Families
Yes on Measure F: Sunlight on Dark Money

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The Milk Club's November 2019 Endorsements

Here is our Club's list of endorsements for the November 2019 ballot:

Mayor: no position
District 5 Supervisor: Dean Preston (sole-endorsement)
City Attorney: Dennis Herrera
District Attorney: Chesa Boudin (sole-endorsement)
Public Defender: Manohar Raju
Sheriff:
no position
Treasurer: Jose Cisneros
Board of Education: Jenny Lam
Community College Board: Ivy Lee

Yes on Measure A: Affordable Homes for San Franciscans Now
Yes on Measure B: A New Department of Disability and Aging Services​
No on Measure C: SF Kids vs. Big Tobacco
Yes on Measure D: Safer Streets, Less Traffic, Better MUNI
Yes on Measure E: Affordable Homes for Teachers and Families
Yes on Measure F: Sunlight on Dark Money


Thank you to everyone who attended Tuesday's General Membership Meeting. The Membership voted

1) To forward to the October Meeting a bylaw amendment to ban registered lobbyists from serving on the Executive Board. (Unanimous.)

2) To forward to the October Meeting a bylaw amendment to limit third-party payments of memberships to one payment per year. (Unanimous, with 1 abstention.)

3) To forward to the October Meeting a bylaw amendment to mandate that all new Members must attend three General Membership Meetings and/or qualifying events before receiving the right to vote on endorsements and for Executive Board elections. (Unanimous.)

4) To support the closure of the jail at 850 Bryant, to oppose creating any new jails in its place, to support the funding of decarceral alternatives, and to encourage people to attend a Public Safety Committee hearing at City Hall on Friday, October 11th at noon on this topic to advocate for this closure. (Unanimous.)

5) To endorse the Friday, September 20th Global Climate Strike and week of action. (Unanimous.)

6) To support the efforts of the Flore Store Cannabis Retail Store. (Unanimous, with 4 abstentions.)

7) To support passage of the Protect Hong Kong Act and the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. (Unanimous.)

The Membership also voted to endorse the following candidates for SF Pride Board: Laurence Berland, Brad Chapin, Steve Guilliams, Alex U. Inn, Anjali Rimi, and William Walker. And congratulations to Anjali Rimi and Alex U. Inn on winning your elections!

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The Harvey Milk Club's 43rd Annual Gayla

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Where: San Francisco War Memorial: Green Room
When: July 29th, 2019 from 6-9pm.
Eventbrite tickets are here.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS & TICKETING

HERO: $5,000 or above
Acknowledgment in pre-event e-newsletter & press releases.
Full page ad in program.
Podium recognition during program.
Opportunity to display branded banners onsite.
Tag in Facebook event page.
Logo recognition on signage & program.
Sponsored Facebook post.
10 tickets (one table).

INSTIGATOR: $2,500
Half page ad in program.
Podium recognition during program.
Opportunity to display branded banners onsite.
Tag in Facebook event page.
Logo recognition on event posters, signage & program.
Sponsored Facebook post.
5 tickets (half of a table).

ORGANIZER: $1,000
Tag in Facebook event page.
Logo recognition on event posters, signage, and program.
Sponsored Facebook post.
5 tickets (half table).

ACTIVIST: $500
Name recognition on event posters, signage, and program.
Sponsored Facebook post.
4 tickets.

ADVOCATE: $250
Name recognition in program.
Sponsored Facebook post.
2 tickets.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS:
General Admission Dinner Ticket: Regular: $75

Current Sponsors:

Hero Sponsorship ($5,000):
The Golden State Warriors
The National Union of Healthcare Workers
Recology

Instigator Sponsorship ($2,500):
BMWL & Partners
SEIU Local 1021
Rafael Mandelman
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Dean Preston

Organizer Sponsorship ($1,000):
San Francisco DCCC Members: Peter Gallotta, Honey Mahogany, David Campos, Frances Hsieh, Keith Baraka, Petra DeJesus, Alysabeth Alexander, Pratima Gupta, and Sophie Maxwell.
The San Francisco Giants
Phil Ting

Activist Sponsorship ($500):
Teamsters Local Union 856
United Educators of San Francisco
Shahid Buttar
SF Treasurer José Cisneros
Shaun Haines
Paul Melbostad
Aaron Peskin
Shanell Williams

Advocate Sponsorship ($250):
The Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition
St. James Infirmary
Bob Dockendorff
Jane Kim
Ivy Lee
Paul Miyamoto
Alex Randolph
Brenden Shucart
Tom Temprano
Edward Wright

Also, the deadline to sponsor and have your sponsorship included in our dinner program is Monday, July 22nd!


Please mail checks to S.E. Owens & Company: 312 Clay Street #300, Oakland, CA 94607.

 

  • Contributions to The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club Political Action Fund are not tax deductible.
  • Election law requires us to publicly report cumulative contributions of $100 or more
  • We may not deposit your contribution without  your name, street address, occupation and employer information from individual contributors, and may not accept contributions of $100 or more made by cashier’s checks, money orders, or cash.
  • In making this contribution, the contributor affirms that they are a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien.

 

 “Paid for by The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club Political Action Fund FPPC # 1383218

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SFPD Apology Letter

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CDP Veterans Caucus Salute to LGBT Veterans

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When: Saturday, June 1st from 10pm to 12am.

Where: Tabletop Tap House @ 175 4th Street, SF, CA 94103

Facebook invite is here.

For everyone attending this week's CDP Convention, mark your calendars for an event we are co-sponsoring honoring LGBT veterans! Drinks and appetizers will be served.

See you there.

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May's General Membership Meeting

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What: Milk Club May General Membership Meeting: Early Endorsement Vote

When: Tuesday, May 28th at 7-9pm

Where: The Women's Building at 3543 18th Street (Auditorium Room, Ground Level)

Facebook Event Page is here.


Please note that May's General Membership Meeting will be taking place on the 4th Tuesday of May rather than the 3rd Tuesday. And we will be meeting in the Auditorium Room on the ground floor rather than the Audre Lorde Room.

At our May meeting, we will be giving an up or down endorsement vote on paper ballots for Chesa Boudin for District Attorney, Dean Preston for District 5 Supervisor, and the upcoming Sunshine on Dark Money and Free City College Fund ballot measures.

All candidates for District Attorney and District 5 Supervisor (as well as pro and con sides for the ballot measures) will be given 3 minutes to speak to the Membership, and the Membership will have a few minutes to ask the candidates and speaker questions. This portion of the meeting will begin at 7pm.

Confirmed, so far:

1) District 5 candidate Dean Preston.
2) District 5 candidate Ryan Solomon.
3) District 5 candidate Nomvula O'Meara.
4) District Attorney candidate Leif Dautch.
5) District Attorney candidate Suzy Loftus.
6) District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin.
7) Tom Ammiano will discuss his support for the Sunshine on Dark Money ballot measure.
8) A representative from the Free City Coalition will discuss their support for the Free City College Fund ballot measure.


Our meeting will also include:

1) A presentation from David Chiu's office on towing reform, public bank legislation, and ant-rent-gouging legislation.
2) A presentation on Clean Power SF Enrollment.
3) New business.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Harvey Milk Happy Hour: Hole in the Wall Saloon 25th Anniversary

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What: Harvey Milk Happy Hour: Hole in the Wall Saloon 25th Anniversary

Where: Hole in the Wall Saloon at 1369 Folsom Street at 10th Street

When: Thursday, April 25th from 6 pm to 9 pm.

The club will close April by celebrating the 25th anniversary of the treasured San Francisco establishment, Hole In The Wall Saloon.

The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club hosts a happy hour on the fourth Thursday of every month to give old friends a chance to say hello and new friends a chance to get to know the Club. New to the city? Need to register to vote? Wanna join Milk? Have questions? Come on down!

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