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May PAC Meeting: A Discussion on Privacy

May PAC Meeting: A Discussion on Privacy | Tuesday, May 9, 2023 | MilkSF & Virtual Hybrid Meeting
This is a hybrid meeting. Vaccination and post-event self-reporting are encouraged for all in-person attendees. If you are unvaccinated, have any symptoms of Covid-19, or are uncomfortable meeting in person, we invite you to join us at bit.ly/milkpac. Remote attendees are able to speak and vote on items just as in-person attendees can.

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Community Plan to Save the Castro Theatre!

As you’re likely aware, the last year has thrust the Castro Theatre into quite the controversy. Since Another Planet Entertainment (APE) took over management of the Theatre in early 2022, the Theatre has mostly sat dark, hosting just 2 events in the last 3 months. APE is seeking to demolish much of the Theatre’s interior to make it more viable for corporate rentals, and we’re not having it.

Faced with our concerns about how the Theatre will remain accessible to the queer community and allies of diverse backgrounds, incomes and abilities, APE has shunned good faith negotiations. 

Which is why we are thrilled to announce that the nonprofit Castro Theatre Conservancy and Friends of the Castro, a coalition including the Milk Club, have released an alternative, community-centered plan to:
  • Activate the Theatre 365 days per year, 
  • Invest $20 million in capital improvements to the Theatre, and
  • Honor the diverse communities that have long depended on the Castro Theatre as a hub for queer culture, film culture, and accessible entertainment.
Read the detailed Community Plan itself and about some of the politics here (“New plan offers another model for the future of the Castro Theatre.”). And read about why Tom Ammiano and Michela Alioto-Pier believe that the Castro Theatre belongs to the community.

How can you help? The most important thing you can do is send an email to the Board of Supervisors indicating your support for the Community Plan at their upcoming meeting on May 16, 2023. Specifically, they should: 
  • Approve the upcoming landmark amendment which includes the revised language protecting “the presence of fixed seating in theatrical, movie palace style,” and
  • Endorse the plan proposed by the Castro Theatre Conservancy as it continues the fight that Harvey started to keep this a community-centered cultural center.
With a viable and credible alternative for managing the Castro Theatre, there’s no excuse for bending to APE’s divisive tactics. Our queer community deserves better!

 

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April PAC Meeting: Geeting on Track with Transit

April PAC Meeting: Getting on Track with Transit

Join the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club for our monthly PAC Meeting. This will be a hybrid meeting, at Milk-SF Cafe (302 Valencia) and bit.ly/milkpac.

At this meeting, the PAC will discuss transit justice. We will be joined by BART Board President Janice Li, Chinese for Affirmative Action / Stop AAPI Hate Director of Advocacy Andy Wong, and San Francisco Transit Riders (SFTR). We will focus on all aspects of transit justice, including affordability, accessibility, safety, and dependability. We will use the discussion to inform a Transit Justice platform plank brainstorming discussion. If you have ideas for the plank you would like to share beforehand, you are invited to do so on this document: tinyurl.com/milktransit. Please note that changes to this document are tracked and monitored.

After our transit justice conversation, District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman will speak with the PAC per PAC's request.

Don't miss it!

This is a hybrid meeting. Vaccination, masking, and post-event self-reporting are encouraged for all in-person attendees. If you are unvaccinated, have any symptoms of Covid-19, or are uncomfortable meeting in person, we invite you to join us at bit.ly/milkpac. Remote attendees are able to speak and vote on items just as in-person attendees can.

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February PAC Meeting: Getting to 46k

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Membership Retreat

Join us to Chart the Future of our Milk Club! 

President’s Day
Monday, February 20, 2023
12:00 Noon to 4 PM

click here for the draft agenda

541 Castro Street, San Francisco

WHEN
February 20, 2023 at 12:00pm - 4pm
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2023 New Board Announcement + At-Large Executive Board Member Application

Our results are in! Congratulations to the elected members of the 2023 Milk Club Executive Board:

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President: Jeffrey Kwong
VP Membership: Akeylah Hernandez
VP PAC: Reid Coggins
VP E&F: Emil Tran
VP Communications: Gary McCoy
Treasurer: Jerry Fenske
Membership Officer 1: Ernesto Cuellar
Membership Officer 2: Sydney Simpson
Political Action Officer 1: Joshua Ochoa
Political Action Officer 2: Noah Viengxay
E&F Officer 1: Alondra Esquivel Garcia
E&F Officer 2: Raina Christeson
Comms Officer: Gabby Burgos Colón
Recorder: Paul Aguilar

Join the Executive Board of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club!

Up to five at-large board officers may be appointed by the President or Co-Presidents, pending the approval of a majority of the Club’s Membership.
Join us! Go to milkclub.org/apply for more details and to apply.
Contact Jeffrey Kwong, President, Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club at [email protected] for more information.
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2023 Milk Club Board Elections Are Here!

Join the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club on Tuesday, January 17th at 7pm for our January General Membership Meeting, in person at 302 Valencia or online at bit.ly/milkmeeting! We'll be voting for our 2023 Milk Club Executive Board, so don't miss it! Here's the latest list of candidates:

President or Co-Presidents:

  • Melissa Hernandez (they/she) and Michael Rouppet (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidates
  • Jeffrey Kwong (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate

Vice President of Membership: 

  • Akeylah Hernandez (them/them/elle) *LGBTQ Candidate

Vice President of Political Action:

  • Reid Coggins (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate

Vice President of Events and Fundraising: 

  • None

Vice President of Communications: 

  • Gary McCoy (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate
  • William Walker (they/she/he)

Treasurer: 

  • Jerry Fenske (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate

Membership Officer, Seat #1: 

  • Ernesto Cuellar (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate

Membership Officer, Seat #2: 

  • Sydney Simpson (they/them) *LGBTQ Candidate

Political Action Officer, Seat #1: 

  • Joshua Ochoa (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate

Political Action Officer, Seat #2: 

  • Noah Viengxay (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate

Events and Fundraising Officer, Seat #1: 

  • Alondra Esquivel Garcia (she/her) *LGBTQ Candidate

Events and Fundraising Officer, Seat #2: 

  • Raina Christeson (they/she) *LGBTQ Candidate

Communications Officer: 

  • Gabby Burgos-Colon (they/them) *LGBTQ Candidate

Recorder: 

  • Paul Aguilar (he/him) *LGBTQ Candidate
You can also check for new candidates who have accepted their nominations at milkclub.org/board
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🚨 Vote in person TODAY for your CADEM delegates, + coming up this week...

It's not too late to vote for your CADEM delegates in person!

Flyer for CADEM In-Person voting. Reads: "Vote in person this weekend! Register now at bit.ly/cadem2023" Two calendar icons appear. The first one is dated Saturday, January 7 and its entry is crossed out as the date has passed. The second calendar entry is dated Sunday, January 8. The entry reads: "AD 19: 12pm-4pm @ Westlake Park Doelger Cafe, 145 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City CA 94105"

Did you know that you can cast your vote for California Assembly District Election Meeting (CADEM) TODAY, Sunday, January 8 even if you live in Assembly District 17? Register here today to make voting even easier! 

Sunday, January 8 from 12pm-4pm
Westlake Park Doelger Café
145 Lake Merced Blvd,
Daly City, CA 94015


Every other year, the California Democratic Party elects delegates in each Assembly District to vote on the Democratic Party's platform and endorse state and federal legislation and candidates. This election is an opportunity for California Democrats to influence the future of their party.

The 2024 elections will be critical for working people and will be our chance to ensure we have strong progressive leadership for the California Democratic Party.

Register before you line up at bit.ly/cadem2023 to make voting even smoother!

And coming up this week... 

Tuesday, January 10: Milk Club PAC

Flyer for PAC meeting. "2023 Political Action Kickoff." "A planning session ft. Shamann Walton, Board of Supervisors President." "Anita Martinez, City College Trustee-Elect." "+Housing Justice Platform Plank revisit." "Tuesday, January 10 @ 7pm." "In person at 302 Valencia & on Zoom, bit.ly/milkpac"

Join the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club on Tuesday, January 10, at 7pm, for our January PAC Meeting. This will be a hybrid meeting, in person at Milk-SF Cafe (302 Valencia St) and on Zoom at bit.ly/milkpac.

At this meeting, the PAC will conduct a 2023 planning session, featuring Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton and City College Trustee-Elect Anita Martinez. We will discuss the following:
  • Focus areas for 2023 and ideas for ways we can engage in these areas politically
  • Related platform planks we want to develop
  • Summary of learnings from the December PAC meeting’s 2022 electoral program retrospective and ideas for ways to begin organizing for 2024
Our agenda will also include finalizing our draft housing justice platform plank. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, January 11: Let's End Racially Biased Stops!

Flyer reading "End Racist Traffic Stops! - January 11, 2023. RSVP: bit.ly/endthebiasedstops. Press Conference: 10am. City Hall, Polk Steps. Police Commission: 5:30pm. City Hall, room 400."

Calling all Milk Club members! San Francisco has an opportunity to end racially biased stops by the San Francisco Police Department. The Police Commission will be voting to end racially based traffic stops this upcoming week on Wednesday, January 11. San Francisco has a rare opportunity to advance a meaningful anti-racist reform and we need all hands on deck to make sure it passes!

Milk Club members can support in any or all of the following ways:
  1. Complete this ACLU action alert to automatically send an email to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, SFMTA, and Police Commission that you support ending pretext stops.
  2. Join us for a rally/press conference at City Hall on Wednesday, January 11, at 10:00am to rally for the vote and hear from supporting community leaders. We would love to stand in solidarity with our members and community for this important moment! 
  3. Give Public Comment sometime after 5:30pm on Wednesday, January 11— sign up for reminders here. To help with your public comment, here is an action guide with talking points, call-in information, and a social media toolkit. 
  4. Share this email with your allies, organizations, and coalition partners. To ensure we are able to get an effective policy passed by the Police Commission, we need as much broad community support as possible!
Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions. See you Wednesday! 

 

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❄️ Rain or shine, join us for the Holi-gays tomorrow! ❄️

Holi-gays Party (& Milk Club Nominations) on Sunday! 

Holigays Party & Meeting; December 11, 3pm at Marty's Place (1165 Treat Ave). Fun, friends, & leadership nominations! More info at bit.ly/holi-gays; Questions? email events@milkclub.org

It's finally here: our Holi-Gays party will be held TOMORROW, Sunday, December 11th at Marty's Place, located at 1165 Treat Avenue starting at 3pm! Facebook event details can be found here.

This party will also be considered our December membership meeting, which means that you'll have an opportunity to make nominations for the following leadership positions: 

  • President/Co-President
  • Vice President of Membership 
  • Vice President of Political Action
  • Vice President of Events & Fundraising
  • Vice President of Communications 
  • Treasurer 
  • Membership Officers (2 positions)
  • Political Action Officers (2 positions)
  • Events & Fundraising Officers (2 positions)
  • Communications Officer
  • Recorder 

Questions? Reach out to us at [email protected].

One More PAC!

2022 Milk Electoral Program Retrospective. We will be joined by campaign managers and club representatives from across the progressive coalition. + Housing Justice plank revisit. Tuesday, Dec 13, at 7pm. In person at 302 Valencia & on Zoom at bit.ly/milkpac

Join the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club on Tuesday, December 13, at 7pm, for our December PAC Meeting. This will be a hybrid meeting, in person at Milk-SF Cafe (302 Valencia St) and on Zoom at bit.ly/milkpac.

At this meeting, the PAC will conduct a retrospective on its 2022 electoral program to help us identify opportunity areas and begin solutioning around them. We will take what we learn and apply it in 2023 as we begin organizing for our next electoral program.

Our agenda will also include revisiting and finalizing our draft housing justice platform plank. Don't miss it!

Calling All SF Queens!

Apply today to be San Francisco's First Drag Laureate! Lead the way for revolutionary new LGBTQI+ representation and uplift San Francisco's storied drag history! Visit bit.ly/DragLaureate2022 for complete application guidelines. Submit your application by January 16, 2023 at 6pm!

Calling all San Francisco drag queens! San Francisco is looking for its first Drag Laureate. San Francisco’s Drag Laureate will embody our diverse and inclusive drag culture, elevating our entire community on the national and international stage.

Responsibilities of the Drag Laureate of San Francisco include, but are not limited to:
  • Helping develop and promote the role of the Drag Laureate.
  • Serving as spokesperson for the LGBTQIA+ Community of San Francisco.
  • Participating in community-based Drag programs and events that reflect and honor the diversity of San Francisco.
  • Partnering in an official capacity with various city agencies and community organizations throughout the full 18-month term, including during Pride Month.
  • Producing Drag-centered events and programming centered on celebrating and supporting San Francisco’s dynamic and diverse LGBTQ+ community in collaboration with San Francisco Public Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the San Francisco Arts Commission and community partners.
  • Ensuring San Francisco's rich drag history is shared, honored, and preserved.
  • Helping promote and select the next Drag Laureate towards the completion of your 18-month term.
Apply by January 16 at bit.ly/DragLaureate2022!

In Case You Missed It...

Statement. See text below.

Last week, the Milk Club put out a statement regarding the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act. The text is reprinted below for accessibility: 

"While the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act represents incremental progress, if signed, it does not guarantee a nationwide gay marriage right. It merely requires states and the federal government to respect marriages conducted in places where it is legal. With an extremist Supreme Court untethered to precedents and Clarence Thomas’ call to reconsider the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, marriage equality is nonetheless under threat.

"At the same time, we condemn language in the bill that will allow non-profit religious organizations to blatantly discriminate and deny their services, facilities, or goods for the solemnization or celebration of marriage solely based on religious views. Exceptions for religious objections– as highlighted by this week’s Supreme Court oral argument in 303 Creative v. Elenis– jeopardize protections for LGBTQ folks and derail hard-fought state and local anti-discrimination laws. The notion that hotels or wedding singers can deny services to LGBTQ persons based on free speech or religious rights is absurd and opens the door to discrimination based on race, gender, and other protected classes.

"Finally, it is important to highlight how Dobbs v. Jackson, which overturned Roe v. Wade and five decades of precedence protecting the constitutional right to abortion, served to galvanize the push for the Respect for Marriage Act’s passage. Clarence Thomas’ concurrence calling for the review of Obergefell in Dobbs shows us the need for solidarity and unity between the struggle for LGBTQ liberation and the fight for abortion rights and access nationwide."

Renew Your Dues!

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Finally, don't forget that December means Milk Club dues will be expiring in just a couple of months. We've loved having you here with us this year-- let's make it official for one more! 

Cross one thing off your 2023 to-do list and renew today at milkclub.org/join

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