Castro Tenants Convention 2014

Join your neighbors and the Milk Club on January 11, 2013, at 12pm at the LGBT Center (Market/Octavia) for a gathering of tenants from the Castro / Noe Valley / Diamond Heights / Mission Dolores / Twin Peaks / Duboce Triangle area to brainstorm strategies for fighting the evictions in our neighborhoods and defend those who are being evicted.

Participants in the convention will develop suggestions for a ballot initiative to be placed on November’s ballot. These suggestions will be presented at a citywide tenants convention in February.

If we are going to stop displacement in the Castro and other neighborhoods we need all hands on deck! Our strength is in our ability to organize our masses around specific solutions and we hope to see many of our members at the convention on Saturday.

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Milk Club LGBT HoliGay Happy Hour Party!


Harvey Milk Club LGBT HoliGay Happy Hour Party!

  • xFriday, December 20 at Beaux (2344 Market Street between Castro and Noe)
  • 6-9 pm

After a busy year we’re ready to kick off our heels and celebrate with you as we look forward to digging said heels in and fighting for our city next year!! We will be getting cozy during happy hour at the Castro’s newest bar, Beaux, and will be entertained with drag, DJs, a photobooth where you can sit on SANTA CONDA’S lap and amazing raffle prizes, the proceeds from which go to the club!

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Drag by

  • More TBA

Music by:

  • GO BANG! (Djs Sergio and Steve Fabus)
  • A photobooth with SANTA CONDA (have you been naughty or nice?)

 Raffle Prizes (ie: Presents for yourself) include

  • 2 Tickets for the closing night of THE GOLDEN GIRLS: THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES
  • A copy of the SISTER SPIT ANTHOLOGY signed by MICHELLE TEA
  • A politically correct pot holder (ILGWU) and a poster for the 1982 celebration of Harvey's birthday from BOLERIUM BOOKS
  • Three free passes to THE CASTRO THEATRE
  • A bag of swag from ST. JAMES INFIRMARY
  • A hoodie and drink tab from EL RIO
  • A drink tab from VIRGIL’S SEA ROOM

And more TBA! If you'd like to donate please email [email protected]

This is also an opportunity to make nominations to the 2014 Harvey Milk Club Board. You may nominate yourself or someone else who is present at the party or email the club at [email protected] with your name and the Board position you wish to run for.


While you are partying down, renew your Milk Club membership. There will be special membership opportunities for the old (members) and the new! Your membership will be good until February 2015!

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35th Anniversary Memorial Candlelight Vigil and March for Harvey Milk and George Moscone


Harvey and George were the brightest beacons of hope for San Francisco’s disenfranchised and displaced. But more than that, they represented the spirit of San Francisco, a city for anyone and everyone, welcoming to all, affordable to all, with justice for all. 35 years later, the time has come again for us to gather, one and all, to remember Harvey and George. More importantly, the time has come to make their vision of a city of hope come alive. Now more than ever, we have to give each other hope.

Join the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club on Wednesday, November 27th at 7pm at Harvey Milk Plaza for a candlelight vigil and march to honor the memory of our namesake and Mayor George Moscone. 

RSVP on Facebook here and share with your networks. Strength in numbers! 

Co-Sponsored by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, San Francisco Rising Action Fund, AIDS Housing Alliance / SF, Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, Coalition on Homelessness, AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), San Francisco Senior and Disability Action, Let's Kick ASS, Unite Here! Local 2, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, Latino Democratic Club, Calle 24/Mission No Evictions, Aguilas, and Dolores Street Community Services.

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This Week with Milk Club (9/12 - 9/15)


Now's the time for our voices to be heard about SF Pride, No on B and C, and Ellis Act evictions. Share your voice and show up at these events this week: 

Public Hearing on SF Pride
September 12, 2013
San Francisco City Hall 
2pm @ Room 250

Campaign Kick-off for No on B and C
Saturday, September 14th
10am @ 15 Columbus

Eviction Free Summer Meet-up 
Saturday, September 14th
Noon @ 558 Capp Street
to protest the eviction of Jeremy Mykaels

Milk Club #GOTV Outreach
Saturday, September 14th
Noon @ 18th & Castro
Come by and help us register voters and
talk about the November election 

San Francisco Pride Board Election
Sunday, September 15th 
W Hotel (181 3rd Street) 
7 Open Seats!
Please support the following
Milk Club members running:
John Caldera
Kevin Bard
Jesse Sanford
Gary Virginia  
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Letter to Senator Yee on AB 1229

Senator Leland Yee
State Capitol, Room 4074
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Senator Yee,

As the Executive Board of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, it is with great disappointment that we write to express our frustration at your recent “No” vote on AB 1229. While we are relieved that the bill ultimately passed in the Senate, we are concerned that your vote against restoring a city’s right to mandate affordable housing rental units as part of new construction is a vote against tenants, low-income communities, and our collective ability to access affordable housing in San Francisco.

Housing access and tenants’ rights have been a priority issue for the Milk Club this year. We are appalled at the onslaught of million dollar condos going up throughout our city, as our affordable housing pool dwindles and new affordable developments struggle to get off the ground. Few of the new luxury apartment buildings being developed include units for low to moderate income San Franciscans who would like to live and work here. Our new and existing housing stock is growing increasingly unaffordable and has already resulted in the displacement of many seniors, low and moderate income renters, and people living with HIV and AIDS. The diversity of our community is in peril and the most vulnerable of us are the most directly affected.

AB 1229 lends us hope that we can change the growing tide of housing unaffordability in San Francisco. It is a powerful step toward undoing the harm caused by the Second District Court of Appeal’s erroneous decision in Palmer v. City of Los Angeles.Accordingly, your “No” vote on this crucial housing policy change has left us scratching our heads. You denounce AB 1229 as a “piecemeal solution”, but fail to provide an alternative that would similarly aid local jurisdictions in furthering the goal of affordable urban housing.

While we appreciate that you have been an ally in the struggle for LGBT rights and for progressive causes, we are stunned by your vote on this matter. Please don’t forget that because of your commitment to our issues, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club endorsed you in your race for Mayor in 2011 and presented you with the Community Ally Award at our Annual Dinner and Gala on July 24th.

This is not your first vote against tenants’ rights and affordable housing. Your recent track record on these matters does not meet our standard of a progressive legislator and deviates from the communities that you’ve committed to representing. We want to meet with you and your staff immediately to discuss your vote and to gain clarity on what your position on future housing issues will be. Further, we intend to meet with you in advance of all future votes regarding housing issues and, if necessary, on the rest of our progressive goals. Ultimately, we will respect and support your future ambitions only to the extent that you respect the constituency that has supported you so fervently until now.

Very sincerely yours,

Tom Temprano, President

on behalf of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club Executive Board

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Official Endorsements for the November 2013 Election


Here are the official Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club endorsements for the November 2013 election: 

District 4 Supervisor: No Endorsement
Assessor-Recorder: Carmen Chu 
City Attorney: Dennis Herrera 
Treasurer: José Cisneros

Measure A: Yes
Measure B: No
Measure C: No
Measure D: No Position

Don't forget to vote on November 5th. If you are not registered to vote in San Francisco and want to be, take 5 minutes to register yourself online today. You can register up until October 21st.

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This Is Your Brain On Drug Policy: A Panel Discussion




Where is the war on drugs headed today? And what role will San Francisco and the LGBT community play in the war’s future escalation or resolution? Join the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club as they come together for a panel discussion on drugs, drug policies and their impact on our community.

Monday, August 12, 2013
San Francisco LGBT Center (1800 Market St)
Ceremonial Room

Panelists include:

+ Laura Thomas of the Drug Policy Alliance. Thomas serves as a deputy state director who oversees the alliance’s Model City Initiative for San Francisco.

+ Michael Siever, PhD. Michael is the former director of behavioral health services at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Stonewall Project.

+ Micaela Davis, Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Attorney, ACLU of Northern California 

John Lorenz, San Francisco Drug Users Union

Did you know the war on drugs began in San Francisco? We were the first city to prohibit drug use. 

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What a Night to Remember! Thank You to Our 2013 Dinner Sponsors


The Harvey Milk Club’s Annual Dinner and Gayla on July 24th was a huge success! We want to thank everyone who attended, including our keynote speaker Lt. Dan Choi, and all those who contributed to this magical evening of San Francisco queer progressive politics. We would like to take a moment to specifically acknowledge all of the generous sponsors of this year’s event, without whom we would not have had such a memorable night:


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Assemblymember Tom Ammiano

City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Senator Mark Leno

Assemblymember Phil Ting

Fair Drug Pricing



Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club

Supervisor David Campos

Treasurer Jose Cisneros

Peter Donohue

Drug Policy Action

Supervisor Eric Mar

National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW-CNA)

Platinum Advisors

The Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Chapter

Tom Temprano

Trumark Urban



50+1 Strategies, LLC

Judge Gail Dekreon

Bob Dockendorff

Veronika Fimbres and Randy Dolphin

Eileen Hansen

United Educators of San Francisco, AFT#61/CTA

Betty Yee for Controller

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For Immediate Release (PDF Download

U.S. Army Lieutenant Dan Choi, staunch advocate for the successful repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy affecting LGBT service members, will be the keynote speaker at the Harvey Milk Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Democratic Club’s thirty-seventh Annual Dinner and Gayla at Roccapulco Supper Club on Wednesday, July 24th from 7-10 pm. Choi repeatedly chained himself to the White House’s fence in protest against this repressive policy. Tom Temprano, Milk Club President, said of Choi “Lt. Dan Choi’s use of direct action to demand justice for the queer community is reminiscent of the actions of Milk Club leaders past and inspiration to our current generation of leadership. It is an honor to have him address our club.”  

Lt. Dan Choi’s selection as keynote speaker draws attention to the Milk Club’s long-standing commitment to ensure more accountability and transparency from the U.S. military and government. In addition to supporting Choi, the Club has been an outspoken supporter of U.S. Army intelligence officer Bradley Manning, who is currently facing court martial for exposing truths about the U.S. military’s actions during the Iraq War.

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