Raging (and Winning) Against The Machine

This was a hard-fought, roller-coaster of an election. And to be frank, the odds were stacked against us. The Milk Club and other like-minded progressive officials and organizations faced down the real estate industry, the SF Police Officers Association, the local Democratic Party, and the mayor.

And progressives won!

Ever since our May endorsements, the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club was relentless and unapologetic in our support for District 5 Supervisor-elect Dean Preston and District Attorney-elect Chesa Boudin. The establishment side had a questionable eviction to explain away, a questionable appointment to explain away, and a questionable DCCC endorsement vote to explain away. On the other hand, our side stayed on our common-sense, pro-Preston, pro-Boudin messaging.

And progressives won!

To quote Milk Club E-Board Member Edward Wright:

"Congratulations to our next District Attorney Chesa Boudin and District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston. It’ll be a while before it’s certified, but they won. And they won without support from the party or political establishment, in a low turnout race, against appointed incumbents, without compromising their values or moderating their message. They won with grassroots organizing, with people power, and as part of a movement that extends far beyond our City by the Bay."

We would also like to thank outgoing Supervisor Vallie Brown and Interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus for their public service and hard-fought campaigns.

Now, the hard work begins. The Milk Club will keep you posted.

On November 27, 1978, Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were murdered in cold blood. Every year, the Milk Club remembers the movement these men created and how their tragic and senseless deaths galvanized our communities.

This year’s program will begin with a vigil at Harvey Milk Plaza, followed by a procession to Castro Camera with a few words from those who knew them.

The event details are here. Stay tuned for updates.

Thank you to everyone who attended our sometimes tense Tuesday PAC meeting. The PAC voted unanimously

1) To support “The San Francisco Affordable Housing/Jobs Balanced Development Act.”
2) To support the signature gathering efforts of “The Schools and Communities First Ballot Initiative.”
3) To call upon San Francisco’s congressional delegation to end all military sales to Turkey.
4) To become part of a rapid response team in support of criminal justice reform.

Also, mark your calendars for the Milk Club's PAC Interview and Recommendation Vote for everything on the March 2020 Primary Ballot. It will be held on Saturday, December 7th from 11am-6pm in the Audre Lorde Room at The Women's Building. Our final endorsement vote will take place at our Club's December General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, December 10th in the auditorium of The Women's Building from 7-9pm.

If you want to inquire about your voting status, please email [email protected]. If you are a candidate requesting time to be interviewed, please email both [email protected] and [email protected] with a 15-minute time-frame that falls within your appropriate time block. Five minutes each for your speech and audience Q&A:

11am-2pm: SF DCCC
2pm-2:45pm: U.S. Congress
2:45pm-3:30pm: CA State Senate, CA State Assembly, and Local Judges
3:30pm-4pm: State and Local Ballot Measures
4pm-5pm: U.S. President
5pm-6pm: PAC Discussion and Vote

From one election to another; from one progressive victory to another.


Rodney Reed Candlelight Vigil
Sunday, November 17th | 5-6:30pm
SF City Hall | 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, SF, CA, 94102
Facebook Event Details Here

Mental Health SF Victory Party
Monday, November 18th | 5:30-8:30pm
Jolene's | 2700 16th Street, SF, CA 94103
Facebook Event Details Here

Salesforce: Stop Providing Tech for Concentration Camps
Tuesday, November 19th | 8:30-10:30am
Howard Street, between 3rd & 4th Street, SF, CA
Facebook Event Details Here

Milk Club November General Meeting: Election Takeaways
Tuesday, November 19th | 7-9pm
The Women's Building | 3543 18th Street (Audre Lorde Room), SF, CA 94110
Facebook Event Details Here

San Francisco Transgender Day of Remembrance 2019
Wednesday, November 20th | 5:30-9pm
Louis B. Mayer Auditorium, UC Hastings | 198 McAllister Street, SF, CA 94102
Facebook Event Details Here

41: 2019 Milk-Moscone Vigil
Wednesday, November 27th | 7-9pm
Harvey Milk Plaza | 2401 Market Street, SF, CA 94114
Facebook Event Details Here

Milk Club PAC Interviews and Recommendation Vote
Saturday, December 7th | 11am-6pm
The Women's Building | 3543 18th Street (Audre Lorde Room), SF, CA 94110
Facebook Event Details Here

Milk Club December General Meeting: Endorsement Vote!
Tuesday, December 10th | 7-9pm
The Women's Building | 3543 18th Street (Auditorium), SF, CA 94110

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