May Mayhem with Milk!


Tomorrow, join the Milk Club, along with the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, Castro Merchants, LYRIC, The GLBT Historical Society, Openhouse, Strut, SF Office of Transgender Initiatives, Castro Community On Patrol, Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro/Upper Market CBD and Supervisor Rafael Mandelman as we celebrate this Harvey Milk Day by helping our community take its next steps out of the pandemic.

We are partnering with this broad coalition to provide community access to free testing, vaccinations, services and local business.

Harvey's Birthday Celebration will take place at Jane Warner Plaza on Saturday, May 22nd from 11am to 6pm.

More on our event can be found here.



At a recent meeting of our Political Action Committee, Milk Club Members discussed a range of budget priorities including community-based alternatives to policing, pandemic rent relief, supporting Community College of San Francisco, funding housing and workforce development for trans people community, housing-first solutions to homelessness, and much more.

Next Tuesday at 7pm, the Milk Club will be meeting with Budget Chair Matt Haney to learn more about how to sharpen our advocacy in the context of the current budget cycle.

Join us to learn about the City's budget process that decides how over $12 billion will be spent. And hear from our allies about critical investments the City can make for equity and justice.

Register to attend: bit.ly/milkbudget

With special guests:

• Supervisor Matt Haney
• The Office of Transgender Initiatives' Transgender Advisory Committee
• SEIU 1021
• AFT 2121

And that's not all.

The Milk Club will also be voting on two potential endorsements:

• Honey Mahogany for Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party, who would be the first ever Black and transgender woman to lead our local Party if elected!
• Janani Ramachandran for Assembly District 18, who would be the first-ever Queer, South Asian woman elected to the California State Assembly!

Don't miss it: bit.ly/milkbudget


Photo credit: Khaled Sayed.


As many of you are already aware, longtime Trans and AIDS activist Felicia "Flames" Elizondo recently passed away. 

Felicia was was heavily involved in the Tenderloin LGBT community, and was prolific in fundraising and community organizing for many causes, including the AID's Quilt, Shanti Project, project open-hand as well as serving on various commissions and task forces. 

You can read more about Felicia here.

Rest in Power Felicia.

And with no less sadness, we also remember and celebrate the singular life and influence of Phatima Rude, a performer, artist and beloved family member to many. We mourn this great loss with the rest of our community.


Recap of the May General Membership Meeting:

Thank you to everyone who attended the May General Membership Meeting! A recording of the meeting can be found here.

The Membership voted unanimously to support the following motions:

1) A motion condemning the use of 111 Taylor (the historic site of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot) by a private prison corporation. Instead, we seek to transform and reclaim this space for the Transgender Community.

2) A motion allowing for the Membership to consider endorsing Honey Mahogany for Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party at a special general meeting scheduled for 7-9pm on Tuesday, May 25th. 

3) A motion supporting a $3.7 million budget proposal for the state of California submitted by the Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLERP) to fund research on the sex industry.

4) A motion allowing for the Membership to consider endorsing Janani Ramachandran for CA State Assembly (AD-18) at a special general meeting scheduled for 7-9pm on Tuesday, May 25th.

5) A motion asking SF Community College Board President Shanell Williams and Vice-President Tom Temprano not to extend Chancellor Rajen Vurdien’s contract at any price and instead to install Anita Maritinez for three months, from July 1st to September 30th.

6) A motion to co-host a CADEM Leadership Forum to be held at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 27th. (Register on Zoom here.)

7) A motion to adjourn our May General Meeting in honor of Felicia "Flames" Elizondo.

The Membership also voted to officially endorse Nina Turner for the U.S. House of Representatives for Ohio's 11th Congressional District.



The Milk Club is unapologetically progressive and proudly queer. Since 1976, we build power with and for all of the “Us’s” — San Francisco’s most vulnerable communities — to be free from scarcity, oppression, and machine politics. 

Get involved by going to our website: www.milkclub.org
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @harveymilkclub

It is not too late to renew your Harvey Milk Club Membership by clicking here. Please stay with us in the fight this new year.

Feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding your Membership.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Harvey Milk Day Community Recovery Celebration 
Saturday, May 22nd, 11-6pm
Facebook Event Details Here

Milk Club Special May Membership Meeting
Tuesday, May 25th, 7-9pm
Facebook Event Details Here
Zoom Details Here

CADEM Leadership Forum
Thursday, May 27th, 6:30pm
Facebook Event Details Here
Zoom Details Here

Milk Club Pride Happy Hour @ The Cinch on Polk
1723 Polk Street, SF, CA 94109-3616
Monday, June 21st, 6-8pm
Facebook Event Details Here


The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club
http://www.milkclub.org

Join or renew your Membership today!
http://www.milkclub.org/join

1 reaction Share

connect