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  • published Tucker Carlson: Fuck You & Go Bankrupt Too! in Home 2021-05-01 13:47:33 -0700

    Tucker Carlson: Fuck You & Go Bankrupt Too!

     

    A recent snippet from The Daily Beast.


    Amid everything else that happened last week, we learned that right-wing propagandist Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson listed himself as a member of The Dan White Society in his college yearbook. This blatant endorsement of the man who murdered Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in cold blood is especially heinous, yet perfectly consistent with Carlson’s brand of hateful rhetoric.

    As the volunteer leaders of the organization originally founded by Harvey Milk, we are obligated to condemn Carlson and highlight the role he plays in upholding white supremacy, homophobia, and transphobia. The son of a Republican bureaucrat who served under Reagan and Bush Sr., Carlson spews a dangerously effective brand of faux populist white nationalism that belies his six-figure, East Coast education.

    Along with his recent endorsement of the explicitly white nationalist “replacement theory,” which frames immigration as an existential threat to the future of our nation and the individual success of white people, in just the past few weeks Carlson has described Black Lives Matter protests as “an attack on civilization” and questioned whether Derek Chauvin received “a fair punishment” — when he has yet to be sentenced.

    Carlson’s defense of Chauvin and exaltation of White, two police officers who committed murder, demonstrate a callous disregard for human life. His clear agitation at Chauvin’s conviction reveals his belief that straight white men, particularly cops, should be allowed to kill with impunity, as Dan White did.

    Carlson has a documented history of making racist, misogynistic, and homophobic comments, instigating targeted attacks on female journalists, and stoking hysterical transphobia. It’s no surprise he identifies with White, who harnessed the same hatred and fear of change to propel himself into a brief political career, culminating in a horrific act of violence not unlike those carried out by some of Carlson’s viewers.

    A chilling video by The Daily Show demonstrates how Carlson echoes the same talking points used in the manifestos of several mass shooters - revealing the unforgiving reality that this rhetoric inevitably results in violence and death.

    Targeting Tucker’s advertisers with a public pressure campaign and demanding that Fox News take him off the air is a worthy cause. At the same time, we must remember that just as removing Trump from office did not end hate in this country, neither will removing Carlson. He is one of many figureheads for systemic white supremacy, and the fight to eradicate hate must continue no matter who peddles it, and no matter how they repackage it.

    Read more about this story in The Daily BeastHuffPostBusiness InsiderThe San Francisco Chronicle, The Advocate and The Guardian.

    And check out our letter below:



    Thank you to everyone who attended our April General Membership Meeting. We heard from newly-appointed City Controller Carmen Chu and held a lively panel discussion on cross-racial solidarity with Chinese Progressive Alliance Director Lai Wa Wu and BART Board Member and activist Lateefah Simon. 

    If you missed it, you can watch it here.

    At the meeting, our Membership voted on the following motions:

    1) Authorize the creation of an Asian Pacific Islander Caucus.

    2) Condemn the layoffs and cuts at CCSF.

    3) Hold an official endorsement vote for Nina Turner for US Congress (OH-11) at our May General Membership Meeting. (Our recent fundraiser for her was a huge success, and we surpassed the fundraising goal!)

    4) Oppose all signature gathering efforts aimed at recalling SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

    5) Reaffirm our support #30 Right Now Campaign to ensure that some of San Francisco’s most low-income tenants do not pay more than 30% of their income towards rent.

    6) Oppose any signature gathering effort aimed at recalling any member of the SF Board of Education and instead build cross-racial solidarity with and for Asian and Black communities in the spirit of transformative justice.



    Join the Political Action Committee of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club on Tuesday, May 11th at 7pm.

    For our fifth meeting of 2021, the PAC will host a behind the scenes look at the City's annual budget process with former Supervisor and Budget Chair Sandra Lee Fewer, and her former Legislative Aide Chelsea Boilard. This is a great opportunity to learn how San Francisco allocates billions of dollars and how you can make your voice heard!

    Join the meeting on Zoom here.


    Save SF City College now!


    As previously noted, a motion was passed at our April General Membership meeting to condemn the vast layoffs and cuts that are being considered at City College. 

    Currently, the CCSF administration is seeking to terminate over 600 full and part-time staff, including 163 full time faculty and eliminating 50% of all classes, including major cuts to ethnic studies, Art and Nursing.

    A full list of the potential cuts can be found here. Downsizing city college will only worsen the problem. Decreased enrollment means decreased state funding. 

    We urge the board of trustees and other CCSF administrators to take the following steps to save CCSF and avert the mass layoffs by:

    1) Utilizing HEERF funding provided by the federal governments covid-relief package as well other public funding from the city.

    2) Encourage access to enrollment by sending the full class schedule and enrollment information to every San Francisco home via mail or email.

    3) Fixing the broken and confusing enrollment system.

    4) Provide in-person registration; critical to help encourage and sustain enrollment.

    5) Provide the development and contraction Diego Rivera Theatre that will allow for many job and educational opportunities including bringing in revenue through ticket sales, leasing merchandising etc. 

    6) Writing a letter to your supervisor to encourage them to support supervisor Hillary Ronen and Gordon Mars' efforts to expand Workforce Education Recovery fund (WERF) to address the years $30 million budget shortfall and next years projected $40 million shortfall. More info on WERF can be found here.

    The deadline for finalizing the pink slip layoffs is May 15th!


    Our Fundraiser for Nina Turner's congressional campaign raised over $10,000! The Membership will hold a formal endorsement vote for Nina Turner at our May General Membership Meeting.


    Congratulations to David Campos for being elected Second Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party!


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    The Milk Club is unapologetically progressive and proudly queer. Since 1976, we have built power with and for all of the Us’s — San Francisco’s most vulnerable communities — demanding freedom from scarcity, oppression, and machine politics. 

    Get involved by going to our website: www.milkclub.orgAnd our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram handles can be found under @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

    Affordable Housing Week 2021
    Friday, May 7th at 5pm through Friday, May 14th at 11pm
    Facebook Event Details Here
    Event Details Here

    Harvey Milk Club's May PAC Meeting:
    The Board and The Budget  Behind The Scenes!

    Tuesday, May 11th | 7-9pm
    Facebook Event Details Here
    Zoom Details Here

    Harvey Milk Club's May General Meeting:
    Reclaiming Compton's Cafeteria  The Fight for 111 Taylor
    Tuesday, May 18th | 7-9pm
    Zoom Details Here


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

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


  • published Running the City & Cross-Racial Solidarity in Home 2021-04-18 17:46:28 -0700

    Running the City & Cross-Racial Solidarity

     


    Join the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club for our April General Membership Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday, April 20th!

    Register to attend: http://bit.ly/milkmeeting

    We will be joined by City Administrator Carmen Chu, the most powerful non-elected official in San Francisco, to learn more about her new role and how City government operates. We'll also have a guided discussion on building cross-racial solidarity, with special guests Lateefah Simon and Lai Wa Wu.

    This isn't one to miss! http://bit.ly/milkmeeting

    Carmen Chu (she/her) serves as the City Administrator for San Francisco, overseeing 25 departments, divisions, and programs, a 2,700-strong workforce, and an annual budget of nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Chu also served as co-chair of the City's Economic Recovery Task Force, and she was previously elected and served as the San Francisco Assessor-Recorder, and as the Supervisor for District 4.

    Lateefah Simon (she/her) is a nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice in Oakland and the Bay Area. She has been the President of Akonadi Foundation since 2016, supporting the development of powerful social change movements to eliminate structural racism. She also serves as the President of the BART Board, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for California State University.

    Lai Wa Wu (she/her)is the Policy and Alliance Director for the Chinese Progressive Association. Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.


    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.


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

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

     


  • published PAC Meeting, Nina Turner, Imperial Court & More! in Home 2021-04-10 17:23:01 -0700

    PAC Meeting, Nina Turner, Imperial Court & More!


    Join the Political Action Committee of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club on Tuesday, April 13th, starting at 7pm. RSVP on Zoom here.

    For our PAC's fourth meeting of 2021, we will host a conversation on Asian Pacific Islander solidarity and begin the re-launch of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, led by Milk Club Vice President of Events & Fundraising Jeffrey Kwong. We will also receive an update on the efforts to form a public bank in the City from San Francisco Public Bank Co-Founder Kurtis Wu.

    Members interested in joining the API Caucus are encouraged to fill out a brief pre-meeting survey found here.

    See you Tuesday evening!



    Nina Turner is a former Cleveland City Council Member, Ohio State Senator, and Bernie Sanders' Surrogate. She is a fierce advocate for the $15 minimum wage, Green New Deal, and Medicare-For-All. And now, Nina is running in a special election to fill Ohio's 11th Congressional District seat vacated by Marcia Fudge. And she needs our help!

    Nina Turner is a people-powered campaign for Congress that does not take any corporate money. So it is up to us to send Nina to DC!

    Please join us for a special fundraiser for the campaign on Thursday, April 15th at 5:30pm Pacific Time. RSVP by clicking here.

    We have many special guests including: US Congressman Ro Khanna, CA Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, CA Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Actor Danny Glover, Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport, Oakland Councilmember Carroll Fife, Jane Kim, and of course, Nina Turner herself!

    Our event is also hosted by Jane Kim and the San Francisco Berniecrats and is co-sponsored by Our Revolution - East Bay.

    See you on Thursday!


    On a different note, below is our Executive Board's response to Mayor London Breed's appointment of Christina Dikas to the Historic Preservation Committee and its current lack of progressive LGBTQ representation.

    You can also read more about this important issue in the BAR.


    Let's elect a new Emperor and Empress for the Imperial Court! (Photo by Daniel Nicoletta.)


    The International Imperial Court System is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ organizations in the world. And San Francisco's Imperial Court (founded in 1965 by Mama Hose Sarria) is its first and oldest chapter. By the time it reached its 30th anniversary, Sarria had established more than 60 Imperial Courts throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico --- all dedicated to the diversity of queer identity, marvelous displays of pageantry, and fundraising for critical LGBTQ causes.

    And elections for Emperor and Empress are once again upon us.

    The Milk Club will be out and about all day next Saturday, April 17th at three separate voting locations in SOMA (Powerhouse, 1-5pm), Polk Gulch (the Cinch, 11am-4pm), and the Castro (Harvey Milk Plaza, 12pm-6pm).

    If you would like to read more about the Court and why one of our most favorite people is running - in sensible heels - for Empress, read here

    And join us for our Tuesday PAC Meeting where we will discuss the Court's significance and volunteer opportunities for the weekend ahead.


    Please sign this petition called "Castro Advocates Call for Safe Recovery, Not Surveillance."


    For months now, the Milk Club has partnered with the Castro Queer Cultural District and other ally organizations to push back on the installation of a complex centralized network of 125 security cameras in the Castro District - an affront to Castro's fabled history of diversity and freedom of expression.

    A decision is poised to be made in the near future as to whether the Castro Community Benefit District (an affiliation of mostly out-of-town property owners) will accept nearly $700,000 in dark money to install that network - without any oversight or community input.

    The Milk Club was successful in delaying that decision once, but now is the time to keep the pressure on!

    The Castro Community Benefit District needs to hear that there are better uses of that money - community ambassadors! new street trees! a graffiti removal task force! - to help the community recover from the pandemic without imperiling the privacy and freedoms of queers who live and visit this iconic neighborhood.

    Please read and sign the petition here.



    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

    Milk Club April PAC Meeting:
    API Forum/Caucus Re-launch & Public Bank Update

    Tuesday, April 13th | 7-9pm
    Facebook Event Details Here
    Zoom Details Here

    Nina Turner for Congress Online Fundraiser 
    Thursday, April 15th | 5:30-8:30pm
    Facebook Event Details Here
    Event Details Here

    Milk Club April General Membership Meeting
    Tuesday, April 20th, 7-9pm
    (More details are coming soon.)


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

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

     


  • published Spring Fling Fundrasier for Nina Turner! in Home 2021-04-07 16:54:50 -0700

    Spring Fling Fundrasier for Nina Turner!

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    Register for this event & donate to Nina here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sntapril15.

    Our very own Nina Turner is running for Congress in Ohio District 11. This is a people-powered campaign that doesn't take any corporate money, so it's up to US to send Nina to DC! Please join us for a special fundraiser for the campaign on Thursday, April 15th at 5:30pm PT.

    We have many special guests including: US Congressman Ro Khanna, CA Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, CA Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Actor Danny Glover, Berkeley Mayor Gus Newport, Oakland Councilmember Carroll Fife, Jane Kim, and of course, Nina Turner herself!

    Our event is hosted by Jane Kim, San Francisco Berniecrats, and The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club and is co-sponsored by Our Revolution - East Bay.

    Imperial Court Elections Next Saturday, April 17! Let's Elect a New Emperor and Empress!
    The International Imperial Court System is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ organizations in the world, and San Francisco's Imperial Court - founded by Mama Hose Sarria in 1965 - is it's first and oldest chapter. By the time it reached its 30th anniversary, Sarria had established more than 60 Imperial Courts throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, all dedicated to celebrating the diversity of queer identity, marvelous displays of pageantry, and raising funds for LGBTQ causes.

    Yearly elections for Emperor and Empress are once again upon us! The Milk Club will be out and about all day next Saturday, April 17 at three separate voting locations in SOMA (Powerhouse, 1-5pm), Polk Gulch (the Cinch, 11am-4pm), and the Castro (Harvey Milk Plaza, 12pm-6pm). If you'd like to read more about the Court and why one of our most favorite people is running - in sensible heals - for Empress, read here: https://juanitamore.medium.com/running-in-sensible-heels-for-empress-of-san-francisco-e7c659af458

    And join us for next Tuesday's PAC Meeting where we'll be creating a bit more space for discussion of the Court's significance and volunteer opportunities for the weekend ahead!


    PLEASE SIGN the Petition - Castro Advocates Call for Safe Recovery, Not Surveillance!
    For months now, the Milk Club has partnered with the Castro Queer Cultural District and other ally organizations to push back on the installation of a complex centralized network of 125 security cameras in the Castro District - an affront to Castro's fabled history of diversity and freedom of expression. A decision is poised to be made in the near future as to whether the Castro Community Benefit District (an affiliation of mostly out-of-town property owners) will accept nearly $700,000 in dark money to install that network - without any oversight or community input. We have been successful in delaying that decision once. (Read more about it here: https://hoodline.com/2020/10/castro-district-group-delays-vote-on-security-cameras-after-significant-community-pushback/)

    Now is the time to keep the pressure on!

    The Castro Community Benefit District needs to hear that there are better uses of that money - community ambassadors! new street trees! a graffiti removal task force! - to help the community recover from the pandemic without imperiling the privacy and freedoms of queers who live and visit this iconic neighborhood. Please read and sign the petition here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/castro-advocates-call-for-safe-recovery-not-surveillance.


  • Statement on comments by Commissioner Alison Collins


    Our hearts are broken by the increasing attacks against the Asian community. Our resolve is not.

    Harvey Milk spoke often about uniting the “Us’s”, and building coalitions across the communities marginalized by deeply entrenched systems of power — across race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and all the complex forms of identity sidelined and treated as an “other.” Harvey’s animating force as a politician was rooted in solidarity, and the animating force of this club is building on that legacy, and building solidarity — including and especially between the LGBTQ and Asian American communities, and between queer and trans members of the Black and Asian communities. Your struggle is our struggle, your pain is our pain, and your cause is our cause.

    For the last week, this cause has been undermined by resurfaced social media comments made by Commissioner Alison Collins that have caused deep pain for Asian students, parents, and community members. They come at a particularly difficult time given the recent violent and deadly attacks against Asian Americans happening locally and nationally. These comments were offensive and wrong, and we strongly condemn them.

    Since Commissioner Collins’ tweets came to light last Friday, our Executive Board has been in ongoing discussion — discussions that have been difficult, painful, and necessary. The time we have taken before making a statement is a reflection of the real struggle we have had with this incredibly challenging issue. We are a diverse organization, with a diversity of lived experiences and deeply felt perspectives. While we’ve taken considerable time to make a statement, that time should not be mistaken for silence nor should it be mistaken for complicity. We refuse to be complicit in broad-stroke characterizations of Asian Americans that are hurtful and unbecoming for an elected official. We also refuse to be complicit in efforts to weaponize the pain these comments have caused to the Asian American community to uphold anti-Black racism, or undermine the solidarity between communities of color that is our only path towards mutual liberation. Pitting communities of color against one another is what upholds and reinforces white supremacy.

    Many things can be true at once. It’s true that commissioner Collins’ comments caused considerable harm and lost the faith of many she was elected to represent. It’s true that she has failed to adequately account for and acknowledge this harm. It’s true that not everyone outraged by this is acting in good faith, or shares our motivations for an anti-racist and just world. There is an expectation that when scandals arise, we call for something -- for resignation or atonement, for context, reframing the narrative, for defending the accused. In this difficult and divisive moment, we are leaning into what we are called towards: the hard work of building solidarity and imagining justice.

    We recently announced the relaunch of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club. We are thrilled and deeply committed to building and holding this space for queer and trans API community members to organize together, and we will continue to work for accountability and justice for API people in our schools, our City, and everywhere.

    We’ll hold space at upcoming meetings for dedicated discussions on building solidarity between Asian, Black, and queer and trans communities. Frankly, it’s a conversation that has been taking place at the Club for many years now and which we are committed to continuing. Our focus is on this work.

    We do not have consensus as a Board on what accountability and justice means for Commissioner Collins. Without consensus, we cannot in good conscience take a position on behalf of our members. We hold serious reservations about her leadership — about her judgment not only in tweets made as a private citizen five years ago, but her judgment today as an elected official that has failed to fully acknowledge the harm and take the responsibility that is required for restorative justice. We have reservations also about the reduction of complex and too-often-silenced issues to simple narratives, or the willingness to use frameworks created by and for white people to judge a Black woman speaking about anti-Black racism — even painfully, harmfully, and in ways we condemn. We also recognize the incredible and thoughtful work that Commissioner Collins has done on the board of education. And we recognize the limits of a restorative justice that seeks to restore conditions that are themselves unequal, inequitable, or unjust. Undoing the harm caused by Collin’s words would not undue the realities of anti-Black racism, or the ways in which Asian American and Black communities are both abused and oppressed by white supremacy. We seek instead transformational justice, the harder work of transforming these conditions at the root. We invite you to join us in this work, and we encourage Commissioner Collins to take time to build a foundation of trust and solidarity with communities that have been directly impacted by her actions.

    Our hearts are broken. Our resolve is not.


    Sincerely,

    The Executive Board of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club



  • published Fighting for Asian Lives in Home 2021-03-27 14:33:36 -0700

    Fighting for Asian Lives

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    The past year, we have seen an unbelievable spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans. The gun violence in Atlanta, Georgia has left eight dead, including six Asian American women. But we have also seen additional acts of violence against Asian American seniors here in San Francisco, including assaults against 83-year-old Ngoc Pham and 75-year-old Xiao Zhen Xie.

    We must fight back to stop these hate crimes! This is one of our Club's top priorities.



    Thank you to everyone who attended last night's General Membership Meeting. (If you missed it, you can watch it here.)

    The Membership voted unanimously for the following motions:

    1) A motion to cosponsor the Harvey Milk Annual Celebration Day of Service — a pandemic relief/ recovery center with DPH and UCSF led by Stephen Torres of the Harvey Milk Day Planning Coalition — and to support the closure petition for Castro Street between 18th and 17th/ Market) from 9am - 5pm, both on May 22nd.

    2) A motion to support the efforts and goals of CART SF, a community-based alternative to a police-driven response to homelessness in the City.

    3) A motion to support the elimination of the filibuster in the US Senate, to collaborate with Fix Our Senate to advocate for the elimination of the filibuster, and to send a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein asking her to advocate for ending the filibuster.

    4) A motion to support AB 1400, "Guaranteed Health Care for All."

    5) A motion to support AB 20, "Corporate-Free Elections Act."

    6) A motion to support Assemblymember Alex Lee's (D-San Jose) proposal to impose a 1% annual tax on net household wealth of more than $50 million and an additional 0.5% on household wealth of more than $1 billion. (Read more about it in 48 Hills.)

    7) A motion to support SB 331, "The Silence No More Act," which would protect workers against nondisclosure agreements and empower them to speak out about alleged acts of discrimination.

    8) A motion to support the federal Protecting the Right to Organize Act," or PRO Act.

    Also, the Membership elected Jupiter Peraza and Zahra Hajee to our Club's final two At-Large Executive Board Seats.


     


  • published Twitter Trolls & Social Justice Goals in Home 2021-03-18 21:44:01 -0700

    Twitter Trolls & Social Justice Goals


    As many of you know, Brandon Harami, former chair of the San Francisco Berniecrats, was the victim of a homophobic trope on Twitter. Read more about it in the BAR here and judge for yourself.

    The troll in this case is The Marina Times editor emeritus Susan Dyer Reynolds, who regularly levels attacks on progressive elected officials and activists in her columns and on social media.

    Lately, her main target has been SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin. But Reynolds has also attacked SB 145, legislation passed by CA State Senator Scott Wiener. Which was the subject of her latest social media abuse. 

    The Milk Club responded to these attacks with a letter to Brian Calle, CEO and publisher of Street Media, co-signed by several other Democratic and Progressive Clubs. (Feel free to read our letter below.)

    We hope and expect that The Marina Times will remove Reynolds from her position, and that this Twitter troll (with too much time on her hands, apparently) has learned her lesson about not playing into thoughtless homophobic and transphobic tropes. Especially in this day and age.

     


     

    Dear Mr. Calle,

     

    The executive boards of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, Alice B Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club, San Francisco Latinx Democratic Club, Latinx Young Democrats of San Francisco, San Francisco Berniecrats, Richmond District Democratic Club, and San Francisco Young Democrats hereby request that you revoke Susan Dyer Reynolds’ status as Editor Emeritus of the Marina Times, as well as her access to the Marina Times Twitter account. 

    On March 10, Ms. Reynolds publicly accused a gay man of being “fine with adult men dating underage boys.” In doing so, without any evidence to support the claim, she perpetuated one of the oldest tropes against gay men that has been invoked for centuries to smear, incarcerate, and kill members of the LGBTQ community.

    When the Milk Club responded to Ms. Reynolds Tweet, asking her to retract the statement and publicly apologize, she doubled down, claiming that Senator Scott Wiener’s SB-145 legalized pedophilia, an assertion that has been declared categorically false by Reuters and other respected news outlets. 

    In light of the blatant homophobia Ms. Reynolds displayed, in conjunction with her unwillingness to apologize, we feel it is inappropriate for her to continue to retain the title of Editor Emeritus and control over the Twitter account of a local news outlet in our City. 

    When you purchased the Marina Times, you said that San Francisco is “special” to you. We also feel this is a special City, in no small part because it has been the center of LGBTQ activism in the US for decades, and a place where many queer people feel safe. When someone like Ms. Reynolds displays such blatant bigotry on behalf of a respected local institution, it detracts from what makes San Francisco unique, and hurts our community.

    Therefore, we respectfully request a response to this letter detailing the actions you have taken to eliminate any association between Ms. Reynolds and the Marina Times.

     

    Signed,

    Alice B Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club

    Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club

    San Francisco Latinx Democratic Club

    San Francisco Latinx Young Democrats

    San Francisco Young Democrats

    San Francisco Berniecrats

    Richmond District Democratic Club



    Thank you to everyone who attended last night's General Membership Meeting. (If you missed it, you can watch it here.)

    The Membership voted unanimously for the following motions:

    1) A motion to cosponsor the Harvey Milk Annual Celebration Day of Service — a pandemic relief/ recovery center with DPH and UCSF led by Stephen Torres of the Harvey Milk Day Planning Coalition — and to support the closure petition for Castro Street between 18th and 17th/ Market) from 9am - 5pm, both on May 22nd.

    2) A motion to support the efforts and goals of CART SF, a community-based alternative to a police-driven response to homelessness in the City.

    3) A motion to support the elimination of the filibuster in the US Senate, to collaborate with Fix Our Senate to advocate for the elimination of the filibuster, and to send a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein asking her to advocate for ending the filibuster.

    4) A motion to support AB 1400, "Guaranteed Health Care for All."

    5) A motion to support AB 20, "Corporate-Free Elections Act."

    6) A motion to support Assemblymember Alex Lee's (D-San Jose) proposal to impose a 1% annual tax on net household wealth of more than $50 million and an additional 0.5% on household wealth of more than $1 billion. (Read more about it in 48 Hills.)

    7) A motion to support SB 331, "The Silence No More Act," which would protect workers against nondisclosure agreements and empower them to speak out about alleged acts of discrimination.

    8) A motion to support the federal Protecting the Right to Organize Act," or PRO Act.

    Also, the Membership elected Jupiter Peraza and Zahra Hajee to our Club's final two At-Large Executive Board Seats.


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  • Joint Club Statement on The Removal of Susan Reynolds after Homophobic Remarks

     

    Dear Mr. Calle,

     

    The executive boards of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, Alice B Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club, San Francisco Latinx Democratic Club, Latinx Young Democrats of San Francisco, San Francisco Berniecrats, Richmond District Democratic Club, and San Francisco Young Democrats hereby request that you revoke Susan Dyer Reynolds’ status as Editor Emeritus of the Marina Times, as well as her access to the Marina Times Twitter account. 

    On March 10, Ms. Reynolds publicly accused a gay man of being “fine with adult men dating underage boys.” In doing so, without any evidence to support the claim, she perpetuated one of the oldest tropes against gay men that has been invoked for centuries to smear, incarcerate, and kill members of the LGBTQ community.

    When the Milk Club responded to Ms. Reynolds Tweet, asking her to retract the statement and publicly apologize, she doubled down, claiming that Senator Scott Wiener’s SB-145 legalized pedophilia, an assertion that has been declared categorically false by Reuters and other respected news outlets. 

    In light of the blatant homophobia Ms. Reynolds displayed, in conjunction with her unwillingness to apologize, we feel it is inappropriate for her to continue to retain the title of Editor Emeritus and control over the Twitter account of a local news outlet in our City. 

    When you purchased the Marina Times, you said that San Francisco is “special” to you. We also feel this is a special City, in no small part because it has been the center of LGBTQ activism in the US for decades, and a place where many queer people feel safe. When someone like Ms. Reynolds displays such blatant bigotry on behalf of a respected local institution, it detracts from what makes San Francisco unique, and hurts our community.

    Therefore, we respectfully request a response to this letter detailing the actions you have taken to eliminate any association between Ms. Reynolds and the Marina Times.

     

    Signed,

    Alice B Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club

    Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club

    San Francisco Latinx Democratic Club

    San Francisco Latinx Young Democrats

    San Francisco Young Democrats

    San Francisco Berniecrats

    Richmond District Democratic Club

     


  • published Honoring Hoover Lee's Legacy in Home 2021-02-27 18:11:25 -0800

    Honoring Hoover Lee's Legacy

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    As you may have recently read in the Bay Area Reporter, San Franciscans have lost Hoover Lee, an irreplaceable queer, Asian community leader. Hoover was a founding member of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, the Association of Lesbian and Gay Asians, and the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club.

    In addition to Hoover's overall activism, he was also a mentor to up-and-coming queer, Asian politicians in the City. Former SF Community College Trustee Lawrence Wong was quoted in the B.A.R. saying, "If there was ever to be a founding father of the gay Asian movement in San Francisco it would be Hoover Lee."

    Hoover's passing at the age of 83 comes amid a spike in anti-Asian hate crimes across the country, including the Bay Area. So, one way to honor Hoover's legacy and combat this anti-Asian bigotry and violence is to re-establish the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus of this Club!

    Stay tuned for updates from us on this front. But if you are interested in learning more about our new caucus efforts, please contact Jeffrey Kwong, our V.P. of Events and Fundraising, at [email protected].



    Thank you to everyone who attended our February General Membership Meeting. If you missed it, you can watch a recording of it here.

    The General Membership voted on the following motions:

    1) To support CA State Senator Connie M. Leyva's (D-Chino) CA SB 331, empowering victims of any type of workplace harassment or discrimination to speak out.

    2) To support the Black Students Union of Lowell High School in its efforts to challenge Lowell's current admissions policy.

    3) To support Mari Posa and Celestina Pearl in their efforts to join the Parental Advisory Board of the San Francisco School Board.

    4) To support the California Nurses Association's CalCare campaign for single-payer healthcare in the state.

    And the Membership voted to elect Joe Adkins, Jasper Wilde, and Luca Mineo-Marinello to the At-Large Executive Board!

    Also, the Milk Club Co-Presidents nominated Jupiter Peraza and Zahra Hajee to serve as At-Large Board Members. This vote will take place at our March General Membership Meeting.



    It is not too late to renew your Harvey Milk Club Membership at www.milkclub.org/join. 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.


    And if you did not know, U.S. Representative (and QAnon fanatic) Marjorie Taylor Greene opposes The Equality Act. Her next door neighbor in the Capitol Building, Democratic Congresswoman Marie Newman, has something to say about that, a you will see below. (Keep in mind that Congresswoman Newman has a transgender daughter.)

     Planting the right sort of flag at the U.S. Capitol these days.


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

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


  • published Vaccinations & Education in Home 2021-02-13 18:17:39 -0800

    Vaccinations & Education

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    Thank you to everyone who attended our February General Membership Meeting. And if you missed it, you can watch it by clicking here.

    At our Meeting, the Membership voted to:

    1) Support CA State Senator Connie M. Leyva's (D-Chino) Senate Bill 331, empowering victims of any type of workplace harassment or discrimination to speak out.

    2) Support the Black Students Union of Lowell High School in its efforts to challenge Lowell's current admissions policy.

    3) Support Mari Posa and Celestina Pearl in their efforts to join the Parental Advisory Board of the SF School Board.

    4) Support the California Nurses Association's CalCare campaign for single-payer healthcare in the state.

    The Co-Presidents also nominated Jupiter Peraza and Zahra Hajee to serve as At-Large Board Members. The Membership voted to elect Joe Adkins, Jasper Wilde, and Luca Mineo-Marinello to the At-Large Executive Board.


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    It is not too late to renew your Milk Club Membership at www.milkclub.org/join. 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.


    Longtime Milk Club Member Terrrie Frye has passed away. In this photo, she is wearing a shirt from the Hole In The Wall, her favorite SOMA bar.


    Longtime Harvey Milk Club Member Terrrie Frye passed away at age 74 on February 4th at a Washington Hospital in Fremont. (Read more about Terrrie Frye's life in the BAR.)

    Unfortunately, Terrrie had been ill for quite sometime and missed most of our meetings last year.

    Granny Gear, as Terrrie was known by many of us, had deep roots in the Milk Club and did not tolerate bullshit easily throughout her decades of progressive activism, particularly on AIDS and cannabis rights related issues.

    As SF DCCC Chair David Campos put it in the BAR, "She was a feisty, outspoken activist with a heart of gold."

    Terrrie Frye will be missed.


     


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  • published A New Milk Board & Your Renewed Milk Membership in Home 2021-01-31 13:46:24 -0800

    A New Milk Board & Your Renewed Milk Membership

    Milk Club Co-Presidents Edward Wright & Kaylah Williams.


    Thank you to everyone who attended last Tuesday's General Meeting where the Membership elected its new Executive Board for 2021:

    Co-Presidents: Kaylah Williams & Edward Wright
    VP Internal: Reid Coggins
    VP Political: Jackie Thornhill
    VP Events & Fundraising: Jeffrey Kwong
    Treasurer: Jerry Fenske
    E-Board Internal: Brad Chapin
    E-Board Political: Lee Hepner
    E-Board Outreach: Kurtis Wu
    E-Board Events & Fundraising, Seat 1: Michael Rouppet
    E-Board Events & Fundraising, Seat 2: Alvin Lee
    E-Board Organizing: Nomvula O'Meara
    Correspondent: Seamus McGeever
    Recorder: Raya Steier
    Immediate Past President: Kevin Bard

    Also on Tuesday, Co-President Kaylah Williams nominated the following people to serve as At-Large Board Members: Joe Adkins, Jasper Wilde, and Luca Mineo-Marinello. The Membership will vote to confirm these nominees at our February General Membership Meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th at 7pm.

    And stay tuned for more potential At-Large nominations from our new Co-Presidents. If you have questions, feel free to email Edward and Kaylah about this or any other topic at [email protected].

    And if you missed our January General Meeting, feel free to watch it here.


    The first action of the newly-elected Harvey Milk Club Executive Board was to sign on to a crucial letter with the Coalition on Homelessness, GLIDE, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the SF Public Defender, the Taxpayers for Public Safety, and other advocates from across the City to call on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to take immediate action to implement recommendations found to achieve transit, racial, and economic equity.

    By signing this letter, we are asking the SFMTA to do the following:

    1) Extend the moratorium on fare evasion citations until the shelter-in-place period is ended.

    2) Make the Access Pass available to San Franciscans in poverty who live in public and supportive housing.

    3) Clear and void all prior fare evasion tickets and vacate the associated debt for those who are living in poverty or who have signed up for an Access Pass or Muni Lifeline Pass.

    4) End fare evasion tickets for people with low incomes.

    5) Make Muni free for people who live in poverty.

    Your new Executive Board is wasting no time this year standing up with our allies for progressive values when it comes to transit issues. Or any other issue, for that matter.


    Is your Milk about to expire in 2021? Fix that by clicking here.


    If you have not renewed your Milk Club Membership between December 1st, 2020 and now, then it will automatically be suspended or possibly expire at the end of our February 16th General Membership Meeting.

    Do not let this happen to you! Renew now at www.milkclub.org/join and stay with us in the fight this new year.

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


    Longtime Milk Club Member Terrrie Frye has passed away. In this photo, she is wearing a shirt from the Hole In The Wall, her favorite SOMA bar.


    Longtime Harvey Milk Club Member Terrrie Frye passed away at age 74 on February 4th at a Washington Hospital in Fremont. (Read more about Terrrie Frye's life in the BAR.)

    Unfortunately, Terrrie had been ill for quite sometime and missed most of our meetings last year.

    Granny Gear, as Terrrie was known by many of us, had deep roots in the Milk Club and did not tolerate bullshit easily throughout her decades of progressive activism, particularly on AIDS and cannabis rights related issues.

    As SF DCCC Chair David Campos put it in the BAR, "She was a feisty, outspoken activist with a heart of gold."

    Terrrie Frye will be missed.


     


  • published Remembering Ken Jones in Home 2021-01-18 20:11:23 -0800

    Remembering Ken Jones


    San Francisco lost another incredible community activist this past week with Ken Jones, who passed away at age 70. (Read more here in the BAR.)

    After serving three tours of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy, Ken was stationed at Treasure Island for what would turn out to be a very consequential "relaxed shore duty."

    Ken was a key organizer in what would become the AIDS Foundation, took part in the first AIDS bike ride, and served on the San Francisco Pride Board as its first black chair during the 80s.

    Ken was also an ordained deacon who told the BAR in 2017, "God created me just like I am, healed, perfect, and whole."

    (Portions of Ken's life and activism in San Francisco are chronicled in the book and miniseries When We Rise.)

    Now, it is the Milk Club's turn to pick up his progressive torch and carry it forward into 2021 and beyond.


    On Monday, Members of the Milk Club Board and the Castro community came together to put up a memorial for Ken Jones at the corner of 18th Street and Castro, otherwise known as "Hibernia Beach." Just days before, Bank of America had erected signs prohibiting the posting of any materials to the wrought iron fence, which became an impromptu memorial site for friends and neighbors throughout the AIDS crisis and is still used to memorialize our community's dearly departed.

    By affixing a narrative of Hibernia Beach to the bank's exterior (see below), we also sought to remind Bank of America of the space's significance to the LGBTQ community. In the words of Tom Ammiano, we pulled some "nelly ninja shit.”

    We stand ready if Bank of America ever needs another reminder.

    Reporting on this needless controversy (including the history of this epicenter of the gay universe) can be found in Hoodline and 48 Hills.




    The California Democratic Party has extended its deadline so that all ADEM ballots received by Wednesday, February 3rd WILL BE COUNTED!!!


    Here is the Milk Club's list of endorsed candidates:

    AD-17 ADEM (Self-Identified Female):
    Christin Evans 
    Cherelle Jackson
    Janelle Jolley 
    Nomvula O'Meara
    Jackie Prager
    Susan Solomon
    Joy Zhan

    AD-17 ADEM (Other Than Self-Identified Female):
    Christopher Christensen
    Corey Hallman
    Jeffrey Kwong
    Julian LaRosa
    Vanessa Pimentel
    Njon Sanders
    William Shields

    AD-19 ADEM (Self-Identified Female):
    Sophia Andary
    Brigitte Davila
    Alondra Esquivel
    Alida Fisher
    Kalimah Salahuddin
    Jasper Wilde
    Kaylah Paige Williams

    AD-19 ADEM (Other Than Self-Identified Female):
    Brandon Harami
    Gabriel Medina
    Joshua Ochoa
    Gilbert Williams
    Alan Wong

     

    With regards to your ADEM ballot, please remember:

    1) That our endorsed ADEM candidates for AD 17 are listed besides these numbers: 01, 02, 03, 09, 10, 12, 13, 17, 36, 37, 39, 40, 44, and 46.

    2) That our endorsed ADEM candidates for AD 19 are listed besides these numbers: 02, 05, 06, 11, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 31, 33, and 40.

    3) To vote for no more than 14 candidates. (If you vote for more, then your ballot will not be counted.)

    4) To fill in your 10-digit voter ID code that comes with your ballot. (If you do not fill this in, then your ballot will not be counted.)

    5) To send in your ballot using the envelope that came with your ballot. Postage is already provided.



    Thank you to everyone who attended our January General Membership Meeting. The Membership elected its new Executive Board for 2021:
     
    Co-Presidents: Kaylah Williams & Edward Wright
    VP Internal: Reid Coggins
    VP Political: Jackie Thornhill
    VP Events & Fundraising: Jeffrey Kwong
    Treasurer: Jerry Fenske
    E-Board Internal: Brad Chapin
    E-Board Political: Lee Hepner
    E-Board Outreach: Kurtis Wu
    E-Board Events & Fundraising, Seat 1: Michael Rouppet
    E-Board Events & Fundraising, Seat 2: Alvin Lee
    E-Board Organizing: Nomvula O'Meara
    Correspondent: Seamus McGeever
    Recorder: Raya Steier
    Immediate Past President: Kevin Bard

     

    Also, Co-President Kaylah Williams nominated the following people to serve as At-Large Board Members: Joe Adkins, Jasper Wilde, and Luca Mineo-Marinello. The Membership will vote on these nominees at our February General Membership Meeting. And if you missed our January Meeting, feel free to watch it here.

    Also, take our quick community outreach survey here so that the Milk Club can set its priorities for 2021. And please renew your Membership for 2021 by clicking here before it lapses or expires in February!


    Dr. King finally got his birthday wish. In fact, we all did.


     


  • published ADEM & Milk Board Elections This Month! in Home 2021-01-04 19:40:22 -0800

    ADEM & Milk Board Elections This Month!

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    Thank you to everyone who attended our Club's emergency No Coup Virtual Rally on Wednesday! If you missed it, you can watch it here.


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    Register to vote in the ADEM elections here.


    At our December General Membership Meeting, the Club voted to endorse the following candidates for California Democratic Party ADEM:

    AD-17 ADEM (Self-Identified Female):
    Christin Evans 
    Cherelle Jackson
    Janelle Jolley 
    Nomvula O'Meara
    Jackie Prager
    Susan Solomon
    Joy Zhan

    AD-17 ADEM (Other Than Self-Identified Female):
    Christopher Christensen
    Corey Hallman
    Jeffrey Kwong
    Julian LaRosa
    Vanessa Pimentel
    Njon Sanders
    William Shields

    AD-19 ADEM (Self-Identified Female):
    Sophia Andary
    Brigitte Davila
    Alondra Esquivel
    Alida Fisher
    Kalimah Salahuddin
    Jasper Wilde
    Kaylah Paige Williams

    AD-19 ADEM (Other Than Self-Identified Female):
    Brandon Harami
    Gabriel Medina
    Joshua Ochoa
    Gilbert Williams
    Alan Wong

    Remember to mail out your ballot no later than Friday, January 22nd. (Postage is included.)

    And if you missed December's General Meeting and ADEM candidate speeches, feel free to watch it here.


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    The Milk Club has kicked off our 2021 Executive Board nomination process. If you would like to nominate someone (or yourself) to any of our E-Board positions, feel free to click here and follow the instructions.

    The positions up for nomination are as follows:

    President or two Co-Presidents, Vice-President for Internal Affairs, Vice President for Political Affairs, Vice President of Events and Fundraising, Treasurer, Executive Board for Internal, Executive Board for Political, Executive Board for Outreach, Executive Board for Events and Fundraising (Seat #1), Executive Board for Events and Fundraising (Seat #2), Executive Board for Organizing, Correspondent, and Recorder.

    Here are the candidates who have so far accepted their nominations:
     

    Co-Presidents: Kaylah Williams & Edward Wright
    VP Internal: Reid Coggins
    VP Political: Jackie Thornhill
    VP Events & Fundraising: Jeffrey Kwong
    Treasurer: Jerry Fenske
    E-Board Internal: Brad Chapin
    E-Board Political: Lee Hepner
    E-Board Outreach: Kurtis Wu
    E-Board Events & Fundraising, Seat 1: Michael Rouppet
    E-Board Events & Fundraising, Seat 2: Alvin Lee
    E-Board Organizing: Nomvula O'Meara
    Correspondent: Seamus McGeever
    Recorder: Raya Steier
     

    The Membership will be electing its new Executive Board on Tuesday, January 19th from 7-9pm. If you would like to attend, please register on Zoom here.

    And please take our quick community outreach survey here so that the Milk Club can set its priorities for 2021.

    And renew your membership for 2021 by clicking here before it lapses or expires next month!


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

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


  • published The Holigays Are Here Again! in Home 2020-12-18 13:24:20 -0800

    The Holigays Are Here Again!

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    The Milk Club has kicked off our 2021 Executive Board nomination process. If you would like to nominate someone (or yourself) to any of our E-Board positions, feel free to click here and follow the instructions.

    The positions up for nomination are President or two Co-Presidents, Vice-President for Internal Affairs, Vice President for Political Affairs, Vice President of Events and Fundraising, Treasurer, Executive Board for Internal, Executive Board for Political, Executive Board for Outreach, Executive Board for Events and Fundraising (Seat #1), Executive Board for Events and Fundraising (Seat #2), Executive Board for Organizing, Correspondent, and Recorder.

    Here are the candidates who have so far accepted their nominations:

    Co-Presidents: Kaylah Williams & Edward Wright
    VP Internal: Reid Coggins
    VP Political: Jackie Thornhill
    VP Events & Fundraising: Jeffrey Kwong
    Treasurer: Jerry Fenske
    E-Board Internal: Brad Chapin
    E-Board Political: Lee Hepner
    E-Board Outreach: Kurtis Wu
    E-Board Events & Fundraising, Seat 1: Michael Rouppet
    E-Board Events & Fundraising, Seat 2: Alvin Lee
    E-Board Organizing: Nomvula O'Meara
    Correspondent: Raya Steier
    Recorder: Seamus McGeever

    And please take our quick community outreach survey here so that the Milk Club can set its priorities for 2021.


    Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff must win in Georgia in order to save the U.S. Senate! (Photo is from The Guardian.)


    Thank you to everyone who attended our Club's December General Meeting!

    The Membership voted to officially endorse Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock for their respective U.S. Senate Seats in Georgia. Helping their campaigns may be our only chance to save the Senate from the clutches of Mitch McConnell and his nonstop obstructionism. So signup to phonebank with Knock for Democracy now.

    The Membership also voted to endorse the following candidates for California Democratic Party ADEM:

    AD-17 ADEM (Female-Identifying):
    Christin Evans 
    Cherelle Jackson
    Janelle Jolley 
    Nomvula O'Meara
    Jackie Prager
    Susan Solomon
    Joy Zhan

     AD-17 ADEM (Non-Female-Identifying):
    Christopher Christensen
    Corey Hallman
    Jeffrey Kwong
    Julian LaRosa
    Vanessa Pimentel
    Njon Sanders
    William Shields

    AD-19 ADEM (Female-Identifying):
    Sophia Andary
    Brigitte Davila
    Alondra Esquivel
    Alida Fisher
    Kalimah Salahuddin
    Jasper Wilde
    Kaylah Paige Williams

     AD-19 ADEM (Non-Female-Identifying):
    Brandon Harami
    Gabriel Medina
    Joshua Ochoa
    Gilbert Williams
    Alan Wong

    Please register to vote in the upcoming ADEM elections by clicking on this link: https://ademelections.com/?isCandidate=False. Afterwards, a ballot will be mailed to you.

    Remember that the deadline to register to vote for ADEM delegates is January 11th, 2021. It's quick and easy!

    And if you missed Tuesday's General Meeting and ADEM candidate speeches, feel free to watch it here.


    This is how we sing Christmas carols, standing alongside the California Nurses Association as they fight for their rights as they work on the frontlines of this pandemic.


    Besides our endorsements, the Membership voted to pass the following motions:

    1) To reiterate our opposition to the installation of surveillance cameras in the Castro. (Read more about it in the BAR.)

    2) To explicitly oppose the use of child slave labor in the harvesting of chocolate products by Mars and Nestle. (Please sign this petition.)

    3) To support the inclusion of dedicated senior housing at the development at 730 Stanyan Street.

    4) To oppose any expedited waivers that force nurses to be assigned more patients per shift, threatening their labor rights and the quality of care for patients. (Read more about it here.)

    5) To allow for us to automatically endorse any ADEM candidates who came in 8th or lower if candidates our Club endorsed drop out. (This point is moot because only the endorsed candidates listed above passed our endorsement threshold.)

    Tonight, let's give 2020 a big, socially-distanced French kiss goodbye!


     


  • published Upcoming Georgia, ADEM, & Milk Board Elections in Home 2020-12-07 18:43:43 -0800

    Upcoming Georgia, ADEM, & Milk Board Elections

    If Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are both elected to the U.S. Senate from Georgia on January 5th, perhaps some of the damage done to this country can be repaired.


    Mark your calendars for our December General Membership Meeting to be held Tuesday, December 15th at 7pm on Zoom. 

    Also, please remember that we will not hold a PAC Meeting on Tuesday, December 8th.

    Here is our December General Membership Meeting agenda:

    1) Updates from our PAC, an update on our 2020 Holigay Party, and an update on our community outreach priorities for 2021. (Please take our quick community outreach survey here.)

    2) A discussion and official endorsement vote for ADEM candidates running in AD 17 and AD 19. If you are a candidate who would like to speak at our meeting, please email us at [email protected] so that we can add you to our ballot and our speaking schedule. Candidates will likely be given a couple of minutes each to speak about themselves. First come, first serve.

    3) A brief discussion and vote on officially endorsing Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff for the two runoff U.S. Senate seats in Georgia and what the Club can do to help them win if we endorse them.

    4) Our General Meeting marks the beginning of our 2021 election process for the Milk Club Executive Board. If you are interested in running for any of our Club's E-Board seats, or would like to nominate someone to run, please plan on attending. Potential 2021 candidates are welcome to receive nominations, or nominate themselves, and give brief speeches in favor of their candidacies. (You can learn more about all of the E-Board positions at the bottom of this page.)

    5) New Business.


    Also, please renew your Milk Club Membership today at milkclub.org/join for 2021. All Memberships expire in at the conclusion of our February 2021 General Membership Meeting, and only full-fledged voting Members can elect next year's Executive Board at the January General Meeting.


    Please register here to vote in the upcoming ADEM elections. It is quick, easy, and critical to ensure progressive Democratic endorsements in the near future.


    Article VI of the California Democratic Party Bylaws provides that Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMS) be held in each of the 80 California Assembly Districts in January of each odd-numbered year to elect seven self-identified female Democratic candidates and seven other than self-identified female Democratic candidates to be Assembly District Delegates to represent the Assembly District in which they live.

    These elections are open to all California Democrats. Delegates are responsible for planning and attending informational meetings throughout their respective regions and working with other delegates across California on statewide matters.

    It is critical that all of us in the Milk Club register to vote and vote for progressive Democratic Delegates in Assembly Districts 17 and 19 to ensure that we endorse truly progressive state-level and federal representatives and ballot measures in 2022, worthy of Harvey Milk's legacy. Remember, these delegates could be pivotal if/when there are open seats in Congress or the State Assembly on the horizon

    In order to register to vote in the 2021 ADEM elections, click here. The deadline to register to vote and receive a mail ballot is January 11th, 2021.

    In order to apply as a candidate, register here. The deadline to apply is December 15th of this year, the same day as our December General Membership Meeting.

    And please consider signing this petition holding the California Democratic Party to their commitment and allow Dreamers to run for ADEM.

    Since everyone is in lockdown, you might as well make time for all of our Club's December events. It's not as if you have anything else better to do!


    And if you missed our online vigil for Harvey Milk and George Moscone on the 42nd anniversary of their assassinations, you can watch it here.


    Here is a list of all of the seats up at our January 2021 General Membership Meeting:

    President or Co-Presidents: Shall be the principal executive officer(s) and spokesperson(s) of the Club. Shall carry out the Club's policies and be governed by the Club's bylaws. Shall do everything necessary to execute the policies of this organization as determined by the Membership. Shall appoint as many as five at-large Executive Board Members. Shall hold Executive Board Members accountable for their commitments to the Club. Shall appoint special committees as necessary to the functioning of the Club. Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

    Vice President of Internal Affairs: Shall do everything necessary to assist the President/Co-Presidents in the performance of their duties. In the event of a vacancy in the office of the President/Co-Presidents or the absence or temporary disability of the President, this person shall exercise all powers of the President/Co-President. Shall function as the Club’s manager of internal operations. Shall prepare executive committee and general membership agendas, in consultation with the President or relevant Chairs. Shall secure all general membership meeting locations of the Club. Shall ensure that all committees meet as needed and report their activities at Executive Board Meetings. Shall be a chair of the Standing Committee on Membership. Shall supervise the activities of the Membership Committee. Shall serve as the Club’s parliamentarian and track proposed by-law amendments as needed. Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

    Vice President of Political Affairs: Shall do everything necessary to assist the President/Co-Presidents in the performance of their political duties. Shall prepare the Political Action Committee agenda, in consultation with the President. Shall administer all Political Action Committee meetings. Shall secure all Political Action Committee meeting locations. Shall be responsible for the implementation and execution of the Club’s endorsement process and all political activities of the Club. Shall regularly report to the Executive Board on all races and ballot measures requiring the Club's endorsements. Shall serve as Chair of the Standing Committee on Political Action. Shall supervise the activities of the Political Action Committee. Shall design all endorsement questionnaires. Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

    Vice President of Events & Fundraising: Shall do everything necessary to assist the President/Co-Presidents in the performance of their duties. Shall serve as Chair of the Standing Committee on Events & Fundraising. Shall be responsible for the planning and execution of the Club’s community and fundraising events, including but not limited to, the Club's Annual Gayla Fundraiser, Candlelight Vigil, Castro Street Fair, Pride Events, and Holigay Party. Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

    Treasurer: Shall keep an accurate account of all Club funds, including all contributions received. Shall disburse Club funds as authorized by the Membership or the Executive Board. Shall present regular financial reports to the Executive Board. Shall collect, process, and deposit funds in a timely manner. Shall manage and maintain the Club’s banking and accounting records. Shall be responsible for the preparation and timely filing of all financial reports as required by law. Shall abide by the Fair Political Practices Commission and Federal Election Commission laws, regulations, and filing reports. Shall submit, in writing, an annual financial statement to the Club at the close of the fiscal year. Shall present a draft annual budget two months before the end of the fiscal year. Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

    Executive Board for Internal: Shall work in collaboration with Vice-President of Internal Affairs and assist that person in their duties. Shall staff the sign-in table at all General Membership and Political Action Committee meetings. Shall serve on the Standing Committee on Membership. Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

    Executive Board for Political: Shall work in collaboration with Vice-President of Political Affairs and assist that person in their duties. Shall be a standing member of the Political Action Committee. Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

    Executive Board for Outreach: Shall work in collaboration with Vice-President of Events & Fundraising and assist that person in their duties. Shall be in charge of all community outreach activities of the Club, including visibility and participation in community functions. Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

    Executive Board for Events & Fundraising (Seat #1): Shall work in collaboration with Vice-President of Events & Fundraising and assist that person in their duties. Shall be a member of the Standing Committee on Events. Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

    Executive Board for Events & Fundraising (Seat #2): Shall work in collaboration with Vice-President of Events & Fundraising and assist that person in their duties. Shall be a member of the Standing Committee on Events. Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

    Executive Board for Organizing: Shall work in collaboration with Vice-President of Political Affairs and assist that person in their duties. Shall be a standing member of the Political Action Committee. Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

    Correspondent: Shall maintain all Club correspondences. Shall work in collaboration with Vice-President of Internal Affairs and assist that person in their duties. Shall be responsible for press releases, press-related events, and other social media. Shall draft and prepare letters on behalf of the Club. Shall staff the sign-in table at the General Membership and Political Action Committee meetings. Shall prepare, schedule, and send the Club’s online newsletter. Shall be a member of the Standing Committee on Communications; ● Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

    Recorder: Shall record and maintain the minutes of General Membership and Executive Board meetings. Shall maintain all Membership, PAC, and Executive Board attendance lists. Shall work in collaboration with Vice-President of Internal Affairs and assist that person in their duties. Shall be responsible for ensuring the confidentiality and security of all records and membership lists. Shall email a copy of the minutes to each member of the Executive Board following each scheduled meeting and ensure that they are posted online. Shall maintain a list of all Club officers and update the Club's bylaws. Shall maintain chartering requirements with the San Francisco Democratic Central Committee each year. Shall be a member of the Standing Committees on Membership and Communications. Shall perform such other duties as are implicit in the title.

     


    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Stop the Shut Down of the Shelter-In-Place Hotels
    Wednesday, December 9th | 3:30-7pm
    Facebook Event Details Here
    Zoom Details Here

    SF DCCC's Holiday and Blue Victory Party
    Wednesday, December 9th | 6-7:30pm
    Facebook Event Details Here
    Zoom Details Here

    Milk General Membership Meeting: ADEM Endorsements
    Tuesday, December 15th | 7-9pm
    Facebook Event Details Here
    Zoom Details Here


     


  • published 42: 2020 Milk-Moscone Vigil in Home 2020-11-19 20:05:44 -0800

    42: 2020 Milk-Moscone Vigil

    In this April 1977 file photo, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, left, and Mayor George Moscone are shown in the mayor's office during the signing of the city's gay rights bill. (Read more at NPR.)


    Thank you fo everyone who attended Friday's online vigil for Harvey Milk and George Moscone. If you missed it, feel free to watch it here.

    On November 27th, 1978, Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were both murdered in cold blood by Dan White. So every year on this date, the Milk Club honors these men and the progressive movement they each created. Always remembering how their tragic and senseless deaths continually force us to fight for a queer-friendly, inclusive, and progressive future for all, in San Francisco and beyond.

    During recent years, the Milk Club hosts an in-person, candlelight march in the Castro, ending at Harvey's old camera shop. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that simply was not an option this time.


    According to Chris Arvin's presentation at Tuesday's General Membership Meeting, a strong majority of SF voters continues to agree with our Club's endorsements.

    Thank you to everyone who attended Tuesday's November General Membership Meeting, which included a detailed analysis of the November 2020 election results. In particular, our Club would like to thank our guest speakers David Campos, Jane Kim, Joe Eskenazi, Chris Arvin, Hene Kelly, and Frances Hsieh for shedding light on the results and their ramifications, as well as upcoming elections. (More on that later.)

    At our November General Meeting, the Membership voting to:

    1) Officially oppose Ordinance 201265 which would penalize tenants $1,000 a day if they are accused of smoking tobacco or cannabis in their apartments. (Read more about this here.)

    2) Officially support Ordinance 201185 which would require all new supportive housing that comes online and all current supportive housing to charge tenants no more than 30% of their income towards rent.

    3) Hold an endorsement vote for ADEM candidates running in AD 17 and AD 19 at our December General Membership Meeting. (More on this below.)

    4) Hold an endorsement vote for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock for the U.S. Senate in Georgia at our December General Membership Meeting.

    5) Officially support AB 310 (The California State Public Bank Act) and the Federal Public Banking Act, sponsored by US Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


    If you missed our meeting, you can view it here.

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    Article VI of the California Democratic Party Bylaws provides that Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMS) be held in each of the 80 California Assembly Districts in January of each odd-numbered year to elect seven self-identified female Democratic candidates and seven other than self-identified female Democratic candidates to be Assembly District Delegates to represent the Assembly District in which they live.

    These elections are open to all California Democrats. Delegates are responsible for planning and attending informational meetings throughout their respective regions and working with other delegates across California on statewide matters.

    Therefore, it is critical that all of us in the Milk Club register to vote and vote for progressive Democratic Delegates in Assembly Districts 17 and 19 to ensure that we endorse truly progressive state-level and federal representatives and ballot measures in 2022, worthy of Harvey Milk's legacy. Remember, these delegates could be pivotal if/when there are open seats in Congress or the State Assembly on the horizon.

    In order to register to vote in the 2021 ADEM elections, register here. The deadline to register for a vote by mail ballot is January 11, 2021.

    In order to apply as a candidate, register here. The deadline to apply is December 15th.

    Also, keep in mind that the Membership will vote to endorse a slate of ADEM candidates in AD 17 and AD 19 at our December General Meeting. Stay tuned for more details as we get a clearer picture on who is running.


     


  • published A Queer Election: What Just Happened? in Home 2020-11-12 14:36:29 -0800

    A Queer Election: What Just Happened?

    Bye bye, baby.


    We in the Harvey Milk Club hope you are all rested by now because the 2020 elections have been one hell of a roller coaster!

    And when all is said and done, the incumbent will be ejected from The White House one way or another. And our Club's endorsed presidential ticket, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, will soon be sworn into office and tasked will cleaning up the mess and healing our country's bloody wounds.

    Our national nightmare is almost over. Hopefully.


    Diana Ross in The Wiz singing "Brand New Day" after the melting of Evilene, the Wicked Witch of the West. Very fitting after these four long years.


    Congratulations to District 1 Supervisor-elect Connie Chan!


    Overall, November's election results have been mixed but mostly positive, especially at the local level. In fact, "Progressives are winning the Battle of San Francisco," according to 48 Hills.

    Connie Chan's election to the Board of Supervisors certainly represents one of our progressive wins, despite sleazy, fly-by-night, fake tenant groups spending big bucks in District 1 to the contrary.

    The Harvey Milk Club is proud of the grassroots (and mostly volunteer) support we offered Supervisor-elect Connie Chan, and we look forward to working with her at City Hall next year.


    Join us at 7pm on Tuesday on Zoom as we discuss the November election results and what comes next.


    We briefly discussed Connie Chan's win earlier, but what else happened on Election Day?

    Join the Milk Club on Tuesday at 7pm as we discuss all of the election results (local, state, and federal) and what this election means for advancing our queer values in the not-so-distant future.

    The Facebook Event details are here. And the Zoom details are here.

    Our agenda includes:

    1) Election results analysis, with a particular focus on local and state results with David Campos, Jane Kim, Joe Eskenazi and Chris Arvin.
    2) Community Outreach efforts, including an open conversation on engaging in community service projects during off-election cycles.
    3) Discussion on the upcoming 2021 E-Board elections.
    4) Discussion for our Annual Harvey Milk Vigil for November 27th, which will be held virtually this year, due to COVID-19 concerns.
    5) New Business.


    Onward to 2021, queers! Onward:



    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    SF Transgender Film Festival 2020 (Online)
    Thursday, November 12th - Sunday, November 15th
    Facebook Event Details Here
    Film Festival Details Here

    Milk Club November General Meeting: What Just Happened?
    Tuesday, November 17th | 7-9pm
    Facebook Event Details Here
    Zoom Details Here


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

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


  • published Bye Bye Baby!!! in Home 2020-11-07 20:34:55 -0800

    Bye Bye Baby!!!

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

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


  • published Act Up! Fight Back! in Home 2020-09-20 21:52:47 -0700

    Act Up! Fight Back!

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    “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”


    There are no words to describe how saddened we are by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    Much like our Club’s namesake, Ruth came from humble beginnings. She was born to Jewish immigrant parents and grew up in New York during the Great Depression and came of age during World War II.

    The gender discrimination Ms. Ginsburg faced throughout her professional career undoubtely shaped her political values and overall jurisprudence, much to the material benefit of the lives of millions of Americans during her service on the United States Supreme Court.

    During Justice Ginsburg's tenure on the Court, she fought for Women's rights, LGBT rights, racial equality, voting rights, workers' rights and against discrimination, voter supression, gerrymandering, money in politics and unfettered capitalism. Some of the most rulings on LGBT rights she presided over include (but are not limited to):

    Romer v. Evans (1996):
    Voiding an amendment to the Colorado state constitution that prohibited laws protecting the rights of homosexuals.

    Lawrence v. the State of Texas (2003):
    Overturning anti-sodomy laws in 14 states.

    Hollingsworth v. Perry (2013):
    Legalizing same-sex marriage in Califonria.

    United States v. Windsor (2013):
    Overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.

    Obergfell v. Hodges (2015):
    Giving same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states.

    Bostock v. Clayton County (2020):
    Banning employees from being discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.


    As you can probably guess, the leadership of the Milk Club is deeply worried by who may replace RBG on the Court and the potential loss of all of our civil rights over the next few decades. But we must focus on this fight one step at a time.

    The first step is to volunteer with us and turn out a solidly progressive vote in November 2020. We will show you how below.

    Let's make Ruth proud.


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

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

     


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