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Virtual Parties, No Hook Ups, Make A Difference

How are you holding up?

We have been asking that question of friends, family, and our chosen family for the past few weeks as we shelter in place, maintain distance from loved ones, and come together to deal with the coronavirus and its destructive wake.

Our community is resilient. We have experienced enormous loss over the decades. We have faced prejudice that has driven us out from our homes. We have moved across the country to start fresh and find new families. And even today, we remain strong in the face of anti-LGBTQ discrimination at home and around the world.

Through it all, we have cared for each other. But now, with a racist, anti-scientist threat to humanity in the White House, we in the Harvey Milk Club need to lead with kindness and compassion now more than ever.

And let’s be honest: Being human also means staying connected. This means finding new ways to see each other, hear each other’s voices, and an obligation to reach out to community members with greater needs.

So really: How are you holding up? How are you connecting with other people at this time? What do you need? Email us at [email protected] and let us know. Our meetings may be going virtual soon, but the Milk Club is still at your service.

Now, read on…


Can't Pay Rent? Here is What to Do!

A record 3.3 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week. And a hundred thousand people apply in California everyday. Nevertheless, April 1st means rent is due for most of us.

The good news is that San Francisco has imposed a Temporary Eviction Moratorium for all tenants who are unable to pay rent due to impacts of COVID-19. 

Under the Temporary Moratorium on evictions, a landlord cannot evict a tenant if all of these requirements are met:

  1. The rental payment first became due on or after March 13th, 2020.

  2. The tenant was unable to pay rent because of the financial impacts related to COVID-19.

  3. The tenant notified the landlord within 30 days of when the rent was due that the tenant is unable to pay due to the financial impacts related to COVID-19.

          AND

  1. Within 7 days after notifying the landlord, the tenant provided documentation or other verifiable information that the tenant is unable to pay rent due to the financial impacts of COVID-19.


The above protections can delay your payment of rent for up to three months, unless it extends further. But they do not relieve you of your duty to pay back-rent when the moratorium expires. The Harvey Milk Club is deeply concerned that this is leading us to an “eviction cliff” and are working with partner organizations to provide additional relief!

You can find more specific guidance here or at the San Francisco Rent Board’s website.


Sunday Quaran-Tea Party

A major update for those of us who have been feeling particularly cloistered from the nightlife community that brings us together: Dancing together in the privacy of our own homes to some of the Bay Area’s best queer nightlife DJ’s has been deemed... ESSENTIAL!!

A lot of friends are throwing virtual parties right now, but we are prioritizing this afternoon's Quaran-Tea Party on Facebook Live and Twitch tomorrow (and every Sunday until this shit is through) from 1-6pm for live DJ sets hosted by drag queen Florida Maniac (aka Lady Voldemort).

This is all thanks to the San Francisco Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund, established by drag legend Juanita More, Race Bannon, and a number of bar owners and nightlife impresarios who are caring for all of their workers during this time. From bar staff, to door security, to go-gos, coat check and all of the other essential staff at our favorite joints.

If you have the means, lend a hand to those who don’t by donating to the Queer Nightlife Fund here.


Hooking Up is on HOLD. #StayTheFuckHome

Look, we get it. It’s more than just sex. It is how we meet new people and an important part of how our community interacts. Heck, our bodily delights and physical communion can certainly feel like a necessary, revolutionary act!

But San Francisco’s Shelter In Place order exists not only to protect our own health and safety. It also protects the safety of others in our community, including our friends and roommates, many of whom are uniquely vulnerable to the worst symptoms of the coronavirus.

The sacrifices we make today will help us recover more quickly. Have tough talks with your friends and roommates. Be honest with people you encounter about your risk of exposure, and don’t be afraid to ask them for the same. 

This is not about shaming each other. Rather, we require a collective resolve to end this pandemic as soon as possible.

Feel free to read Race Bannon’s piece in the Bay Area Reporter called Sex in the Era of COVID-19 here.


Volunteer Opportunites and Resources for Those in Need
 

Whether you are in need or are an able-bodied Milk Club Member with some extra time and a big heart, there are plenty of ways to plug in, get help, and make a difference right now:

  • Since 1998, Project Open Hand has served San Francisco seniors and adults with disabilities with nutritious meals and now operates out of 15 sites in San Francisco. Project Open Hand needs volunteers to meet urgent community needs. Find out more here.

  • The San Francisco Human Services Agency has partnered with the Shanti Project to recruit volunteers to do grocery, medicine, and small mail delivery for seniors. Find out how to sign up here. 

  • Self Help for the Elderly is another amazing organization providing meals to over 500 seniors across San Francisco. They need delivery drivers. Please reach out to them here.

If you live in District 5 and/or want to volunteer? Friends have put together a list of D5-specific volunteer opportunities here.

Did we miss any hot opportunities to help? Email us at[email protected] and let us know.


Chinese Food Has NEVER Tasted Better

Our friends at the Rose Pak Democratic Club 白蘭民主黨協會 have put together a great list of Chinatown restaurants providing takeout and delivery service throughout San Francisco’s emergency order. Let’s keep these businesses open and their workers employed.

Amid an uptick in anti-Asian violence, we in the Milk Club need to show solidarity with San Francisco’s Chinese community. And it’s never tasted as delicious as this!

Check out the full list here, and if you haven’t had the jalapeno fried chicken wings at Capital yet, you can’t have them soon enough. (Plenty of veggie options available, too.)

Self-Care and Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 is causing a lot of stress. But people who already suffer from existing mental health issues like depression and anxiety are particularly vulnerable during these unprecedented times. Senior citizens and people who live alone are especially at risk.

Self-care during self-quarantine means eating well, getting enough sleep, and spending time outside to the extent that it is safe and allowable. There are a number of resources for folks in our community who need additional self-care tips and other services:

  • The Trevor Project is a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678.

  • The Felton Institute San Francisco Suicide Prevention provides a 24-hour hotline for people experiencing mental health crises. Call 415-781-0500.

  • The Institute on Aging offers a 24-hour friendship line for people 60 years and older, adults with disabilities, and those feeling isolated. Call 1-800-971-0016.

  • The Mental Health Association of San Francisco has a 24-hour peer-run line for nonemergency emotional support. Call 1-855-845-7415.

  • Headspace has a library of guided meditations.

  • Ten Percent Happier offers guided meditations, coronavirus-focused sessions that are free of charge, and a daily virus-focused livestream and Q&A.

  • The Virus Anxiety website has daily mantras, write-in mental health questions, and calming online distractions.

  • The Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counselling and support for anyone in the United States experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66764.

  • The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 text-based support. Text MHA to 741741 and you can connect to a trained crisis counselor.


From The Vault

In 1978, Susan Sonntag wrote that nothing is more punitive than to give a disease a meaning. We remember how AIDS was characterized as a “gay disease,” which allowed politicians to brush it under the rug and refuse to take action that could have saved lives. Today, we join our allies in condemning the President and his enablers seeking to label the current pandemic as a “Chinese Virus.”

In 1980, long before researchers understood what was causing primarily young, gay men to die from pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and Kaposi sarcoma, then-Milk Club President Bill Kraus addressed the Club:
 

“The problem lies not in evil personalities or traitorous acts, but rather in the political orientation which believes that an oppressed group gets what it needs by being careful not to offend the powerful.

“The problem lies in the desire to protect the little that we have gotten by not risking a fight for what we deserve. The problem lies in believing that what we have gotten is somehow a favor given to us by politicians rather than the politicians’ recognition of what we have the political power to demand and get.”


Thanks for reading. Stay safe, and stay healthy.

Sincerely,


Your Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club

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The Human Connection Question

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Follow all health recommendations if going outside. More details: SF.gov/coronavirus.

 


 

As you probably already know, San Francisco is under a "shelter in place" order due to the global coronavirus threat. This means everyone is now required to stay home except to get food or necessary health care, to care for a relative or friend, or to go to work. This order stands until at least April 7th. Read more about it here.

So obviously, all of our meetings and events are cancelled until further notice. We will keep you posted if and when this changes via our e-blasts, so keep an eye out.

 


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Here come the judges! Maria Evangelista, Michelle Tong, and Cary Gold celebrate on Election Night. (Thanks to 48 Hills for the photo. Read more here.)

 


 

On a more positive note, congratulations to all of our Milk Club endorsed candidates (of whom there are many) who won their races, and to CA State Senate candidate Jackie Fielder for moving forward to the November ballot. Read more about our progressive sweep in 48 Hills, the Bay Area Reporter, and the SF Bay Times.

13 out of 14 of our endorsed DCCC candidates in AD 17 and 9 out of 10 of our endorsed DCCC candidates in AD 19 won!

All of our endorsed local ballot measures won!

Bernie Sanders won San Francisco and the state of California handily!

And, of course, all of our endorsed judicial candidates won!

These wins are only made possible because of your continued Membership and our Club's support for progressive leaders. And since our Club's annual membership renewal date has passed, we need you to stay involved despite this global health crisis. Now more than ever!

So please renew your Membership at www.milkclub.org/join as soon as you can. Despite this citywide lock down, the Milk Club is not going anywhere.

You can count on that!

 


 

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Milk PAC: Bathhouses, Non-Monogamy, and the Law

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When: Tuesday, March 10th (7-9pm)

Where: The Women's Building Auditorium (3543 18th Street, SF, CA 94110)

Facebook Invite is here.


Join the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Club Political Action Committee in the auditorium of The Women's Building as we discuss proposed legislation to repeal '80s-era regulations against sex venues that would, in effect, fully legalize bathhouses in San Francisco for the first time since the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis.

We'll also discuss a proposal from the San Francisco Sex-Positive Democratic Club to codify relationship structure as a protected class — to address discrimination against non-monogamous folks in housing, education, and the workforce.

With Rafael Mandelman, San Francisco Sex-Positive Democratic Club, and more. It's sure to be a lively meeting!

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March 2020 Endorsements

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Our New 2020 Executive Board!

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Our endorsements for the March 3rd, 2020 California Primary Election are as follows:

U.S. President: Bernie Sanders
U.S. Congress, District 12: no position
U.S. Congress, District 14: Jackie Speier
CA State Senate, District 11: Jackie Fielder
CA State Assembly, District 17: no position
CA State Assembly, District 19: Phil Ting
Superior Court Judge, Seat 1: Maria Elena Evangelista
Superior Court Judge, Seat 18: Michelle Tong
Superior Court Judge, Seat 21: Cary Gold

SF DCCC AD 17:
John Avalos
Gloria Berry
David Campos
Bevan Dufty
Peter Gallotta
Matt Haney
Frances Hsieh
Anabell Ibáñez
Jane Kim
Honey Mahogany
Rafael Mandelman
Hillary Ronen
Shanell Williams

SF DCCC AD 19:
Keith Baraka
Queena Chen
Kelly Groth
Leah LaCroix
Janice Li
Li Miao Lovett
Gordon Mar
Faauuga Moliga
Mano Raju
A.J. Thomas

Statewide Measures:
Proposition 13: Schools and College Facilities Bond: Yes
Proposition: California Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative: Yes (for November 2020)

Local Measures:
Measure A: City College Job Training, Repair, and Earthquake Safety Measure: Yes
Measure B: Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond: Yes
Measure C: Retiree Health Care Benefits: Yes
Measure D: Storefront Vacancy Tax: Yes
Measure E: Ordinance: Limits on Office Development: Yes


Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday's January General Membership Meeting and Executive Board vote. The Milk Club 2020 Executive Board is as follows:

President: Kevin Bard
Vice President of Internal Affairs: Reid Coggins
Vice President of Political Affairs: Edward Wright
Vice President of Events and Fundraising: Jackie Thornhill
Treasurer: Lee Hepner
Executive Board Internal: Jeffrey Kwong
Executive Board for Political Affairs: Hope Williams
Executive Board Outreach: Kaylah Williams
Executive Board for Events and Fundraising (Seat #1): Sophia Alexander
Executive Board for Events and Fundraising (Seat #2): Benjamin McGrath
Executive Board for Organizing: Nomvula Omeara
Correspondent: Brad Chapin
Recorder: Séamus McGeever

The Membership also passed these three motions:

Motion #1: To hold a new endorsement vote in the AD 17 DCCC race for a seat surrendered by former candidate Kevin Ortiz, where all candidates not already endorsed in that race will appear on a ballot at our February General Membership Meeting. The candidate with the highest score vote (assuming that candidate passes the endorsement threshold) shall be endorsed, but this endorsement will not necessarily guarantee a placement in our mailer. (21 yes, 0 no, 1 abstention)

Motion #2: To endorse a resolution before the SF Police Commission calling on the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor's Office to enact an effective response to homelessness and complaints regarding the presence of homeless people; to explore alternatives to police responses; to identify funding sources, appropriate dispatch protocol, necessary system changes and appropriate service models to move from a police response to a more effective health and human services response to homelessness; and to transform our response to homelessness from one led by law enforcement into one led by trained health and human services workers. Also endorsed by the January PAC. (Unanimous)

Motion #3: To support Supervisor Shamann Walton's $2.7 million emergency supplemental to fully fund the over 300 City College classes cut by the Chancellor of City College. And to join AFT 2121 in a lobbying effort of the five Supervisors who have not yet signed on to support the $2.7 million emergency supplemental. Also endorsed by the January PAC. (Unaminous)

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Milk Club Endorsements for March 2020

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Our endorsements for the March 3rd, 2020 California Primary Election are as follows:

U.S. President: Bernie Sanders
U.S. Congress, District 12: no position
U.S. Congress, District 14: Jackie Speier
CA State Senate, District 11: Jackie Fielder
CA State Assembly, District 17: no position
CA State Assembly, District 19: Phil Ting
Superior Court Judge, Seat 1: Maria Elena Evangelista
Superior Court Judge, Seat 18: Michelle Tong
Superior Court Judge, Seat 21: Cary Gold

SF DCCC AD 17:
John Avalos
Gloria Berry
David Campos
Bevan Dufty
Peter Gallotta
Matt Haney
Frances Hsieh
Anabell Ibáñez
Jane Kim
Honey Mahogany
Rafael Mandelman
Kevin Ortiz
Hillary Ronen
Shanell Williams

SF DCCC AD 19:
Keith Baraka
Queena Chen
Kelly Groth
Leah LaCroix
Janice Li
Li Miao Lovett
Gordon Mar
Faauuga Moliga
Mano Raju
A.J. Thomas

Statewide Measures:
Proposition 13: Schools and College Facilities Bond: Yes
Proposition: California Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative: Yes (for November 2020)

Local Measures:
Measure A: City College Job Training, Repair, and Earthquake Safety Measure: Yes
Measure B: Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond: Yes
Measure C: Retiree Health Care Benefits: Yes
Measure D: Vacancy Tax: Yes
Measure E: Ordinance: Limits on Office Development: Yes

Bylaw Amendments:
Proposal 1: Removing Board Members who miss three consecutive board meetings. Passed.
Proposal 2: Declaring, rather than nominating, candidates for the Executive Board. Failed.
Proposal 3: Banning two cis gender males from serving as Co-President at the same time. Failed.

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The Milk Club has kicked off its nomination process for the 2020 Executive Board. Here are the nominations as they stand now, in the order they have been received and confirmed:

1) Kevin Bard for President, by Kevin Bard.
2) Jackie Thornhill for Vice President of Events and Fundraising, by Brad Chapin.
3) Edward Wright for Vice President of Political Affairs, by Jackie Thornhill.
4) Reid Coggins for Vice President of Internal Affairs, by Kevin Bard.
5) Hope Williams for Executive Board for Political Affairs, by Edward Wright.
6) Lee Hepner for Treasurer, by Jackie Thornhill.
7) Jeffrey Kwong for E-Board Internal, by Kevin Bard.
8) Kaylah Paige Williams for E-Board Outreach, by Seamus McGeever.
9) Benjamin McGrath for Executive Board for Events and Fundraising (Seat #2), by Jackie Thornhill.
10) Sophia Alexander for Executive Board for Events and Fundraising (Seat #1), by Jackie Thornhill.
11) Nomvula Omeara for Executive Board for Organizing, by Rick Hauptman.
12) Séamus McGeever for Recorder, by Kevin Bard.
13) Brad Chapin for Correspondent, by Mark Noviski.

If you would like to make a nomination (or nominate yourself) to any board position, please send an email to [email protected]. The nomination process will remain open up until our January 2020 elections, which are scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st at The Women's Building.
 
Here is a list of all of the seats up next month: 

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.

Names will be added as nominations come in and are accepted by nominees.
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41- Remembering Harvey Milk & George Moscone

San Francisco, California- 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 to fight.

 
The Milk Club's Annual Remembrance:
 
On Wednesday, November 27th the club will gather at Harvey Milk Plaza and invites our fellow San Franciscans to join us in our vigil of reflection and to reaffirm our commitment to the vision these men had.
 
A short audio visual program will be followed by a procession to the site of Castro Camera (575 Castro Street) where those who knew them will say a few words.
 
Participants are encouraged to bring candles and flowers as San Franciscans on the night in November of 1978. Through the generosity of Dan Nicoletta, photographs of Harvey Milk and George Moscone are available for print below. So feel free to bring these photos to carry in memoriam. Read more about our vigil in the Bay Area Reporter.
 
41: 2019 Milk-Moscone Vigil
November 27, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Harvey Milk Plaza (SW Corner of Market & Castro Streets)
San Francisco, California
 
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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.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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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The SFPOA, the Evictors, and Us!

The Harvey Milk Club discussed the Mary Packer eviction case in our previous eblast. And now, we have an apology from Supervisor Vallie Brown's lawyer after proof emerged, proof positive, that Ms. Packer indeed paid her rent in 1992. As if that would have been enough to save her home.

Haven't black women been poverty-shamed enough?

Let's stop just imagining Dean Preston as our new District 5 Supervisor. Truthfully speaking, we only have a few more days to turn our dream into reality, a new reality based on the humanity of tenants rather than the clutches of the California Association of Realtors.

Sign up to volunteer for Dean Preston on Election Day here, now. Commit your time to this cause!


The status quo must be running scared because the San Francisco Police Officers Association is spending over $200,000 to defeat Chesa Boudin for SF District Attorney, according to an SF Examiner article written by Supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer and Matt Haney. If you are lucky enough to avoid their dumb hit pieces, more power to you!

Our Club's work can and will overpower their reactionary junk mail, not to mention the Mayor's last-minute appointment maneuver. So study our Calendar of Events and commit to at least three volunteer events for both Chesa Boudin and Dean Preston. How else are they going to get elected on Tuesday, November 5th? The cops and the landlords say no, so the Milk Club must be doing something right.

Security in our homes and justice on the streets!



CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sticker Lit and Movie Night with Dean Preston
Friday, November 1st | 5:30-9pm
Dean Preston for Supervisor HQ | 631 Haight Street, SF, CA 94117
Facebook Event Details Here

Yes on A & Yes on E GOTV Mobilization
Saturday, November 2nd | 10am-1pm
Crocker Amazon Playground | 1485 Geneva Avenue, SF, CA 94112
Facebook Event Details Here

Mega Rally with Mark Leno and Jane Kim for Chesa Boudin
Saturday, November 2nd | 11am-3:30pm
Noe Valley Courts | 4320 24th Street, SF, CA 94114
Facebook Event Details Here

Tenderloin Lit Drop Mobilization: Get Out the Vote for Chesa Boudin
Saturday, November 2nd | 12-3pm
246 Eddy Street, SF, CA 94102
Facebook Event Details Here

Medicare For All Rally and March
Saturday, November 2nd | 2-4pm
UN Plaza | 355 McAllister Street, SF, CA 94102
Facebook Event Details Here

Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story
Saturday, November 2nd | 6:30-9pm
The Castro Theatre | 429 Castro Street, SF, CA 94114
Ticket Details Here

Harvey Milk Club Slate Card Tabling
Sunday, November 3rd | 10am-3pm
Corner of 18th & Castro Streets

Major Solidarity Rally and Lit Drop!
Sunday, November 3rd | 11am-2pm
Alamo Square | Scott Street at Hayes Street
Facebook Event Details Here

Huge "Hella Mission" GOTV Rally for Chesa Boudin
Sunday, November 3rd | 11:30am-3:30pm
Chesa Boudin for DA HQ | 1769 15th Street, SF, CA 94103
Facebook Event Details Here

Vote for Dean Preston!
Tuesday, November 5th | 5am-8pm
Dean Preston for Supervisor HQ | 631 Haight Street, SF, CA 94117
Facebook Event Details Here

Dean Preston Election Night Party at Noir Lounge
Tuesday, November 5th | 8:30pm-12am
Noir Lounge | 581 Hayes Street, SF, CA 94102
Facebook Event Details Here

Election Night with The League of Pissed Off Voters & Milk Club
Tuesday, November 5th | 8:30pm-12:15am
El Rio | 3158 Mission Street, SF, CA 94110
Facebook Event Details Here

Milk Club November Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 6th | 7-9pm
The SF LGBT Center | 1800 Market Street (Room #201), SF, CA 94102

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