Posts Tagged ‘Harvey Milk’

Once Again, We The People Have Failed Our Mayor, Willie Brown – What “Crushed” His Spirits Will Amaze You

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Hey, is this new, this OPINION header for Shadow Mayor / professional SFGov lobbyist / San Francisco Chronicle columnist Willie Brown, you know, for his columns? IDK.

Anyway, check it:


Hillary Rodham Clinton and the perils of being early front-runner

By Willie L. Brown, Jr.March 6, 2015

“What a mess. The public and the press love to slam Gov. Jerry Brown and me for holding up the building of the new span, but in hindsight, maybe we should have held it up even longer.

“On the subject of the bridge: I was at the ceremony Thursday night commemorating the light show on the western side going dark for repairs. Speaker after speaker got up and praised the lights, praised the generous folk who made them possible, praised the generous folk whose money will bring them back next year — and not a single person referred to the span by its proper name: the Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge. 

“I was crushed.”


1. Somebody held a ceremony to turn off some decorative lighting project on part of a historic public works fiasco? OK fine!

2. And is Willie serious here? The proper name of course is the Western Span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, right?

3. And I think the NAACP got things wrong here, because it’s properly called a span and not a bridge. So even though the new bore of the Caldecott Tunnel is a tunnel itself, ’cause it certainly meets the definition of a tunnel, we call that bore a bore. That’s why we would call the so-called Willie Brown Bridge the Willie Brown Span, except…

4. Except nobody that calls it Willie Brown anything IRL. We call it the western span, to distinguish it from the eastern span. I mean, what does he want, does he want the Cosco Busan to come back and hit the delta tower of the western span and spill 50,000 gallons of bunker fuel again so that headlines will read “Container Ship Strikes Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge?”

5. Speaking of which, that expensive tower on the eastern span is merely decorative, meaning that it wasn’t necessary, right? We don’t need big ships going under the eastern span, right? Meaning that we should have gone the cheap and easy route of retrofitting what was already there or gone with the cheaper, easier “freeway-on-stilts” option. Willie now seems to be trying to blame his massive bridge failure on others. Moving on…

6. To this! Here’s Willie’s sandwich board from when he was shilling for renaming the entire length of Third Street to honor … the honorable Willie Brown, natch:

7. And then there was the time back in the 1990’s when Willie had a push to rename SFO, the whole thing, not just a terminal, after, wait for it, Willie Brown, of course! No no, not Harvey Milk, me, Willie Brown!

Oh well.

Positively Clintonian: The Official Julian Davis Statement re: Sexual Assault Presented to the Harvey Milk Democratic Club

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

You know, I could pick apart this recent statement line by line, sentence by sentence for the first twelve sentences or so…

This kind of thing is what P.R. people tell you what to do in these kinds of situations, but I don’t approve.

Anyway, here it is, entitled, “Please stay with me Monday.”

“The progressive community is currently deeply divided on how best to create a safe and productive space for a dialogue on domestic violence and abuse issues. No one can deny that there is presently a heightened sensitivity around these problems in San Francisco—something I respect and appreciate.

In order to come up with real and lasting solutions, we need to have a sustained dialogue and come together as a community. The current volatile and divisive rift that has emerged, three weeks before Election Day and on the heels of the Mirkarimi decision, is not productive.

To be clear: the allegation of sexual assault brought against me is completely false. I will admit, as I did many years ago, that I was at times overly flirtatious in my past. I took this very seriously, and have since apologized, had my apology accepted, and made amends.

In regards to the cease-and-desist letter I sent to Kay Vasilyeva, I understand why the letter created the reaction it did, but I ask you to look at this from a human perspective. My intention was never to intimidate her from speaking but to protect myself from defamation. Given the magnitude of her false accusation, I exercised my rights, knowing that in the court of public opinion, many would care that her claim is uncorroborated.

I ask you to stay with me now because I am still the most progressive candidate running. I have a long-standing history of advocating for the issues most important to the Milk Club and believe I can best serve you in City Hall.

As Supervisor I will work tirelessly to advance the position of women in San Francisco politics. I will be an outspoken advocate against domestic violence and work to promote awareness of this issue. I will advocate for LGBT issues affecting our community. I will work to preserve the cultural history of the LGBT community. I will work against transgender violence and work with the police for increased dialogue and support for victims. My agenda of working for families includes families of all forms, including queer youth. I have been a long-time supporter of marriage equality. The LGBT community has been an influential force in making San Francisco the special city that it is. I will build on the community’s accomplishments.

I’m eager to continue working with progressive leaders and grassroots organizations like the Milk Club to enact policies that will benefit our communities. I cherish the relationships I have built with Milk Club members over the years and encourage you to call me with any concerns you may have. [Cell phone # omitted.]

Please reaffirm your endorsement Monday and together we will share a sustained and productive dialogue for LGBT and domestic violence issues.

The meeting will take place Monday, October 22, 7-9 p.m. in the Ceremonial Room of the LGBT Center.

I look forward to serving you with honor and distinction.

In Solidarity,

Julian Davis

Paid for by Julian Davis for Supervisor 2012, FPPC #134785″

And here’s what’s on the agenda tonight:


  • The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club will hold an Emergency General Membership Meeting Monday, October 22 to discuss and vote on the reconsideration of the Milk Club’s endorsement of Julian Davis for District 5 Supervisor. This was proposal was moved and seconded at the October 17 General Membership Meeting and carried by more than a 2/3 vote.
  • A second motion was made to suspend the bylaws tonight in order to vote on the process for Monday night. This motion suspended Article 8, letter B: single seat multi-choice races. The motion was carried by more than a 2/3 vote.
  •  A final motion was then made to do an unranked endorsement of Christine Olague, John Rizzo and Thea Selby as a slate endorsement to be voted on Monday, Oct. 22. Carried by more than a 2/3 vote. 

Decisions will take place by ballot vote. The ballot will contain the following questions:

  • Shall the club rescind its endorsement of Julian Davis for District 5 Supervisor?


  • If the club rescinds this endorsement, should the club approve an unrnanked triple endorsemnt of Christina Olague/John Rizzo/Thea Shelby?


Progressives Consider 2012 and Beyond: A “Citywide Gathering” on Thursday, December 15th Called (John) “Avalos for All of Us”

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

From the Harvey Milk Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club comes news of meeting that I’m calling Avalos for All of Us.

Check it:

“A Citywide Gathering – Former Avalos Campaign – Thursday, Dec. 15th – 6:30-9pm at 522 Valencia St.

Following the incredible Avalos campaign momentum, what’s next for the progressive movement in 2012 & beyond? What can we learn about the state of our movement from the 2011 Mayors race? What should be common priorities for progressives in 2012? Where can we build unity & be most powerful?

Let us know you are coming. And let us know if you cant come, but want to stay in touch and learn about next steps – at AVALOSFORALLOFUS@GMAIL.COMThis is a broad appeal without any particular formal organizational form, so it is not a ‘decision-making’ meeting but we hope it generates the ideas – both political and organizational — that will continue to build our strength in the city. 522 Valencia is upstairs from the new 518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics. Check it out at

OK then.

Ah memories: Avalos for Mayor 2011 HQ on the day that the RUN ED RUN kids came by for a visit: 

Click to expand

Supervisor John Avalos “Encouraged By Mayoral Election Numbers,” Declares “Victory for Progressive Agenda”

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

All the latest from the Avalos campaign, below.

Your Supervisor John Avalos on McAllister Street:

Click to expand


Avalos Campaign Speculates Final Tally Will Edge in Their Favor, Pleased With Direction They Turned Race

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Wednesday, November 9th — Mayoral candidate John Avalos responded to results from first round of votes, putting him in a strong second place.

“We are incredibly proud to have run a clean, issue-based campaign, with 99% of the work done by volunteers. We defied expectations, and to have come this far is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers,” Avalos says. “But we are equally proud of the fact that we were able to change the debate, to make sure that the issues that matter to the everyday people in this City are now on the table and are getting the attention they deserve. We are confident that the results will wind up in our favor; I think everyone is in for a surprise.”

In spite of entering the race late, and spending less than a quarter of the budget of the Lee campaign, Avalos saw a surge in both the polls and on the streets. His campaign had enormous grassroots support from a broad cross-section of San Franciscans, with over 90% of donations coming from everyday San Franciscans, and 85% being under $100. This is markedly different from other campaigns who relied on negative character attacks, hit pieces, television commercials, and the efforts of big-dollar unregulated independent expenditure committees to make up the difference.

“This campaign is about building unity, building connections within the community of people who have been left out of the political process. We have been proud and inspired to see people from the Tenants Union working side-by-side with people from the Bike Coalition, to see members of DogPAC working with community members from the Bayview,” says Rosi Reyes, campaign spokeswoman. “These connections are integral to ensuring a new era of progressive policymaking in San Francisco, and we believe it is just a glimmer of what is to come with an Avalos administration.”

In addition to generating enormous grassroots enthusiasm, Avalos garnered some of the most-coveted endorsements in town. He was endorsed by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the San Francisco Democratic Party, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democractic Club, the San Francisco Bike Coalition, and the largest public-sector union, SEIU 1021. He was also endorsed by the United Educators of San Francisco, the California Nurses Association, and San Francisco Rising Action Fund, among many others.”

Wow, Gay San Francisco Stands Up for Dennis Herrera at Harvey Milk Plaza – Ammiano Harshes Ed Lee + “WTF, Chronicle?”

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, the Chron* was there. As was Steve T Jones of the Bay Guardian. And here’s a short highlight clip.]

Well, a large crowd showed for today’s noontime rally in support of City Attorney and mayoral candidate Dennis Herrera. It came in reaction to this bit from John Coté and Heather Knight in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle.

Consider this rally, complete with pretty much all of Gay San Francisco (gee, who wasn’t there?), a strong retort.

Click to expand

1 of 4 – Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart and Senator Mark Leno:

2 of 4 – Assemblymember Tom Ammiano: “WTF, Chronicle?” (Ouch.) And then, on a different tack: “I think we all know who was doing it.” Uh, would that be Ed Lee? And do you think Tom’s talking about Ed Lee here? “…Healthy San Francisco, supporting it, not trying to decimate it. Honoring Occupy San Francisco and their ability to mediate and to collaborate. How about some fucking leadership?

(Here’s the short version, complete with Henny Youngman-style one-liners.)

And check out Cleve Jones at around 8:00: “And finally, to Ed Lee, whose campaign began with a lie [and] is ending with a lie. And in between the lies, what did we see but cronyism, fake grass-roots organizations coming out of nowhere, vote tampering like we haven’t seen in a long, long time, money laundering, and now we’re ending with a big lie, a slur against Dennis Herrera. And how stupid do you think we are? Please.”

(Here’s the short version.)

This is the clip with the vitriol:

3 of 4: City Attorney Dennis Herrera, the man himself:

4 of 4: Herrera’s closing plus Harvey Milk Club and Alice B Toklas Club, united:

All the deets:

“News conference on Dennis Herrera’s record of support for LGBT marriage equality: TODAY, Oct. 27, 12:00 noon, Harvey Milk Plaza
SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 27, 2011) — Leaders in the LGBT community and marriage equality movement including Senator Mark Leno, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Supervisor Scott Wiener, Molly McKay, Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis, Cleve Jones, Julius Turman, Reese Isbell, representatives from both the Alice B. Toklas and Harvey Milk LBGT Democratic Clubs, and a growing list of others will hold a news conference to defend City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s consistent record of support for marriage equality.
The news conference at noon today is in response to political attacks published in the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday from anonymous sources who questioned City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s commitment to marriage equality.   
                      LGBT Community Press Conference
                      Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market
                      TODAY — Thursday, Oct. 27, 12:00 noon 
Below is a letter issued yesterday from Phyllis Lyon, the LGBT civil rights pioneer.  Lyon and her late wife, Del Martin, were the first same-sex couple married in San Francisco.”
Subject: Dennis has always defended us
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 
Now, we need to defend him!
Please join Senator Mark Leno, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Supervisor Scott Wiener, representatives from both the Alice B. Toklas and Harvey Milk LBGT Democratic Clubs, and many other LGBT community leaders for:
                      LGBT Community Press Conference
                      Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market
                      Thursday, Oct. 27, 12:00 noon 
With less than two weeks until Election Day, a petty smear campaign is underway to personally discredit City Attorney Dennis Herrera over his years of work for marriage equality.  Incredibly, despite all the heroic efforts of Dennis and his office right from the start, anonymous sources have pushed a story in the San Francisco Chronicle that Dennis wasn’t “supportive” of Mayor Newsom’s decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses back in February 2004.  It’s not true.  These politically motivated attackers are hoping we’ll forget the years of hard work Dennis and his deputies invested — and continue to invest even now, in the federal challenge to Prop 8 — for LGBT equality.
My late wife, Del Martin, and I were the first same-sex couple married back in 2004. 
So I remember the heartfelt and tireless work that Dennis, Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry Stewart, and the City Attorney’s Office committed to defend our marriage from day one.  Yes, it was an uphill battle.  We all knew it, and we all expressed doubts.  But that doesn’t mean we weren’t “supportive” of marriage equality! 
That’s why these anonymous political attacks are such an outrage.
It’s not just insulting to a good man and longtime LGBT ally.  It insults the intelligence of LGBT voters who know that Dennis has been a consistent and effective champion for our community for years:
  • In the 1990s, as Police Commission President, Dennis established groundbreaking protocols to require police to treat transgender detainees with the dignity and respect they deserve. 
  • Dennis successfully defended our landmark Equal Benefits Ordinance in his first years as City Attorney, finally defeating challengers who opposed domestic partner benefits.
  • In 2002, Dennis and the Assessor ended tax re-assessments homeowners faced after the death of a domestic partner — so LGBT survivors on fixed incomes wouldn’t lose their homes.
Dennis’s heart has always been with us.  That’s why he was elected and re-elected City Attorney with overwhelming LGBT community support.  That’s why he’s now the only candidate for Mayor endorsed by both the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club (#1) and the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club (#2).   
Dennis Herrera never shrank from defending the LGBT community — not once.  Now, it’s our turn to defend him.  
Please join us at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market, Thursday, Oct. 27, at 12:00 noon. 
Phyllis Lyon”
Mark Leno:

DJH with wife Anne:

And here’s part of the crowd descending the steps of Castro Station:

And, bonus, a special hug for Harvey and Alice:

So, uh, who’s the “political genius” who thought it was a good idea for former Gavin Newsom staffers to go to the Chron a few days back?

Because this whole affair, well, it’s not good for Ed Lee.

Not good at all…

*I swear, I don’t really get photojournalism and that sole shot presented is a good example of why. It doesn’t really transmit all that much info, it doesn’t really show who was there, and it’s not arty or anything. But it does juxtapose “applause” and “Herrera” so I guess that’s telling stories with photos and I guess that’s what PJ is supposed to be about. I suppose. (Is that day’s work, BTW?) Anyway, I prefer the camera-held-level-at-two-yards-altitude, you-are-there look.

Annual Milk-Moscone Memorial March Coming Saturday, Nov. 27th, 2010 – Starts at Castro and Market, 6:00 PM

Friday, November 26th, 2010

It might be a little rainy this Saturday, but the forecast for 6:00 PM is actually pretty positive so get on out there why not.

Sean Penn making that Milk movie, back in aught-eight:

Click to epand

“The Annual Milk-Moscone Memorial March will take place this Saturday, November 27, 2010. The vigil will take place on the anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone, starting at 6pm. The vigil will last approximatly 1 hour and the march will begin at the Castro Muni station (Castro & Market Streets) at 6:45 PM.

The March commemorates the assassination of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone and is an opportunity for the community to mourn the loss of two of our city’s most progressive elected officials, reflect on their visions for San Francisco, and learn more about their lives through testimony from family and friends of Harvey. The event has been a community tradition annually since the assassinations. The speakers will be:

Cleve Jones, Founder, Names Project, and friend of Harvey

Harry Britt, former Supervisor, and friend of Harvey

David Campos, SF Supervisor

Carol Migden, former State Senator

Tom Ammiano, State Assembly member

The Milk Memorial Education Committee was founded in 2004 to plan for and install the bust of Harvey in San Francisco City Hall. The bust was installed in May 2008. The Committee is now engaged in educational programs at the SF Unifed School district and City College of San Francisco, on behalf of LGBTQ students. For more information see or Rick Hauptman at 415-678-8919.

MILK MEMORIAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE 4104 24th Street #388 – San Francisco, CA 94114

Get Your Very Own Harvey Milk Bust for Just $350, $1500, or $2500!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Remember all the trouble people had getting Harvey Milk back into City Hall, what with all the issues involving the placement of the busts of former Mayor Willie Brown and that Filipino-killing super-cracker Frederick Funston? Well, now that that’s over, why not get your own Harvey?

It’s new, it’s you. Check it out at And best of all, most of your money will end up going to the San Francisco Arts Commission,, GLBT Historical Society and Lyric.

As seen just atop the Grand Staircase:

via Son of Groucho

All the deets:


Available in three styles, the busts are replicas of the commemorative sculpture of Harvey Milk located in San Francisco’s City Hall.

60% of proceeds support the San Francisco Arts Commission,, GLBT Historical Society and Lyric.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, 2010 – Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Luis R. Cancel is pleased to announce that Jonah Hendrickson, one of the original artists who created the commemorative bust of Harvey Milk at San Francisco’s City Hall, has made replicas of the bust, which are available for sale. Following the dedication of the sculpture in City Hall in 2008, both Mr. Hendrickson and the Arts Commission received numerous calls from people interested in purchasing reproductions. According to Mr. Hendrickson, “I realized there was a demand from parties who wanted their own copy for the home. I just thought, if people wanted these, why not make them available?” The busts, which come in three styles in both bronze and plaster, can be purchased online at and range in price from $350 to $2,500, see below for further details. Sixty percent of all proceeds will benefit the San Francisco Arts Commission,, GLBT Historical Society and Lyric. 

“I thought if these reproductions take off, it would be a great opportunity to channel a percentage of the profits back to the LGBT community,” said Mr. Hendrickson. “My hope is that these donations will continue Harvey Milk’s legacy of furthering equal rights and also support the great civic work of the Arts Commission, which ensures that the arts are an integral part of the City’s identity.”

Ever more deets, after the jump


A Tiny LGBT March Down Market Street to Mark the San Francisco “Gay In” of 1970

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Seth Hemmelgarn and Eric Ross are the ones with the deets of the march down Market last Saturday.

Harvey Milk Club Co-President David Waggoner thanking Senator Mark Leno for showing up to the rally:

Click to expand

Huge Harvey Milk Candidate Meeting this Saturday, Bay Guardian Issues Endorsements

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The powerful San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee is, once again, having elections come November. You’ll be confronted, once again, with a ballot that’s filled with a bunch of names, most of which you’ve never heard of, and the obligation to check off your dozen favorites.

If you want, you can head over to the intersection of Market and Octavia this Saturday, April 3, 2010 and then head into the the LGBT Center‘s Ceremonial Room from Noon to 5:00 PM. Then you’ll be able to see and hear some of the candidates for DCCC in 2010 address members of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club.

via mrido’s Photostream

They’ll all be answering a few questions from the crowd. (I don’t know if you need to be a member of the club to drop by, but you should be able to join the club, of course, if you want.)

The 12th District (Assemblywoman Fiona Ma country) reps the west side and 13th District (Assemblymember Tom Ammiano country) reps the east side of town, mas o menos. Find your district and see if any of these folks will be one of your twelve favorites: 

John Avalos
Michael Bornstein
Andrew Clark
Sandra Lee Fewer
Chris Gembinski
Hene Kelley
Tualatai Mamoe
Eric Mar
Milton Marks
Jake McGoldrick
Jane Morrison
Melanie Nutter
Kelenia Olsen
Connie O’Connor
Arlo Smith
David Wong
Larry Yee

Melissa Ann A. Apuya
David Campos
David Chiu
Ryan Clary
Michael Goldstein
Robert Gabriel Haaland
Rick Hauptman
Hope Johnson
Joseph Julian
Leslie Katz
Rafael Mandelman
Kim-Shree Maufas
Carole Migden
Owen P. ODonnell
Aaron Peskin
Eric Quezada
Alix Rosenthal
Tom Taylor
Joe Alioto Veronese
Debra Walker

And the San Francisco Bay Guardian has just issued its endorsements for the DCCC today.

Choose or lose…

And, oh yes, Alex Volberding would like everyone to know that he too is running for the DCCC in the 12th. But the two lists above aren’t exhaustive, they just show who plans on showing up at the next Milk Club PAC meeting. (The entire exhausting list of candidates for S.F. has 51(!) names this go-around.)

A Well-Attended Meeting in Support of Community Choice Aggregation at Harvey Milk Club

Friday, March 5th, 2010

This was the scene the other day at the LGBT Center at a Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Club meeting in support of Community Choice Aggregation.

Here’s a report from KPIX Channel 5 (if you can handle a commercial beforehand.) 

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Supervisor David Campos, Carole Migden, Paul Fenn, John Rizzo, Chris Jackson, and Eric Brooks, among others, were all there:

The fight over Proposition 16 is hotting up, certainly.