With Robert Haaland
Republished with permission
Harvey Milk Club Dinner: Everything's Coming Up
June 2, 2006
Well, the night was simply great. A bunch of cool folks got awards.
Queer lefties got to listen to speeches and see some great entertainment.
Tamara Ching, mother of all trannies everywhere got an award,
State Senator Carole Midgen, our fierce fighter in Sacramento,
Brian Basinger, our uncompromising HIV/AIDS housing activist,
Heather MacAllister, didn't you think her speech rocked the house?
She made me remember why we put up with all the stuff we do and
work as hard and long as we do. We do this because we truly are
trying to change the world for the better.
An award went to Sharen Hewitt, longtime anti-violence organizer
and peace activist who is the only known person in history to
make the Harvey Milk Club members shout "amen" and to
Young Workers United, the coolest, hippest, new union that is
already kicking ass, and to Patrick Califia, the sexiest porn
writer I know and wasn't his boyfriend cute?
And finally, the surprise award that no one knows about until
the end was the Simeon White Award for Howard Grayson. Hurray
Sleaziest Campaign Mailer
Prop D sank to a new low by sending out a mailer with a picture
of a woman who had a black eye. Since Prop D is purportedly about
patient care at Laguna Honda, one might think she was a patient
there who had been attacked. But no. She is an actress, and worse,
they photo-shopped the black eye. See this stock
photo of the woman on the mailer prior to her attack by a
Debra Walker is a stooge for the Mayor? Yeah, right.
Last week the Coalition of San Francisco Neighborhoods reconsidered
their endorsement of Proposition D. Apparently, they felt that
they had been deceived about the true purpose of Prop D. Like
others, they thought the initiative was about improving patient
care and weren't told that it would legalize private development
on public land across the city, and of course on the land where
Laguna Honda sits. As someone said to me just today, "they"
are always trying to get that land
Land use activist Debra Walker gave the presentation for the
No on Prop D side and former Supervisor Tony Hall spoke for the
Yes on Prop D side. During the debate, former Sup Hall saw he
was losing ground and launched a personal attack on Debra, calling
her a stooge for the Mayor. Sheesh. What will they come up with
next? Puppet activist for Tim Redmond?
Anyway, the vote was a landslide to rescind their endorsement.
So one of the main proponents isn't a proponent anymore. Guess
they must all be stooges for the mayor.
Debra Walker, Stooge for the Mayor and Puppet Activist for Tim
Photo by Robert Haaland
Fundraiser for the Compton Cafeteria Riot Commemoration
After the election, come out and have some fun and raise money
for a good cause. Assemblyman Mark Leno, Supervisor Tom Ammiano
and Supervisor Bevan Dufty, and the SF LGBT Center are co-hosting
a fundraiser for the Compton Cafeteria Riot Commemoration. It
will be Sunday, June 11, from 3-5PM at The Deco Lounge, 510 Larkin
Street. Just to review: The Compton's Cafeteria Riot was in 1966,
three years before Stonewall, when a group of transgender women,
mostly women of color, and gay street-hustlers fought back for
the first time against everyday police harassment.
This act of resistance brought about a dramatic turning point
in the way the transgender and gay community were treated by society.
Photo by Robert Haaland
Newcomer Rafael Mandelman with incumbents Scott Wiener and Laura
Prop D is going down. How badly? Hard to say. Turnout will be
abysmal. But I have to say; I learned a lot on this campaign and
recently was told I was a puppet activist of Tim Redmond's. That's
cool. I'm in good company. Prop A and Prop B pass. Prop C goes
down. Prop 82 squeaks by maybe. In the end, I think Angelides
will take it. I think turnout will drive this campaign. Whoever
drives voters to the polls wins and Westly doesn't have a field
campaign at all. Since it is a dead heat, Angelides pulls ahead
in the end I think. Or maybe just I hope.
On the DCCC race, newcomers are all running strong, vibrant campaigns
so it is a close call in the 13th AD. Hard to say. As one political
consultant said, DCCC races are a mystery. Endorsements matter.
Name recognition matters. But what is the winning strategy? We
shall see on June 6th. Good luck to all.
Robert Haaland publishes leftinsf.com.
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