Green Party celebrates progressive victories
with art and social commentary
Members of Dance Brigade entertain an audience of Green Party
at Dance Mission Theatre Saturday.
February 19, 2007
San Francisco Green Party devotees gathered to celebrate world
music and local progressive victories at Dance
Mission Theatre on Saturday.
School Board members Jane Kim and Kim-Shree Maufus, School Board
President Mark Sanchez, Community College Board Trustee John Rizzo
and District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly were each honored for their
Dance Brigade opened the event with a performance entitled "Katrina"
- a Taiko drum dance-ode infused with social commentary, dedicated
to victims of hurricane Katrina.
"The performance talks about the issues important to the
Green Party which includes global warming, race, poverty and class",
said Dance Mission co-founder and former Green Party congressional
candidate Krissy Keefer.
"It's what Jessie Jackson has been talking about
moral collapse of the U.S. government," Keefer added.
Dance Mission Theatre co-founder Krissy Keefer
Following Dance Brigade's exhilarating performance, John Rizzo
discussed the importance of enlightening and enabling America's
youth with education.
"Education is a progressive issue, no matter what people
say. Education and job training can lift people out of poverty
and it's community colleges that do the heavy lifting," Rizzo
said during his speech.
Community College Board Trustee John Rizzo
Dance troupe Al Jazoor, a Palestinian folk group, performed a
traditional dance to rapturous applause.
Event organizers saved their most prominent progressive democratic
voice for the end.
Casually dressed with family in tow, Supervisor Chris Daly pointed
to the soul of San Francisco he said was becoming endangered by
big money and dirty politics.
"There are forces in this town that are willing to spend
to make this a city that's wealthier. With that
it becomes the city that's whiter
in my opinion it becomes
the city that's less interesting. But the good news is, there's
still enough of us here," Daly said while audience members
chanted "Daly for Mayor."