Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bayview Affordable Housing Initiative, Bella Abzug

Bella Abzug - "How One Tough Broad from the Bronx Fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy. Pissed off Jimmy Carter, Battled for the Rights of Women and Workers, Rallied Against War and for the Planet, and Shook Up Politics Along the Way". Authors: Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thon.

Oral history book about Bella Abzug one of the pioneers of the women's movement (Second Wave). Primarily in the 60's and 70's including fighting the Vietnam War and help start NOW, National Women's Political Caucus.

What I did not realize was she came within 1% of winning the race for U.S. Senator from New York in 1976. Daniel Patrick Moynihan beat out Bella Abzug.

I went to a fundraiser for Bella Abzug at Peter and Carol Mezey's home in San Francisco many, many years ago . Yes, Bella was wearing one of her famous hats and I cherish the campaign button I was given that day.
At the beginning of each chapter is a Chronology explaining what happened in that period of time. Speakers in the book include Susan Brownmiller, Midge Costanza, Ron Dellums, Geraldine Ferraro, Jane Fonda, Betty Friedan, Edward Kennedy, Ed Koch, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Moyers, Ann Richards, Eleanor Smeal, Gloria Steinem, Barbra Streisand, Marlo Thomas, Maxine Waters and Faye Wattleton.

Calendar Item:

January 23, 2008 - Wednesday

Bayview Affordable Housing Initiative - June ballot 2008 -
Meeting to launch a signature-gathering drive to qualify the Bayview Affordable Housing Initiative for the June 2008 ballot.
Location: 5:30 p.m. at SF Green Party, 1028 Howard Street #A (between 6th and 7th Street) for a brief training and signature gathering mobilization. There will be two big weekend mobilizations in the next two weeks
This initiative will require that at least 50% of all housing built in Hunters Point/Candlestick be affordable to San Franciscans at a mix of incomes (between 30% and 80% median income). It will also require the phased rebuilding of Alice Griffith Public Housing while protecting all current residents against displacement.
This signature drive has two weeks to gather 7,168 valid signatures - signatures are due by February 4th.
Source: San Francisco People's Organization - www.sfpeople.orgInformation:

Democratic Women's Forum Endorsement Results:

U.S. President - No Endorsement

State Senate District 3 - Carole Migden

State Ballot:
Proposition 93 - Yes
Proposition 94, 95, 96, 97 No.

San Francisco Ballot:

Yes on Prop A - Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, 2008.

Milk -
Feature film being filmed in San Francisco in the Castro needs extras. If you are available February 4th and and February 8th at night, and want to be in the film please sign up at http://milkmarch.com.

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