Sunday, December 7, 2008

Thanks to Hank

Attended memoriam for Hank Wilson Saturday at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center.
The room was jammed packed with his friends, lots of food, slide show and a well thought out program chaired by Randy Alfred with speakers Tim Wilson, Tom Ammiano, Howard Wallace, Ron Lanza, Jule Anderson, Tom Calvanese, Michael Lauro and Esteban Rodriguez.

For over 30 years Hank Wilson was a beloved tireless LGBT-rights and AIDS activist. Some of the numerous efforts and organizations which Hank created or co-founded include:

  • Gay Teachers Coalition
  • Bay Area Gay Liberation (BAGL)
  • Gay Youth Advocacy Council
  • Butterfly Brigade
  • Tenderloin AIDS Network
  • PWA Coalition
  • Mobilization Against AIDS
  • AIDS Candlelight Vigil
  • ACT UP/Golden Gate
Further information:

After the program there was a parade down 18th Street to Castro up to Market - with the street closed by the police with the fabulous "The Extra-Action Marching Band" performing - it couldn't have been better - sundown on the Castro with your friends marching to music going by the Castro Theatre showing "Milk". Just what Hank would have wanted.

Thanks to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society who sponsored this memoriam.

Thanks to the Eureka Valley Recreation Center along with Andrew Reynolds, Bernice Becker, Bobby Heacock, David van Virden, Ignatius Strangerhorse, John Iversen, Ken Swartz, Michael Lauro, LYRIC, Mike Gorman, PFLAG, Paul Gibson, Richard Board, Rink Foto, Rodger Brooks, Shelter Monitoring Committee, St. Anthony Foundation, Stephanie Ashley, Tex Saxon, Tenderloin Health, Terry Beswick and Tom Uslowski.

Donation in Hank's memory may be made to Quan Yin Healing Arts Center, 455 Vallencia Street, San Francisco, Ca. 94103

Organizing Committee: Ben Shum, Bob Ostertag, Brent Alberghini, Dominic Martello, John Blackburn, Randy Alfred, Richarad Carrazza and Tom Calvanese.

"The country knows not yet, or in the least part, how great son it has lost" - Emerson

"We will try to persuade with our words, but if our words fail, we will try to persuade with our acts" - King

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Gandhi

December 8, 2008 - Monday

World Affairs Council: The Future of US Foreign Policy: Challenges for the Obama Administration
When: December 8, 2008 - Monday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Marines' Memorial Association, 609 Sutter Street, S.F.
What: Robert Kagan, a leading voice in conservative foreign policy, will give his perspective on the President-elect's coming challenges and opportunities. $35. prepaid reservations required.

December 9, 2008 - Tuesday

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce - Public policy Forum: Local Economic Climate
When: December 9, 2008 - Tuesday
Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 235 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco
What: Lunch with Assessor Recorder Phil Ting and Dr. Ted Egan, Chief Economist of the City of San Francisco to discuss the regional and local economy.
Information and RSVP: Patricia Aleman

Board of Supervisors Meeting - David Campos' first board meeting
When: December 9, 2008 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Regular weekly meeting. First Board meeting for new Supervisor David Campos in District 9 taking over for Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.

Celebration of Hope tree lighting ceremony - City Hall with Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom
When: December 9, 2008 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Tree lighting ceremony. Concert starts at 5:30 p.m., tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. and a party until 8 p.m. San Francisco Boy Chorus are singing. Free.

Station Police Community Meeting
When: December 9, 2008 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: Park Station, 1899 Waller Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly community meeting

District 3 Democratic Club - Holiday Party
When: December 9, 2008 - Tuesday
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lou's at the Square, 1570 Stockton Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrating the election victory of Barack Obama.
Kay Burke (to be introduced by Tony Gantner) for coordinating a massive voter registration drive.
Jonee Levey (to be introduced by Arthur Chang) for traveling to Nevada for Obama campaign and traveling to Central Valley for Jerry McNerney campaign.
John Barnes (to be introduced by Jane Morrison) for actively supporting Obama campaign for last 1-1/2 years.

Presidio Trust Public Board of Directors Meeting
When: December 9, 2008 Tuesday
6:3o p.m.
Where: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco
What: Public is invited to offer comments on the Draft Main Post Update of the Presidio Trust Management Plan and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS).
Information: 415-561-5418

Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association Meeting
When: December 9, 2008 - Tuesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: One Rincon Hill Community Room, 1st and Harrison Street, San Francisco
What: Hosted by Joshua Switzky from the San Francisco Planning Department. Mr. Switzky is responsible for Rincon Hill Plan, the Transbay Area Plan and currently working on the Transit Center District Plan.

December 10, 2008 - Wednesday

Speaker's Forum: Youth and Immigration
When: December 10, 2008 - Wednesday
10 a.m. to Noon
Where: Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, Auditorium, San Francisco
What: Many organizations and practitioners struggle with the dilemma of adequately serving, and effectively addressing the needs of young people trapped in the insanity of immigration policy. Join others as they engage with youth, practitioners, policy makers and stakeholders to open a dialogue that addresses this crisis in our work with young people.
  • Valerie Tulier, Director, Communities Bridges Beacon
  • Soung Vo, Program Director, Vietnamese Youth Center
  • Julia Sabory, Director, San Francisco Youth Commission
  • Ana Perez, Executive Director, CARECEN
  • Young activists in the immigrant community
Information and to register: carrie at

Transbay Transit Center Program Groundbreaking
When: December 10, 2008 - Wednesday
11 a.m.
Where: Beale and Howard Street, San Francisco (site for the temporary Transbay Terminal)
What: Join Transbay Joint Powers Authority and Mayor Gavin Newsom for a groundbreaking to celebrate the commencement of the Transbay Transit Center Program.

Bi-County Transportation Study Meeting
When: December 10, 2008 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Visitacion Valley Elementary School, 55 Schwerin Street, San Francisco
What: Meeting to discuss study which will identify and evaluate potential transportation projects to address planned development near the San Francisco/San Mateo county border and improve neighborhood access:
  • US-101 Interchange at Candlestick Point
  • Extension of Geneva Avenue/re-building of Harney Way
  • Bus Rapid Transit on Harney and Geneva
  • Bayshore Caltrain Station Access improvements and potential Oakdale Station
  • Local roadway, bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • Transit service improvements
Information: Chester Fung

Neighborhood Newspapers, Community Journalism
When: December 10, 2008 - Wednesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Counterpulse, 1310 Mission Street at 9th Street, San Francisco
  • How do neighborhood newspapers fill niches abandoned by the daily press?
  • What is the changing role of newspapers and publishing vis-a-vis diverse on-line writing, reporting, pontificating and broadcasting?
  • Are print newspapers still essential for an active democracy?
Speakers include Steve Moss, Potrero View, Juan Gonzales, El Tecolote and Thomas Reynolds, New Fillmore. Free.

December 11, 2008 - Thursday

Mary McAleese, President of Ireland
When: December 11, 2008 - Thursday
10 a.m.
Where: University of San Francisco, McLaren Conference Center, 2130 Fulton Street, S.F.
What: Ceremony honoring the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. She will be granted an honorary doctorate and will give a major address. Sponsors: USF's Office of the President, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Services and the Common Good, University Ministry, Center for the Pacific Rim and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning. Event is free and open to the public.
Information and RSVP

*SF Gray Panthers -Protest the Death of the Community Budget
When: December 11, 2008 - Thursday
12:30 Noon
Where: Civic Center Plaza, South West Green, San Francisco
What: The Mayor is implementing mid-year budget cuts, asking for over a third of the $75 million budget deficit to come from the health department. Come and join us in a mock funeral for the budgets of these programs that are being cut. We will hold the service on the lawn across from city hall, and then have a procession to the mayor's office to deliver a list of possible alternative cuts that would not jeopardize our healthcare system and people's lives.

San Francisco Tomorrow Holiday Party
When: December 11, 2008 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Forest Hill Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Avenue, San Francisco
What: Come celebrate victory for the environment! Fun! Food! Friends! of the Environment! $35.
Patrons: Mark Leno, Fiona Ma, Thomas Harrison, Harry Kim, Dennis Antenore Bruce Balshone and Kathleen Tindall, Bruce Brugmann, Civilian Congress - Jacques Fitch, Jennifer Clary, Bernie Choden and Lois Scott, Robert Dockendorff, Chris Duderstadt, Esther Marks, Mary Anne, Miller, Jane Morrison, Carl Natvig, Jake Sigg
Sponsors: Tom Ammiano, Eddie Chin, Raymond Berard, Robin Brasso, Sue Cauthen, Arthur Chang, Denise D'Anne, Julian Davis, Raj and Helen Desai, Robert Erickson, Arthur Feinstein, Ruth Gravanis, Dick Grosboll, Barry Hermanson, Victor and Lorraine Honig, Gerry Hurtado, Agar Jaicks, Joseph Julian, Paul Kohler, James Lew, Beatrice and Robert Laws, Alice Mosley, Zoanne Nordstrom, Norman Rolfe, Alix Rosenthal, Edward Van Egri, Jay Wallace, Debra Walker, Howard Wong, Gimmy Park Li and Xing Chu Wang.
RSVP: Jane Morrison 564-1482

4th Annual San Francisco Women's Holiday Party
When: December 11, 2008 - Thursday
6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Suede Lounge, 383 Bay Street, San Francisco
What: Emerge California, Good Ol' Girls, NARAL Pro Choice California, National Women's Political Caucus San Francisco (NWPC-SF), NOW-SF, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate , and San Francisco Women's Political Committee (SFWPC) invite you to celebrate the year's holiday season. Free. Open to all members and their friends.
Information: Sueanne McNeil Biotti

*HANC - Mt. Sutro Trails and Slideshow
When: December 11, 2008 - Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street, S.F.
What: Monthly meeting. Craig Dawson of the Mt. Sutro Stewards will present a proposal for the re-establishment of Stanyan Street trail cooridor from Cole Valley providing the community access to the 61 acres UCSF Mt. Sutro Open Space Reserve and connect to the already restored upper section of the Historic Trail.

December 12, 2008 - Friday

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi - No Third Friday Art Party and Special Holiday Art Party
When: December 12, 2008 -
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 282, San Francisco
What: Show will consist of installations and photographs by Bill Basquin and the duo of Elizabeth Deters and Andrea Slattery. These three artists came together to inspire social change through art.

December 13, 2008 - Saturday

*Santa Sightings Safe Streets Holiday Street Festival
When: December 13, 2008 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District presents Santa Sightings Safe Streets Holiday Street Festival. Come visit with Santa on Jones Street (closed between McAllister and Golden Gate). Watch for Santa riding through the Tenderloin on his way to Jones Street. Free photo with Santa and Candy Canes. Carolers/Pinata/Pony rides/petting zoo plus "The Mr. Geoffrey Show" (interviews with Santa/his helpers/children/and others).

Friends of Dolores Park Playground - A Golden Shovel Dedication of the New Playground
When: December 13, 2008 - Saturday
3:30 p.m.
Where: Dolores Park, Dolores Street between 18th and 20th Street, San Francisco
What: A Golden Shovel Dedication of the new playground and Caroling in the Playground. Join the San Francisco City Chorus, supporters of Friends of Dolores Park Playground, the Helen Diller Family, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, and Mayor Gavin Newsom for this historic occasion.

*Parol Lantern Festival and Parade 2008
When: December 13, 2008 - Saturday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Bavaihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street, San Francisco travels along Market Street, down Yerba Buena Lane and ends in the NEW Jessie Square, San Francisco
What: Join the Bay Area's Filipino community as they gather for the 2008 San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade. Theme is "reUSE, ReCLAIM, RePAROL", encourages participants to think green as they hand-craft hundreds of beautiful, star-shaped parol lanterns - the quintessential Filipino symbol of hope, blessing and peace. A grand pagentry of over 1,000 glowing lanterns.
Information: 415-543-1718

December 14, 2008 - Sunday

Healthcare Potluck - State Senator Mark Leno
When: December 14, 2008 - Sunday
3 to 5 p.m.
Where: St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, 1111 Gough Street @ Geary, S.F.
What: Presentation by State Senator Mark Leno on the 2009 Campaign for Universal Healthcare minus the Insurance Industry. Mark Leno will be the new principle author of SB 840.
Enjoy the potluck and discover where you can help with the campaign for universal healthcare.
Sponsored by Single Payer Now and the California Universal Health Care Education Project.
Information: 415-695-7891

Noe Valley Democratic Club Holiday Victory Party
When: December 14, 2008 - Sunday
5 to 9 p.m.
Where: 1005 Noe Street #2, San Francisco
What: Annual Noe Valley Democratic Christmas Party. This is a potluck.

December 15, 2008 - Monday

Electoral College Meets
When: December 15, 2008 - Monday
2 to 4 p.m.
What: The 55 Democratic members of California's Electoral College will meet a 2 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers of the State Capitol to officially elect Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States and Joe Biden as the 47th Vice President. The Electoral College meets on the same day in every State Capitol and in Washington

Wallenberg 25th Anniversary and Hanukkah Celebration
When: Decemenber 15, 2008
6 to 9 p.m.nor
Where: Palio D'Asti Restaurant, 640 Sacramento Street (between Kearny and Montgomery), SF
What: Celebrate Hanukkah and the Club's 25th year with fabulous appetizers, desserts, wine and the music of Klezmania as we honor State Assemblymember Mark Leno and Community College Board of Trustee, Natalie Berg. $36 per person or $50 for two people.

Middle Polk Neighborhood Association - Holiday Party
When: December 15, 2008 - Monday
7 p.m.
Where: Amelie, 1754 Polk Street (near Washington), San Francisco
What: Holiday party. Second annual Holiday Fund Raising Raffle. Tickets are $5 each, 5 tickets for $20.

December 17, 2008 - Wednesday

Potrero Hill Neighborhood House Annual Holiday Luncheon
When: December 17, 2008 - Wednesday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro Street, San Francisco
RSVP: 826-8080

Public Hearing on the SFPD Organization Assessment Report
When: December 17, 2008 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: Not sure? Somewhere in City Hall.
What: Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee and the Police Commission will hold a joint meeting to review the Comprehensive Organization Assessment of the San Francisco Police Department.
Information: 554-5297

December 18, 2008 - Thursday

*Gavin Newsom "Friends and Family" Fundraiser
When: December 18, 2008 - Thursday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Matrix/Fillmore, 3138 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser to benefit the Newsom for California Exploratory Committee. Sponsored by Phil Ting - Assessor-Recorder for San Francisco and Jose Cisneros, Treasurer of San Francisco.
RSVP: and click "contribute" Ticket levels start at $100.

"Celebrate Home - Glide's Annual Holiday Festival
When: December 18, 2008 - Thursday
6 p.m Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. Dinner, Program and Live Entertainment
Where: Hilton San Francisco Grand Ballroom,333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
What: Holiday Festival raises funds for programs of the Glide Foundation, including Mo's Kitchen. Featuring SpeakerSenator Diane Feinstein
Honorary Hosts: Richard Blum and Christopher Gardner, Reverend Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani and Willa Seldon.
Emcees: Renel Brooks-Moon and the Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Tickets: $250.

December 20, 2008 - Saturday

SF Gray Panthers Holiday Party
When: December 20, 2008 - Saturday
Where: Gray Panthers Office, 1182 Market Street, Room 203, San Francisco
What: Rejoyce! Celebrate!

Calling all Santa's Say No! No! No! on Prop. 8
When: December 20, 2008 - Saturday
3 p.m.
Where: Union Square, San Francisco
What: Rally for No on 8. Get dressed up in your best Santa, Mrs. Claus or Elf or Holiday outfit and rally for No on 8.

*Light Up the Night for LGBTIQ Equlity
When: December 20, 2008 - Saturday
5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Union Square, San Francisco
What: Join The Impact calls for a nationwide peaceful candlelight vigil. A silent/singing remembrance of the rights once existing for 18,000 marriages and a public honoring of the rights that will one day be available to everyone.

Jim Bailey is Judy Garland - Live in Concert
When: December 20, 2008 - Saturday
8 p.m.
Where: Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
What: Jim Bailey, live in concert accompanies by a full orchestra, performs his tribute to Judy Garland $30 to $0.

*New Items since last posting.


Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has appointed State Senator Mark Leno and State Senator Leland Yee to the Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services.

--This is a lot of information, things change - please double check information before attending.

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