Sunday, May 31, 2009

"We will last one more day than you"

On Friday night I had the honor to attend the Docudrama recreation of the Epic 2004-2006 contract battle between Local 2 and S.F. Multi-Employer Hotel Group called "53 Days: Local 2 on Stage".  

The play was hosted by UNITE HERE Local 2 and produced by the Labor and Community Studies Department of the City College of San Francisco.  

Taking oral history from strikers the Labor and Community Studies of City College put this drama together.   So inspiring - a history lesson.  Every child in San Francisco's school system should see this play or read the play out loud.  This is a story about people!!! A lesson for all of us not to give up!!!!

Thank you!!!

UNITE HERE!Local 2 -
Labor and Community Studies, City College of San Francisco, 1400 Evans Avenue, Room 224, San Francisco, Ca. phone: 550-4459

June 1, 2009 - Monday

*12 hours of Action - Stop the intimidation  of Union Supporters
When: June 1, 2009 - Monday
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: HEI Le Meridien Hotel, 333 Battery Street, San Francisco
What: Show your support for the Union Activists at the HEI Le Meridien Hotel.  Workers have been fighting for a fair process to decide whether to form a union at their workplace since June of 2008.  One day longer! The boycott is getting stronger. 
Source: flyer - UniteLocal2

Commonwealth Club - Cleve Jones
When: June 1, 2009 - Monday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth office, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Meet Cleve Jones.   Founder, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt; human rights activist; author. $15. non-members

San Francisco For Democracy - General Meeting
When: June 1, 2009 - Monday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Police Station, 1125 Fillmore Street at Turk Street, San Francisco
What: Quintin Mecke, Assemblyman Ammianno's Communication's Director will speak and answer questions about Assemblyman's proposal to legalize marijuana (AB390) - after the presentation between 7:30 and 8 p.m. San Francisco Democracy will vote on whether they want to endorse AB390.
Election of SF4 Democracy Officers between 7 and 9 p.m. Balloting will be allowed during the entire meeting

*Booksmith - Julian Bunim
When: June 1, 2009 - Monday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
What: Meet Julian Bunim, discuss his book "Some Things that Meant the World to Me".  San Francisco author.  Mission neighborhood is character in book.

June 2, 2009 - Tuesday

*Fisherman's Wharf Community Police Meeting
When: June 2, 2009 - Tuesday
Where: The Cannery, San Francisco.  The meeting will be held in the glass enclosed restaurant space adjacent to the glass elevator in the Cannery courtyard.
What: Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District (FWCBD) hosts Community Police meeting.  Representatives from SFPD's Central Station will be present to discuss recent police activity, and to address community concerns. 

SFMTA Board Meeting
When: June 2, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
  • Executive Director's Report - ongoing  activities
  • Citizen's Advisory Council Report
  • Public Comment
  • Report on the status of the SFMTA FY10 budget
SFMTA Board of Directors: Rev. Dr.James McCray, Jr., Cameron Beach, Shirley Breyer Black, Malcolm Heinicke, Jerry Lee, Burce Oka

*SPUR - The Private City: The founding oligarcy of San Francisco 
When: June 2, 2009 - Tuesday
6 p.m.
Where: 654 Mission Street, San Francisco (new location
What Join Chris Carlsson, social historian; Chris VerPlanck, architectural historian; Jeannene Przyblyski, artist, historian and professor at the San Francisco Art Institute and exhibition curator Benjamin Grant.

 Society of Professional Journalists - Northern California - Adapting  to Online Journalism: What you need to know
When: June 2, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Jillian's in the Metreon, 101 4th Street, San Francisco
What: Come learn what skills you need to update your  journalism toolbox for the 21st  Century.
Panelists: Jennifer Kho, George Kelly and Diana Hembree
$10. non-members

Potrero Hill Democratic Club - Public Defender Jeff Adachi
When: June 2, 2009 - Tuesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting. Agenda:
 Public Defender Jeff Adachi will speak about the drastic budget cuts that threaten his department's ability to defend people who cannot afford a lawyer.  He will give details about the recent Justice Summit that was held in San Francisco.
Michael Cohen from the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development will speak on behalf of Lennar and SB 729 (Leno), followed by Q&A.

 Litquake Fundraiser - Cocktails with Canin!
When: June 2, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 7:30 p.m.  VIP reception with Ethan Canin, Oscar Vilalong, Po Bronson, Mary Roach, Daniel Handler, Beth Lisick and Stephen Eliott.  
8 p.m. Onstage conversation
Where: Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway in North Beach, San Francisco
What: Bestselling author and Iowa Writers' Workshop professor Ethan Canin (author of "America America") will be sharing cocktails and conversation onstage with Oscar Vilalon.     Book sales and signing to follow.
VIP Reception (food, admission included) $55.
General admission $15. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Advance tickets:

June 3, 2009 - Wednesday

Karaoke with Debra Walker
When: June 3, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Cat Club, 1190 Folsom Street, San Francisco, Ca.
What: Support Debra Walker for Supervisor in District Six  by singing your heart out!.  Come to karaoke fundraiser and help Debra Walker meet her goals!.  The first 100 people to donate $50. or more will get a handmade ceramic Debra Walker button made by San Francisco  artist  Karen Koltonnow.  Event hosted by Janyre Mak. $10 at door.

Mission Playground - Renovation Meeting
When: June 3, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Mission Clubhouse at Mission Playground, 19th and Linda Street/Valencia between 19th and 20th Street, San Francisco
What: Misison Playground is being renovated.  Community workshop to help plan the park of your future.  At this meeting there will be a discussion on the goals of the Mission Playground renovation project and public comments about how to use the park, what works well and what needs improvement.  

San Francisco for Democracy - What next for California Marriage Equality and National Health Care Reform
When: June 3, 2009 - Wednesday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Schroeder's Restaurant, 240 Front Street, San Francisco
What: Lilia Tamm, the LGBT Northern California organizer for The Courage Campaign will discuss the next steps in legalizing marriage in California for LGBT couples.
There will also be a panel to discuss America's health care system.

June 4, 2009 - Thursday

*Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee's Campaign Kick-Off
When: June 4, 2009 -  Thursday (note change of date)
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Gaylord Indian Restaurant, 1 Embarcadero (Battery & Sacramento) San Francisco
What: Campaign kick-off for Board of Equalization Chair Betty Yee.
Hosts: Assembly Majority Whip Fiona Ma, SF Assessor-Record Phil Ting, SF Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, SF Supervisor Carmen Chu, SF Community College Board Member Steve Ngo.  Josh Fryday,  Jerry Hallisey, Clay Harrell, Keith Kamisugi, Tina Lee, Nancy McFadden, Dan Nguye-Tan, Andrea Olson, Sam Rodriguez, Alix Rosenthal and Jason Wong.  
Light Dinner. Individual ticket: $100.  Young Professional; $35.
Information and RSVP

*78th Annual California Book Awards
When:  June 4, 2009 - Thursday
6 p.m. - ceremony
7:30 p.m. Book signing and reception.  
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Honors literary excellence among authors in the Golden State. List of authors:  go to  $20. non-members

June 5, 2009 - Friday

*Commonwealth Club - Madeleine K Albright
When: June 5, 2009 - Friday
11:15 check in
Where: Mark Hopkins Hotel, Peacock Court, San Francisco
What: Madeleine K. Albright's Memo to the President.  Shares what she's learned about government and how to improve our country for people everywhere.
$25. non-members

*SPUR - The Chinese Exclusion Act
When: June 5, 2009 - Friday
12:30 p.m.
Where: 654 Mission Street, San Francisco (new location)
What: This is important.  Connie Young Yu, historian and vice president of the Chinese Historical Society of America, discusses how Chinese survived in San Francisco in the era of exclusion with the help of Americana friends and business partners.  $5. non-members.

* 10th Annual San Francisco District 11 Democratic Dinner - John Burton!!
When: June 5, 2009 - Friday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Patio Espanol Restaurant, 2850 Alemeny Street, San Francisco
What: District 11 Democratic Dinner with John Burton, Chair of the California Democratic Party
Great event,  food, venue.  No-host Bar and Silent Auction (great stuff).  $50. individual, $60 at door, $45 senior/fixed income
Information: 415-748-1416

June  6,  2009 - Saturday

*Dennis Herrera Campaign Kick-off
When: June 6, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club, 450 Guerrero Street, San Francisco (@ 17th Street)
What: Come support re-election of Dennis Herrera - San Francisco's City Attorney. Also kick off for signature campaign for the summer  - need 10,000 signatures.  
This event is an opportunity for everyone to give back to the Columbia Park Boys and Girls Club.  Please bring $5. to $20 valued items to be used by Boys and Girls Club kids.  Needed items: sporting equipment, art supplies, camp  supplies  and education materials.

*Democratic Women in Action
When: June 6, 2009 - Saturday
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: California State Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: General membership meeting to discuss 2009/2010 priorities and critical budget issues. The new budget is expected to arrive with proposed serious cuts that are likely to impact women, children and families.  We are deeply concerned and we "need to talk" and plan:
  • We are concerned that proposed budget cuts may eliminate the Department on the Status of Women.
  • We  are concerned that proposed reductions (30%) for city departments may result in poorly funded programs that impact women, children and family health.
  • We are concerned- even outraged - that last year's budget provided generous allocations for the Marina Yacht Club when women's shelters were struggling to stay afloat.
  • We are concerned that in a period of increased domestic violence that services and resources for victims of violence are likely to experience cuts.  
We need to take  action - please come to learn, talk, and plan.
Information: DWIA Board President Renee Golanty-Koel

*Union Street Festival - 10 a.m  to 6 p.m.

*Bullitt Bike Tour
When: June 6, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m.
Where: Meet at Justin Herman Plaza at Embarcadero, San Francisco
What: Join other bicyclists on a ride through many of the scenes from the 1968 SF thriller Bullitt!
$5. for non-members

*Panel discussion on early gay liberation movement
When: June 6, 2009 - Saturday
2 to 4 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin at Grove, San Francisco
What: A panel discussion on the early gay liberation movement.  Panelists will included Blackberri, Martha Shelley, Steven Dansky and others.  Co-sponsored by the Queer Arts Festival and GLBT Historical Society.

June 7, 2009 - Sunday

*Sunday Streets - Mission Street!
When: June 7, 2009 - Sunday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park to Dolores Park via Harrison, 24th Street, Valencia Street and 19th Street, San Francisco - go to for map
What: Come join your community on car free Mission District Streets to walk, bike or skate with family, friends, free games, local food and fun, while supporting  neighborhood  and local businesses.   (this will be so much fun! - bring your camera)

Union Street  Festival -  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Information:

*Israel in the Gardens Festival
When: June 7, 2009 - Sunday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street & 3rd Street, San Francisco
What: Celebration of Israel and the Jewish community in the Bay Area.  Music, food, film and more. 

June 8, 2009 - Monday

*SPUR - Bay Discovery Cruise
When: June 8, 2009 - Monday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Pier 3 - San Francisco Belle, San Francisco -
What: 11th Anniversary Bay Discovery Cruise.
5:30 p.m.   Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
7 p.m. - Dinner cruise, dancing and dessert.
9 p.m.   All ashore
$200. Reserve: 


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