Sunday, August 2, 2009 speak out + take action

Saturday evening I attended the kickoff for the new website

The room was full of people who is a very short amount of time have come together to put up this website. They believe that healthcare reform is best expressed by the collective voices of the citizens who the current system fails daily. Upon understanding the experiences of fellow Americans, without interference from lobbyists, partisan politics, and mass media, we can change healthcare in our country.

They are not affiliated with any political party, political action group, lobbyist or media organization.

  • The urge you to get your friends, family members, coworkers and neighbors to submit videos.
  • Become a fan of their facebook group (My Healthcare Stories Video Project) and invite your social network to join.
  • Contact your elected representatives and tell them what should be changed in healthcare today.
As Karen Mauney-Brodek said "it's about you".

August 2, 2009 - Sunday

*Jerry Day
When: August 2, 2009 - Sunday
Noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Jerry Garcia Amphiteater, 45 John F. Shelley Drive, San Francisco (Bus #29)
What: Excelsior Cultural Group and the San Francisco Parks Trust presents the 7th Annual Jerry Garcia day. Free day of music and fun.

August 3, 2009 - Monday

*SPUR - Transportation Meeting
When: August 3, 2009 - Monday
Where: 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Transportation meeting. Carol Kuester, 511 Program Coordinator at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to present the 511 program. David Weir, TransLink Program Coordinator at MTC will discuss Translink. $5. non-members

*San Francisco Arts Commission Meeting
When: August 3, 2009 - Monday
3 to 5 p.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 416, San Francisco
What: Osiris Coalition will be demanding that Arts Commission terminate the lease and rescind the funding of the current tenants of the Bayview Opera House.

August 4, 2009 - Tuesday

President Barack Obama's birthday

*Cutting California's Future Short: California's Vision for Education and the Realities of State Budget Cuts
When: August 4, 2009 - Tuesday
11:30 a.m.
Where: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, 350 Girard Street, San Francisco
What: Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Schools and Community, Tom Torlakson, invite you to a hearing focused on the future of education in California in wake of state budget cuts.
Source: Assemblymember Fiona Ma

*SPUR - Contextual Urban Design
When: August 4, 2009 - Tuesday
12:30 to 1:30
Where: SPUR, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: The contextualist movement in San Francisco arose following the simultaneous realization of Modernist projects like the Embarcadero Center and the loss of historic buildings like the City of Paris. David Baker of David Baker + Partners takes a critical look at the strengths and weaknesses of the movement. $5. non-members

*San Francisco Board of Supervisors
When: August 4, 2009 - Tuesday
2 p.m.
Where: City Hall, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
  • Supporting President Obama's principles for national health care reform.
  • Opposing BART surcharge on SFO employees

*Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center - SNBC National Night Out BBQ
When: August 4, 2009 - Tuesday
4 to 6 p.m.
Where: West Sunset Rec Connect, 3223 Ortega Street at 39th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Free. Food, games, fun, music provided by SNBC's DJ Club. Everyone welcomed, bring your family and neighbors!

*I-Hotel Commemoration
When: August 4 2009 - Tuesday
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: I-Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street, San Francisco
What: Manilatown Heritage Foundation invite you to 32nd Eviction Commemoration of the International Hotel. Still continuing the legacy of our Manongs and Manangs till this day: through the archive of their history, the advocacy in affordable house for Seniors and low income families and the advancing of arts in culture. Music, poetry, dance, solidarity messages and a candle light vigil. Light refreshments will be served.

*Potrero Hill Democratic Club - Phil Ting, Open mic for District 10 Candidates
When: August 4, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting:
  • San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting will discuss "Close the Loophole".
  • First open mic for District 10 candidates. (election in 2010)

August 5, 2009 - Wednesday

*Protest the Governor's Massive HIV Cuts!
When: August 5, 2009 - Wednesday
Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: State Building, 350 McAllister, San Francisco
What: Project Inform and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation - along with many community partners are organizing a rally to protest the Governor's massive cuts to HIV programs.
Source: facebook

*SPUR - Assessing District Elections
When: August 5, 2009 - Wednesday
12:30 to 1:30
Where: SPUR, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Forum examines the positive and negative aspects of district elections. Speakers:
  • Rich DeLeon - Ph.D from San Francisco State University
  • David Latterman - President of Fall Line Analytics
  • Steve Hill - Director of the Political Reform Program of the New America Formation
$5. non-members

*Commonwealth Club - LGBT Movement in California - The Way Forward
When: August 5, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Where: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: Activists and political leaders come together to discuss the next steps in the struggle for LGBT equality:
  • Aaron Peskin, Chair, San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
  • Laura Spanjian, Memember, San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
  • Andrea Shorter, Campaign Director, And Marriage 4 All
$15. non-members

*Gavin Newsom - Summer Soiree for Gavin
When: August 5, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Bambuddha Lounge, 601 Eddy Street, San Francisco
What: Join Joe Wilson, Guryan Tighe, Nina Stellini, Aron Liang and Tina Walker for an event to support Mayor Gavin Newsom and his gubernatorial bid.

*San Francisco for Democracy - California's Broken Budget Process
When: August 5, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: Schroeder's, 240 Front Street, San Francisco
What: Monthly meeting
  • John Grubb of Repair California and the Bay Area Council will speak about what needs to be done for a State Constitution convention.
  • San Francisco Assessor Phil Ting will speak about the split roll proposal.
  • Night time entertainment "War on Fun". Amy Miller of Stop the War on Fund will be joined by Lynn Schwarz and Timothy Benetti of the Bottom of the Hill nightclub.

*Guardian's Best of the Bay 2009 Party
When: August 5, 2009 - Wednesday
8 to 2 a.m.
Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie at Mint, San Francisco
What: Celebrate the Bay Guardian's 35th Annual Best of the Bay issue. (including Julian Davis! - yea!).
Live music, dance, DJ sets, The Lusty Lady Dancers. Master of Ceremonies: Broke-Ass Stuart. Free before 9 p.m, $10. after 9 p.m.

August 6, 2009 - Thursday

*2009 OCA National Convention
When: August 6 through 9th, 2009 - Thursday through Sunday
Where: The Westin St. Francis Hotel, 335 Powell Street, San Francisco
What: A Call to Action: Empowering Asian Pacific American Voices
Some of the names off program: Claudine Cheng, Sherman Tang, Janice Mirikitani, Jadine Nielson, Cecil Williams, Carol Ito, Emily Murase, Jan Yanehiro, Julie Soo, John Chang, Judy Chu, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Dennis Herrera, Helen Zia.
Information: for details/registration of convention

*James Keys - Announcement of his candidacy for District 6 Supervisor
When: August 6, 2009 - Thursday
4 p.m.
Where: Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
Source: Post Card from James Keys

*District Three Democratic Club - Future of Rent Control
When: August 6, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard Street, San Francisco
What: Informative discussion on the future of rent control. Tenant's rights attorney Paul Hogarth of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic and Noni Richen, President of the Small Property Owners of SF Institute will speak.

August 7, 2009 - Friday

George Gascon becomes San Francisco's Police Chief today.

*Organizing for America - Information meeting about health care
When: August 7, 2009 - Friday
2 to 5 p.m.
Where: DWS BVHP Real Estate, 4636 Third Street & Newcomb Avenue, San Francisco
What: Strategize and party for Health Care Reform. Wine, cheese and refreshments.

*Organizing for America - Health Care Happy Hour
When: August 7, 2009 - Friday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero, San Francisco
What: Come down to NOPA for a Health Care Happy Hour. They will be collecting declarations of support for the President's three health care principles, handling out postcards for people to write their representatives.
Source: Facebook

*Treasurer Jose Cisneros - "Get Loose or Buckle Down" Pizza Fest
When: August 7, 2009 - Friday
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: 280 Waller, San Francisco
What: Filing closes for 2009 City Treasurer Election. Pizza Fest supporting Jose's re-election. $25. to $500 donation welcome.

August 8, 2009 - Saturday

*Nihonmachi Street Fair
When: August 8, 2009 - August 9th, 2009 - Saturday and Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Japan Town, 1731 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
What: Celebration of the dynamic and diverse Asian and Pacific American Communities in the Bay Area. Food, children's world & games, hand crafted art, San Francisco Taiko Dojo, music, cultural performers

*Organizing for America - Health Care Reform Canvassing
When: August 8, 2009 - Saturday and August 9, 2009 - Sunday
10 am. to 1 p.m.
Where: DWS-BVP Real Estate Services, 4636 Third Street @ Newcomb Avenue, San Francisco
What: Canvassing until 1 p.m. urging neighbors to support President Obama's Healthcare Reform plan and sign the petitions circulating that will be delivered to the White House.

*Pistahan Parade and Festival
When: August 8, 2009 - August 9th, 2009 - Saturday and Sunday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission between 3rd and 4th Street, San Francisco
Parade: 10 a.m. Opening ceremonies which begins at Beale Street, marches down Market Street will make a left on 4th Street, left on Folsom Street and end on 3rd Street, San Francisco
What: Largest celebration of Filipino Americans in San Francisco. Six pavilions: Art, dance, culinary, heritage, creativity, health.

*Organizing for America - Upper Fillmore/Pacific Heights
When: August 8, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Fillmore/Sacramento Street, San Francisco
What: Health Care Reform canvassing Upper Fillmore/Pacific Heights.

*POWER - Remember the Time
When: August 8, 2009 - Saturday
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: POWER's Bayview Office, 4923 Third Street, San Francisco
What: A Michael Jackson inspired cultural event and celebration with music, DJs, Spoken Word, food, live art and games for kids. Afternoon party to both raise consciousness and raise funds for the Caravan for Justice - a growing statewide movement of multi-racial solidarity. Help us raise money for our voices against gang Injunctions, Lennar's development in Bayview, Three Strikes and Police Brutality - and for true justice for all people.

*Benefit for San Francisco Tenants Union
When: August 8, 2009 - Saturday
Doors open at 3 p.m. Show at 4 p.m.
Where: El Rio, 3158 Mission Street @ Cesar Chavez, San Francisco
What: Aloholocaust presents: "Benefit for San Francisco Tenants Union" Featuring La Plebe, The Bar Feeders and Hightower, The Fucking Buckaroos.
$8. to $20. Sliding Scale Donation

*"The Sound of Moolah"
When: August 8, 2009 - Saturday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Centro del lPueblo, 474 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: A puppet Musical about Health Reform. Suggested donation: $5. to $20. sliding scale. Sponsored by Single Payer Now.

August 9, 2009 - Sunday

*Sunday Streets at the Beach
When: August 9, 2009 - Sunday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Great Highway Route. Connecting Golden Gate Park to the San Francisco Zoo along Ocean Beach.

*Precita Park, San Francisco
When: August 9, 2009 - Sunday
Noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Precita Park, 300 Precita Avenue, San Francisco
What: Fun for all ages, jumpers, games, raffle prizes, food and music.


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