Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labor Day - Standing up for UNITE HERE! Local 2

On Labor Day I attended a large Labor Day Action with UNITE HERE! Local 2 which started at Justin Herman Plaza and ended at HEI Le Meridien in San Francisco.

Mike Casey, President of United Here! Local 2 spoke along with State Senator Mark Leno, Supervisor John Avalos, Tim Paulson, Executive Director for the San Francisco Labor Council, Sal Rosselli and Dennis Kelly - President of United Educators of San Francisco.

On August 14th, the contract of 9,000 SF hotel workers expired. Bargaining is underway and United Here! Local 2 is currently trying to keep complete healthcare benefits. HEI Le Meridient Hotel is non-union. For over a year Le Meridien workers have asked hotel management to agree to a fair process for them to decide whether or not they want union representation. Le Meridien management has repeatedly refused to honor their workers request. The majority of Le Meridien employees have signed a petition calling for a BOYCOTT of their hotel.

Information: unitehere2.org

Mike Casey - President UNITE Here! Local 2
Tho Thi Do

September 8, 2009 - Tuesday

Public Service Leadership Forum
When: September 8, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: UC Berkeley Extension Downtown Center, 425 Market Street, Room 806, San Francisco
What: Christine Pelosi, author of "Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders" leads a panel of influential public service leaders who will share their experiences. This seminar is in partnership with Bay Area Business Round Table. $10.

September 9, 2009 - Wednesday

*SPUR - Innovation in San Francisco Public Schools
When: September 9, 2009 - Wednesday
Where: SPUR, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Margaret Brodkin of New Day for Learning and Milton Chen of the George Lucas Education foundation will discuss New Day for Learning. $5. non-members

*Nurses and Allies Rally for the Employee Free Choice Act!
When: September 9, 2009 - Wednesday
1 to 3 p.m.
1 to 1:30 p.m. - 2460 Lyon Street, San Francisco
2 to 3 p.m. - One Post Street, San Francisco
What: California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee will converge at Sen. Dianne Feinstein's house in San Francisco to deliver roses with hand-written notes urging her to support the rights of nurses and other workers to organize a union.
Information: ngreen@calnurses.org

*President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress on health-care reform. (Public option! Public option! Public option!)
When: September 9, 2009 - Wednesday
5 p.m.

Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) - 40th Anniversary Celebration of Justice Dinner
When: September 9, 2009 - Wednesday
5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell Street, San Francisco
What: Celebrate 40 years of defending civil rights and promoting social change to create a more equal and just society:
Keynote speaker: California State Controller John Chiang
Heather Fong, former San Francisco Police Chief
Sinclair and May Louie, Chinatown Patrons
John Trasvina, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Center for Asian American Media
Emcees: Aimee Allison, KPFA Radio Host
Jeff Chang, Author and Journalist
Host Committee:
Chairs: Laura Lai and Hyphen Magazine
Diane T. Chin, Henry & Priscilla Der, Katheryn M. Fong & Andrew MacInnis, Kevin M. Fong, Paul & Maxine Fong, Ricky Ho and Emily Leung, Larry and May Jew, Kate Kendell, Esq., Geoff Kors, Fred Lau, Mary D. Lau, Emily Lee, Jack W. Lee & Debbie Ching, Darlene and Raymond Lim, Joanne Low, Kathy Lowe, Larry Mock, Steven C. Owyang and Onilda Cheung, Eva Paterson, Donna M. Ryu, Ted H. Wang, Kou-ping & Connie Y. Yu, Helen Zia and Lia Shigemura
Information: caasf.org

Conversations with GLAAD featuring The HIV Story Project
When: September 9, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Trigger, 2344 Market Street, San Francisco
What: Join GLAAD members and friends for cocktails and conversation with two award winning makers of the new short film compilation, The HIV Story Project. No Charge
Information and RSVP: glaad.org

Sports Basement LGBT Center Shopping Party
When: September 9, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco
What: You get 15% discount off Sports Basement's prices along with donating 5% of all partygoers purchases to the LGBT Community Center. Food and drinks will be provided.
Information: 415-575-3000

Balboa Park Station Project Community Meeting
When: September 9, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Lick-Wilmerding High School, 755 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco
What: SFMTA is hosting a discussion on proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects in the Balboa Park Station neighborhood. Come see, comment on and help prioritize concepts to make the connection to the Balboa Park Station area better for all.

Homemade Pie Taste-Off Contest
When: September 9, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez Street @ Church, San Francisco
What: Sample pies and then play judge. Free to pie-baking entrants, $5. for eaters. Winner splits the pot with the bookstore.

*Cala Site at Hyde and California
When: September 9, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness, San Francisco
What: Prado Group, developers for the CALA Site at Hyde and California will host a meeting to introduce their plan to the Neighbors. Prado Group is also doing Whole Foods on 24th Street and Whole Foods at S&C Ford location.
Information: Prado Group Tony Smorgon tsmorgon@pradogroup.com
Source: Middle Polk Neighbors Association wylieeadams@yahoo.com (this is a wonderful organization)

*San Francisco Young Democrats - Endorsement Meeting
When: September 9, 2009 - Wednesday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Mr. Smith's, 34 7th Street @ Market Street, San Francisco
What: Endorsement meeting for Measures A through E and a number of candidates including U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Treasure Jose Cisneros and City Attorney Dennis Herrera. There will also be a health care debate.
Maxwell Szabo - President
Emily Salgado - Vice President of External Affairs
Renee Darner - Vice President of Internal Affairs
Corey Friedman - Treasurer
Dean Ignacio - Secretary
Aaron Goldsmith - Finance Chair
Alex Volberding - Political Director
Matt Haney - Organizing Chair
Colin Stewart - Tech Chair
Adam Stalker - Social Media Chair
Kevin Bard - Outreach Chair
Sarah Singer - Endorsements Chair
Dan Mitchell - Programming Chair
Jen Longley - Immediate Past President/CYD VP of Membership
Luke Klipp - CYD Queer Caucus Finance Director
Owen Stephens - CYD National Committee Member
(this organization is full of exceptional people - well worth your time joining)
To be eligible to vote you must have attended two meetings in the past calendar year (the voting meeting counts as a second meeting). Have dues fully paid (dues can be paid at voting meeting). SFYD has a 60% endorsement threshold. If no candidate or ballot proposition receives 60% of votes cast, SFYD will have no position in that particular race or measure.
Information: president@sfyd.org

Citizen Wealth: The Campaign to Save Working Families
When: September 9, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Books Inc. (Opera Plaza), 601 Van Ness, San Francisco
What: Come celebrate Wade Rathke's new Book "Citizen Wealth: The Campaign to Save Working Families".
Information: wade@chieforganizer.org

From Colonial Fortress to Modern Urban Treasure: The San Francisco Presidio
When: September 9, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: Presidio Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco
What: Local historian and author Rebecca Schall will give a short presentation on the remarkable history of the Presidio followed by a panel discussion of longtime residents, a park ranger, former army vets of the Presidio and individuals who grew up at the military base in the 1960's. This is a San Francisco Museum and Historical Society event. $5. donation for non-members/residents is requested.
Information: sfhistory.org

September 10, 2009 - Thursday

SPUR - Archiving the City
When: September 10, 2009 -Thursday
12:30 p.m.
Where: Spur, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Hear Chris Carlsson discuss New Found SF, co-sponsored by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, is poised to become the Living Archive of the City, an interactive digital space in which history is actively shaped by many voices and perspectives. $5. non-members
Information: spur.org

San Francisco Plays Itself - 35th Anniversary Show at Camerawork Gallery
When: September 10, 2009 - Thursday
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Camerawork Gallery, 657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
What: An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area. Opening reception explores the work of artists that have contributed to the cultural landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area in a significant way through a practice that is in dialogue with the events and the people of the region. Six photos are by Dan Nicoletta.
Information: sfcamerawork.org

ArtAuction09 - Street Sheet's 20th Birthday
When: September 10, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: SomArts Gallery, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
What: Street Sheet's 20th Birthday. Night of art, music and poetry. Featuring the artwork of over 100 well-known and emerging artists. Music provided by DJ BoomBostic on the decks, and a special live performance from the Brass Liberation Orchestra. Live spoken word by local poets and reading by Tom Moriani. Gourmet catering provided by the Culinary Institute. "Anniversary Cakes by local boutique bakeries Beer, wine, sake and sangria tasting provided by local vendors.
Live tortilla "screening" by Rene and Rio Yanez!
Live anniversary t-shirt screening - bring an article of clothing to screen with our special anniversary edition design. Limited-edition anniversary posters for sales.
Information: artauction@cohsf.org

Art-Streets-Life - Benefit and Mural Opening for Benefit for the new San Francisco Great Streets Project
When: September 10, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: 337 Shotwell Street, San Francisco
What: Come celebrate and support the Great Streets Project and a new mural by local artist Andrew Schoultz. The San Francisco Great Streets Project catalyzes the return of our city's streets to their rightful place as the center of civic life in this City. Tickets: $20., $50., $100. or $500. Space is limited.
Information: sfgreatstreets.org

What's Washington Doing about Healthcare?
When: September 10, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Koret Auditorium, Main Branch San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
What: What to know what's going on in Washington with healthcare? Join the League of Women Voters SF and OWL for a panel discussion:
  • Deborah LeVeen, Professor Emerita, SF State
  • Giorgio Piccagli, current President of Ca Public Health Assoc. - North
  • Ellen Shaffer, Co-Director for the Center for Policy Analysis
  • Moderator: Allyson Washburn, President of OWL
Information: lwvssf@lwvsf.org

Happy Hour Salon with Hiroshima: Role of Artists in Moving AAPIs
When: September 10, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Mercury Lounge, 1582 Folsom Street, San Francisco
What: Join Minami Tamaki LLP and the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area at a Happy Hour/Salon discussion celebrating Hiroshima's 30th Anniversary. Free flowing discussion over drinks and food and music, art, politics and culture and the role artists play in the development our our identities as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Featuring June Kuramoto, Dan Kuramoto, Dale Minami, Philip Kan Gotanda and Jane Kim.
Source: Facebook

*Mike Miller - "A Community Organizer's Tale: People and Power in San Francisco"
When: September 10, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Mission Language & Vocational School, 2929 19th Street, San Francisco
What: Come meet Mike Miller who will be signing his new book "A Community Organizer's Tale: People and Power in San Francisco" and network with others interested in Community Organizing. Mike Miller was born in San Francisco's Mission District. He directed community-organizing projects in Kansas City and San Francisco before starting Organize! Training Center.

9th Annual Irish/Mex Cinco De Mayo Fiesta
When: September 10, 2009 - Thursday
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco
When: Centro Latino de San Francisco, Inc. and PG&E request your presence at special event to honor outstanding officers of Latino and Irish descent from SF Fire, Police and Sheriff Department and the Office of the SF District Attorney who exemplify the best achievement in service to all San Franciscans.
Special Guest Honorees:
Luisa E. Ezquerro, teacher and long time community activists
Peter Finnegan, former SF Community College Board member
Hosted by Ernest "Chuck" Ayala and Patrick Goggins
Featuring traditional mariachi music and DJ Mr. Fresh
Famous green enchiladas and McFadden's Mulligan Stew
$60. No host cocktails. RSVP by September 7, 2009. Net proceeds to benefit Centro Latino de San Francisco Inc.
Information: centrolatinodsf.org bgclsf@hotmail.com

HANC - "Back to School Night"
When: September 10, 2009 - Thursday
7 p.m.
Where: Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street, San Francisco
What: You will have the opportunity to hear and have exchanges with representatives from Grattan, New Traditions, McKinley and Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila. Topics will include general school overviews, special features about the schools, Green Learning and possible volunteer opportunities for neighborhood residents. In addition, a representative from the SFUSD Admissions Office will discuss enrollment issues.
Information: hanc-sf.org

*San Francisco for Democracy - Endorsement meeting
When: September 10, 2009 - Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Mission District Police Station, 630 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What: Endorsement meeting. City Attorney and Treasurer along with SF propositions.
Information: sf4dem.com

September 11, 2009 - Friday

*Celebration of Green - A Tribute to Isabel Wade
When: September 11, 2009 - Friday
5:30 p.m. - Dinner
8:30 p.m. - Party
Where: One Fort Mason, San Francisco (formerly The Officer's Club).
What: Celebration of Green - An evening in honor of Isabel Wade & San Francisco Neighborhood Parks. All proceeds from the Gala event will go to support Neighborhood Parks Council's Stewardship and Advocacy program.
Information and tickets : sfnpc.org/gala2009

September 12, 2009 - Saturday

*Friends of Duboce Park -Duboce Tag Sale
When: September 12, 2009 - Saturday
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Duboce Park, Duboce between Scott & Steiner Street, San Francisco
What: Tag sale. Food, drinks and baked goods and entertainment. All proceeds are used for improvements to Duboce Park.
Information: rosie@dubocepark.com

*Council of all District 11 Neighborhood Groups
When: September 12, 2009 - 10 a.m. to Noon
Where: Ingleside Police Station Community Room, Sgt. John V. Young Lane/San Jose Avenue, SF
What: Monthly meeting. There will be a guest speaker from Clinic by the Bay, Volunteers in Medicine - SF who will discuss plans to offer health services to local residents. Coffee & Pastries will be served.

*8th Annual Sam Choy Poke Festival
When: September 12, 2009 - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Hukilau, 5 Masonic Avenue (@ Geary), San Francisco
What: Music, a Poke Recipe contest, prize giveaways, hula performances and Spam Musubi eating contest. Beer garden and sushi cutting and lei making.
Information: knishi222@gmail.com

*Bayview Merchants Association - Embracing Our Heritage
When: September 12, 2009 - Saturday and September 13, 2009 - Sunday
11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third Street, San Francisco
What: International African Marketplace. Food, rides, games, live music.
Information: internationalafricanmarketplace@yahoo.com

*New Ingleside Branch Library opening
When: September 12, 2009 - Saturday
1 p.m.
Where: 1298 Ocean Avenue at Plymouth Street, San Francisco
What: Opening of Ingleside Branch Library which includes community program room, dedicated teen room, inviting children's area and public art sculpture. City Librarian Luis Herrera, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisors John Avalos and Sean Elsbernd and Acting State Librarian/Deputy State Librarian Stacey Aldrich will be attending.
Information: sfpl.org

*Single Payer Now - Doctors versus Health Industry Lobbyists
When: September 12, 2009 - Saturday
3 p.m.
Where: Centro del Pueblo, 474 Valencia Street (@ 16th Street) San Francisco
What: Breaking the corporate stranglehold on Congress. Speaker: Dr Margaret Flowers. On May 5, 2009 Dr. Flowers and 7 other healthcare activists spoke out in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing for single payer healthcare. Committee Chairman Max Baucus had the activists arrested.
Information: dbechler@value.net singlepayernow.net

*Celebrating Latin American Independence
When: September 12, 2009 - Saturday
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Where: 240 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco
What: LCLAA and SF Living Wage Coalition present Celebrating Latin American Independence. $10.
Information: sflclaa@riseup.net

*Inner Sunset Neighborhood Group - Underground Verses
When: September 12, 2009 - Saturday
8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Kick Start Fitness Center Basement, 447 Irving Street, San Francisco
What: An evening of poetry and jazz. Local poets backed by a live jazz band bring 50's beat culture before a 21st century audience. Spoken words by Ingrid Keir an Kendra Tanacea.
Information: gubbins4ever@yahoo.com

*Inaugural SF International Horseshoe Tournament
When: September 12, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 200 yards SW from corner of Stanyan and Fulton, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
What: The Guardsmen, the SF Horseshoe Pitching Club and The SF Rec & Park Department are engaging in an ambitious plan to restore Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Arena. Dedication will begin at 11 a.m. There will be the Inaugural SF International Horseshoe Tournament. There will be a 64 team double elimination horseshoe tournament with booths, beer gardens, D, BBQ and horseshoe exhibitions.
Spectator $20. (incudes food and drink).
Information: guardsmen.org

*Free Backpack Giveaway - Mission
When: September 12, 2009 - Saturday
1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Plaza Adelante, 2301 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Good Samaritan and The Mission Community Council with sponsors by the Mayors Office, the Public Defenders Office and Plaza Adelante present Free Backpack Giveaway. Backpacks are limited for Mission District residents only and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. Child must be present and enrolled to receive a backpack. Backpacks for grades preschool-K. Backpacks for Grades 1st-12th.
Donors: Mayors Office, San Francisco, Public Defenders Office, Bayview Magic, PAL San Francisco, One California Foundation, Meda, Bissap Baobab, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Inc., Caminos, Mission Community Council
Information: Melissa Castillo mcastillo@goodsamfre.org; Ivan M. Corado-Vega ivan@micocosf.org

September 13, 2009 - Sunday

*Public Memorial - Doug Murphy
When: September 13, 2009 - Sunday
11 a.m.
Where: Begin at Moby Dick , 4049 18th Street, San Francisco at 11 a.m. and progress to 440 Castro at 12:30 p.m. and move on to Blackbird at 2 p.m.

*Giants Night - A fundraiser for The Giants Community Fund
When: September 13, 2009 - Sunday
5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser for The Giants Community Fund. Traditional Irish music by The Rogues with a special guest performance by Giants Third Base Coach Tim Flannery. A panel discussion and Q&A with Matt Morrison, Canchor for Comcast SportsNet. Irish dancing, silent auction, door prizes. $50. Order tickets: IrishCenterSF.org
Information: kathleen@littlecable.cars.com


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