Friday, September 18, 2009

People and Power in San Francisco - Mike Miller

It was such an honor Thursday night to hear Mike Miller speak about his new book "A Community Organizer's Tale: People and Power in San Francisco". The book is about the rise and fall of the powerful multi-issue Mission Coalition Organization during the Alioto administration.

The reading was held at Crossroads Cafe & Book Store at Delancey Street. We had the special treat of hearing Mimi Silbert, the leader of Delancey Street give the introduction. She talked about Mike Miller being a student of Saul Alinsky and organizing in the Mission. She said Mike's work exemplifies "together we have power".

Mike Miller talked about being born in San Francisco and going to University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, organizing with Saul Alinsky and eventually working with the Mission Coalition Organization (MCO). He talked about organizing tenants, obtaining jobs, neighborhood organizing - he looked for willingness - and then responded to their demands.

He said we need an independent group pushing our agenda, not the "president's agenda". We should listen to the people, don't stand in front - let them tell you their stories then think through what is needed.

He started ORGANIZE! Training Center in San Francisco which is devoted to building and strengthening people power.

Upcoming speaker engagements and book signings:

September 23, 2009 - Wednesday - 7 p.m.
Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia Street, San Francisco
This bookstore is in the middle of where he did his organizing in the Mission.

September 29, 2009 - Tuesday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) 1188 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco
Focus will be on labor and community organizing.

October 8, 2009 - Thursday - 5:30 p.m.
San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, Grove & Hyde, San Francisco
Includes documentary "Democratic Promise: The Legacy of Saul Alinsky"

October 28, 2009 - 6 p.m.
Mission Housing Development Corporation annual banquet, Green Room, Veterans Auditorium, San Francisco $100. non-profits. Others $150.

November 23, 2009 - 7 p.m.
Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez Street, San Francisco
A conversation on Democracy. Susan Griffin, author of Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy: On Being an American Citizen, and Mike Miller discuss the meaning of democracy in our time.

Book: A Community Organizer's Tale - People and Power in San Francisco (great black and white pictures) Published by Heyday Books

Organize Training Center:

September 18, 2009 - Friday

Park(in) Day 2009 - One-day, global event where artists, activists and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into "PARK(ing) spaces: temporary public parks.

SPUR - Park(ing Day
When: September 18, 2009 - Friday
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 654 Mission Street, San Francisco
What: Stop by.

Park(ing) Day - Asian Neighborhood Design
When: September 18, 2009 - Friday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 1021 Mission Street (Mission and Sixth Street)m San Francisco
What: Water feature mini-park

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi's Quarterly Art Show and Reception
When: September 18, 2009 - Friday
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: San Francisco City Hall, Room 282, San Francisco
What: Come and enjoy the art work from youth in the Western Addition. Featuring art from African American Art and Culture Complex, Booker T. Washington, Boys and Girls Club, Buchanan YMCA, Ella Hill Hutch Community Center and Westside Community Services.

The Great Internet Book Burning
When: September 18, 2009 - Friday
7 p.m.
Where: Books Inc., Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
What: Discussion on the internet and books and how it is changing the book business. Panel includes:
  • Peter Maravelis
  • Herbert Gold
  • Brenda Knight
  • Ethan Watters
  • Peter Plate
  • Moderated by Alan Kaufman

September 19, 2009 - Saturday

*Cancelled - Positively 6th Street Fair
When: Cancelled September 19, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where Cancelled: Stevenson Street (between 6th and 7th Street), Central Market - San Francisco
What: SoMa community is celebrating the history, cultural diversity, identity and pride of this vibrant San Francisco neighborhood. Music, dance and cultural performances, children's play area, family fun activities, food, community-based information tables and booths - free health and social services, employment assistance. An inspiration day of community building and creating unity in South of Market. Free

Family Day Kite Festival
When: September 19, 2009 - Saturday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Marina Green, Marina Blvd., between Scott and Webster streets, San Francisco
What: Event features all forms of kiting - from kite-flying to kiteboarding to kite-boating - and contests, too.

19th Annual Autumn Moon Festival
When: September 19, 2009 - Saturday and September 20, 2009 - Sunday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Chinatown
What: Pedestrian-only bazaar with live entertainment. Organized by The Chinatown Merchants Association. The CMA is an independent community organization dedicated to the revitalization of commerce and tourism in one of America's most unique historic neighborhood.

2009 Festa Coloniale Italiana
When: September 19, 2009 - Saturday
Noon to 7 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton Street, San Francisco
What: A celebration of Italian culture, tradition and community friendship. Italian music including opera, traditional instrumentalists and a variety of show-stopping bands. Mouth-watering Italian cuisine, a demonstration of Italian dances. Free.

Bay Area Town Hall: Signature gathering to Repeal Prop 8 in 2010
When: September 19, 2009 - Saturday
1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Metropolitation Community Church, 150 Eureka Street, San Francisco
What: Activists from across the state gather in San Francisco for the fourth time since Prop 8's passage to determine the next steps in the effort to repeal it in 2010. The Bay Area activists at the meeting would like to invite anyone and everyone who wants to help collect signatures to come to the Town Hall meeting.
  • Update everyone on the status of the 2010 repeal efforts
  • Explain "The Davis Plan" and other methodology the activist group adopted.
  • Figure out ways to fund raise for this effort.
  • Elect 3 representatives from the region to coordinate the signature-gathering campaign.

Precita Eyes Gala Benefit & Book Signing
When: September 19, 2009 - Saturday
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco
What: A silent and live auction of celebrity artwork and mural details collection. Opportunity to take part in a Participatory Mural Performance. Music and refreshments. $35.

September 20, 2009 - Sunday

7th Annual Cole Valley Fair
When: September 20, 2009 - Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Carl and Grattan, San Francisco
What: Local crafts , food from the neighborhood restaurants, live music, a display of historical Cole Valley photographs. Fair is put on by the Cole Valley Improvement Association (CVIA).

Comedy Day
When: September 20, 2009 - Sunday
Noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate Park, Sharon Meadows, San Francisco
What: A million laughs.

September 21, 2009 - Monday

* Board of Supervisors - Public Safety Meeting
When: September 21, 2009 - Monday
11 a.m.
Where: City Hall, Room 250, San Francisco
What: Item off agenda: San Francisco public safety conditions on citywide crime levels.

District Three Democratic Club - Endorsement Meeting.
When: September 21, 2009 - Monday
6:30 p.m.
Where: Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard Street, San Francisco
  • What: Quintin Mecke, Communications Director for Assemblymember Tom Ammiano will discuss important legislative updates including the content and status of AB 390 (Ammiano). If passed, the proposed legislation would regulate and tax marijuana.
  • There will also be speakers on ballot measures and candidates, Treasurer Jose Cisneros and the campaign for City Attorney Dennis Herrera for the November 3, 2009 election. Eligible members will hold an endorsement vote following ballot presentations.

Middle Polk Neighborhood Association - Monthly Meeting
When: September 21, 2009 - Monday
7 p.m.
Where: It's a Grind, 1800 Polk Street at Washington, San Francisco
What: Items off agenda:
  • Tutorial on Proper Recycling by Sunset Scavenger.
  • Progress report on Proper Delivery of the SF Examiner Newspaper.
  • Updates on Crime and Prostitution Abatement in the Neighborhood by the SFPD.
  • Introduction of new merchant - Satin Crystals.

September 22, 2009 - Tuesday

MoveOn - Big Insurance Sick of It
When: September 22, 2009 - Tuesday
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: 2 Embarcadero, near Clay and Front Street, San Francisco
What: Rally to Protest Anthem Blue Cross.

An Evening to support Kamala Harris for Attorney General in 2010.
When: September 22, 2009 - Tuesday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Gussie's Chicken and Waffles, 1521 Eddy Street, San Francisco (at Fillmore Street)
What: Fundraiser by CUE Group. $50. up.

Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club - Monthly Meeting
When: September 22, 2009 - Tuesday
7 p.m.
Where: Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco
What: Guest speaker Public Defender Jeff Adachi and a visit from a representative of Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's office to present his proposed BART legislation.

Books Inc. - "War of Words. A True Tale of Newsprint and Murder"
When: September 22, 2009 - Tuesday
7:30 p.m.
Where: Books Inc., 2275 Market Street, San Francisco (near Castro)
What: Author Simon Read will be discussing his book "War of Words: A True Tale of Newsprint and Murder. Details the bloody birth of the San Francisco Chronicle.

September 23, 2009 - Wednesday

San Francisco Labor Council - Supervisor Bevan Dufty
When: September 23, 2009 - Wednesday
8 a.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 1500 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
What: SFLC Public Employee Breakfast with Supervisor Bevan Dufty. $25.

San Francisco Housing Coalition - 2009 Housing Hero Awards - Cocktail Party
When: September 23, 2009 - Wednesday
5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Yerba Buena East Garden, 3rd Street between Mission and Howard Street, San Francisco
What: San Francisco Housing Coalition honors heroes who have made an exceptional contribution to helping our city develop a pro-housing culture and to promote "well-designed, well located housing at all levels of affordability to meet the needs of San Franciscans, present and future". This year honorees are Ron Miguel and Christina Olague, the president and vice-president and the entire SF Planning Commission for their exceptional work on long-range planning for the Eastern Neighborhoods, Market and Octavia, Balboa Park and Visitacion Valley. $55.
Information and tickets:

San Francisco Democratic Party - Monthly Meeting
When: September 23, 2009 - Wednesday
6 p.m.
Where: State Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Milton Marks Auditorium, San Francisco
What: Off agenda: Slate card RFP selection, canvass program.

* Michela Alioto-Pier - Candidate for CA Insurance Commissioner
When: September 23, 2009 - Wednesday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: contact for location (private residence)
What: Reception and fundraiser for Michela Alioto-Pier, candidate for CA Insurance Commissioner. Working to reform the overly expensive, needlessly complex, and callously unresponsive insurance industry.
Host Committee: Michele and Joseph M. Alioto, Erica Galos Alioto & Joseph Alioto Jr., Andrea & Robert Callan, Jr., Ron Conway, Michael Covarrubias, Gary Delagnes, Angelina and Daniel Grace, Lisa and Chris Gruwell, Laura and Gary Lauder, Alex Lloyd, The Mazzola Family, Fred Naranjo, Tom Pier, Joanna Rees and John Hamm, Tom Rocca, Kevin Westlye, Dede Wilsey.
$500. up

*Middle Polk Neighborhood Association - San Francisco Examiner
When: September 23, 2009 - Wednesday
Where: Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento at Van Ness, San Francisco
What: Join MPNA, Ed Reiskin Director of DPW and John Wilcox, President and Publisher of the San Francisco Examiner as we address mounting neighborhood complaints about the Examiner and their delivery practices causing litter problems for our neighborhood and others in the City. We've made some progress of late in addressing this issue. Join us in a discussion on how we can further the improvements and be sure that the changed practices are permanent. Invite your friends from other neighborhoods as well.
RSVP: Just let us know you are coming

City Lights Bookstore "A Bomb in Every Issue"
When: September 23, 2009 - Wednesday
7 p.m.
Where: Vesuvio Cafe, 255 Columbus @ Jack Kerouac Alley, San Francisco
What: Peter Richardson will be celebrating the release of "A Bomb in Every Issue - How the Short, unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America".

September 24, 2009 - Thursday

* Friends of the San Francisco Public Library - 45th Annual Big Book Sale
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday through September 27, 2009 Sunday
Thurs./Friday/Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
What: Over 300,000 books of all kinds. $5 or less. All proceeds go to the San Francisco Public Library

*Unite Here! Local 2 -San Francisco Hotel Workers' Big Action
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Union Square, Geary and Stockton Street, San Francisco (meeting place)
What: Join the struggle for a fair contract and affordable quality health care. CLUE-SF (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice) is also supporting this rally.

*30th Anniversary of the Women's Building
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
4 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco (@ Valencia)
What: Women's Building celebrates 30th anniversary with Open House and New Addition to the MaestraPeace Mural.

*Assemblyman Tom Ammiano - Re-Election Fundraiser with Aaron Peskin
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 745 Chestnut, #301, San Francisco (@ Columbus)
What: Fundraiser for Assemblyman Tom Ammiano
Aaron Peskin and Benefactor/host John Sanger, Jerry Hallisey
Patron/Sponsor: Anne Halsted, Rob & Cynthia Birmingham, Gerry Crowley, Jeanne Milligan, Rev. Norman Fong, Cindy Wu, Gordon Chin, Rick Levine, Dick Grosboll, Malcolm Young, Esther Marks, Jane Morrison, F. Joseph Butler, Anthony Gantner. Hosted wine and other beverages - food provided by Esther Marks. $50.
Information: 415-665-5417 or 415-279-5411. Call to make pledge and rsvp.

*Supervisor Eric Mar - Monthly Coffee Hour
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Simple Pleasures Cafe, 3434 Balboa Street, San Francisco
What: Supervisor Mar has office hours in the District every 3rd Thursday of the month. Come share your concerns about the neighborhood and how we can work together to make the Richmond District a more livable neighborhood.

*Fundraiser for Local 2!
When: September 24, 2009 - Thursday
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Actors Theatre of San Francisco, 855 Bush Street, San Francisco
What: Support hotel workers as they fight to defend the fundamental right of Health care! A showing of the movie of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath". All proceeds go to the Local 2 Solidarity Fund to support Hotel Workers in their struggle for a fair contract this fall. Sliding scale: $15 to $36.

September 25, 2009 - Friday

*Williams-Sonoma - Ruth Reichl
When: September 25, 2009 - Friday
5 p.m.
Where: Williams-Sonoma, 340 Post Street, San Francisco
What: Join Ruth Reichl in a booksigning of Gourmet Today cookbook which she edited.

* Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) 32nd Anniversary Dinner Gala
When: September 25, 2009 - Friday (correction - date is September 25th not September 23, 2009)
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco
What: Chinatown CC has served the community by being neighborhood advocates, organizers, planners and developers and managers of affordable housing. Honoring:
Outstanding Pubic Service Award: David Chiu, President, Board of Supervisors
Outstanding Foundation Award: The Marguerite Casey Foundation
Outstanding Community Service Award: Raymond and Mimi Owyang
Dinner Sponsors: Citi, AECOM, Related Companies, Union Bank, Cahill Contractors, Golden Gate Disposal, Le, Ho & Company, LLC, NCR Construction, NeighborWorks America, PG&E, Tromborg Royal Plumbing and Heating, Bay Area LISC, Chinese Community Health Plan, Everest Waterproofing & Restoration, Farallone, Lee + Uyeda, LLP, Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, On Lok Lifeways, R&G Executive Lounge, SEIU United Healthcare Workers, San Francisco 49ers, Fei Tsen, United Commercial Bank, Yum's Mechanical Co./D&S Associates, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, Diane Wilsey.
Raffle - $200. per person.
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