Saturday, February 2, 2008

Kennedy/Obama/February Calendar

Senator Kennedy is such an icon, he brings back such wonderful and sad memories. What a wonderful moment to see so many people (including the Senator) being enthused and hopeful again. The way the Beebe Memorial Cathedral church in Oakland was set up it was almost like being at a high school basketball game with both sides chanting at each other (even doing the dreaded "wave"!).

It was very cold waiting to get in, but it was fun to wave at all the honking cars going by. One car went by with the driver (male) showing his thumb up with the woman showing her thumb down!

The beloved Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke first. She spoke about "marching to the future and participating in history. " This church was the same church Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm had spoked from when she ran for President back in the 1970's. Barbara Lee said that Obama was in agreement with the Bay Area in regards to getting out of Iraq, obtaining health care, ending proverty, solving the housing crisis and moving forward with civil rights. That the Obama campaign was a movement, bringing people into a young century with a positive direction inspiring to activism with active commitment.

Senator Kennedy stood up to cheers of "Kennedy, Kennedy"- such a bone chilling sad moment bringing up past memories. What a strong voice, funny, inspiring, an old pol passing on the glories to a new generation. He talked about the Kennedy's being in the Bay Area since 1959, about how Kennedy walked with Martin Luther King and now Kennedy was walking with Barack Obama. Obama was challenging America to work together for a new day.

This election will change our lives.

February 2, 2008 - Saturday

John Kerry for Barack Obama -
Canvass Kick-off Rally Everett Middle School Auditorium, Doors open: 9:30 a.m. 450 Church Street, S.F. Ca. 94114 RSVP:

Barack Obama
- Meeting 10 a.m. Obama San Francisco Office, 1874 Market Street. (between Market and Guerrero). Associates Groups: $1,000,000 Americans for Obama, Asian Americans for Obama, Baby Bullet Riders for Barack, Buck for Barack, Californians for Obama, Mission + Noe + Obama, Mission SF for Obama, NorCal LGBT for Obama, San Francisco for Obama, SOMA & Potrero Hill for Obama, The Castro for Obama, Young Bay Area Professionals for Barack Obama, Young Democrats from Silicon Valley for Obama

I Love My Playground - Dolores Park Come celebrate with the Alphabet Rockers along with the Neighborhood Park Council, the Rec and Park Department, Supervisor Bevan Dufty and Ross Mirkarimi. 11 a.m. to Noon (flyer says "bring all the children you know"). Refreshments will be provided. Information: Friends of Dolores Park Playground ; Steering Committee: Nancy Madynski, Mary McDermott, Eli Merritt, Tim Worth, Megan McVay, Jim Ahn-Koulias

Western Addition Library Re-Opening 1550 Scott Street S.F. at Geary 1 p.m. Food, entertainment, giveaways. Supported by the S.F. Public Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Western Addition Library Campaign Committee. Information: 415-355-5729

Celebrate the 2nd Victory Against Starbucks 8 p.m. Bitter end on Clement Street between 5th and 6th Avenue (south side).

February 3, 2008 - Sunday

Super Bowl

February 4, 2008 - Monday

SPUR- Transportation Committe -
Join SFMTA Chief Financial Officer Sonali Bose and fellow SPUR members for a discussion of the SFMTA's 2008-2009 budget. Learn how the increases from Proposition A (Nov 2007) and cutbacks at the state level balance out and challenge us to balance the books without service cuts or fare increases. Information:

Mark Chandler -
Commonwealth Club - "A toast to the San Francisco Sister Cities". Director, San Francisco Mayor's Office of International Trade. 5:30 Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, 2nd Floor 5:30 reception 6 p.m. program $15. Non- Members Information: 415-597-6700,

Barack Obama -"America is Fired Up and Ready to Go!" Get-Out-the-Vote (fundraiser)). Temple Bar, 540 Howard Street 6 p.m. Two hour event. Featured speakers including Doug Raymond - Foreign policy expert, head of San Francisco Truman Project, Brent Messenger - Obama Campaign Regional Director, Northern Ca. with an introduction by Clara Shih, Obama Campaign Volunteer. Hosts: Tarek, Niram, Mark, Kelly, Evan, Clara & the Truman Democrats of San Francisco Suggested donation: $25.

Castro Street - Filming "Milk" 7 p.m. to midnight

February 5, 2008 - Tuesday


Anthony Lewis
- Commonwealth Club - The First Amendment: Defending thought We Hate Former columnist, The New York Times. Two Time Pulitzer Prize winner. 5:30 p.m. 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, S. $18 Non-Members Information: 415-597-6700

Democracy In Action - Super Tuesday Party - 6 to 11 p.m. at Jillian's at the Metreon, 101 Fourth Street (Fourth and Howard). Socialize and enjoy fellow Dems' and Progressives' company while watching Feb 5th's "Tsunami Tuesday" 22 States voting, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Utah. No host Bar/no host menu. Information:

Year of the Rat New Year's Eve Party - Sponsored by the Far East Cafe and ABCT (A Better Chinatown Tomorrow). 6 p.m. at Far East Cafe, 631 Grant Ave. (California/Sacramento Street). Dumpling Making Session 6 to 7 p.m. With invited celebrities including City Officials, representatives from the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China. 7 p.m. Dinner Party: Menu includes dumpling, Jai, tang uan. Cost Workshop and dinner are compliments of Far East Cafe. Suggested donation of $20. is gladly accepted for the future Broadway/Grant Ave. Gateway project. Information: Wilma Pang 415-296-8701 by Feb 2nd.
Information: ABCT, 718 Grant Avenue, S.F. Ca. 94108.

Willie Brown - promoting book "Basic Brown". 7 p.m. to 7:45 Ferry Building at Book Passage.

Potrero Hill Democratic Club - Super Tuesday Potluck Watch Party - 7 p.m. Bring a snack or drink to share. Watch the returns with neighbors. Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 DeHaro Street at Southern Heights Information: 648-6740 or visit

San Francisco Bay Guardian - Election Night Happy Hour - watch tv coverage and political trivia at Kilowatt, 3160 16th Street @ Albion St. S.F. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. "Don't Dodge the Drafts" beer party. Arrive with your voter sticker or ballot receipt and enjoy beer specials. "bathe in comprehensive and biased cable news election coverage from multiple tv screens. Engage in your own cutthroat competition with a political-themed trivia game hosted by the cacophony society".

February 6, 2008 Wednesday

Annual Mayors' Economic Forecast - The State of the Cities
-7:15 to 10 a.m. Oakland Convention Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, Ca. sponsored by San Francisco Business Times Information: 415-989-2522

Rally for Condo Conversion Reform Meet on steps of City Hall at 8:15 a.m. Lottery at 9 a.m.

Spur - Post Election Recap for SPUR - 12:30 to 1:30 312 Sutter Street, Fifth Floor $5 for non members Bring your lunch. Jim Stearns with pollster and analyst David Latterman for a review of who voted, who didn't and what it means. Information: 415-781-8726

League of Women Voters of San Francisco
-Film "Iron Ladies of Liberia". See Ellen Johnson Sirleaf through her first year in office. 6 p.m San Francisco Main Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street. Post-screening panel discussion with Jody Sanford from League of Women Voters San Francisco and Dr. Masum Momaya curator of "Women Power and Politics", International Museum of Women. Admission is free. RSVP to or visit

Willie Brown - Jewish Community Center of San Francisco 8 p.m. Will discuss his new book "Basic Brown. 3200 California Street, S.F. $18. Public Information: 415-292-1233


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