Thursday, September 3, 2009

Health Care - "A real town hall meeting"

Wednesday I attended Health Care Reform Rally yesterday at San Francisco City Hall. Large crowd composed of many, many people from all walks of life gathered to support health care reform, single payer health care, strong public option and to say thank you to the Bay Area elected officials before they go back to Washington D.C. to vote on health care.

As the Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party, Aaron Peskin, said "This is what a real town hall meeting looks like"! "Yes we will pass health care reform".

Health Care for America Now!:

1. Make the call for health insurance reform now. Enter 1-877-264-4226 on your cell phone. Use it to call your Representative and Senators Boxer and Feinstein. Ask them to stand with the President and in support of the three core principles for health insurance reform.

2. As your friends and neighbors to stand together for reform. Thel them to click on the Healthcare Organizing Center at to find out how to take action.

3. Sign up for a phonebank shift at

September 3, 2009 - Thursday

*Maine Travel for Equality
When: September 3, 2009 - Thursday
6 to 9 p.m.
Where: On the Rooftop of the Symphony Towers, 750 Van Ness Avenue, S.F.
What: Help protect Marriage Equality in Maine. Help send activists to Maine. Maine could lose marriage equality on November 3rd. Suggested donation $50. - make checks payable to "Travel for Change Maine PAC".

September 4, 2009 - Friday

San Francisco Labor Council - Speaker Nancy Pelosi
When: September 4, 2009 - Friday
8 a.m.
Where: Westin St. Francis Hotel, 335 Powell Street, San Francisco
What: Pre-Labor Day Breakfast with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Tickets are $100.
RSVP: Emily Nelson

*Passionate Struggle: Dynamics of San Francisco's GLBT History
When: September 4, 2009 - Friday
6 to 8 p.m.
Where: GLBT Historical Society, 499 Castro Street, San Francisco
What: Ruth Mahaney will lead Women's Tour. She is a White Night Riots veteran and a pioneer in the teach of women's studies

September 6, 2009 - Sunday

Sunday Streets - Great Highway
When: September 6, 2009 - Sunday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate Park and along the Great Highway, JFK Drive (GG Park), Upper Great Highway, SF

*James Keys for San Francisco Supervisor in District 6
When: September 6, 2009
3 to 5 p.m.
Where: 201 Turk Street, San Francisco
What: Fundraiser. You are invited to Art by Campos 0-0-00 NY NY and Hors d"Oeuvres by James.

September 7, 2009 - Monday

Labor Day Rally and March for Fair Contract
When: September 7, 2009 - Monday
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Justin Herman Plaza, Market and Embarcadero Street, San Francisco
What: Unite here! Local 2.
Information: Rev. Israel Alvaran

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

*President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress on health-care reform. (Public option! Public option! Public option!)

*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

*Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) - 40th Anniversary Celebration of Justice Dinner
When: September 9, 2009
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

*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:

*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.

*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.
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.

*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".

*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.

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

*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.

*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.

*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.

* 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

*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.
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*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.

* 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.


San Francisco Democratic Party - Endorsements - November 3, 2009
Treasurer - Jose Cisneros
City Attorney - Dennis Herrera
Ballot Measures:
Yes on A - Budget Process
Yes on B - Board of Supervisors Aides
Yes on C - Candlestick Park Renaming Rights
Yes on D - Mid-Market Special Sign District
Yes on E - Advertisement on City Property

Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club Endorsements
City Attorney - Dennis Herrera
Treasurer - Jose Cisneros
Prop A - Budget Process - No Position
Prop B - Board of Supervisors Aides - Yes
Prop C - Candlestick Park Naming Rights Yes
Prop D - Mid- Market Special Sign District - No Position
Prop E - Advertisements on City Property - yes

Website: Dennis Herrera - (I really like the design)

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