SF, SJ Report Back to the Community
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Below are reports from two town hall forums that took place in California last night. One was in San Francisco and the other down in San Jose. Please give them a read.
My trusty little Canon PowerShot pooped out yesterday morning, otherwise I'd have some pics from the SF event posted here. The camera cannot be fixed, so I'm putting the plea out there, that if someone has a working digital still camera sitting around gathering dust, I could use it. If you have a camera to donate to me, lemme know.
And big thanks to all who came to both forums, those who were able to listen in via web phones, and everyone who is committed to attending San Francisco's next town hall. Nice to know there is support and interest in our efforts.
Mark your calender. July 8 is when San Jose activists meet again, while July 22 is San Francisco's next town hall. We want you there!
Here are the reports:
Minutes of 6/17/10 San Francisco Town Hall Meeting
Attendees: Patrick C, Robert C, Michael P., John B, Stephen Z., Robin M., Michelle W., Jeff T. Resha, Joe T. and at least three others via conference call.
Reason for Call for a Town Hall Meeting: Patrick...he went over the reason for his first article in SF Weekly about all the recent concern over the examination of Get Equal and the need to have this level of examination provided for all of our orgs. He also discussed his most recent article concerning the research done on the effects of marriage PR on the eventual voting patterns.
Attendees then determined the following proposed agenda for the evening:
- 20 Minutes for Q & A of Get Equal
- 20 minutes for local next steps
- 20 minutes for ways to connect on a national level
Q &A of Get Equal
Robin stated that she was willing to answer any and all questions. Questions were raised about the lack of transparency and accountability. Specifically, who their benefectors are/were and what their goals were for GE.
Robin responded that they have only one benefactor and that the money was entrusted to them based on their demonstrated work with Meet in the Middle, the National Equality March and One Struggle One Fight. There effort is for non violent civil disobedience with combined on line and off line activism. There are only five paid staff. The three goals of GE are 1) to eliminate homophobia and transphobia 2) developing creative ways to fight back 3) implementing those ways with others..
Next Steps at Local Level
Michael P. suggested we show our concern that Nancy Pelosi has not meet her promises to our community by encouraging SF Pride to not have her address us at Pride. All appeared in agreement with this and a small group was formed to discuss how we could have this happen.
Next Steps at National Level
Much discussion was had that our leaders need to be more accountable to our community. All were in agreement that we should have regular town halls and invite our leaders to attend. Special chairs would be reserved for them at each meeting. Focus would be on Kate Kendall, Geoff Kors, Matt Foreman and Dan Bernal for our next meeting.
Next Meeting: 7/22...Location TBA
Respectfully submitted...Stephen Zollman
And this report from the San Jose area meeting comes from Gloria Nieto:
Marriage Equality Silicon Valley had a community meeting on Thursday night at the DeFrank Center. The intent was to discuss the Prop 8 trial and then have dialogue about what next steps to take.
We were joined by Cleve Jones who is part of the advisory board for the American Foundation for Equal Rights who has brought the judicial challenge to Prop 8.
We talked about the court case and then what to do in the future. Cleve talked about why he is against going again in 2012 and I actually think it is a sound argument. Let's step back and let the court case go through the system. I doubt that we will have the majority opinion despite what Solomon and Kors say. He said the polling you covered the other day was a CYA poll.
It was decided that we would rent a booth at the DeAnza flea market to talk to people about marriage equality; work in the Asian and Latino community to develop support for outreach in our communities; create a flyer for San Jose Pride to distribute at the event in August; have a demonstration on the day Judge Walker announces his decision.
Planning for the demonstration will be convened on July 8.
Also we will out reach to labor about the guerrilla theater they did in SF and see if they have other songs and plans for actions; we must engage immediately with the youth group and see what they would be interested in leading.