Protest HRC's Move into Milk's Old Shop
& Against Sit/Lie on Saturday
Talk about feeding two birds with one seed. Today my friend Tommi Avicolli Mecca, a longtime queer progressive affordable housing advocate, sent along a notice about an action this weekend that will address two important issues in San Francisco.
FYI, Tommi showed up at our rally two days ago in UN Plaza over the recent United Nations vote deleting gays from a resolution deploring arbitrary executions.
He informs me that the protest is sponsored by Queers Against Sit/Lie and the One Struggle, One Fight group, and he expects more orgs to soon endorse the protest.
Needless to say, I'm pleased as pansy punch that an action is being planned so soon against the corrupt, inept and wasteful Human Rights Campaign taking over the lease of Harvey's old community center/camera shop, and trying to cloak themselves in his legacy. I will be at the protest and hope to see you there too.
For more info, contact Tommi via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queer-In Against Sit/Lie
Join us outside Harvey Milk’s former camera store at 575 Castro Street, on Saturday, December 18, from 12 noon-2pm.
We will declare that the sidewalks belong to everyone and to protest Human Rights Campaign’s plan to rent Harvey’s store and co-opt his legacy.
Sit/lie, which makes it illegal to sit or lie on sidewalks, will be selectively enforced against homeless queers in the Castro, homeless folks in the Haight and Day Laborers in the Mission. Harvey opposed the sit/lie law of the 1970s which was used to harass and arrest gay men in the Castro. It was struck down in 1979.
HRC left transgender folks out of ENDA (federal gay rights bill) and generally excludes many of us from their table when decisions are made. We won’t let HRC put Harvey’s legacy up for sale, and we won’t let the police decide who can sit on a sidewalk.
Bring musical instruments; games; food to share; things to sell, give-away or barter; signs; face painting kits; fun activity to engage in; good conversation; jumping ropes, etc.
Sidewalks are for everyone!Milk’s legacy is not for sale or rent!