My friend Jonathan Klein is dead of suicide. I got to know, and argue with him
Dear Jonathan, rest in peace knowing you fought many good fights with integrity and humor.
Here are the limited facts I have at this point from my friend Dean Oullette who is with the newly revived ACT UP/San Francisco chapter:
I suppose you have heard about the suicide of Jonathan Klein, the owner of Now, Voyager, who with his partner Peter was facing eviction from his building. Last night the Castro beat cop was standing guard over the memorial at 18th and Castro. I don't know why, though later a friend and I put up an 'Eviction = Death' poster and I noticed shards of glass and a candle, so something happened.
Audrey Joseph, a club promoter from forever ago, is saying the suicide is not linked to the eviction. I don't know why someone would try to disconnect the dots unless there is some money/real estate connection. the company that orchestrated the sale, Aria Realty, has space in the Now,Voyager building and was conducting business and plans- let's call it what it is, celebrating- with the new owners right in front of the people about to be evicted.
I asked a distraught Peter Greene if he would like to get involved with the ACT UP action, as our theme is Housing = Healthcare, and he is thinking about it.