Thursday, June 23, 2016

#Orlando Memorial Planned for SF's Harvey Milk Plaza

This is news to me. From the Bay Area Reporter today:

"Gay District 9 Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission, is working to erect a memorial to the Pulse shooting victims at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro. On Monday, gay Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro, told the B.A.R. that he envisions a community process for any memorial, but that he and others are supportive of it."

In keeping with Campos' terrible track record of not engaging his district and the larger queer Latino and Anglo communities via social media about his latest proposals, there is no info on this memorial idea via his Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Nice of the two rival gay supervisors to agree amongst themselves about a potential plaque or other iconic way of remembering the Orlando victims on City property, but it's obnoxious of them not to inform the LGBT and Latino communities.

The blood is barely dry and cleaned up in Orlando and already San Francisco politicians are jockeying for positions to best exploit the tragedy.

Actually, from the day this massacre unfolded, June 12, and with Wiener staging a political rally at Castro and Market Streets with electeds who've endorsed him in his tight race for state senate, exploitation by electeds has been part of the mix of reactions.

How to process the BAR's news? First, if there is to be such a memorial on public land, I'd like a discussion if it should be in the Mission or the Castro, or even one in each district.

Second, you know what comes next, we need to make sure control of the rainbow flag is an integral part of the community process. There cannot be a debate about an Orlando memorial at Milk Plaza without including the flagpole and the entire plaza's environment.

Let the public discussion begin!

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