Local progressives adopt policy platform they hope will inform future elections and agendas
"Tension is not always bad," Hewitt told the Guardian at the event. "Everybody came here with biases and interests. Everybody needs to leave here with more. I'm damn near 60 years old and I grew half an inch today."
Sunday's congress and policy platform were modeled after San Francisco's first Community Congress, which took place in 1975. But Welch told us this congress was entirely new. "To the extent that there is a historical aspect, 35 years ago we tried to figure out a way to bring people together. And 35 years later, young people want to do the same thing."
"Diamond" Dave Whittaker, a modern Emperor Norton-esque San Francisco personality, closed the congress with a poem. "The basis of real social change is happening here," he said. "And we need to continue casting a wider net, finding the thread, and letting it flourish."
Most Commented On
- BART is the only local transit system that works and it is no - May 21, 2013
- No, Tim, the real issue here is about winners and losers. - May 21, 2013
- Just pointing out that your statement wasn't logical. - May 21, 2013
- Proving my point - May 21, 2013
- You sound like a television - May 21, 2013
- Greg, I know someone who works at UCSF and they get - May 21, 2013
- No, this 2-day "discomfort" will solve nothing because - May 21, 2013
- If the UCSF profit had been less, it would have been more than - May 21, 2013
- Here's another metaphor. - May 21, 2013
- Ideology always trumps necessity with aomeone like Greg. - May 21, 2013