Mantra from the Milk/Moscone memorial march: "Fight back!" - Page 2


She and others recalled the message of love and inclusion that were hallmarks of Milk and Moscone's political philosophy, as well as their belief in building coalitions to defeat powerful economic interests.

Tommi Avicolli Mecca of the SF Housing Rights Committee cited recent successes the movement has had in fighting back against evictions and said, "It's because of the power we have as tenants when we unite and we fight back."

He said that was Milk's central message: "If we unite and fight, we can win." And Mecca said San Francisco "doesn't belong to greedy landlords, it belongs to all of us."

Cleve Jones, an longtime LGBT activist who was an intern for Milk at the time of the assassinations, noted, "There are some who will question our desire to raise political points tonight," recognizing this occasion has usually been a solemn memorial march.

But he said that using this occasion as a vehicle for political organizing is the best way to honor the legacy of Milk and Moscone, who Jones said would be appalled by what's happening in this city. Jones told the story of an aging gay activist who was recently depressed about being displaced from the city, and Jones tried to comfort him by saying, "It's hard to get old in this town and see all the changes."

It didn't help: Days later, Jones said his friend committed suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge.

"It's not rhetoric and it's not hyperbole. This destroys lives," Jones said. It was a message repeated on a large banner carried by those leading the march to City Hall, which read, "Eviction=Death."

The rally was closed out by members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, who cited a long list of "weird, kooky artistic innovators" from San Francisco's past, and said, "They never could have afforded to live here today."

Then the Sisters offered an invocation they called the "Rosary of Housing Evils," asking the crowd to repeat the mantra "Save us from the speculators" between each of their prayers and observations for the city, which included:

"Harvey Milk was evicted from his home."

"Extend rent control to all residential and commercial units."

"Forty percent of queer seniors cannot afford their rents."

"Rent has risen 21 percent this year."

"We all need to stay together or they'll pick us off one by one."



Posted by Guest on Dec. 03, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

entitled to live somewhere that she cannot afford, just because she wants to?

And that it would be a massive hardship for her to live a few miles and minutes away in Oakland.

Apart from an ejaculatory obscene outburst, can she explain that?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 03, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

Mr Basinger is kind of a d*ck

Posted by Bob on Dec. 04, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

They are usually self-absorbed, talk and never listen, and cannot conceive that they might be 100% wrong about anything.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 04, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

My statements that nights were points of fact.

I'm here to recruit you into the housing rights movement.

Housing is a human right, which is true. It's in the Charter of Human Rights.

I listed a few of the successes of our movement, protecting hundreds of thousands of tenants, making progress to end homelessness especially for the one-third of the homeless who are LGBT.

If that kinda makes me a d*ck, well alright then.

Posted by Brian Basinger on Dec. 04, 2013 @ 11:18 pm
Posted by Guest on Dec. 05, 2013 @ 7:00 am

Its true, I read it on the internet.
Are you saying that the gay homeless are more deserving of a home than the straight homeless?

Posted by Guest on Dec. 05, 2013 @ 7:56 am

Good: non-whites (except Asians, who suck), gays and gender-indeterminates, illegals, cyclists, unions, hookers, beggars, tenants, unemployables, welfare recipients, city workers (except cops, who suck), pot smokers, bad (sorry, experimental) artists and all assorted freaks and whack jobs.

Bad: whites and asians, successful people, people who don't have AIDS, people who don't have weird sexual hangups, legal immigrants, police, homeowners, taxpayers, businesses, people who don't do political correctness, tech workers, landlords.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 05, 2013 @ 8:14 am

couple a thoughts about Harvey,

Milk rode MUNI to work. other politicians only ride MUNI for photo ops.

Milk's pooper scooper law is not being enforced, thus SF has many shitty sidewalks and parks. Clean up after your dogs or give them to responsible dog ownwrs!!!
Enforce the dog pooper scooper laws for a cleaner healthier SF.

Posted by Guest on Dec. 07, 2013 @ 11:31 am

Fight Back!
SF's sidewalks and parks have become dog toilets!

Enforce Harvey Milk's dog pooper scooper law!!

Posted by Guest on Dec. 07, 2013 @ 11:41 am

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