Alice Works (Her Butt Off)!
In my first year as Alice Co-Chair I realized just how much work it is to run this amazing organization. I’ve been on the Board of the Club since 2004, but I really had no idea how much everyone does until I had the unique vantage point of oversight from the Co-Chair position. It is truly an honor to be help lead all the great work that Alice does every year. I want to give you a monthly breakdown of 2011 of just some of the items Alice did this year on behalf of the Club, the LGBT Community, and the City of San Francisco.
- Alice elects new 2011 Board of Directors
- Alice speaks before the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee monthly meeting on Alice’s agenda itemregarding concerns of attacking fellow Democrats during the 2010 elections by the Democratic Party.
- Alice Former Co-Chairs Julius Turman and Susan Christian elected to the Assembly District 13 Democratic Party Delegation
- Alice releases public statement on Tucson shooting tragedy with U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords among the wounded
- Alice represents with a table at the San Francisco Labor Council’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast
- Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi responds to Alice’s letter of 2010 honoring her for her steadfast work on our community’s behalf in Congress
- Alice meets with Commissioners and speaks before the Police Commission hearing at City Hall on the need for LGBT Community input in the new search for a Police Chief after George Gascon was appointed District Attorney
- New Alice Co-Chairs meet with New Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club Co-Chairs to discuss common goals for the year
- Newly-elected Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener address monthly Alice Membership meeting
- Alice sends welcome letter to newly appointed Mayor Ed Lee and a message about his new search for Chief of Police
- Alice assists and promotes community fundraisers for recent arson fires in the Castro and for the Lyon-Martin Health Clini
- Alice speaks on behalf of former Supervisor Leslie Katz for her successful appointment to the Port Commission
- Alice speaks before the special Police Commission community hearing at the LGBT Community Center
- Alice Board Member Julian Chang elected President of the Juvenile Probation Commission
- Alice Board of Directors hosts All-Day Board Retreat
- Alice speaks out and begins dialogue on issues relating to how the Unrest in the Middle East Unrest in the Middle East Could Spell Global Freedom
- Supervisor Sean Elsbernd and representatives from SEIU present to Alice’s monthly Membership meeting a program on various proposals for pension reform locally and note those from around the country, especially being pushed by the Republicans in Wisconsin
- Alice represents with a table at the Cesar Chavez Holiday Breakfast
- Alice provides Resources for Same Sex Couples on 2010 Tax Preparations
- Five Alice Board Members begin promotion and fundraising for their efforts with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation Lifecycle AIDSRide
- Alice sends letter to President Barack Obama to thank him for his role in the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
- Alice sends letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein to thank her for her role in pushing forward a legislative Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act
- Alice sends letter to Congresswoman Jackie Speier for her courageous speech on the House floor regarding abortion and women’s health care
- Alice contacts the California Citizens Redistricting Commissionand requests new San Francisco hearing date as Redistricting Commission schedule conflicts with Annual Pride Parade & Festival
- Bay Area Reporter: LGBTs engage in redistricting process
- San Francisco Examiner: Political redistricting meeting or Pride Parade – choose one
- (The Citizens Redistricting Commission moved quickly to change the date of the San Francisco Hearing from Sunday, June 26th, the date of the Pride Parade and Festival, to another date after receiving the letter of concern from Alice.)
- Newly-elected Supervisors Malia Cohen and Mark Farrell present to Alice’s monthly Membership meeting
- Alice sends Mayor Ed Lee letter to express community concerns regarding proposed policies on nightlife including requiring of photographing, scanning, and retaining identification of patrons at nightlife establishments
- After months of discussions, meetings, and negotiations, Alice succeeds in having the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committeepass a new specifically-outlined policy to not attack or malign registered Democrats.
- “SFDCCC funds and campaign activities, including but not limited to mail or other electronic or telephonic communications, shall not be used to attack or malign a registered Democrat running for local or non-partisan office, or, to direct registered Democrats to vote against a registered Democrat running for local or non-partisan office. This prohibition is not intended to preclude activities that clarify that a candidate is misleading voters regarding Party affiliation or endorsement, and is also not intended to preclude activities that clarify a SFDCCC endorsement. Further, campaign activities may refer to the source of funds used to target officially endorsed candidates, but shall not attack a Democratic opponent or suggest an association between the source of independent expenditure funds and a Democratic candidate. In the event that independent expenditures are made in favor of non-endorsed candidates, or against officially endorsed candidates, the source of the funds may be referenced.”
- Alice Board Members participate in the annual California Democratic Convention in Sacramento
- Supervisor and Budget Committee Chair Carmen Chu and Greg Wagner, the Mayor’s Budget Director, address Alice’s monthly Membership meeting
- After months of deliberations by working groups and committees, the Alice Board of Directors passes changes to Bylawswhich allow for the first ever ranked-endorsement process for local elections and for a new process for nominations to the Board.
- Passed unanimously by the Board in May and approved unanimously by the Membership in June.
- Former Alice Co-Chair Carole Cullum is honored by Supervisor Scott Wiener at City Hall and she and her partner Kathy are honored at an Alice Board meeting as they move on to Minnesota
- Alice sends formal letterand speaks out in large numbers at committee hearing to support former Alice Co-Chair Julius Turman for appointment to the San Francisco Police Commission
- Alice Co-Chair speaks out on racist campaign tactics of those proposing a ban on circumcision in San Francisco
- Alice joins with the San Francisco Young Democrats and the City Democratic Club in hosting the first citywide debate by the District Attorney Candidates
- Alice sells-out seats at its largest Alice Pride Breakfastever in its history, breaking records of attendance and fundraising
- Alice led the effort on LGBT community response to the proposed draft maps of the new Senate and Assembly lines by uniting EQCA, National Center for Lesbian Rights, The LGBT Community Center, and the Log Cabin Republicans, to send a joint letter and to testify before the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.
- Newly appointed Police Chief Greg Suhr and his Lesbian Command Staff of Lea Militello, Sandra Tong, and Denise Schmitt present to Alice’s monthly Membership Meeting
- Alice Board Member Myong Leigh is appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force
- Alice begins Alice 40th Anniversary HistorySeries by Board Member Nathan Purkiss
- Alice Kicks Off Month-long History Exhibit entitled “40 Years Together, 40 Years Strong” at GLBT Historical Society Museum
- Welcoming Comments from Christine Pelosi, Chaif of the Women’s Caucus of the California Democratic Party
- Historical Retrospective by Alice Board Member Nathan Purkiss
- Listening Station with the first gay rights speech in American history spoken at a Democratic National Convention, delivered by Alice President and founder Jim Foster in 1972.
- Collage work for the exhibit by San Francisco artist Peter Villapudua
- Historical Panel with Guest Speakers Phyllis Lyon, Gary Miller, Connie O’Connor, Pam David, Andrea Shorter, and Theresa Sparks
- Alice joins with the San Francisco Young Democrats and the City Democratic Club in hosting a standing-room-only mayoral debate at the African American Art & Culture Complex live-streamed by the Huffington Post
- Alice Political Action Committee (PAC) conducts 2 weekends of interviews with Mayoral candidates, as well as interviews for candidates for Sheriff and District Attorney and proponents and opponents of the local measures on the ballot
- Alice PAC votes to make recommendations to the Membership for ballot measures and candidates, including its first ever ranked-endorsements for Mayor
- Alice co-hosts a second mayoral debate held by the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club at the Jewish Community Center
- Alice sends letter in support of Larkin Street Youth Center and its proposal for youth housing at the Edward II in the Marina District
- Alice Membership votes for endorsements based on the PAC recommendations for the November 2011 election
- Alice Board Members Zoe Dunning, Bob Dockendorff, Julian Chang and former Co-Chair Susan Christian serve on the Board of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and celebrate with the SLDN and full LGBT community the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell officially on September 20
- Alice celebrates the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell with House Leader Nancy Pelosi at a special event at the LGBT Center
- Alice’s Field Activities for November 2011 election are in full operation throughout the City by tabling every weekend and by walking nearly 80 precincts by hand
- Alice mails out slate cards and materials to voters throughout the City three times before the election
- Alice posts weekly advertisements in the LGBT community press regularly
- Alice hoists 3 billboards around the City promoting its top candidates
- Alice tables all day with a booth at the Castro Street Fair
- School Board Member Rachel Norton and Redistricting Task Force Member Myong Leigh address the monthly Membership Meeting
- Alice attends the Human Right Campaign Gala
- Alice hosts its annual Fall AwardsHonoring those who Build and Protect our Community
- Leadership Award: Charles Sheehan
- Legislator of the Year: Supervisor Scott Wiener
- Community Partner in Public Service Award: San Francisco Public Library
- Community Partner in Public Relations Award: Contemporary Jewish Museum
- Community Partner in Public Policy Award: Jewish Community Relations Council
- Special Recognition: “Gettin’ Shit Done Award”: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
- Volunteers of the Year: Keith Baraka & Nathan Purkiss
- Alice continues huge Field Operation before Election Day on November 8th
- Alice attends the San Francisco NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Dinner and Gala with a joint table with Senator Mark Leno
- Alex Clemens of Barbary Coast Consulting presents an election-aftermath analysis for the Alice Membership Meeting
- Alice Nominating Committee begins its work on recommendations for Alice’s 2012 Board of Directors to be voted upon in January
- Alice Hosts its annual Holiday Party on December 17th!
Whew, that was a mouthful! And there’s still many items I probably missed in my monthly listing, but this gives an idea of all the work that Alice has done this year and every year. Now let’s all celebrate at the Holiday Party on the 17th! See you soon.
Reese Aaron Isbell