Inside Alice this Month! ~ March Membership Meeting: March 11, 2013 ~ Co-Chair Column:  2013 – It Is Going To Be A Historic Year ~ Alice Dates: Mar

     
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Inside Alice this Month!

~ March Membership Meeting: March 11, 2013
~ Co-Chair Column:  2013 – It Is Going To Be A Historic Year
~ Alice Dates: March Events

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Alice March Membership General Meeting

Monday, March 11 6:30 - 8:00 pm, LGBT Center, Room 301

Supervisors London Breed and Norman Yee
Two of San Francisco's newly installed Supervisors come to Alice to share their Committee Appointments, goals and objectives and take part in a Q&A. It's exciting to have them join us so early in their term.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera
There from the VERY beginning of Marriage Equality, Dennis Herrera comes to Alice to share his thoughts and ideas, hopes and wishes regarding the upcoming Oral Arguments in front of the US Supreme Court.

Don't miss an action--packed evening sure to get everyone talking!

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Ron Flynn, Alice Co-Chair

Co-Chair Column

 2013 – It Is Going To Be A Historic Year

This is my first column as a Co-Chair, and I desperately want to lie out the plan for this year.  But I know that the year’s activities ¬- for this Club, for the LGBT Community, for those who believe in equality – are not yet planned.  This month, March 2013, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Windsor and Perry cases.  Then we wait.  As we near Pride – June 30, 2013 – our wait ends.  Or does it?

Marriage is not the only issue facing our community.  To the contrary, we have so much work to do.  Until men and women are truly treated equally, until the income gap is closed, until the glass ceiling is shattered, Lesbians will continue to be disproportionately impacted.  We have so much work to do, within and without our Community, to end the disproportionate discrimination faced by the Transgender Community.  Men of Color are disproportionately at risk in the AIDS/HIV pandemic.  Our young people are at greater risk of suicide; our seniors – who paved the way for us – are often excluded entirely in our discussions of our Community.  Yes, there is much work to do.

But this year, Marriage will take center stage.  If we get the big win – DOMA declared unconstitutional in Windsor, and the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage – nationwide – declared unconstitutional in Perry, what a party we will have.  If we win in Windsor, some of us, those of us lucky enough to be in marriages recognized by the States, will have the federal rights and benefits, and dignity, afforded our straight counterparts.  What a huge victory this will be for binational couples facing the harrowing choice of deportation or separation.   A “narrow” victory in Perry, one that recognizes that the unique harm done by Proposition 8 in California such that it is unconstitutional, will be a huge step toward full equality.  But anything short of a complete victory will result in a short-lived celebration.  We will be called to get back to work.  To secure the fundamental right to marriage equality for the LGBT Community throughout the country.  Working to gather signatures to get something on the ballot.  Or building coalition to pass a proposition placed on the ballot by the legislature.  Doing everything we can to secure the rights as broadly as possible.  

Marriage will take over the year, one way or another.  2013 will be the year we won.  Or it will be the year we get back to work on marriage in full force.  This is not because Marriage is more important than the issues I mention above, or many others.  Marriage is important not just for the rights and benefits it bestows, but because of the message it sends – we are equal in the law, we deserve dignity and recognition.  But the reason marriage will take over if we do not get a full victory is because we have momentum.  Marriage equality is coming. Our enemies continue to work – to work hard – to convince people that we are intolerant, and that we are evil, that we are undeserving, that we are taking away their rights, and that we will ruin their marriages.  And each day, we need to continue to work to beat them back, and to win over new supporters.  It is happening.  Everyday, someone who opposed marriage equality comes out in favor of it.  Everyday, another heart, another mind, is won.  The President of the United States has joined us.  The only thing that can stop this is if we stop working.  So we have to continue.

2013 is going to be a great year.  It is going to be historic.  But I, like you, wait to find out in what way.  Those two decisions, Windsor and Perry, will shape the year’s activities.  Alice will celebrate.  Alice will get to work.  

Come join us at our next membership meeting.  Our new District 7 Supervisor, Norman Yee, will be there to meet you and introduce himself to those who do not yet know him.  Our City Attorney, Dennis Herrera, is coming to share with you our City’s efforts on marriage equality, including a discussion of the upcoming Supreme Court arguments.  Our new District 5 Supervisor, London Breed, will be there.  Come, be part of the conversation.  Then come back and be part of the celebration, the work, and the history. 

Ron Flynn, Co-Chair Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club 

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San Francisco Power of Choice Luncheon

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time: 12 PM -1:30 PM
Location: Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St.

This year’s event is the eighteenth luncheon, and will celebrate Roe v. Wade’s 40th Anniversary—40 years of choice! The program features actress, writer and producer Amy Brenneman of “Judging Amy,” and “Private Practice,” actress Dianna Agron of “Glee,” and Ilyse Hogue, the new President of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Please visit www.ProChoiceAmerica.org/SFPOC for more information.

San Francisco Democratic Party Breakfast Save the Date!

Date: Friday, March 8, 2013
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: InterContinential Mark Hopkins, 999 California St.

Join Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Democratic Party in Honoring Past Accomplishments and Building a Promising Future. For more information please contact Ally Hergenraeder at 415-626-1161 or info@sfdemocrats.org.

California DISCLOSE Act Campaign Kickoff

Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 2 - 4 PM
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto

Come to the Bay Area campaign kick-off for SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act! Join SB 52 authors Senator Mark Leno and Senator Jerry Hill,and local activist leaders so you can help transparency in our elections by requiring identification of donors. Rsvp at www.yesfairelections.org/events.

San Francisco LGBT Center -- STUDIO 11

Date: Saturday , March 23, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: SF Design Center, 2 Henry Adams St.

It's the Center's eleventh anniversary and we're celebrating with our annual soiree, STUDIO 11! Over 1,000 individuals, community leaders and sponsors will come together to enjoy a fabulous evening of entertainment, dancing, food and festivities.

Tickets are $125/person and can be purchased here. A limited number of tickets are available at $95/person for Seniors 65+ and young adults 21-24. Please visit the Eventbrite site for more details and tickets.

Screening of "The House I Live In"

Date: Monday, March 25, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.

The House I Live In tells the stories of individuals on all sides of America's war on drugs. From the people who sell drugs to the narcotics officer who busts them, from the people who are incarcerated to the federal judge who locks them up, the film offers a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system and reveals the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policies. $12.

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