A new group calling itself San Francisco Group for Accountable Government (SFGAG) has started an online petition and campaign to block District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener from attending or speaking at the upcoming 35th annual Milk/Moscone Memorial March on Nov. 27th in the Castro.
SFGAG’s Change.org petition states in no uncertain terms their feelings regarding the Supervisor:
Harvey Milk’s most resonate message was “we’ve got to give them hope”. Harvey was known for advocating on behalf of the disenfranchised and displaced.
The current elected sitting in the seat once graced by Harvey does not understand Harvey’s message or care about his ideals and therefore cannot and does not respect them.
The District Eight Supervisor has no business selling out the memorial for Harvey to further his own political agenda while generating yet more media attention for himself. He should not be speaking to the crowd and has no rightful place at a memorial organized by and for the people who wish to celebrate and honor Harvey’s memory and legacy.
The petition first popped up on Nov. 13th according to a post in Indie Wire on a Recall Wiener Facebook page. It also made appearance on the Facebook event page for the Memorial March which started a raging thread both in support and against Mr. Wiener. Overwhelming consensus was that no politician should speak or use the time to boost support or agendas.
One of this years event organizers, activist lawyer David Waggoner, was quick to assuage many peoples concerns responding, “No politicians will be using the memorial to score political points.”
The petition as of this morning has 102 signatures. When the petition is signed all signatures and comments left are automatically forwarded to the entire Board of Supervisors including Supervisor Wiener and Tom Temprano current president of the Milk Club.
We reached out to Sup. Wiener via email for his reaction who wrote back saying, “This vigil is for the entire community. It’s not for one part of the community, or one political clique, to the exclusion of others. I’ll be attending the vigil, as I have for years, to remember Harvey Milk and George Moscone and to recommit myself to continuing to work for our community.”
This isn’t the first campaign or petition targeting Supervisor Wiener who many refer to as politically polarizing. Last November another group, Vibrant Castro Neighborhood Association, initiated a campaign to keep the Supervisor from becoming Board President. In the past few months Queer radical dissident group Gay Shame has been plastering the district and City with posters claiming the Supervisor (and Mayor) are in league with luxury developers and only paying lip service to the growing chasm of the city’s haves vs. have-nots.
This years annual candlelight memorial march starts at the Castro MUNI plaza named after Milk and is being organized by the Harvey Milk Democratic Club and LGBT icon activist and former Milk staffer Cleve Jones. The event starts at 7PM and is co-sponsored by San Francisco Rising Action Fund, AIDS Housing Alliance / SF, Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, Coalition on Homelessness, AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), San Francisco Senior and Disability Action, Let’s Kick ASS, Unite Here! Local 2, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, Latino Democratic Club, Calle 24/Mission No Evictions, Aguilas, and Dolores Street Community Services.