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much as we could closely to the prior mou. as commissioner said that is what we want to do is keep that promise as closely as possible with the prior agreement that is why the language is the way that it is. there is nothing supplanting the commission's role in this. we take direction and guy dan from the police commission. we want to move forward with the work. >> again, you know, i'm a week into this and i think a lot of things happened before i got here, i know i think i share commissioner jesus' concern as to why this whole process took place before we were invited in
and then basically because we pushed our way in or demanded. how is that the appropriate -- i'm concerned that the commission -- i don't know if supplants is the right word. it does call into question, i think the straightforwardness with which whoever put all of this together dealt with us. we are the body that sits and handles the policies and so forth for the police department. i think we would have been the first call, not the last call, in putting this together. i am concerned that we have come in as afterthought and essentially say, you know, please let us come in and let us see what you are doing.
let us know what is going on. to me it calls into question the faith with which this process occurred. i don't know anything about the process. i think we should have been a part of it since the beginning. we should have had the opportunity to discuss this as a commission in public so that the community could be aware of the decisions we are making. these reforms are wonderful. everybody is on board and excited. we want to do these but we have to maintain, you know, some of the big goals of the d.o.j. report, 21st century policing, trust, accountability, transparency. i am not feeling like this process was lives up to those goals. i have concerns. i don't know the remedy. i don't know if this is something we should delay and
have more time for those of us that don't know to get up to speed. it sounds like vice president mazzucco and commissioner hurst worked on this. we need people to take the lead, but i think it would be helpful for the rest of us or some of us to know a little more about the process and to be sure that we are going to be the police commission. >> let me help you out. we were taken by surprise when the mou first came to the commission. we unanimously rejected it for the reasons you have stated. after that rejection, myself and commissioner hurst met with mayor farrell. we expressed concerns.
we are the police commission, why you can't have the ceremony and we didn't participate in that. there was no commissioner present. we weren't signatory re. we met with the mayor. what are your concerns, he said? commissioner hurst explained. this left us out. you are not alone. it was unanimous. it was 7-0. the commission was not happy with this. next was commissioner hurst going in to put this in a form to recognize our role pursuant to the charter what we have been doing. that is the process taking place for commissioner hurst has met with these folks and put them on the format that he feels and i feel comfortable with it, too. it recognizes who we are.
i agree for the new commissioners this is the first time you are seeing this. it would be wise to put this over for a week. if you have any questions to speak to commissioner hurst, myself other the city attorney. we were caught by surprise when it came to the commission. when the mou was entered with the cops there was no participation with the commission. that wasn'tter into in an emergency situation when things had to be done without ut. everybody was pleased with having the cops come in. there was no objection. we need a comfort level as a commission, as a body with what the california d.o.j. is doing. making it clear where we stand in this. we went to the city attorney and said you can't enter into the document and excludes the commission and here is why.
we didn't say could you please include us? we haven't addressed it that way with anybody. i suggest we put it over for two weeks and let the commissioners uncomfortable with the process and what is happening to get in on the meetings next week to learn for yourself what is happening. all we are trying to do is get back to where we were. we lost momentum for too much time. we need to get back. >> the reforms are happening.
i have to thank commissioner hurst. he has put us in the position where i feel comfortable with it now and i didn't feel comfortable. we made that clear to the mayor and city attorney. i suggest we put this over. >> could i add if we put it over for a minimum of two weeks the next available date will buy july 11th due to the holiday and us being dark. >> we need next week for the commissioners to get educated. >> thank you for your work in taking the lead on this. i echo the comments also as well. chief scott i think the reality is it is the situation. my request at this point would be that we are informed of the
meetings that are upcoming and what the agenda for the meetings are so that we are aware when and where they wil will take ple so we can cover that. that is beneficial to be able to finalize this agreement. >> i agree. it is great to have the new commissioners here. again, the chronology helps. it is a long way. we want your input. >> what we need to do is put this over to the next available meeting to give the commissioners time to look at this. it is now time for public comment regarding the inaction on this matter to put it over. any public comment regarding line item 3 with reference to the mou of the state department of justice. good evening magic, how are you? >> i was taken by surprise when i heard the state announce they were taking over on the news that is the first i heard about
it. i follow what happens here consistently. i appreciate the work done. i agree the two weeks at least and that we are clear about what the agreement is because i have found the process is really never over. if the process is not in place and how we are doing this, how do we have clear discussions how to enforce all of this. i really appreciate you are taking time and standing up strongly so the checks and balances of the system are in place? >> public comment is now closed. please call next line item. >> general public comment regarding items not on the agenda but within the subject matter of the commission. speaker shall address the remarks as a whole not to individual commissioners or personnel. under the rules of order neither police nor dpa personnel or
commissioners are required to respond to questions of the public. individual commissioners and dpa personnel should refrain from entering into debates or discussion. director davis, how are you? >> hello everyone. cheryl davis human rights commission. i actually wanted to drop off a few of the cfi booklets. i will e-mail sergeant kilshaw. the white paper from stanford, i wanted to share with you all which i realize i have met with chief scott, and we are planning for the summer. what i realized when i have to recognize the director henderson invites me every week to these wonderful meetings. i always say no. tonight i am here. i wanted to share with you all a
snapshot of the report from stanford on the program that we do each year with the police department, and i also wanted to share that the san francisco foundation and silicone valley foundation have given us a little bit of money to pilot this regionally. we will this summer do a small pilot in oakland as well as in san jose. i realize that when i arrived in here that we haven't effectively, i haven't been great about making a connection to turn the work directly with the police commission. i had worked in the past with susie loftus to be engaged. i continued that partnership with the commissioner thurman. i have not continued that is i want to have young people here to share with you during the summer and to recognize and it
is funny it is all full circle. it started with vice president mazzucco years ago with project safe neighborhoods. looking forward to working with the new commissioners and returning commissioners and grateful for the public partnership. >> any further public comment? before director davis leaves, i apologize magic. it is an incredible program. the young men and women participated in our department general use of force to reexam it. i talked about the interns and perspective we receive from the young men and women living in the neighborhoods and they were very helpful. it was a great learning experience. they had great video. more importantly were some of the young men and women were at now including police cadets,
college, one in the police academy not too long ago. those young men and women with the stewardship of cheryl davis have actually looked at our issues and the way to repair them is to become part of the police department. it is incredible. thank you. >> are they presenting to us this summer. >> i certainly hope so. thank you director davis. >> i want too appreciate the people of san francisco on defeat of prop 8. to set policy for the sfpd. i am sure you understand the importance of checks and balance this is place to stop abuse of power. your power has been affirmed reaffirmed. it is your turn to affirm the
power of the sun sunshine task force. it proves the police commission vote for use of tasers was illegal to violate the rights of open meetings according to the brown act. city hall was shut down and people were deep need insess-- denied access. the police commission was in violation of the people's rights on three counts. i am aware this decision does not are legal teth. it combpels you to act for -- compels you to act to not let stand the decision that violated the people's rights. some of you are new members. thank you for stepping forward. your decisions can make a difference between life and death. the police department was in disarray there are 271 recommendations. to bring tasers would destroy the trust between the community
and commission which we were building between de-escalation and help. you can correct this and i will be contacting you to explain next steps. let's get back on track and work together to train people to be peace officers, respected and respectful especially to those most vulnerable. i want to add that i am sorry for the loss of president turman and that he was passionately supporting this to come together as a community. >> thank you. any further public comment. public comment is now closed. >> 5 public comment on matters pertaining to item 70 the vote to hold item 7 in closed session. >> we will go into closed
session to discuss matters. any public comment? hearing none public comment is now closed. >> i saw something about tasers in the closed session i would hope it would be discussed publicly unless there is a reason not to. >> just so the record is clear it is meet and conferee lated to labor related issues. public comment is closed. thank you. >> vote on whether to hold item 7 in closed item. 67.10 action. >> do i have a motion. second. all in favor. thank you very much. we
>> commissioners, we're back on the record and in open session. line item 8, would you please call that. >> okay. for the record, vp mazzucco, we're going to go back on the record. we still have a quorum consisti. also, we have chief scott in the room. >> thank you. commissioners. with reference to line item number 8, do i have a vote as to whether or not to disclose who was held in closed session, a vote for nondisclosure. >> i vote for nondisclosure. >> second. >> thank you. please call line item nine
[agenda item read] [agenda item read] >> as i stated, we're going to close in memory of patrol officer samuel reyes, sr. he's a graduate of mission high school. he dedicated his life to serving the citizens of san francisco. he will not only be profoundly missed by his friends and family but by those citizens he served for nearly 50 years. he worked the majority of his career in the bayview district. throughout his long career he received numerous commendations. he was awarded the bronze medal of valor for residence cueing two victims where shots were fired. he is survived by his wife of 56 years, gloria. the police commission and the police department and the city and county of san francisco thanks sam for his five decades
after all, we're at the meeting of land and sea. - our city is famous for its iconic scenery, historic designs, and world- class style. it's the birthplace of blue jeans, and where "the rock" holds court over the largest natural harbor on the west coast. - the city's information technology professionals work on revolutionary projects, like providing free wifi to residents and visitors, developing new programs to keep sfo humming, and ensuring patient safety at san francisco general. our it professionals make government accessible through award-winning mobile apps, and support vital infrastructure projects like the hetch hetchy regional water system. - our employees enjoy competitive salaries, as well as generous benefits programs. but most importantly, working for the city and county of san francisco gives employees an opportunity to contribute their ideas, energy, and commitment to shape the city's future. - thank you for considering a career
with the city and county of san francisco. >> neighborhoods in san francisco are as diverse and fascinating as the people who inhabit them and today we're in the western addition in district 5, where we'll hang with supervisor london breed and experience firsthand the renaissance underway at the buchanan mall. buchanan mall was connecting city blocks from grove to turk street and once besieged by violence, today it's revitaling community spirit with an urban garden. this is where anyone who grew up in
the neighborhood and spend out any time outside we spent time at buchanan mall and we hang with one another and made it work. we had fun together. the good news is that it seems like the activation is bringing the community back to the area. this garden, i think, can do a lot for bringing the community together. my hope is that with these cooking demos, that will bring folks out and they will start talking to one another when they probably normally wouldn't do that. crystal jem started cook as soon as she could start and the coordinator for community grows an organization that teaches cooking and nutrition, sanctifying growing spaces and nourishing communities. >> it was to have a sea of calm for pause and congregating. i see more people out.
if they are out here playing, it's still safer. it's a beautiful spaces and people are less inclined to mess them up. it allows them to want to instill some sort of ownership over this good thing. before we did this buchanan mall project i had walked through here -- hadn't walked through in ten years because of the dynamics of the neighborhood. >> for residents who kov founded green street a local business that offers re-cycling for the properties, activation took opportunity for the environment and community at-large. >> it's the but thy of the whole mission north and from the prison yards together and now we stand here today pushing good energy for those people around us. i learn businesses through this and now i can share business with my community.
[laughter] >> get in there. >> mayor farrell: all right. there we go. [cheers and applause] >> mayor farrell: let us get started here. first of all, i want to welcome everyone to city hall to kick off san francisco's are judy -- lgbtq pride 2018. let's give a round of applause, everyone. [cheers and applause] >> mayor farrell: i want to thank, first of all, the incredible people that made this happen here today. not only outside of city hall, but thank you to the volunteers who are making this month exactly what it is for the city
of san francisco. special thanks to our own san francisco pride team and i want to acknowledge teddy witherington who is scheduled to be here. teddy, if you are here, or he will be here soon enough. i want to acknowledge him as well for being here. i want to acknowledge, there are a number of people up here as well. acknowledge the elected officials, alice randolph from art city officials board, carmen two, our assessor recorder, the woman of the hour, for sure. [cheers and applause] clair farley from our office of transgender services. [applause] london breed, our president of the board of supervisors. our treasured tax collector and our share of. [applause] so today, in san francisco, and
throughout the month, we honour both individuals that have made a significant difference in the past that are doing it now in the present and will in the future, for our lgbtq community. we also acknowledge all the organizations that work with our community of san francisco on lgbtq issues that make san francisco who we are as a city. you know, as civil rights are under attack throughout our country, it is so important that san francisco stands tall above every other place in america. that we, as a city, recommit ourselves to reject the ideologies of bigotry and hatred that come out of the trump administration and others throughout our country, throughout the world, at times. san francisco needs to remain a beacon of hope for everybody. i am proud to be the mayor at
the city and county of san francisco that stands exactly for those principles. [cheers and applause] in san francisco, we stand up for our principles of diversity. we stand up for equality for every single person in our city, and we make sure that our city continues to be an example for the rest of our country to follow. you know, as mayor, and before then as member of the board of supervisors, i've been able to witness the strength of our lgbtq community here in san francisco. we have fought many battles over the years. today, with what was a very narrow ruling out of the u.s. supreme court, but the rhetoric that comes with that, and what
our lgbtq community must do to combat that and stand proud and stand tall. it is so important at the rest of us, as a city stand with our lgbtq community. that is who we are as san francisco. along those lines, i want to make sure i let everyone know today, and announce officially, san francisco is joining with the rca of california and banning all business practices with the state of oklahoma. [cheers and applause] we will not -- we will not, as a city, continue to tolerate other jurisdictions that discriminate upon our civil rights, and certainly with her lgbtq community. we will continue to stand tall as a city, and stoned -- stand tall for exactly who we are as people and residents in our city. you know, i want to acknowledge the contributions of our late mayor ed lee and the things he
did for the lgbtq community as well. he founded the federal mayors against lgbtq discrimination organization. but he did so at the national level. he started the player. the first and its client in our entire country. and it has been a great source of pride as mayor to continue this legacy. last week, the supervisors and i announced that the city of san francisco and i will be backfilling the four-point $2 million for hiv and aids funding that a federal government cut. [applause] together with claire farley, we have created a transgender advisory committee here in san francisco. and legislation that our board of supervisors was proud to pass
through and i was proud to sign. creating all gender bathrooms in our sros across a city of san francisco. and also signing legislation naming terminal one for harvey milk at our san francisco airport. [applause] it is with great pride i stand here as your mayor to kick off this month. and to be part of some amazing celebrations yet to come. i would like to say a few comments about the next person who is going to be speaking. she is going to be the recipient of the teddy witherington award, which recognizes individuals for their long-standing, and lasting contributions to our lgbtq community in san francisco. kate kendall has served the executive director of the national centre for lesbian rights for 22 years. [applause]
she has placed the ncl are at the centre of the civil rights movement in our country. under her guidance, they want the landmark equality case in 2,008 and was later part of the team that secured national equality in 2015. [applause] they have done problematic work around asylum, immigration, around lgbtq people in prisons and transgender rights, poverty, issues for those that are part of our lgbtq community, and issues that matter for lgbtq people of colour. just last year, and clr -- nclr joined court people to file lawsuit challenging trump's transgender military band.
it secured a nationwide injunction. that is what we can do when we stand together for our principles. [applause] i've gone to meet kate a number of times to get to know her a little bit, but she is a symbol of standing for social justice in our city, and it is with great pride that i welcome up kate kendall to the microphone and pronounced today, kate kendall day in the city of san francisco. [cheers and applause] the stage is yours. >> thank you. i was not prepared for that. i really thought i was just coming, just like all of you to a flag raising. i didn't realize that i was going to be acknowledged in this way. what i want to say is that when
i came to san francisco, 24 years ago, to start as a legal director for the national centre for lesbian rights, i thought i was coming to be the legal director at the national centre for lesbian rights. i never thought i would be the executive director, and i never imagined that a city could so transform a person and make them feel so embraced and so loved, and so welcome to, so supported that they could, every day, and that is me i am speaking of, have my reach exceed my grasp in what i thought i was capable of. this city, on the support of many people who are here, and many people who came before and who are no longer here launched me in so many ways, and i have often said, but it is so true, i get so much more than i gave and i am so grateful for this. grateful for the work i'm able to do. the fight will continue and someone else will lead nclr and
they will be a bigger badass than me. that is what we know we need to. it is time to know when to lead and time to know when to step aside and let someone else lead and i'm excited for the next chapter for nclr and for this city, and for where we go as a country and taking our country back as a place where all of us can live fully and freely and feel supported for who we are and and hate and discrimination and white supremacy and racism. thank you so much for this and for your support. [cheers and applause] >> mayor farrell: thank you kate. up next, i have the pleasure of introducing someone who is really a part of living history for lgbtq community in san francisco. someone who has been the forefront of this fight for civil rights, for decades in our city. someone who has had the
opportunity to be a leader outside of city hall and inside of city hall. and at this point, it is the only person on the board of supervisors that is part of the lgbtq community. please join me in welcoming up the great lady -- leader for our city of san francisco supervisor jeff sheehy. >> thank you kate i have a certificate from the board of supervisors for you as well. [applause] just a note, under her leadership, nclr has led on these national court battles, but one of the most moving things i experienced was i was with my husband in a small town in florida, a lesbian couple, the woman who had been previously married to a man was having trouble getting rights
for her child and who was there? nclr. small town, big towns, big issues, little issues, they have been there across this country. i salute you, kate. i salute nclr. the greatest. [applause] so, this is an interesting pride to kick off with a supreme court decision against our community. i recognize our acclaim this year and generations of pride and like kate, is passing down to new leadership and new activism in our community. the person who came up with that theme, larry nelson, the bonds that we need to create between those of us who are in the back of squad cars and lying down in streets, starting organizations in our community. those bonds need to be strengthened and renewed.
we are at war. we are at war. when children are taken away from immigrant parents at the border and separated, when our community, i would transgender rights have been under assault from the beginning of this administration, and now we can't even bake a cake. we can't even get a wedding cake. what is this? 7-2. we have to recognize the threat to our community is immortal, it is not just asked. we have to stand with every other community in unison as we've done over the years to fight back these threats from this administration. [applause] [cheering] >> and we all have to identify the congressional district in california that we are going to be marching and walking and fighting for with democrats this fall. we can take back the house and start to stop this, but we have to do the work.
[applause] remember we one the briggs amendment way back in the day with harvey milk. we went to places, small towns across california and showed them who we were, who we are, and show them our love. so, just to close out, i could go on and on, because that brought out the activist in me to see the supreme court decision, not that i haven't been fired up since i came into office, i do want to give a special shout out to gilbert baker. i don't know how many of you know, this pride is the 40th anniversary of the creation of the rainbow flag. the first rainbow flag. [applause] the first rainbow flag flew 14 years ago, and now you can find it in every country in the wor world. that kind of creative, passionate activism is what we are here to celebrate and to
continue. thank you all, and happy pride. [applause] >> mayor farrell: i would also like to introduce claire farley. thank you. the office of transgender initiative, lgbtq initiative, sorry. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. good morning everyone. i'm so happy to be here to celebrate and kick off pride with you all today. [cheers and applause] i'll give it a minute. as we know, 2018 has been a challenging year, as we fight for basic human rights and lgbtq rights across the country. san francisco continues to be a
leader in advancing the rights for transgender and lgbtq people. as our federal administration has it under constant attack. furthermore, our diverse communities across san francisco bring us life and honour are under siege. with all of this, it can be difficult to remember what we are here to celebrate. although, when we look back at our history, we are reminded of the movement and the changemakers that never gave up. we have stood up and fought ba back. we have fought back with our communities through our resiliency, our community power, working together across communities to develop comprehensive programs, policies and actions that make us stronger and celebrate our differences. i'm so proud to work for a city where i can be out. and where i can be part of advancing the rights for trans and lgbtq people across our great city.
whether it is spanning travel are contracting with states that past policies that allow discrimination, or assuring that we have benefits for everyone in our city, or making sure that we have all gender facilities, or developing districts that honour our san francisco culture. or that celebrate the legacy of our lgbtq leaders like renaming terminal one after harvey milk. we still have so much more work to do and i look forward to being part of this change. i am grateful for the late mayor lee for appointing me and seeing the value in transgender leadership in our city. [applause] thank you to mayor farrell, city administrators, my team and everyone on the mayor's staff in the community for supporting me over my first six months. from constant to s.f. pride, san francisco is a beacon of hope
and will continue for generations to come. today, we celebrated the raising of the pride flag over san francisco city hall, and it is a reminder of the generations of strengths that came before us. harvey milk, julius truman, marcia p. johnson, and many more. and honouring the leaders of today, kate kendall, missed major, teddy witherington, cecelia chong, and many more. [applause] today i have the honour to recognize the changemaker of our future. with ten years of service for our community, he is a writer, a cultural icon, a policy strategist, she is currently the lgbtq policy advisor for the san francisco human rights commission. she was instrumental in the name and dignity act for incarcerated
transgendered people. she is a policy of fellow alums for the women's foundation policy institute and lead advocate on prioritizing safety for sex workers. she cofounded the constant cultural district, -- district the first transgender cultural district in the country. please join me in welcoming aria saiid. [applause] >> good afternoon everyone. i don't want to feel alone up here. i don't want to feel alone. [laughter] happy pride. my name is aria and i am so grateful for the acknowledgement today and this month. i've been doing this work for ten years and i'm definitely having a full circle moments. i moved to san francisco in 2010
with $60 in my bag and got off the greyhound bus and i slaps on the san francisco bar and i used to walk maiden lane, and dream about being more than i was at that time. so i am so grateful for this acknowledgement. i also want to say that my work and in particular is about the promotion of the resiliency of black trans women. i feel like... [applause] it's because -- it's because of the work of black trans women that i feel like we are free. forty-eight years ago at stonewall, it was a black trans women who was a sex worker and he was homeless. marcia p. johnson who threw the brick at the police officers that started the riot. it is because a black trans women that we are able to
celebrate pride, and i am so grateful to be soaking in this moment. thank you so much. [cheers and applause] >> aria, the supervisor has a certificate to give you as well. >> mayor farrell: i also have a certificate from the board of supervisors. thank you it so much for your years of work. thank you. [applause] >> we also want to thank tom horn for making this event possible. thank you tom. [applause] we would not be able to celebrate this annual event without your support. next, it is my honour to welcome the leader behind pride and helps make pride happen every year. please join me in welcoming the executive director, jordan --
george ridley to help me kick off pride. [applause] >> thank you. thank you mayor farrell and thank you supervisors. i've asked the board president to join me up here today. [applause] honestly, i couldn't do my job without the support of someone like michelle. this is her third year as our president. it's my fifth year at pride. it is quite a privilege to do this. we are quite the team. again, i need her by my side. i am glad she is here today as well. so, we are pleased to be here at the beginning applied month and honoured to be part of this flag raising ceremony. san francisco is looking very proud. i don't know if you notice, but this past week we installed the rainbow flag along market street and the energy in the city is clearly building to what i expect to be an enormous
expression of resistance and hope and solidarity on june 23rd and 24th. i am lucky to work, yes. [applause] i am lucky to work with some dedicated and tireless individuals. we are a small team we are a mighty team. not everyone in the office or working on the event could be here today, they've got some work to do, however, there are some people who could join us. i would love it if you would raise your hand if you are on the team, or on the staff, and volunteering. everyone give them a round of applause. [applause] >> i think, at this point i would like to recognize our board of directors who has been incredibly supportive of me and of the organization and the vision that we have. as i mentioned, michelle is our board president. i know a lot of our board
members are here today and i'm super grateful for that. our vice president is here. [applause] our secretary is here. [applause] i'm not sure if our secretary, when -- secretary was able to make its. all right. we have more members here with us today. [applause] dj grey. william walker. and other board members that were not able to make it, elizabeth, yeah, -- lanyon, manuel perez, justin taylor, please give them a round of applause as well. [cheers and applause]
pride is a perfect portrait of all the things that we love about san francisco. this year, we are expecting 270 contingents in the parade. that is on par it was last year market street is going to be so filled with community groups, activists, elders, children, companies, international and local, performers, celebrities and elected officials marching side-by-side down market street. is a massive organic expression of a million voices simultaneously erupting as we march down market street and gather at civic centre. for all of those voices building to a crescendo that calls out in the name of strengths, solidarity, and unrelenting demand for equality. [cheers and applause] our theme this year is
generations of strengths. as a supervisor pointed out earlier. i think you would agree that this years grand marshals and honourees are wonderful examples of the strength that is found throughout our communities. this is where i will ask for michelle's help. first, i want to acknowledge that kate kendall has been an incredible inspiration for me. [cheers and applause] i also want to thank you for starting out by crying, because i normally do as well. this is perfect. thank you. [laughter] with that, i will give michelle some airtime. [laughter] >> oh,, i don't know anything about airtime, but i love it. thank you so much. i'm very honoured to be here again and thank you to tom horn. thank you to everybody. the leaders of san francisco for making this happen and to kick off pride month for a world destination city like san francisco. in three weeks we will see a lot of people come to san francisco to celebrate pride and to support the lgbtq community.
i want to piggyback off of what the supervisor was talking about as far as a community being under attack. in some ways, we are at war with the supreme court voting against us as a community. it is not just one person. it is not just one organization that is going to make the equal rights movement happen. it takes all of us, and visibility as a backbone. i'm very proud to be part of a board that has made it their mission and their commitment to make sure we recognize the work of the leaders of our community who are working at the very grassroots level and changing hearts and minds. to introduce this year's grand marshals and honourees, and those being selected, keep that in mind. there are many of us who, just by attending the local churches, by being educators, by being out, that that is part of our due diligence and social
responsibility, and making sure we do fight for equal rights. these are the people who are making and paving the way for us. that was from my heart. now i will go on script. [laughter] from the little -- multilayer grassroots advocacy work that is being done in the bay area by the incredibly talented kinfol kinfolks, they are our community selected grand marshal. [cheers and applause] to the generations of? or artists that have been fostered by? or cultural centre and just honoured, steered with a loving hand by pam tennyson, from aria, founder of the queer culture initiative that is promoting cultural equity for trans women of colour, through social empowerment and cultural enrichment, to the work that community grand marshal really criticized on to develop safe spaces for lgbtq students, faculty, employees -- and
employees at ucb berkeley, i could go on and on and on about the grand marshals and awardees. they have contributed over 30 years to the lgbtq community. they have litigated and continue to fight for our community through the court system. putting out lgbtq queer and nonconforming images, and visibility, voices out there. john haines, who many of you know at city hall, he works tirelessly and volunteers and advocates for everyone here in the city of san francisco. they paved the way for freedom and liberation. the fair education act implementation coalition with our family coalition, of course,
a lesbian gate freedom been, we would not sound so amazing if not for the lesbian gate freedom band. we thank each and every one of you for your service to our communities and i know many of you are here today and that was my script. thank you. i look forward to san francisco pride. [cheers and applause] >> thank you michelle. 2018 is a special year in san francisco for a number of reasons. as the supervisors pointed out, he was 40 years ago the rainbow flag was first unfurled and flown at the gate freedom day festivities. today it is an internationally recognized symbol of unity, love and acceptance. for two years ago, in 1978, we saw the first performance of the gay man's chorus, who during a dark and painful moment in this history, brought to the community comfort right here on the steps of city hall.
forty years ago, in 1978, harvey milk sat triumphantly atop a car and rode down market street as a first openly gay elected official in california. [applause] if you look at the film and look at the photos, it was clearly a victory lap and he wore a huge smile. he wore a lay around his neck and he were a t-shirt that read, i will never go back. we must never go back. while we have been enjoyed great civil rights and victories, there are those who will take those victories away, as was proven today. we must never stop fighting to defend what we have one, and simultaneously ensure that no one is left behind. we will never go back in the name of the community ancestors like sonny wolf who led the pride parade for over 40 years with dykes on bikes. we must keep moving forward. [applause]
we will never go back. while we face great challenges, we must also seize on great opportunities. the young people in our communities need support and they need mentorship and they need love. they keep us moving forward. we will never go back. the only way we can progress is together as one. take a chance at this june to celebrate alongside the million people we've invited to the city and other human beings, and unite your voices in a call for justice and equality. i want to share some words i saw this morning from a colleague and a friend on social media. sam singer. some of you in the room -- room may know it sam singer. he was reflecting on the assassination of bobby kennedy, 50 years ago, this week. i think it is quite poignant for what we are talking about today. it is our political, social and moral imperative to survive, and
honour those who gave their lives to protest. [applause] with that, i will say, once again, we will never go back. we are generations of strengths happy lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender pride. thank you for being here today. [cheers and applause] >> mayor farrell: thank you. george, stay here for a second. two quick things. first of all, i would like to recognize our district attorney he was here today as well, with us. was clause second, kate, celebrate, we named it kate kendall day in san francisco. but i'm proud to announce today this is lgbtq pride month in the city of san francisco. [cheers and applause]
zbls hi. good morning and welcome to. >> i am joined today by supervisor aaron peskin who's the vice chair. i'd like to acknowledge our committee clerk, john carol and also the staff at sfgov tv for ensuring that our meetings are available to the public on-line. president breed is not going to be able to attend today's meeting, and so we will take