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Dear District 5 Voter,
I am a woman and a feminist, and despite the allegations made by Kay Vasilyeva that appear to attack the character of my friend and District 5 Supervisor candidate Julian Davis, my support and respect for Julian remains unequivocal. Like most San Franciscans, I believe strongly in women's equality and will fight to protect and advance women's rights whenever there is a need. A little background on me, I am an attorney and am constantly seeking to promote and advance social justice and the cause of women's advancement through my profession and in the political arena. In 2013, I will serve as a Director of the Women's Bar Association of Northern California, Queen's Bench. I have also served as Treasurer of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California. As an active District 5 resident, I sit on the Board of Directors for the Jazz Heritage Center in the Fillmore neighborhood where I have served as Treasurer and now serve as Vice Chairwoman. I am also a member of the progressive D5 Action Committee. I take sexual harassment and the advancement of women very seriously. Therefore, I was very disappointed when I heard of the attacks on Julian's character with regards to the alleged sexual harassment.
I have known Julian since we were both freshmen in college sharing a desk at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University, and since then I have worked with Julian closely on San Francisco political and neighborhood campaigns. In the Spring, I strongly encouraged Julian to run for the District 5 Supervisor office not only because of his progressive values but also because of his commitment to promoting and advancing women with respect to leadership positions and also for his record of supporting women's equality and rights in every way.
Since the allegations came down, I have spoken privately and individually with other women who have and continue to support Julian's candidacy. I needed solace and wanted confirmation that the true Julian who I know and love as a friend and like a brother was still the same person of integrity. What I found in these conversations with other women about Julian is that in spite of our various backgrounds we all share the same affection, respect and appreciation for Julian's friendship and that what we most value about Julian is his support of, admiration shown and respect for each of us as potential leaders, as feminists, as lesbians, and as fighters for the struggle of women. I realized that Julian is one of a special breed of men who truly believes in women's equality and rights because it is the absolutely right thing to do and who seeks in earnest to advance women for the progressive cause whenever the need and the opportunity is presented.
City Hall and this country need more leaders like Julian who will stand strongly by women and will lead the charge for progressive values and speak loudly but intelligently for those who do not have a voice. Julian will continue to have my and many other women's #1 vote for District 5 Supervisor.
We are extremely proud to announce that we have received a huge endorsement from the Wigg Party!
The Wigg Party is an influential community group surrounding the Wiggle that is advancing urban sustainability issues, including safer streets for bike riders and pedestrians.
“We feel that Julian is not only the best person for the job, but he is the most likely candidate to beat the two candidates being put forth by the downtown political machine,” said Wigg Party co-founder Morgan Fitzgibbons. “Anyone who has met Julian or heard him in any of these forums knows that he is eminently qualified, incredibly articulate, possesses the big-picture vision that is pathetically absent from most political figures today, and can be thoroughly trusted to represent the interests of D5.”
The announcement comes just days before our campaign is throwing a Pedal-Powered Party in the Panhandle this weekend. The event will feature the amazing music of Cradle Duende and SHAKE YOUR PEACE! from a pedal-powered sound system! Supervisor John Avalos will kick the event off.
Can you chip in $10 or $20 for the campaign? Click here to throw in what you can, but of course everyone is welcome, regardless of ability to contribute.
Don't forget to bring your bike and bedazzle it like a rock star!
Burning Man co-founder and longtime District 5 resident Larry Harvey is backing our campaign for District 5 Supervisor!
The rare move by Larry, who has only ever endorsed a couple local candidates, including former Board President Matt Gonzalez, signifies growing support among local thought leaders.
“Larry Harvey and the burner community as a whole have brought public art to our neighborhood open spaces and more broadly to the global stage,” said Davis. “Larry and I have been talking about how the City can help facilitate and expand our innovative arts culture.”
Thank you, Larry!
Our campaign is celebrating the major endorsement of the San Francisco Tenants Union, which voted Julian their number one choice for District 5 Supervisor.
Founded in 1970, the progressive tenant advocacy organization in San Francisco provides political advocacy on behalf of San Franciscans who live in the more than 170,000 rent-controlled housing units.
There are more than 40,000 tenant voters in District 5 alone.
The highly sought-after endorsement builds on the groundswell of progressive support joining our campaign, including the recent backing of SEIU 1021, former District Attorney Terence Hallinan and State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.
Davis, whose editorial interview with the Guardian went online Monday, said the Tenants Union support is critical to cement his front-runner status among progressives.
“The Tenants Union is a first-responder for so many tenants in San Francisco with nowhere else to turn,” said Davis. “They’ve been there for me in the past, and I look forward to continuing our work together in City Hall.
Check out this all-star team of volunteers who brought our bike cart to the Fillmore Farmer's Market Saturday. Alex (left), Field Organizer Jay Sohn (middle) and his right-hand man Tom (right) said the folks they talked to were thrilled to hear about our inspiring campaign and how to get plugged in. Then, after the market closed, these guys talked to business owners throughout the Fillmore (and Haight) who already support Julian and were thrilled to put up a window sign.
Thank you, Alex, Jay and Tom. This is people power!
Check out this fantastic new web video, courtesy for Nigel Walker and Andy Blue! Watch & share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and email!
Looking to spend a few hours on a good cause? Our campaign office is open daily from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. We could use your help walking precincts with door-hangers. Unlike our opposition, this is an all volunteer campaign, so your help is critical.
We had a packed house on Saturday to continue our field operation. Let's keep the momentum alive!
There's plenty of office work we need help with too. Come on down to 609A Haight Street and get plugged in!
"I wholeheartedly support the mission of Neighbors Developing Divisadero to support inclusive, enriching, and sustainable development with a focus on the Divisadero Corridor and its surrounding neighborhoods. The Harding Hive would be a great asset to not only the Divisadero community, but to the city as a whole. I am excited by the concept of a multi-use incubator and showcase venue for creativity, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, collaboration, and sustainability." Julian interviewed in Neighbors Developing Divisadero blog. 8/28/2012