The time has come to testify on my behalf at the Rules Committee hearing in City Hall on July 7th at 1:30.
I applied to this seat to be a community representative. There has been much push back sighting the fact that I have worked in clubs and there for can not be a community leader.
I think this is an example of what happens when you are a Drag Queen quite frankly. People look at you and believe that you can not be taken seriously or that perhaps I will not be able to make decisions that will be fair.
I will really need your help on the 7th to testify to the Rules Committee that I am....
1. Community Oriented and that clubs are often the place that queers find their voice and become leaders. As a person who escaped to NY I had one way to make a living and serve my community. Drag. Drag was my only job in NY.
In San Francisco however I became a hairdresser and made my living as such. I did drag as a way to continue my storytelling and art. I have continued to work for the community around planning issues that I later was Sainted by the Sisters for. I have worked around Prop 8 and other anti queer legislation. But it is not just "I" who have done it but we have together. Out of the bars and into the streets as Harvey Milk said.
2. Last year I ran for Supervisor of District 6 and came in 6th out of 15. I struggled to gain recognition in a crowded field and to make my platform heard. A platform based on community solutions for some of our toughest problems. I continue to work around Safe Use Sights and Homeless issues while using my drag to fundraise for many grass roots and not for profit organizations. I have also done an exemplary job with the Harvey Milk Club as their Outreach Co-Ordinator and even won the Simeon White Volunteer of the Year award this year.
3. I have to try three times as hard as anyone else. When people see you as a drag queen it is very hard to be taken seriously. I know that and proudly bring my culture with me anyway. I find the strength to do this because of the support my community offers. I have not quit but continued to work harder so as to not stop the forward momentum we have experienced together.
We must continue to maintain that voice together. We do have a vested interest in community building and creating opportunities for the community to grow as a whole. (Or to steal Pippi Lovestocking's line "I like to serve the community as a whole")
4. Since my run for Supervisor I have be recruited by many not for profits to sit on their governing boards. I have chosen The United Playaz and the Shi Yu-Lang YMCA because they deal with Youth. I have started learning land use this month by joining the Western SOMA Citizens Task Force because I understand the importance of Planning in our city and creating vibrant communities that work.
5. I have volunteered or fundraised for hundreds of organizations. I participate in the Castro and Folsom fairs because I find it an honor to be a part of our rich cultural heritage. I do it with my friends because we believe in giving back to our city and our community. I want neighborhood parties not to overwhelm the community. Our city needs to help organize around large events like Street Fairs and Pride to maximize local talent and handle the crowds by offering an array of events throughout the city.
I care deeply about San Francisco and our communities so much so that I will proudly face the disparaging remarks made by others so that we continue to find a voice and representation in City Hall. Please join me in this fight.
Please come out and help me represent on July 7th. Without you talking about my community efforts I will not get this seat.
Anna Conda/ Glendon Hyde
Your emails are greatly appreciated and a needed part of this process so please email and talk about how you see me as a Community Organizer and Leader.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Yesterday I went to a meeting about getting Conditional Use Permits for Entertainment. This would allow live music and other forms of entertainment in businesses like art galleries and restaurants till 10 pm with the ability to extend them to 12 if all goes well. This DOES NOT include DJ's sighting that "DJ's tend to have incidents of violence attached to them." It is my belief that if it is only till 10 pm and not a CLUB that violence will not be a problem. Please send your supervisor a note to tell them YES we want these special permits to be offered city wide and SOMA should be included. If you live in D6 please contact Jane Kim's office and let them know you support this legislation. If you think DJ's should be permitted up till 10 pm please tell Ross Mirkarimi and your supervisor that as well. Be well and Happy pride month
PS SOMA is being with held from this new Live Limited Performance so if you are a SOMA resident please contact Jane Kim's Office! They are very open to helping the businesses in SOMA thrive and hoping to hear from you if these permits seem like a good idea.
Discussion of the Limited Live Performance Ordinance
Monday, June 20th from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Hosted by Rancho Parnassus - 132 Sixth Street
SOty1BAinvites you to join us for a discussion on the Limited Live Performance Ordinance. The
pending legislation will expand opportunities for businesses in many neighborhoods to obtain
permits for live performance art. The Limited Live Performance Ordinance currentlyexcludes most
of the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood. SoMa's absence from the current legislation will
Iprohibit neighborhood businesses from benefiting from the new permits.
Come discuss the possible expansion of the legislation to create cultural and economic
opportunities in SoMa. Bring your thoughts and questions for presenter Regina Dick-Endrizzi,
Executive Director, Office of Small Business, and guests Robert Selna, Legislative Assistant to
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi (sponsor of the legislation), Viva Mogi, Legislative Aide to District 6
Supervisor Jane Kim, and Jocelyn Kane, Executive Director of San Francisco Entertainment
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
1. John Avalos - He gets number 1 because he cares about housing, harm reduction, and I almost always agree with his vote. Progressive for Mayor all the way.
2. Dufty and Chiu
a. I love Bevan as a person but housing is an issue and there for did not get my number 1 even though I considered it whole heartedly. He looks at issues and makes his own decision and owns it and I like that. Great supporter of harm reduction and youth services as well as Gay issues
b. Chiu gets a bad rap. He really looks at both sides and is often OVER criminalized for his decisions. He is a bit developer friendly but has stood with housing almost 100% the way. Park Merceed has the Progressive community at his throat but I understand where he is coming from with his decision. Not that I agree but his arguments make sense to me. Also he has the hardest night life district in the city. Safety and reducing violence is a hard thing to do especially in D3 and David has made it safer (although some of the legislation is a bit heavy for my taste). But He is a thinker and has done a great amount of out reach in the community and I really appreciate that. And he's a green kinda guy on his bike and stopping the litter caused by phonebooks. I like that.
3. Leland Yee - I like Leland and his Needle Access Bill is an amazing piece of legislation! His past is checkered but I do believe that his experience has taught him many new ways to handle and approach issues and I think he has changed his ways to a more progressive stand today.
I did seriously consider Herera but I work for the United Playaz and harm reduction groups like Alliance to Save Lives and Gang injunctions and crack pipe sale criminalization just will not let me support him. Sorry Denis I like you a ton but I just can't get past those 2 items.
I know that the "rules" are to endorse 1,2,3 or just one but thats why I'm an independent. I like to decide for myself how I feel. I know my prog friends are going to be angry about some of my choices but that was the same with my choices in D6 race. I plan on sticking to my guns though.
For DA I am going with David Onek. He was AMAZING at the debate last night and I am proudly supporting him as my only endorsement for DA.