Fox News has a history of demonizing and ridiculing immigrants. They did so last year against Latinos, and I called them out on it - "Fox News is not real news." They're now doing it against Chinese Americans, and I'm calling them out again. Here's our new video standing up for immigrants and calling Fox News on the mat for this behavior.
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Stars of "Do the Work" campaign video -- made in support of Scott Wiener -- sent letter today in response to a legal request that the video be removed from the Internet
San Francisco, CA - (October 4, 2016) Today, Carnie Asada, Au Jus, and Miz Palou -- three San Francisco Drag Queens -- sent a letter to Katy Perry asking for her help in keeping their "Do the Work" Video from being taken off the internet. The video, which was made in support of Scott Wiener for State Senate, includes the Drag Queens singing a song called "Do the Work", which is based off of Katy Perry's "Firework" song. The video highlights Wiener's work to support rent control, public transportation, nightlife, and HIV services. Earlier this week, Sony Entertainment sent a cease and desist letter requesting that the video be taken down by the end of the day Wednesday due to copyright laws.
Today, the Drag Queens sent a letter (see below) to Katy Perry asking for her help to keep the video alive so that they can keep "bringing positive, fun energy to a campaign season filled with Trumpism!" The video was released on September 27th and has gotten international attention for its positive message.
"I want to thank Carnie, Au Jus, and Miz Palou for standing up for their amazing video and for the work we are doing to support renters, create affordable housing, improve transit, and support people living with HIV," said Supervisor Wiener. "I learned long ago that when a drag queen speaks, you listen, so I hope Katy Perry will listen to them. Whether she does or not, I'm so honored to have the support of these amazing performers who are great representatives for our community."
Contact: Jeff Sparks, Campaign Manager
October 4, 2016
Dear Ms. Perry,
We are three drag queens who perform in San Francisco and are part of our LGBT community. Your amazing song “Firework” inspired us to make this video for our friend Scott Wiener, an openly gay man who is running for the California State Senate. Check it out.
We have received positive responses from people all over the world, and it has been such a positive for our community.
Sony recently sent a letter asking us to take the video down due to copyright rules. While we respect these laws (and your artistic rights!), we would love to keep playing this fun video. Would you please help us and talk to Sony so that we can keep playing our video?Read more
It’s expensive enough to live here when you’re single. When you have a child, it can be absolutely unaffordable.
That’s why I passed first-in-the-nation legislation expanding paid parental leave, to ensure working parents can stay home with a newborn or adopted child without having to sacrifice their paychecks. Because no one should have to choose between special bonding time with a child and paying rent.
In the State Senate, I’ll continue doing the work to create more affordable, livable communities for everyone.
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In a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black, Kim is lecturing Brisbane to build housing despite Kim's long history obstructing new housing in San Francisco.
San Francisco, CA - (September 27, 2016) Supervisor Wiener issued the following statement on Supervisor Jane Kim's announcement that she is exploring annexation by San Francisco of a portion of San Mateo County, specifically, the Baylands in Brisbane:
“I absolutely support pushing Brisbane to add significant housing to its Baylands project, since Brisbane must do its part to address our housing crisis. However, Jane Kim is the last person who should be lecturing other cities on the need to build more housing, given her track record of obstructing housing in San Francisco. Jane Kim co-authored the Mission Housing Moratorium, opposed adding nearly 6,000 new units of housing at Park Merced, opposed the Affordable Housing Density Bonus, and opposed $50 million in annual funding to house homeless people. The pot should not be calling the kettle black. I look forward to working collaboratively with our regional partners to ensure that all of us - including both Brisbane and San Francisco - participate in meeting our housing needs."
Contact: Maggie Muir: 510-219-8008
SAN FRANCISCO BECOMES THE FIRST CITY IN THE NATION TO BAN PUBLIC SPENDING AND CONTRACTING IN STATES WITH ANTI-LGBT HATE LAWS
Board of Supervisors unanimously approves Supervisor Wiener’s ordinance targeting not just travel for official city business, but also bans contracting with and purchasing from companies in states that legally sanction discrimination against the LGBT community
San Francisco, CA – (September 27, 2016) Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation to prohibit City spending - travel, purchasing, and contracting - in states that have passed anti-LGBT hate laws. The legislation was drafted in response to discriminatory laws passed in states like North Carolina and Mississippi that target the LGBT community. The legislation will statutorily ban city-sponsored travel to states with LGBT hate laws, codifying Mayor Edwin Lee's executive order, and will further make San Francisco the first jurisdiction to ban city-funded contracting with companies that are headquartered in these states, as well as purchase of goods and services produced in these states.
“Today San Francisco took a strong stand against anti-LGBT hate laws in our country,” said Supervisor Wiener. “I’m proud that our city is stepping out and being a leader in this fight. I hope other jurisdictions follow suit and send a clear message that these laws have no place in our country.”
Recent discriminatory laws that have been passed include North Carolina’s HB 2 which bans cities from passing statutes to protect LGBT people and requires transgender people to use public bathrooms corresponding with the gender on their birth certificate. Mississippi also passed a law that allows businesses to deny services or goods to gay and transgender people.Read more
This op-ed was first published by the San Francisco Examiner.
Supervisor Scott Wiener is running for California State Senate District 11. (Anna Latino/2013 Special to S.F. Examiner)
By PJ Moore on September 27, 2016 1:00 am
I’m supporting Scott Wiener for state Senate for a very simple reason: Scott will use the power of the office to fight for transgender rights statewide. While we still do not enjoy equality and often feel unsafe even in “tolerant” San Francisco, the experience of our trans brothers and sisters in other parts of the state is intolerable. We need Scott, a tenacious fighter, with a long record of delivering for our community, to lead the fight for equality in the state Senate.
I should know. Growing up in the Central Valley — hardly a bastion of tolerance for anyone outside the norm, let alone a trans kid — was not easy. When I came to the Bay Area, I hoped for a more accepting community, which I found. But I also found continued discrimination and inequality.
In 2010, Scott Wiener was elected to the Board of Supervisors, and for the first time in my memory, the trans community had an advocate who heard us and who fought for us. Anyone who is familiar with Scott’s record knows that he has been an outspoken, tireless advocate and fighter on behalf of the transgender community. While some people talk about supporting the trans community, Scott actually does the work to foster real change, to support our community and to bring awareness to our fight for equality. Because of Scott Wiener’s relentless work to require The City to pay for health care, trans people are able to access medically necessary surgeries to better align our bodies with our gender, finally bringing closure to what for many is a long and often painful journey, as it was for me. If Scott had not fought relentlessly to ensure we had the same coverage as other people, most could not afford the surgery.Read more
SUPERVISOR WIENER’S STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR BROWN’S SIGNING OF SENATE BILL 7 TO REQUIRE WATER SUBMETERING IN NEW BUILDINGS
SB 7, authored by Senator Lois Wolk, requires water submeters to be installed in new developments. Supervisor Wiener has a pending local measure to do the same
San Francisco – Today Supervisor Scott Wiener made the following statement today regarding the news that Governor Jerry Brown has signed California Senate Bill 7, which requires water submeters in new developments throughout California. Supervisor Wiener had proposed a similar bill at the local level, which he is now likely to table, pending review.
“I want to thank Governor Brown and the California Legislature for approving this important bill to improve water conservation in California. In particular, Senator Lois Wolk should be commended for her commitment and years of work to get SB 7 approved. Requiring water submeters in our buildings gives residents essential information on how much water they are personally consuming, just as it does with electricity. This improves personal efforts to conserve water, which we all need to focus on to improve our response to this current drought, and the droughts to come. This is an important step to changing how California, where we need to continue to address how we think about, use, and conserve water.”
Supervisor Wiener had introduced an ordinance earlier this year that requires all new multi-unit developments to install water submeters for each unit. It also sets rules and regulations for how property owners would be allowed to bill tenants for water. SB 7 supersedes the need for this bill at the local level and Supervisor Wiener will table his local bill after a final review.
For a quarter century, I have long been an ardent supporter and fighter for the transgender community, particularly working to expand healthcare access for low income transgender people. I recently learned of comments from three years ago attributed to one of my thousands of supporters. If my supporter made those comments - and she states the comments were taken out of context and that she supports the trans community - then I vigorously reject and disagree with the comments. I continue to engage in dialogue with my supporter so that I can understand her position and make clear to her that support for the trans community is personally important to me, including ensuring trans restroom access.
Partisan supporters of my opponent, Jane Kim, have latched on and manipulated this situation to attack me and to attack the entire Chinese American community. They are peddling the lie that I am somehow less than fully supportive of the trans community - a lie that is at odds with my quarter century of work to support the trans community. They also picketed a Chinese community fundraiser for my campaign - with hundreds of Chinese community members and leaders, including elected officials and the First Lady of San Francisco - and announced that the entire event was full of transphobes. Lies about me and broad-brush, racist stereotypes of an entire community have no place in San Francisco.
Rather than use a single person’s comments to attack me, I would hope my opponents might use this situation as an opportunity to educate our entire community and change attitudes about the needs of the transgender community. However, these partisans are more intent on trying to tear me down with false claims than they are interested in helping the trans community.Read more
(Photo: A packed N Judah train. Urban transit systems are stressed, over capacity, and in need of state support.)
By Scott Wiener on September 14, 2016 at 7:00am
California is growing, and our urban centers — particularly the Bay Area and Los Angeles — are experiencing incredible growth. Our transportation systems have not kept pace, as exemplified by our packed transit systems and highly congested freeways, bridges, and roads. One has only to look at a BART, Caltrain, or Muni vehicle, the Bay Bridge, or Highway 101 during rush hour to understand this problem.
In addition to undermining our state’s economy and quality of life, our broken transportation system generates massive carbon emissions and undermines California’s aggressive carbon reduction goals. Transportation accounts for nearly 40% of carbon emissions in our state.
This challenge is statewide and regional, not just local, and it must be addressed at the state level. California must not continue down this environmentally and economically destructive path of growth accompanied by weak transit investment. Now is the time for California to adopt an urban transportation agenda — one that dramatically invests in sustainable transportation options, including public transportation, regional and state rail systems, biking, and walking, while reducing congestion on our roads and bridges and moving our vehicle fleet toward low- and no-emission.
The goal is simple and clear: reduce the number of cars on our roads, thus alleviating congestion and reducing carbon emissions. The method of getting there is equally clear: provide people with true alternatives to owning cars by making it easy to get around using other options. It’s not about eliminating cars. It’s about providing so many other great — and sustainable — options that a certain number of people will feel comfortable choosing them over a private auto.Read more