Anniversary of Harvey Milk's assassination, November 27th

  • metta

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    Nov 27, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    Today is the anniversary of Harvey Milk's assassination, which happened on 11/27/1978. The following video is a memorial from the 30th anniversary.

    "I have tasted freedom. I will not give up that which I have tasted."
    - Harvey Milk

  • aldss

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    Nov 27, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    I wounder what the world would have been like if Harvey was still around, would we have moved more forward at a faster pace I wonder. What a wonderful man.
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    Nov 28, 2011 6:19 AM GMT
    Harvey Milk was an important forerunner for our causes. I wish he could have lived, and enjoyed seeing the fruits of his labors these past 30 years.

    Anyone remember where they were that horrible morning?

    I was a Stanford undergrad (about 1/2 hour down the peninsula) and they announced it in class. Everybody was too stunned to do anything but talk about the double shooting. Most of you know that Milk's fellow supervisor (Dan White) did the shooting. White - a hot head had just quit his job (impulsive anger case) and wanted the job back. Moscone would not give him the job back, at Milk's suggestion. White shot them both in City Hall that morning.

    A woman I worked with a few years later at Syntex said she was White's personal assistant and on the day of the murders, White had her pick him up and drive him to City Hall - and she said White asked her to drop him off over at the side of the building. By the time the assistant parked the car and got inside the building, the shootings had happened. It turns out White had entered through a low basement window he had left ajar the previous evening. Carrying the gun, he knew he couldn't pass the main entrance metal detector. (There you have premeditation).

    White was given a very short sentence at the time - one that disgusted all of us in the Bay Area (or at least most). When White got out he had nothing to do but hang out at home while his wife worked. Nobody would have anything to do with him. One day he gave himself Capital Punishment by hooking up a hose to his car in the garage of his home.

    Diane Feinstein stepped in and ran the City for two terms - carrying on Moscone & White's work and plans. She was an amazing mayor - and now senator.

    Anyway - (sorry this was so long) but it gives some of the guys here who weren't even born yet - an idea of what happened that day - - 30 years ago.

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    Nov 28, 2011 6:28 AM GMT
    I have a friend who lives in SF and has connections at city hall. Got an amazing tour of the building including milk's old office (which has been remodeled into a new office area and the mayors office/balcony. Really incredible to get to see the building behind the history.
  • metta

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    Nov 28, 2011 7:02 PM GMT

    ‘If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet shatter every closet door’

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2011/11/if-a-bullet-should-enter-my-brain-let-that-bullet-shatter-every-closet-door/
  • metta

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    Nov 29, 2011 5:01 AM GMT
    Harvey Milk Memorial 2011

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    Nov 29, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
    My birthday. icon_eek.gif

    I actually just watched Milk for the first time a few weeks ago. Great movie with a really tragic ending.

  • metta

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    Nov 28, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
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    After Harvey Milk became one of the first out gay people elected in 1977, he put up a sign in his store window that just said, "Thank You." Thirty-five years later, an out lesbian named Tammy Baldwin would be elected to the US Senate. Remembering Harvey Milk, killed on this day in 1978.
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    Nov 28, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
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  • Kriss

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    Nov 28, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    Just actually recently watched the movie this year. Harvey Milk seemed so aspiring and extremely passionate wow.