Celebrate Harvey Milk Day May 2011

The Harvey MilkFoundation to hold weeklong celebrations and catalog nationwide and international events with new website HarveyMilkDay.com

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The Harvey Milk Foundation celebrates the second annual Harvey Milk Day with events in Sacramento, San Diego and its signature events in San Francisco. In hopes that other states will follow California’s lead by establishing May 22 as Harvey Milk Day, the Foundation has developed a new online campaign to track events set to honor Harvey Milk’s legacy on www.HarveyMilkDay.co.

In 2009, the California State Legislature passed, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed, SB 572 designating every May 22 as “Harvey Milk Day.” SB 572 was authored by Senator Mark Leno and sponsored by Equality California (EQCA). May 22, 2010 marked the very first “Harvey Milk Day” in history and official launch of the Harvey Milk Foundation.

“The Harvey Milk Foundation asks that Harvey’s birthday be used to recognize and reward equality champions,” said Stuart Milk, leader and founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and nephew of Harvey Milk.

“Such champions include President Barack Obama who has taken unprecedented opportunity to ensure LGBT inclusion in national and international affairs and to our tireless advocate, Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, whose steadfast support has led to strong legislative victories for all underserved and marginalized communities.”

San Diego May 20 2011
Harvey Milk diversity breakfast

San Francisco May 21, 2011
Co-hosted events to benefit the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy

San Francisco May 22, 2011
Grand opening of the Harvey Milk Call Center helpline at historic Castro camera shop

San Francisco Sunday, May 22, 2011
Harvey Milk Day rally and march

Other events for Harvey Milk Day 2011

A roster of many political, business and non-profit leaders. Participant and program highlights:

· California’s Capitol editor and chief, Greg Lucas, moderates a conversation on Harvey Milk and the documentary “The Times of Harvey Milk” between Stuart Milk and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. (Sacramento)

· Stuart Milk and Nicole Murray-Ramirez present the 2011 Harvey Milk Leadership Award of San Diego to the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education, Superintendent Bill Kowba and the Safe Schools Task Force. (San Diego)

· Anne Kronenberg, Stuart Milk, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener (District 8) and Mayor Edwin M. Lee give speeches on the importance of Harvey Milk Day during a public rally. (San Francisco)

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