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On Tuesday I stood before the PAC and membership of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. I found that I was unable to piece together any new words to ask for the organization’s endorsement. I have said them all already and find that people who look like me are not heard. That’s what many have shared with me.

Before the PAC stood two Black individuals who spoke to poverty, homelessness and oppression and the work we have done to overcome it not just for ourselves but for all. Before the PAC and membership of the organization during this DCCC election cycle have stood several prominent black leaders, all whom have participated in the fight to uplift our beleaguered communities across San Francisco.

As a result of seeing everything that has transpired during this DCCC election I find that I have very few positive things to say about our experiences. In the past decade, I have watched as we endured threats of violence physical and verbal and I listened to hundreds of Democratic Party members and leading activists who share the same story of our exclusion.

Our message was and continues to be ignored in political circles across the spectrum of Democrat in San Francisco. 

I find that too many of our experiences relate to watching Black voices and those of other POC’s being pushed out, shouted out and black-listed from being empowered to represent as leaders here and on issues that primarily impact people from our communities.

We are hard-working San Franciscans struggling to see a Democratic party that can be inclusive of us as leaders in its operation as well as other equally under represented demographics which resonate with the ideals of practical pragmatic progressivism find that there is no room for us.
Too many good hard-working people have been locked out of “Our Party” while others who have ended their campaigns continue to receive endorsements. That right there was a sign that our Democracy is not founded on merit and hard work.  

How it is that good people who are running with all their might on a pure platform of addressing the issues and uplifting our most marginalized and who do not stand in violation of our rules and values are excluded from receiving support and excluded from having the opportunity to even be interviewed in far too many institutions purporting to represent working class and impoverished people and progressive values.

This makes no sense to us.

The leadership and the membership of this organization and many others know how I and others like me have long worked to upload our party’s ideals and organized to address our issues and concerns despite not having real access to our Democratic Party platforms in any substantive way.

In this atmosphere I could not justify re-presenting my work and efforts to address the issues in our city and Democratic Party knowing that I would never receive this organizations endorsement.

I could not justify asking for a 7th time for an endorsement. Not with a strong black woman delivering our same message and not with a strong white union leader, who does not seem to have lived through the same hardships and experiences that we continually fight through, as competition.

And so, I chose to thank the organization and its members for their love and friendship. I then departed without voting. The first time ever I left a ballot blank. 

Thank you for your love and friendships but there is no room for us here. 

Sincerely,
Shaun Haines

 

Read: No room for black gay progressives
by Kevin Bard

Read: Dem party needs leaders who know hardship
by Shaun Haines
 

As a native and resident of San Francisco, I am here as your neighbor to ask that we work together. We can and we will engage in the efforts to protect our city, our people and work together to address our biggest problems.

I'm here and have been working on your behalf and working to serve San Franciscans. Focusing on addressing the issues for everyone – from those of us living on our streets to those of us safe and secure in our housing.

I am a fighter and have survived through great hardship and disparities – like poverty and homelessness. Because of these experiences, I worked hard to have become your advocate. 

Serving seven years an Associate Member of our San Francisco Democratic Party (DCCC – Democratic Central Countee Committee), a former Delegate of our California State Democratic Committee, Founder and President San Francisco Black Community Matters – A Chartered San Francisco Democratic Club, founder and Executive Director of San Francisco Impact Partners – an organization focused on issues concerning poverty and homelessness.  You can learn more about my years of civic service here.



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Focusing on addressing the issues for everyone – from those of us living on our streets to those of us safe and secure in our housing.

I am a fighter and have survived through great hardship and disparities – like poverty and homelesness. Because of this, in times of need you can trust, I will always stand by you. 

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I am an Associate Member of our San Francisco Democratic Party (DCCC – Democratic Central Countee Committee), a former Delegate of our California State Democratic Committee, Founder and President San Francisco Black Community Matters – A Chartered San Francisco Democratic Club, founder and Executive Director of San Francisco Impact Partners – an organization focused on issues concerning poverty and homelessness.   

Because I have been dedicated to positively affecting our community in various positions of civic engagement and leadership. I have learned the importance of working collaboratively with diverse groups on many key issues affecting San Franciscans.







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