With the legal matter between veteran activist Michael Petrelis and controversial Supervisor Scott Wiener now settled, we are pleased to bring you We Like Mike’s final post.
Though this blog was created to call attention to Supervisor Wiener’s squandering of public prosecution funds to silence activist criticism of his policies, the last four months has increasingly shown collusion and manipulation, which remains the calling card for sellout members of the queer community.
Supervisor Wiener has made a career catering to big business and developers to detriment of the poor and disabled, increasingly unable to survive the city’s skyrocketing rents and lack of services. Last April, we saw activists not only take to the streets in protest of Wiener’s agenda of rapid gentrification but also bring the demonstration to his own doorstep
The ongoing battle about merchant control of public space boiled over in the ongoing dispute about access to the Rainbow Flagpole at Harvey Milk Plaza. Castro merchants (MUMC) have, for years, shut out community input on the matter. A battalion of SFPD officers
were dispatched to last November’s merchants’ meeting as a heavy handed tactic to intimidate dissent.
Gay cop Chuck Limbert was at that meeting. When questioned by community members
, Limbert stated he was not on-duty but merely attending as a gay resident of the Castro. Thanks to Michael’s complaint filed with the Human Rights Commission (HRC), we subsequently learned that Limbert was lying
, as he was billing the city for his participation at the MUMC meeting.
How did the SFPD react? Limbert has since been promoted to Lieutenant
Speaking of the HRC and the Rainbow Flag, let’s take a look back at that
Soon after the November MUMC meeting, Michael and photographer Bill Wilson filed a complaint with the HRC in hopes that a public mediation would occur in the form of a town hall meeting in the Castro. Public minutes from the HRC testimony reveal that Commission Director Teresa Sparks was bullied into submission by Supervisor Wiener, who threatened to cut the HRC’s budget if they don’t “stay out” of “his territory,” d
espite strong support for a resolution from Commissioners
While Limbert & Wiener further the agenda of the gay status quo, the issues of representation and accountability within the queer community pressed on with increasing distress. Sadly, we have seen an increase in suicide
amongst older gay men who have survived AIDS but are unable to cope with a culture dominated by greed and austerity.
It’s clear that the queer community is in desperate need of voices that challenge the big business mentality that's dominating the city. While it's good to see residents oppose corporate franchises
from dominating the neighcorhood, nothing can stop $1.5 million condos
from taking over the Castro. Yes, developers must pay millions into a fund for below marker rate housing but residents are still waiting to see where and when these apartments will be built.
In the meantime, let’s take a moment at the start of Queer Pride Week to salute whistleblowers and stand in resistance with US Army Officer and fabulous queer Chelsey Manning. Though denied Grand Marshall status by the corporate funded SF Pride Parade Committee, Bradley’s courageous sacrifice of his freedom
for a greater truth remind us what it really means when someone is called a gay hero.
ACT UP! FIGHT BACK!
FIGHT QUEER ASSIMILATION!
FREE CHELSEY MANNING!