Harvey Milk: 1930 – 1978 December 2, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
This last week is the anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk (November 27 1978), [one of] the first openly gay politicians elected to office in the United States [see comments], and the first openly gay man to do so – and the progressive Mayor George Moscone. There are many lessons to be drawn from his life, not least that left and progressive activism is based on working from the ground up – and unions were an early part of the coalitions he constructed, and also that without his work and that of those around him the substantive gains of recent years – and indeed the gains this last month or so in relation to same-sex marriage being passed by popular vote in a number of US states would have been long delayed. Some interesting points he makes at 2.30 onwards about how liberals and governments buy into right wing tropes and afford them greater power than they may actually have.
Great line: “Richard Nixon is in exile, and Harvey Milk is in City Hall.”