Gay News Briefs: Canvass for a Cause Occupy SD, NC LGBTQ GSA Awards, U-T Sold to Manchester, Keys to Housing passed, Dumanis endorsements, Snooze eatery,

Posted: November 18th, 2011 | Gay News Briefs, News | No Comments

Canvass for A Cause organizes for Occupy SD

The LGBT activist group, Canvass for a Cause (CFAC), announced they are organizing a grass-roots campaign to help the Occupy San Diego movement. Including door-to-door canvassing and street outreach, the San Diego-based activist group is seeking to build support for the Occupy movement. Canvas for a cause will be training occupiers at an event scheduled for Nov. 19 at the Civic Center plaza, downtown. Called “Knock 4 an Occupation,” the training session starts at 10 a.m. “It is an incredibly powerful tool,” said Executive Director of CFAC Tres Watson of the group’s methods. “With an issue like Occupy, where most people don’t know what it is or don’t feel as strongly about it as gay marriage, I think we will see a lot of community support and involvement,” he said.

“Canvass for a Cause’s outreach training and mobilization could not have come at a better time,” said Eugene Davidovich, a local occupier and lead plaintiff in Occupy San Diego’s lawsuit against the City of San Diego. On Nov. 16, CFAC and members of the National Lawyers Guild representing Occupy San Diego protesters filed a lawsuit against the city and the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) in Federal Court seeking the court to issue a temporary restraining order against the city and the SDPD. “The First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech and the right to peacefully assemble,” said Bryan Pease, a free speech attorney in a press release. “How it is being enforced by the SDPD is unconstitutional,” Pease said. Former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre spoke in front of the City Council, saying, “The provision being used by the SDPD to thwart public assembly was not intended to be so used and abridges the right of those involved to peacefully assemble,” in a press release.

NC LGBT Resource Center to hand out GSA Awards

On Friday, Nov. 18, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center will present this year’s Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Awards. In their third year, the awards are given to recognize High School GSA clubs for work they do throughout the year to create a safe environment and inclusive culture in their schools. Hosted by the LGBTQA Pride Center at Cal State San Marcos and presented by Project Youth, the recognition includes monetary awards funded by the Resource Center’s annual Pride@ the Beach! celebration in Oceanside. This year’s Pride festival was held on Oct. 8. Carolyn Bolton, co-chair of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, is organizing the Awards. Bolton says twelve North County GSA’s are being honored because of their work to eliminate discrimination and harassment in their schools by uniting LGBTQ students, straight allies, and members of the school community who are committed to making schools safer and more accepting for LGBTQ students. The event is by invitation only due to space limitations.

SD Union-Tribune sold to Prop 8 supporter Doug Manchester

The San Diego Union-Tribune (U-T) was sold to an investment firm owned by Doug Manchester. Announced in a press release, as well as in the daily newspaper, MLIM LLC will acquire the paper in a deal that is expected to be finalized by Dec. 15. The U-T is currently owned by Platinum Equity, which purchased the paper from the Copley family in 2009. “This is an honor and a privilege for John Lynch and the Manchester family,” Manchester said. “We have strong roots in the San Diego community and we are pleased to bring our local perspective and passion for this region to the Union-Tribune. We believe San Diego is the finest city in America and pledge to be strong advocates for the city’s interests,” Manchester said. Manchester is known in the LGBT community as being a large supporter of Prop 8. In response to Manchester’s financial contribution to the “Yes on 8” campaign in 2008, local LGBT activists and labor union leaders boycotted Manchester’s Grand Hyatt hotels in downtown San Diego.

City Council passes Keys to Housing initiative

In the Nov. 15 City Council meeting, the citywide initiative aiming to end family homelessness in San Diego, Keys to Housing, was unanimously endorsed. The endorsement from the council makes the initiative the official plan for the city of San Diego to end homelessness. Spearheaded by Councilmember Todd Gloria, the initiative seeks to provide a “Toolbox” for individuals, business and the City to combat family homelessness around the city and county. Gloria announced the “Keys to Housing” website,, in a press conference on Nov. 3, which outlines five key areas of concern for combatting family homelessness, including leadership and advocacy, coordination of services and resources, and permanent affordable house, among others. “Family homelessness is a challenge for cities throughout the San Diego region, and Keys to Housing used a collaborative approach and developed a flexible Toolbox to help ensure success throughout the country,” Gloria said at the press conference. Keys to Housing was established in May 2010 by a collaboration of private funders, elected officials, government agencies and other stakeholders working with San Diego Grantmakers.

Teacher for the year endorses Dumanis

Former national Teacher of the Year award winner, Sandra McBrayer, endorsed San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis in Dumanis’s bid for San Diego City Mayor. McBrayer founded the Monarch School in San Diego, the first school in the U.S. for homeless youth. She received the national Teacher of the Year award in 1994 from President Bill Clinton and was previously named California and San Diego County Teacher of the Year in 1993. “In her role as District attorney, Bonnie has been committed to protecting children from sexual predators, keeping kids in school through truancy programs and supporting child victims,” McBrayer said in a press release. McBrayer is currently the chair of the California State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. McBrayer’s endorsement comes on the heels of the San Diego Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association endorsement of Dumanis, announced this week as well.

New Hillcrest eatery helps raise money for The Center

Snooze restaurant, the new Denver-based, family-owned eatery, now open in Hillcrest, hosted three days of previews that also served as fundraisers for three separate nonprofit organizations in San Diego. In lieu of paying for their meal, patrons were asked to make a donation to the day’s featured nonprofit. On Nov. 15, approximately $10,000 to $13,000 dollars was raised for Monarch School, the first school in the U.S. for homeless youth. Nov. 16, the restaurant, which only serves breakfast and brunch items and will be open during the day, was raising money for The LGBT Center’s Sunburst Youth Housing project. The Nov. 17 fundraiser was for A Reason to Survive (ARTS), an art and healing project for at-risk youth. Becky Long, Snooze communications contact, explained the company is dedicated to giving back to the local community, both through fundraising events like these as well as through their regular policy of giving a percentage of all proceeds to local nonprofits. The restaurant is located at 3950 5th Ave., between Washington Street and University Avenue.

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