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Votives for Leonardo Gabriel Ramirez on July 3, 2015

Virgil and Burns

Yesterday evening, I was walking up Virgil, and a half block from the corner of Burns, I saw a stereotypically dressed and affected hipster -- that slur for creative class types -- strolling around the corner laughing on his cell phone. He strolled right into the collection of votive candles that have populated the southwest corner of that intersection since Leonardo Gabriel Ramirez, a 17 year old boy from the neighborhood, was shot and killed on May 23.
Harvey Milk

This is why I do what I do

Today is the first Harvey Milk Day. After a long battle, our governor signed Mark Leno's bill making Harvey Milk's birthday a state holiday "day of recognition." The law, SB-572, simply "encourage[s] public schools and educational institutions to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on that date." Whatever that means. Well, it means that if you live in a county whose school board is run by anti-intellectual bigots, you'll never learn about Harvey Milk.