SOMEBODY HAS TO SAY IT

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Tommi Avicolli Mecca
Location
San Francisco, California, US
Birthday
July 25
Bio
I am a writer, performer and activist, editor of Smash the Church, Smash the State: the early years of gay liberation (City Lights), and co-editor of Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus and Hey Paesan: Writings by Italian American Lesbians and Gay Men. To view my creative stuff: www.avicollimecca.com. youtube.com/user/avimecca. myspace.com/peacenikssf.

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SF Pride’s recent decision to ban military recruiters from setting up tables at the fair that follows the annual parade is the right thing to do. The military is not a fit vendor for an event that celebrates all that we can be.

 

Pride’s rationale for banning the recruiters isRead full post »

 

My father’s birthday is this week. Father’s Day is later this month.

 

That’s twice I’ll be thinking of him, that larger-than-life, small-statured, conservative southern Italian man who contributed half of my genetic material. The man Mama chose because she said heRead full post »

 

Flowers are nice, but nothing says love like a place to live or a guarantee that the apartment you rent won’t be pulled out from under you by some greedy (is there any other kind?) speculator or investor looking to make a killing on a sizzling real-estate market.

 

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APRIL 22, 2014 10:13AM

Earth Day is a joke

 

Yep, a joke.

 

The environment is past the point of being saved by our country’s puny recycling and “green” efforts.  

 

There are huge trash heaps in every ocean and over 200 dead spots where even the fish won’t go. Corals reefs are dying. Tons of dead sRead full post »

APRIL 16, 2014 12:23AM

I stand with Chelsea Manning

 

Last year, I was part of a group that organized several protests when San Francisco Pride’s board of directors rescinded Chelsea Manning’s election as a grand marshal for the annual June parade. 

Manning is, of course, the transgender ex-Army soldier who leaked thousands of paRead full post »

APRIL 14, 2014 11:15AM

the fish with the opposable thumb

 

We are mutated fish.

 

Despite how different we look, we are not that much different from the creatures who swim in the oceans and rivers. We have the same organs. We share half of the same DNA. And the bones of our arms evolved from fish fins.

 

IfRead full post »

MARCH 19, 2014 11:39AM

Dear tech workers:

 

I want to talk.

I want to try and explain why people resent you and the big shiny bus on which you ride in and out of town. It’s a symbol of the disparity between your world and the one the rest of us occupy. 

There’s no wifi on my… Read full post »

MARCH 17, 2014 10:28AM

the great earthquake of 2014

 

These days, Tony Bennett would be leaving more than his heart in San Francisco. He’d be saying goodbye to his apartment and friends as he got priced out of the city. Or evicted by some speculator looking to make a mint off his beautiful Victorian flat. 

 

Scott McKenzie wouldRead full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2014 11:09AM

Jan Brewer is no friend of mine

 

So Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona has made herself a hero in the queer community by vetoing SB 1062, the so-called “religious freedom” bill that would have allowed homophobes to invoke religious beliefs to get around the state’s anti-discrimination laws and close their busineRead full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2014 10:22AM

Jerry Brown honors vile ex-president

 

In declaring February 6 “Ronald Reagan Day,” California Governor Jerry Brown recently said, “On this 103rd anniversary of his birth, we remember not only his most celebrated achievements – his successful diplomacy with Mikhail Gorbachev and the economic recovery that o

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They’re symbols of the new class system in San Francisco: the haves vs. the barely getting by, those who can afford the insane rents without blinking their eyes and those who live in dread of losing their rent-controlled apartments because they have nowhere else to go.

It’s beyond… Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2014 11:36AM

The Castro is going straight

Mark my words, in 10 years the Castro, that infamous LGBT neighborhood in San Francisco known the world over as the de facto capital of gaydom, will be predominantly straight. 

The culprit: greed. Specifically the greed of speculators and investors who are buying up and flipping properties throu… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2013 8:37AM

Silent Night, Homeless Night


new lyrics by Tommi Avicolli Mecca


silent night, holy night
all is calm, all is bright
round young homeless mother and child
hungry infant so tender and mild
sleep on America’s streets
sleep on America’s streets

Silent night, holy night
cops drag poor out of sight
fine them for asking for changRead full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2013 11:16AM

Pope Francis "person of the year?" No way!

The Advocate, a national gay magazine, has named Pope Francis its person of the year. At first I thought it was a joke. An Onion satire. It’s not. Unfortunately, it’s true. 

 

Pope Francis is by no means a supporter of LGBT rights, though he has said some positive things latelyRead full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2013 11:20AM

"the president is dead"

It’s re-running in my brain again, as it always does this time of year, only more vividly, having just watched a PBS special that brought it all back to life. 

Establishing shot: that classroom in that certain Catholic grade school in a working-class neighborhood in South Philly. Six days… Read full post »

One of the many reasons I love being an atheist is that I don’t have to go to Sunday Mass or some other service and listen to all that dribble from the bible, so-called words of wisdom from an age in which incest was best for some patriarchs and stoning aRead full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2013 12:12PM

Why do cats have to die?

It wasn’t a surprise. I knew time was running out for my little Peaches, the eighteen-and-a-half year old cat I inherited from a former roommate when she was a mere kitten.

 

A little over three years ago, Peaches was diagnosed with chronic renal failure, something common in older cats. AsRead full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2013 9:40AM

tax breaks = evictions

 

Some of us saw this one coming when tax breaks were proposed by the mayor and some members of the board of supervisors for dot-com companies to relocate in the mid-Market section of San Francisco, an area that is home to lots of poor and low-income people. 

The SF Chronicle repo/Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 11:34AM

to the tech workers from silicon valley

You must realize that your presence in San Francisco has caused the most devastating housing crisis we’ve experienced since the great earthquake of 1906. 

Not only is the vacancy rate extremely low, but unknown numbers of people are being evicted from their rent-controlled apartments to cr… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2013 10:06AM

Unsung hero of the March on Washington

As we commemorate the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom today, let us not forget an important person, a gay man, who helped make that march happen.

 

Held five decades years ago on August 28, 1963, the march featured Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I haveRead full post »

AUGUST 24, 2013 11:45AM

I am Chelsea Manning

 

 

“I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.”

 

With these words, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has confirmed what for some time has been speculated about her gender identity. Manning was recently sentenced by a military court to 35 years in jail for releasing more than 700,000 paRead full post »

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AUGUST 20, 2013 11:11AM

God save us nelly queens

 

José Sarria is dead. 

 

A giant in LGBT history, he left us yesterday, August 19, at the amazing age of 90. If you don’t know who Sarria was, then read on and learn about the meaning of the word courage.

 

Sarria, who was born in San Francisco inRead full post »

AUGUST 13, 2013 9:35AM

no place like home

Dorothy had been trapped in Oz for a long time, running around with a heartless tin man, a cowardly lion and a brainless scarecrow in search of a wizard who’s nothing more than smoke and mirrors. But the moment she had waited for all these years finally arrives. She clickes herRead full post »

AUGUST 6, 2013 1:49PM

When mere words are not enough

She was passionate about her work helping the underdog. That’s an understatement. The truth is that she came alive when she was fighting the good fight against injustice.

Cris Gutierrez arrived several years ago at the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, where I work, as a volunteer inteRead full post »

JULY 22, 2013 11:15AM

Another royal baby? No thanks!

The top story on Google News and no doubt throughout the world this morning: there may soon be another little royal person running around England, this one the first child of Prince William and Duchess Kate, the couple officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

 

After months oRead full post »