by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Tommi Avicolli Mecca
San Francisco, California, US
July 25
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:


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FEBRUARY 25, 2015 10:10AM

SF archbishop goes after queers again


San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is asking that language be included in the new contracts and handbooks of teachers in four of his church’s schools (including two in San Francisco) to require them to uphold Catholic teachings in the classroom and in their personal lives.

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FEBRUARY 16, 2015 10:06PM

Time for more angry mobs


Activists in Portland are fired up and aren’t going to take it anymore because Mayor Charles Hales has declared war on the city’s homeless encampments, describing them as “lawlessness.”  


According to the Huffington Post, a self proclaimed, non-violent &ldqu/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2015 9:11AM

In SF, terrorists evade bus fares


I have to say that I’m not surprised by a headline in today’s SF Examiner: “Former MUNI top cop says fare-evasion enforcement is in line with anti-­terrorism efforts.” Terrorists are the new Communists. They’re everywhere -- especially on our buses e/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2014 11:13AM

10 things I'd like to see in the new year

Just rewards: Dick Cheney and company are indicted and tried for their crimes against this country and humanity, including the torture they approved and the lies about weapons of mass destruction that got us embroiled in endless wars in the Middle East, resulting in the loss (and still counting) of s/Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2014 10:52AM

I hate xmas

Ten reasons I hate xmas:
1. the birth of an imaginary savior whose name is used to justify everything from slavery to sending children off to die in a crusade, not to mention denying women control of their bodies and condemning people for loving whomever they want. December 25 is… Read full post »
DECEMBER 15, 2014 11:24AM

One tough mama

Mama’s birthday is coming up in a few days. If she were alive, she’d be 104.  She died in 1990 after a horrible battle with cancer. 


Before she died, she told me I’d be going on a long journey. At the time I had never been to San Francisco orRead full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2014 10:01AM

A little something to be thankful for


It’s really difficult to feel anything resembling “thankful” this year. What for? Living in a country where cops continue to get away with murdering young black men, and where the poor get poorer and the rich suck up every ounce of air and resources for miles around?


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I’m glad that Tim Cook has finally come out publicly. Everyone should. Living in the closet is not healthy, even for a giant of the tech industry. The Apple CEO broke open his closet doors in an essay in the latest issue of BusinessWeek


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OCTOBER 25, 2014 12:17PM

The most senseless thing in the universe


Death makes no sense. It’s the end of things. Human, animal or plant, we ultimately all meet the same fate. It doesn't matter who we are or how much money or power we have, the critter with the robes and sickle will claim us at some point in our

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OCTOBER 1, 2014 11:33AM

America's dirty diapers


I ran across a great quote about politicians that perfectly sums up my feelings about most elected officials -- and politics in general -- in this country.  


It’s from Portuguese writer José Maria de Eca de Queiroz: “Politicians and diapers should be changed freqRead full post »


Every time I receive a jury duty notice, as I did last week, I come face to face with my feelings for the criminal justice” system in this country. I have to wonder, by serving on a jury am I aiding and abetting a racist and profit-driven system that needs/Read full post »

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.


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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 »