According to EQCA California Senator Leno's SB 572 'Harvey Milk Day' bill is in jeapordy.
The Governor’s Secretary of Education recently sent a letter opposing the bill that reads: "As you know, the Governor vetoed a substantially similar bill last year. The veto message stated that Harvey Milk's contributions should continue to be recognized at the local level by those who were most impacted by his contributions. Since this bill is nearly identical, the veto message remains applicable."
Frankly I find this difficult to fathom given the fact that Milk was recently honored by Obama with the Medal of Freedom and the success of the movie 'Milk'. Milk hardly seems like a 'local' figure to me...
In California Milk was instrumental in helping defeat Proposition 6 the 'Briggs Initiative' which would have made firing gay teachers—and any public school employees who supported gay rights—mandatory.
His influence certainly reached Iowa where I was living a closeted life at the time of his death. His success in being the first openly gay elected official was very important to me and gave me great hope that one day I could live my life open and proud.
Thanks and 'MEDICARE FOR ALL'!!