Resolution Commemorating the Life of Jean Harris

Resolution Number 11-07.33L

Whereas, Jean Harris, an Orange County native and lifelong LGBT activist who fought for the rights of domestic partners including helping to pass the domestic partner registration bill AB 25 (Migden) which granted registered domestic partners some of the most basic rights offered to married opposite-sex couples and then organized the first domestic partnership registration event in Orange County, worked to defeat Oregon's Measure 13 which would have banned anti-discrimination laws, was instrumental in the 'Lavender Sweep' of 1990 which elected Carole Migden and Roberta Achtenberg to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Tom Ammiano to the San Francisco school board and Donna Hitchens to Superior Court, and founded California Alliance for Pride and Equality (CAPE) which later became Equality, California; and

Whereas, Jean Harris was well known in political circles having worked as a field organizer for George McGovern, for Supervisor Harry Britt, Mayor Frank Jordan, Health Director Dr. Sandra Hernandez in San Francisco, as the West Coast campaign for Governor Howard Dean's presidential campaign, Dean For America, for California Assembly Speaker Emeritus Herb Wesson (D-Los Angeles), and former Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles), principal consultant for former California Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland), and worked closely with the LGBT Legislative Caucus; and

Whereas, Jean Harris served in the Democratic Party as a member of Campaign Selection; Legislative, Affirmative Action; and Budget Committees; member of Delegate Selection Committee of California Democratic Party; Assembly District Chair of 16th Assembly; was appointed Delegate by then-Assembly member John Burton; and elected Chair of Lesbian-Gay Caucus of California Democratic Party.

Therefore Be It Resolved that the Democratic Party of California commemorates the life and achievements of Jean Harris in the pursuit of equality for all California residents.

Submitted by: Craig J. Beauchamp, DPOC Resolutions Committee

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2011 Executive Board Meeting
Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim
July 31, 2011

 

 

 

 

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