June 2018 Endorsements

Here are my Endorsements for June 5, 2018
(My picks are mine and do not conform to any particular club slate of endorsements. They may reflect the better I know a candidate or interactions we might have had. Please be respectful when commenting.)

U.S. Senate: Kevin de Leon
U.S. Congress #12: Nancy Pelosi
U.S. Congress #14: Jackie Speier

Governor: Delaine Eastin
Lieutenant Governor: Eleni Kounalakis
Attorney General: Dave Jones
CA Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
State Treasurer: Fiona Ma
State Controller: Betty Yee
Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond
Board of Equalization #2: Malia Cohen
CA State Assembly #15: Judy Appel
CA State Assembly #17: David Chiu
CA State Assembly #19: Phil Ting

Mayor: #1 Mark Leno and #2 Jane Kim (no #3 for me)
Supervisor District #8: Rafael Mandelman
Superior Court Judge #4: Phoenix Streets
Superior Court Judge #7: Maria Evangelista
Superior Court Judge #9: Kwixuan H. Maloof
Superior Court Judge #11: Niki Solis

Proposition 68 (Parks, Environment, Water Bond): Yes
Proposition 69 (Transportation Taxes & Fees Lockbox): Yes
Proposition 70 (Vote Requirement for Cap-and-Trade): No
Proposition 71 (Effective Date of Ballot Measures): Yes
Proposition 72 (Rainwater Systems Tax Exclusion): Yes

Regional Measure 3 (Bay Area Toll): Yes

Measure A (Public Utilities Bond): Yes
Measure B (Commissioners not Running for Office): No
Measure C (Tax for Childcare & Education): Yes
Measure D (Tax for Housing & Services): No
Measure E (Banning Flavored Tobacco): Yes
Measure F (Representation for Evictions): Yes
Measure G (Tax for SFUSD): Yes. yes, yes!
Measure H (SFPD Use of Tasers): No
Measure I (Relocation of Sports Teams): Yes

Get out there and VOTE! 

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🏃 Just 300 Days Left in this Marathon 🏃

Thank you for being there to help with our fundraising this past month!

After the final count of all pledges received before the first of the year, we were able to bring $2550 in small grassroots donations!

I want to thank everyone for their support in that we were able to raise so much in such a small amount of time. We launched our campaign in the middle of the holidays and I couldn’t be prouder of my supporters and volunteers for helping us get to this time and place.

Now we have a marathon ahead of us as we win one of three open seats in November!

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⛄ ❄ Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ❄ ⛄

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all--

Just a sampling of the amazing volunteers who help the campaign run

I can't tell you how blessed I feel that many of you came out to my kickoff to talk about our schools on Thursday! I am so proud to know all of you, and was amazed by the response to the news articles, as meeting new people is always a pleasure. See pictures from the fabulous event here.

I talked about my background growing up with strong female role models like my grandmother, who had an 8th grade education, my mother who got her vocational degree raising four children alone and earning of my degree from the GTU in Berkeley as a first generation graduate student. Through it all I found happiness in being an educator. Now after years of being a Jewish educator, an education director, a PTA member and a father of two children in the public school system, I feel I need to move forward and put myself out there to lead our district through winning one of the three open seats in November of 2018.

As a person from a background of poverty, I often find it hard to make the money ask, but it is an essential conversation to have when running for an office that is not publicly funded. If my friends and family across all my networks were able to donate just $25 we could make well beyond our goal of $10,000 by the end of the year.

I know that there are also superstars who can donate all the way to $500, which is the limit for my grassroots campaign.

Even if you can't afford the $25 and want to support this history making election, please share my Facebook page, my donation link and campaign website.

Let's make history together!

Martin Rawlings-Fein

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Are You Ready for a Kick-Off?


​I’m an official trans, bi, Jewish, parent candidate for the San Francisco Board of Education in 2018! I am bringing all I have to win one of three open spots on the board. This run will be all about our school communities and how we can build bridges across our differences. I want to kick this off by asking you to join me and my family on the 21st!

This isn’t my first act as a candidate but it is my first big fundraiser and fun-raiser. I encourage you to contribute $25 if you can, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t make it, go to my page and donate through ActBlue: 

December 21st 2017 - Join us at 6:15 pm for light refreshments, for some community speakers, and bring your entire family. 

The short speaking program will start at 6:45 featuring Alex U. Inn, Gabriel Haaland, Don Romesburg, and I will talk about my goals for the Board of Education to top it all off! 

To donate, sign up to volunteer or just get in touch with me visit my website! https://www.martinrawlings-fein.com/ Questions? Please email votemartinrf@gmail.com or call (415) 845-1157 

6:15 pm, December 21st, 2017 
At the SF LGBT Center
2nd Floor Room 204 - Auditorium

*ASL interpretation will be provided for the speaking program, for language translation needs email Martin
​at votemartinrf@gmail.com
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November's Unprecedented Election


Gavin Grimm with my family
What a night on Tuesday, there were historic firsts and some outstanding results. There were elections across the nation ranging from school boards to state lawmakers, where out and proud trans and gender non-binary folks ran compelling campaigns. Wednesday morning we heard reports of five, and now on Friday eight historic wins, which have given us hope for the midterms and declared candidates who are trans (and bi+ in some cases).

When asked for a quote to give the candidates who have inspired me to run, I said, "It makes me kvell that we have at least eight trans and non-binary candidates in today’s race from city council and school board to state legislature seats. I am inspired to run because of these leaders, may your runs have you cross the finish line well ahead of your competition," and they did!

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Addressing the Root Causes of the Achievement Gap


According to the UCLA Civil Rights Project, America’s schools are currently as economically and racially segregated as they were 50 years ago. Racial segregation is something that we have struggled with for decades with in San Francisco, as are the issues of inadequate housing stock, income insecurity, stagnant wages, and health care gaps. 1

We need a better way forward as a district. What is needed district wide isn't simple but necessary. We need to establish diverse schools that are truly integrated with students who are non-majority by offering and communicating the ability of choice to communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities early and often. This means revamping the lottery and working across the district to identify the schools that need assistance in creating a stronger school community.
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