It’s one thing to feel extremely passionate about your politics, and another to get arrested for them. Although many people are free to get arrested over their political beliefs, some of us need to avoid those territories. When you move to a place like San Francisco, it can be a great opportunity to get involved in local politics in ways that are not available in other cities in the United States.
If you have been looking for a safe place to begin local community activism exploration, consider the extremely active Castro Lions Club. Of course, the first thoughts that most people have of the Lions Club are of grandpa’s. However, the Castro Lions Club welcomes all age groups, sexual orientation, and genders. It is not a religious or ethnically based organization.
Their primary goal is to have a number of fundraising events for local charities in the Castro neighborhood. These dinners and other events are great ways to meet the organizations that you are fundraising for. In other words, it’s a great way to shop around with all of the different neutral wing activism groups in the Castro.
Some of the beneficiaries from the 2008 year include: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Positive Resource Center, Pink Triangle, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Levy Dance for disadvantaged youth, Quan Yin Healing Center, Little Brothers, Curry Senior Center Food, SF Womens Center, and Hayes Valley Food.
You can visit the Castro SF Lions Club homepage for more information about current meetings and local groups they fundraise for.