Waller, Rich: Moscone's shared vision


Rich Waller: I think that the Moscone campaign came along at the right time. Now, it was probably George’s idea to do this. I’ve learned years later that he had a very progressive streak. There was a lot of organizing going around whether it was the anti-downtown high-rise forces – Calvin Welch and Sue Hestor were key in leading that – whether it was the community organizing done by Mike Miller, Tim Sampson, [ ], the Mission Coalition or work being done out in the African American community. That there were all these disparate parts, it was George who ended up bringing them all together. He fundamentally shared that vision that the world could be a better place, and that all of these people disparate as they are deserve a place at that table. People believed that. I was an outsider. I didn’t work in that campaign, but when I went in and saw who was working there, what they were doing, these were true believers. These were people who wanted to change the world and make it a better place. It wasn’t about their own self-aggrandizement or making a lot of money. It was about making the world a better place on the environmental side, economically for people who were disadvantaged, trying to break down the walls of racism, sexism, anti-gay phobic walls. It was all part of that campaign. It was just an amazing, amazing thing.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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