Cleve Jones Visits Plymouth June 18 

June 13, 2017

#TogetherWeRise — Cleve Jones

Plymouth Church UCC welcomes Cleve Jones, pioneering human rights activist, author and lecturer, Sunday, June 18. He will speak at the 11 am service, with book sales and signing of When We Rise before and after worship.

Jones arrives in  Seattle for the PRIDE Film Fest, 7 pm Sunday June 18 at the Egyptian Theater for a screening of MILK and Q & A. Tickets are available at

Jones joined the gay liberation movement in the early 1970s. Mentored by pioneer LGBTQ activist Harvey Milk, Jones worked in Milk’s San Francisco City Hall office as a student intern until Milk’s assassination in 1978. Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983. He founded The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the world’s largest community arts projects, in 1987, featured on the National Mall in Washington DC. Harper Collins published his first book, Stitching a Revolution, in 2000.

Oscar-winning film, MILK, showcased Jones in the early years of the LGBTQ movement for equality, and he was the historical consultant for the production. Jones led the 2009 National March for Equality in Washington, DC and served on the Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which challenged California’s Proposition 8 in the US Supreme Court.

His new memoir, When We Rise, recently aired as an ABC TV mini-series inspired in part by stories from Cleve’s book in February, 2017 with screenplay by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black, of MILK. By turns tender and uproarious—and written entirely in his own words—When We Rise is Jones’ account of his remarkable life. He chronicles the heartbreak of losing countless friends to AIDS, which very nearly killed him, too; his co-founding of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation during the terrifying early years of the epidemic; his conception of the AIDS Memorial Quilt; the bewitching story of 1970s San Francisco and the magnetic spell it cast for thousands of young gay people and other misfits; and the harrowing, sexy and sometimes hilarious stories of Cleve’s passionate relationships with friends and lovers during an era defined by unprecedented freedom and possibility, and prejudice and violence alike.

When We Rise is the story of a hero to the LGBTQ community, and a vibrant memoir of a full and transformative American life—an activist whose work continues today. Jones lives in San Francisco, California and works as an organizer for the hospitality workers’ union, UNITE HERE.  

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