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California Governor Gavin Newsom;
Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis;
U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee;
U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier;
San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed; 
California State Senator Scott Wiener;
California Assemblyman David Chiu and 
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

WHAT: To Text & Phone Bank at Manny’s in San Francisco

WHEN: Tuesday, November 3: 10:30am

WHERE: Manny’s Outdoor Socially Distant “Victory Booths”

3092 16th Street at Valencia, San Francisco.


WHY: California Governor Gavin Newsom has chosen to spend the morning of Election Day text and phone banking voters from the socially-distant outdoor Victory Booths at Manny’s (3029 16th Street at Valencia, San Francisco) joined by special guests Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed, California State Senator Scott Wiener, California Assemblyman David Chiu and  Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Manny’s has built the country’s first and only outdoor socially distanced set of booths where community members have been coming to phone bank, text bank, and write over 25,000 letters to swing state voters for several weeks. 

“We are so honored to have a Governor Gavin Newsom and a Democratic Dream Team of elected officials spend some time at Manny’s on Election Day – a day which will be central to the future of our democracy,” said Manny Yekutiel, 31, who founded and runs the eponymous community engagement space and café dubbed “the New Hampshire of California” (KCBS Radio) for its hosting of myriad political events including hosting 17 Democratic presidential candidates.

“Manny’s was created to be a space for political discourse, activism and advocacy for social justice,” says Yekutiel, who expects to announce some “significant VIP on Election Day” for the effort. “Until we can once again gather for political action inside Manny’s we’re inviting people to gather outside, socially distant but politically active, at 16th and Valencia.”

Since opening its doors on Election Night 2018, Manny’s has become an epicenter of community involvement, dialogue and civic engagement having served over 50,000 people, staged over 500 events, donated space to more than 150 area nonprofits and charities, and hosted 17 presidential candidates in his first year alone. Also, in addition to receiving much media and public attention, Manny’s was recognized for his above-and-beyond achievements by the California State Senate as “Small Business of the Year.” 

Manny’s is a people powered, community focused meeting and learning place in the heart of San Francisco that combines a restaurant, political bookshop, and civic events space. Manny’s goal: to create a central and affordable place to become a better informed and more involved citizen. Manny’s offers its events space to nonprofits, activists and civic organizations to spread their message and do their work as well as hosting its own civic and arts related programming. Manny’s kitchen is run by the non-profit, Farming Hope, which hires formerly homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals and trains them in the food skills needed to work in the restaurant industry.