Well, as expected, the March for Life West Coast went off yesterday with a whole bunch of people involved. That’s tens of thousands minimum, but the SFPD saw fit to block access to a vantage point on a pedestrian bridge this year. So, that’s as good an estimate as you’re going to get here – tens of thousands.
You can see what it looked like with a lot of photos here but also and here and here and here, or even here, from The Deacon 4 Life or from the IndyBay.org here and here. This event was international news, but it was ignored by most of the denizens of San Francisco. Some merchants welcomed the visitors with open arms, anyway.
Interestingly, the March for Life rally employed help from Michael S. Hensley PARTY Rental & Sales Co. (650) 583-0337. Boy oh boy[cott], that’s brave.
Anyway, this was the bulk of the crowd of pro-choice counter protesters at the start of the noontime march. There were hundreds on the pro-choice side, or several hundreds if you prefer.
From the Ferry Building area all the way up Embarcadero on their way to Fishermans Wharf and beyond.
A closer look at the vanguard reveals that fashion (Channel funglasses, hoop earrings, French manicures and high heeled suede boots) was the order of the day. These are the people the organizers handpicked to represent the face of yesterday’s parade.
For a while there, both sides were in formation heading up Herb Caen Way and the Embarc.
The SFPD was out in force, as per usual. Here, the bicycle corps keeps ‘em separated
A home-made sign, one of many. A few referenced Barack Obama.
The sole svástika of the day.
On the other side, some people just stood on the sidewalk and stared at the oncoming parade.
Instead of “I’m with Stupid,” we have “I’m With Fascists”
And on no side in particular, Frank Chu (the “Galaxy Guy” per one SFPD officer).
A Mount Rushmore of sanctimonious iPodded teens…
…walking past this fellow handing out free condoms. That pretty much sums things up.
Guess what? Even more photos after the jump
Don’t forget about the one on one engagements.
No on 8 speaks with Yes on 8 – these people enjoy their short conversations
A begoggled David Letterman dropped by on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer Program. These people with the lime green hats are invariably earnest - we’re talking the Importance of Being Earnest earnest, Ernest Goes to Camp earnest, The Wine Cellars of Ernest and Julio Gallo earnest, relentlessly, oppressively earnest, earnest, earnest, earnest….
Apparently six billion people aren’t enough for this world. Really?
The bulk of the marchers were of the female persuasion.
It was clear they put some thought into their signs.
And a lot of them traveled from far away, like Southern California.
The counterdemonstrators, too, put work into their signs.
Just look at this thoughtful fellow.
So there you have it. Is this a sisterhood forged under adverse conditions in scary, dangerous San Francisco, the modern-day Gomorrah? Mmmm. It’s possible the ride up from Bakersfield in a decrepit 15-passenger church van with a too-short wheelbase presented a greater danger, but oh well.
See you next year.
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