Archive for the ‘protests’ Category
The Battle Against the Term FRISCO has Been Lost, Officially – But Continue to Rage Against SAN FRAN, If You WantMonday, January 30th, 2017
Get the update here from Joe Fitz Rodriguez of the San Francisco Examiner.
And that leads us to this: Official FRISCO Day is May 5th this year.
Your ‘rents called it Frisco (see below) and your kids are openly doing so as well. What I’m saying is that Charlie is inside the perimeter, the battle is lost. And of course your lodestar Herb Caen realized this decades ago, sry.
(Now “San Fran” is different – that term is used by out-of-towners exclusively, you know, non pejoratively, they don’t mean anything by it. Feel free to snootily correct them, but you don’t have to. What if Angelenos took offense to the sometimes pejorative LA LA LAND? We’d have a snubbing from Oscar instead of 14 nominations.)
Ah, memories, via our Palace of Fine Arts:
(The word Twitterloin means different things to different people. To me it refers to the expensive, wasteful, tax holiday enterprise zone what goes from this building down Market and into the Tenderloin.)
Anyway, this happened yesterday:
Via Jim Fairbrother:
Via Alan Marling:
The press release from two days ago:
“Thursday: Activists Project “Mouthpiece of Fascism” on Twitter HQ
SAN FRANCISCO – Tomorrow, activists will gather at Twitter headquarters and demand the company stop collaborating with Donald Trump. By spreading his words to millions, they are making his lies seem true and allowing him to bypass the vetting process of traditional media.
@realDonaldTrump has always lied on Twitter. Now that he’s the president, every lie is fake news – such as the claim that millions voted against him illegally. He has always been racist on the site. Now his racism leads to hate crimes – more than one thousand have been reported since Nov 8. He has always been abusive. Now his abuse incites death threats, such as against union leader Chuck Jones. Donald Trump has always been ignorant, but now on Twitter his ignorance could start nuclear war.
The local activist Alan Marling organized the event, and he is far from alone in his desire to see Twitter take a moral stand. According to a January 10th article on Washington Post, a super majority of people believe Donald Trump should give up his personal Twitter account. Fully 47% of Republicans disapprove of his Twitter use, including one Rep. Justin Amash, who tweeted, “Dude, just stop.” The Chinese government also resents Twitter diplomacy, as reported in a New York Times article on January 4th. As the @POTUS account is tweeting the same content as @realDonaldTrump, @POTUS will likely have to be suspended to satisfy the activists.
Until their demands are met, they will use a projector to light the Twitter headquarters with messages such as “Propaganda,” “Irresponsible,” “Profits off Hate,” and “Mouthpiece of Fascism.”
“Because of Twitter’s anti-abuse policies, because of their stated commitment to social justice, and because they do business in San Francisco, they should ban @realDonaldTrump,” said A.E. Marling of refusefascism.org, lead organizer of the protest. “Giving voice to a fascist and allowing him to spew his hatred and ignorance not only threatens to destroy our democracy, but could also lead to the next world war.”
WHAT: Activists project “Mouthpiece of Fascism” on Twitter Headquarters
WHERE: 1355 Market St, San Francisco.
WHEN: Thursday January 26, 2017, at 5:45 pm.
Refusefascism.org is a Call-to-Action signed by prominent scientists, actors, musicians, intellectuals, activists, religious leaders, and over 3,000 others to “Stop the Trump/Pence Regime Before It Starts!” Signatories include: Imam Aiyub Abdul-Baki, Justice Committee, Islamic Leadership Council of New York; Ed Asner, actor; Bill Ayers, activist, educator; Charles Burnett, filmmaker; Isabel Cardenas, Salvadoran-American activist; Margaret Cho, comedian, actor; Chuck D, rapper, author; Joe Dante, filmmaker; Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA; Alex Ebert, musician; Niles Eldredge, evolutionary biologist; Eve Ensler, playwright; Merrill Garbus, Founding band member, tUnE-yArDs; Pastor Gregg L. Greer, Freedom First International, SCLC; Lalah Hathaway, singer; Marc Lamont Hill, CNN commentator and professor, Morehouse College; Chase Iron Eyes, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Evelyn Fox Keller, Professor Emerita of History and Philosophy of Science, MIT; Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA; Wayne Kramer, musician; John Landis, filmmaker; Vic Mensa, rapper; Debra Messing, actor; jessica Care moore, poet; Thurston Moore, singer, songwriter, guitarist of Sonic Youth; PZ Myers, evolutionary developmental biologist; Rosie O’Donnell, comedian, actor; Arturo O’Farrill, composer and musician; Michelle Phillips, musician; Milton Saier, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology UCSD; Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five; Michael Shannon, actor; Danny Simmons, visual artist; David Strathairn, actor; Alice Walker, author; Cornel West, writer and professor; Saul Williams, poet and performer. (Organizations, institutions listed for ID purposes only.)”
Just a guess on the 501 weeks part, but this guy’s been out there on Market a long, long time – at least since the aughts.
Anyway, this “one original” man must have “endless stories” of Life on the Street by now.
Remember when Willie Brown turned Market Street into the Champs-Élysées Of The West? I do. And then a good part of it “transformed” into the “world-class” Twitterloin.
But all I see is how much the place has stayed the same…
Attended by Nancy Pelosi, Ross Mirkarimi and John Avalos.
(In years past, protests like these have taken place at the Chinese Consulate at Geary and Laguna. I wonder how Nancy Pelosi’s cell phone(s) would have done against a Man In The Middle (MITM) hack attack coming from inside the consulate, which of course is the locus of spycraft in Northern California. My GMail got hacked several hours after I checked out a Tibetan protest while carrying a Galaxy S1 years ago – this was the only time Google has ever contacted me about its concerns over possible hacking. Coincidence or not, I take out the battery of my new(er) phone when I’m walking about the area, which isn’t all that much these days, since, you know, there are fewer protests there these days. Even at this one yesterday, I was just passing through and happened to notice all the commotion. Needless to say, this kind of thing is very off-message for area “friends” of the Consulate, such as Ed Lee and the powerful and influential Rose Pak.)
Some out-of-town kids* running a gauntlet of local pro-choicers** in Justin Herman Plaza at a Walk For Life West Coast, back in The Aughts:
Some yelling was involved…
*Arms interlocked, you know, for safety.
**Larger SF orgs decided, early on, to simply ignore this annual event, so that they didn’t bring it more attention. But individuals and smaller groups showed up every year, with home-made signs. These days, WFLWC starts in Civic Center and marches towards the Ferry Building, the “wrong direction” – I haven’t seen this event since it moved, so I don’t know what it looks like these days.