Archive for the ‘protests’ Category

WTF? America’s Cup 2013 Workers STILL Haven’t Been Paid? Big Skeleton Protest at City Hall

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Now when I say big skeleton protest, I’m talking about a big skeleton on the steps of City Hall.

The ongoing protest itself is small, with just three dudes when I passed by.

“AMERICA”S CUP” and “SHAME ON THEM”

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I can’t believe how fucked up Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup has become.

If I were Larry Ellison, I’d have my people pay the carpenters and whomever and then be done with this.

Apparently, “most” of the carpenters came up from Southern California?

And “most” of the carpentry is done already anyway.

Oh well.

Or maybe the America’s Cup people only committed to “endeavoring” to pay their workers?

Maybe it’s something like that…

Getting a Little Worried About Frank Chu, Just Saying

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Didn’t have a chance to talk with him the other day.

Heading for Micky D’s

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Haven’t seen him around as much lately.

Let’s hope he’s around as long as the Brown Twins..

“Walk for Life West Coast 2013″ Activists Apologize for the Abortion Jumbotron – Hey, Did They Really Have 50,000+ Souls?

Friday, February 1st, 2013

You all can read the press release below.

Here’s your apology:

“A Jumbotron displaying a graphic video of aborted children was set up by an anti-abortion group midway
along the Walk route, despite efforts by Walk organizers to dissuade the group from playing the video.”

Did not know that. OK fine.

I’ll tell you, I wasn’t even there this go around. But nevertheless, observations

1.  ”Record crowd tops 50,000?” Yeah, I don’t think so. You know, back in the day, back in the mid-aughts, I admired the organizers for _not_ lying about crowd size. Well, those days are over so now the organizers lie each and every year. Hey, isn’t lying a sin? I think so. Oh, you’re just “playing the media game?” All right, well that makes you SINNERS, FYI.

2. Oh, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener was there at the counter protest? Now, isn’t it ironic that most of the young gals holding the banners would be to the left of our District 8 Supe on his core issues concerning stuff like rent control and the rights of propertah owners? Yes it is. (And look who _wasn’t_ on the scene – Catholic San Francisco Supervisor and similarly propertah-owner-loving Mark Farrell. His absence wasn’t ironic at all.)

3. Speaking of which, who are the people who pick who gets the carry the banner and get on TV year after year? You know, all the young gals, year after year, with the high degree of apparent reproductive fitness?

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These young women are herded around year after year doing exactly what they’re told by stage mother-types and and old Catholic dudes wearing robes. What if young people organized the parade what features young people so prominently?

Just asking…

Anyway, you lie about your crowd “estimate” every year and you know you lie about it so that kind of makes you sinners.

Fin. 

“Pope Benedict XVI honors Walk for Life West Coast - Record crowd tops 50,000, fills main S.F. thoroughfare for more than 1 mile

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27, 2013 – Pope Benedict XVI commended the “outstanding public witness to
the fundamental human right to life” of the Walk for Life West Coast, in a special message delivered by
his delegate to tens of thousands gathered in front of San Francisco’s City Hall Jan.26.

The Walk for Life West Coast rally at Civic Center Plaza filled the plaza, before participants walked the
two miles from City Hall to the Ferry Building, traveling through the heart of the city’s shopping and
financial districts. More than to 50,000 participated, organizers estimated.

Pope Benedict XVI’s representative to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano delivered a
message from the pope along with his papal blessing. Pope Benedict’s message, which was also sent out
on a Vatican Twitter feed, said, His Holiness “is grateful to all those who take part in this outstanding
public witness to the fundamental human right to life and the moral imperative of upholding the
inviolable dignity of each member of our human family, especially the smallest and most defenseless of
our brothers and sisters.”

“You are a powerful witness that God’s truth cannot be silenced,” said San Francisco Archbishop
Salvatore J. Cordileone, who blessed participants to begin the event. “Yes, we are here to stay because
life is good and life is holy.”

The speakers at the Walk included Lacey Buchanan, the mother of a disabled child; Elaine Riddick, who
was forcibly sterilized by the state of North Carolina at age 14; Kelly and Matthew Clinger who regret
their abortions; and the Rev. Clenard Childress, Jr., who has spoken at nearly every walk since its
founding in 2005.

“Truth is rising up and you are the picture of that truth,” said Rev. Childress to loud cheers. “We will not
draw back until every child is free.”

A Jumbotron displaying a graphic video of aborted children was set up by an anti-abortion group midway
along the Walk route, despite efforts by Walk organizers to dissuade the group from playing the video.

Founded in 2005 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area residents, the Walk for Life West Coast’s mission
is to change the perception of a society that thinks abortion is the answer. For more information and
photos, www.walkforlifewc.com

Wells Fargo Foreclosure Vigil Continues – Waiting for Kamala Harris in Civic Center – Day 202

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Still waiting for Kamala Harris at the State Building, Day 202:

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Seen on Market Street: WAKEUP WAKEUP UNITED NATIONS – ENOUGH! CHINA: OUT OF TIBET

Monday, October 8th, 2012

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Video: “Black Bloc” “Street Battle” with SFPD on Oct 6 – “Fuck Columbus Day” – 22 Arrested in the Financh

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Well, yesterday’s West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist March didn’t last all that long, as this four-minute video will show you:

OK then.

(The revolution won’t be televised but it will be on the Facebook, apparently.)

communique:

Columbus Day 2012 marks the 520 year anniversary of the genocidal and ecocidal project of Empire building and colonial expansion that began with the conquistador invasion of this continent and continues to this day through the daily violence and exploitation of global capitalism. 

It also marks the 20 year anniversary of the first American Black Bloc which disrupted the 1992 Columbus Day Parade in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. 

This year during Columbus Day weekend, a West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist convergence is being organized in San Francisco. As a contribution to this effort, we are calling for friends and comrades to gather at 2pm on Saturday, October 6 for a rowdy march through the heart of the city’s financial district. 

We will honor the memories of all those who fought back and resisted the onslaught of empire over the past five centuries by unleashing the power of our own resistance in the very heart of capitalism on the West Coast. We are proud to stand in solidarity with others whose fierce struggles continue to hold off the machinery of domination and exploitation. 

We draw inspiration from the countless struggles of indigenous resistance to capitalist projects of development and expansion: from the mountains of Black Mesa, where elders fiercely protect their way of life in the shadow of a coal mine, to the rebel autonomous municipality of Chéran in Michoacán, México where both the repressive forces of the state and the drug cartels have been expelled while loggers infringing upon indigenous territory have been chased off communal lands, to the far north of Canada where indigenous peoples block roads and disrupt plans for expanding resource extraction while students and radicals in Montreal riot outside the gates of the Plan du Nord summit. These brave fighters motivate us to spread the fires of resistance in the ongoing struggles against colonialism and capitalism. 

It is also fitting that October 7 marks the 11 year anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, another brutal example of colonial domination’s recent manifestations. We invite all those who stand in opposition to Empire and in solidarity with the struggles of the Afghan people to join us on this march. 

The Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist March will gather at Justin Herman Plaza for a rally at 2pm and the march will begin at 3pm sharp. Stay tuned for additional details and ways to get involved. 

This action is part of the Decolonize the New World 2012: West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist Convergence in San Francisco during Columbus Day weekend. The convergence is being called for by Decolonize and Anti-Capitalist comrades in the Pacific Northwest and Bay Area. 

For more information please visit http://www.decolonizethenewworld.noblogs.org

SFPD:

Officer Injured, Weapons Recovered from Protesters in the Financial District on 10/6/12

On October 6, 2012 at approximately 2:50pm, a group of protesters gathered at Justin Herman Plaza.  The group began a unpermitted march west bound on Market Street.  The group, a number of them wearing black clothing, masks covering their faces, took to the streets disrupting the normal flow of traffic.  Officers arrived in the area and were struck by projectiles thrown at them by members of this group.  One officer was struck in the head and sustained non-life threatening injuries.  The protesters were admonished multiple times that the march was unpermitted and there were causing a public safety hazard. 
When the group failed to leave the roadway, Officers encircled them at California and Battery and the protesters threw flares and bags of paint at the officers.  Some of the bags of paint contained rocks.  A portion of this group ran to the area of Pine and Sansome where they were detained. A number of police officers and their uniforms were covered in paint.
Police made approximately 22 arrests from both locations.  The suspects were arrested on one or more of the following charges: conspiracy, riot, refusing to obey a lawful order from a peace officer and resisting, delaying and obstructing a peace officer, and assault and battery on a peace officer.  A lawful search of the arrested suspects’ backpacks revealed that many were armed with hammers, an ice pick, flares and other weapons and more bags of paint containing rocks.  The suspects vandalized vehicles and businesses as the walked.  Any witnesses to these acts of vandalism are encouraged to notify the SFPD.  Attached are photos of some of the weapons the protesters had in their possession.”
See you next year!

Marina District Gratified by All the White People Who Showed Up for America’s Cup – But Says No to Regular Tourists

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Work with me here. The recent America’s Cup scrimmage event up in San Francisco’s Great White North got this kind of reaction in the pages of the Marina Times:

“This event brought exactly the right kind of crowd to the Marina.”

Uh, white people with some extra folding money to spend – that kind of crowd?

Mmmm…

Anyway, you’d think that the friendly Marinites would similarly welcome the Feds landing Alcatraz tour boats at Fort Mason, right?

No.

Let’s hear from socially awkward, born-into-the-one-percent District Two Supervisor Mark Farrell in the very same pages of the Marina Times:

“The National Park Service’s (NPS) intention to study Fort Mason as a possible location for its Alcatraz tour ferry service is one of those ideas with serious and long-lasting impacts that must immediately be put to rest.”

(Yeah, it’s one of those ideas, huh? So like, Alex, I want “Ideas with serious and long-lasting impacts that must immediately be put to rest” for $1600?”)

Apparently, one set of aquatic tourists is the best thing in the world and another set of aquatic tourists is the worst thing in the world?

OK fine.

Hey Marina, look at this! You think the future can’t cross a bridge ride through a tunnel?

Now here’s the kicker. The reason why the white people of the Marina are worried about the Fort Mason proposal is that it’s a lead pipe cinch, owing to the lack of NIMBY laws on federal land:

“What makes the idea even more distressing to residents and establishments in the Marina is the lack of local environmental review and input that would be available. The NPS stated that environmental review of the Fort Mason site would be conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and not under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), because Fort Mason is federal property. Without a CEQA process in place for Fort Mason, the enormous changes contemplated in the Marina will never be considered by our local government, and any NEPA appeal would have to take place in Washington through the federal courts. In my letter to the NPS, I asked that since they are prepared to undergo a CEQA analysis for the sites located at the Port of San Francisco piers, they should do the same for the NPS-owned piers at Fort Mason…”

So, don’t come here, Feds. Don’t come here where it’s super easy to do business, you know, without dealing with millionaire NIMBYs for decades, oh no, don’t even think about it! Feds, you must immediately put the idea “to rest.”

Well, we’ll just have to wait and see how that works…

Brace Yourselves: “GLOBAL FREE PUSSY RIOT DAY” is Coming Friday – Protest at Russian Consulate

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

It’s come to this.

The specific whites of Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow aren’t going to like tomorrow’s international protest one bit.

Not one bit!

“GLOBAL FREE PUSSY RIOT DAY - FRIDAY AUGUST 17th – FreePussyRiot.org

The ‘Free Pussy Riot’ protest is a worldwide response to Russian authorities detaining three young women for performing an anti-Putin song in a cathedral in Moscow in February. Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samucevich are the three women and members of Pussy Riot, a feminist collective punk band known for impromptu performances with a political agenda to promote basic rights, gender equality and the lack of justice involving the powers that be.

The global pussy riot campaign is going to be held in major cities around the world this Friday to urge Putin and Russian authorities for a fair hearing for the girls’ sentencing. With support from celebrities such as Madonna and Pete Townshend, and of Amnesty International the pussy riot has become a movement to show support for these three women and more importantly to show Russian authorities their decision will not go unnoticed.

In San Francisco their are two events being held:

At 3:00 PM on Friday supporters will be meeting at the Russian Consulate 2790 Green Street.
https://www.facebook.com/events/424888970880304/?ref=ts

At 6:30 PM they will be meeting at Justin Herman Plaza.
https://www.facebook.com/events/509970192361811/

“As a musician who has spoken out against political figures, I am deeply troubled that the Russian government is punishing its citizens for voicing their opinions through music. Music is an essential tool for voicing opinions about everything from gender to oppression. To outlaw the free expression of these ideas is to embrace tyranny. Letting artists speak is the hallmark of a free society.”
-Peaches (Canadian electro-pop/punk rocker) link to her new song/video “FREE PUSSY RIOT” http://vimeo.com/47483917

Barcelonahttps://www.facebook.com/events/428870363832253/

Belgrade : http://www.facebook.com/events/353321734744751/

Berlinhttp://www.facebook.com/events/341464445932389/

Brightonhttp://www.facebook.com/events/476321332380904/

Brisbanehttp://www.facebook.com/events/393769817342711/

Bruxelles :  http://www.amnestyinternational.be/doc/s-informer/actualites-2/article/russie-manifestation-pour-la

Buenos Aireshttp://www.facebook.com/events/271199299647295/

Chicago : http://www.facebook.com/events/408042082576296/

Chisinau/Moldovahttp://www.facebook.com/events/493393557354880/

Copenhagenhttp://www.facebook.com/events/424471940927930/https://www.facebook.com/events/374520859284447/

Derry, Irelandhttp://www.facebook.com/events/102245836592357/

Dublinhttp://www.facebook.com/events/274613749309206/

Florence (Firenze) : http://www.facebook.com/events/459331887430924/

Genévehttp://www.facebook.com/events/110110862469275/

Göteborghttp://www.facebook.com/events/274179756015202/

Hamburghttp://www.facebook.com/events/427926530583502/

Helsinkihttps://www.facebook.com/events/424531920915641/

Kaliningradhttp://vk.com/event41762298

Köln/Colognehttp://www.facebook.com/events/349557895119950/

Kievhttp://www.facebook.com/events/227350677388464/

Leedshttp://www.facebook.com/events/155657094558291/

Londonhttps://www.facebook.com/events/337559159661689/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/aug/13/royal-court-pussy-riot-readi…

Madridhttp://www.facebook.com/events/350516441690013/

Marseillehttp://www.facebook.com/events/347401892005724/

Melbournehttps://www.facebook.com/events/357491980994134/

Mendoza, Argentinahttps://www.facebook.com/events/488788877798731/

Milanhttps://www.facebook.com/events/134453260030214/

Minneapolis : http://www.facebook.com/events/453640387991012/

Montréal http://www.facebook.com/events/388534647880948/

Moscowhttp://www.facebook.com/events/401297053252028/ http://www.facebook.com/events/337847742969653/

München/Munichhttp://www.facebook.com/events/142675212539886/

Murmanskhttp://vk.com/pussyriot51

Nanteshttp://www.facebook.com/events/351885048219480/

New York Cityhttps://www.facebook.com/events/262241200554708/http://www.facebook.com/events/336406896449171/

Nicehttps://www.facebook.com/events/433177160059098/

Odessahttp://vk.com/event41737295 https://www.facebook.com/events/176445712490602/?context=create

Oslohttp://www.facebook.com/events/408330272558296/

Ottawahttps://www.facebook.com/events/273166786116903/

Parishttps://www.facebook.com/events/477310605615546/

Permhttp://vk.com/event41594563

Portland : http://www.facebook.com/events/454346897919936/

Prague : http://www.facebook.com/events/173074842817417/

Reykjavikhttps://www.facebook.com/events/458139040873098/

Rigahttps://www.facebook.com/events/458755374145273

Samarahttp://vk.com/freepussyriotsamara

San Franciscohttp://www.facebook.com/events/424888970880304/https://www.facebook.com/events/509970192361811/

Sidneyhttp://www.facebook.com/events/513418808674744/

Stockholmhttps://www.facebook.com/events/345703202177925

St. Petersburghttp://vk.com/freepussyriot170812spb

Tel Avivhttps://www.facebook.com/events/130257380452299/

Toronto https://www.facebook.com/events/306577532773598/

Toulouse http://www.facebook.com/events/431789516864929/

Tournai, Belgium https://www.facebook.com/events/372254449510600/

Tverhttp://vk.com/tverforpr

Västeråshttps://www.facebook.com/events/367931276613819/

Vilinushttp://www.facebook.com/events/450340734998207/

Warszawahttp://www.facebook.com/events/465259630171770/

Washingtonhttps://www.facebook.com/events/418284021540525/?context=create&ref=book…

Wien/Viennahttp://raw.at/raverse/2012/pussy-riot-solitreffen-am-13-08-12

Know Your Daily Wells Fargo Bank Mortgage Protest on the Steps of the State Building – NoJusticeZone – Day 140

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Deets here.

Day 138:

Day 128 or so:

Know Your Inchoate Labor Protests: Tomorrow’s Planned Commercial Office Waste Protest at City Hall Canceled

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

For some reason.

I’ll tell you, those canceled protests are oftentimes more interesting than the ones that go forward…

Check it:

“Commercial Office Buildings Missing the Mark in San Francisco’s Efforts to Achieve Zero Waste

Labor, Environmental Leaders to Release Report Outlining How Commercial Office Buildings Can Achieve True Zero Waste by 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – POSTPONED members the BlueGreen Alliance and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 87 will join with local labor, environmental and civic leaders to release and show support for the report

Making Zero Mean Zero: Waste Diversion in San Francisco’s Commercial Office Buildings.

Findings in the report reveal actions at some of the city’s commercial buildings are hampering the city’s efforts to achieve zero waste and the report outlines recommendations to achieving true zero waste by 2020 — a goal of the city.

The report was prepared by the BlueGreen Alliance — a national partnership of unions and environmental organizations representing 14 million members and supporters.

WHAT: Labor, environmental, and civic leaders call for commercial office buildings owners in San Francisco to reduce waste and increase recycling. The event will feature Spanish speakers.
WHO: BlueGreen Alliance California Director Lisa Hoyos, SEIU Local 87 President Olga Miranda, SEIU Local 87 Members, Supervisor John Avalos (District 11), Interim Supervisor Christina Olague (District 5)
WHEN: POSTPONED
WHERE: In front of San Francisco City Hall”

So, do I think we’re going to have a million electric cars on the road by 2015, as was pledged? Nope!

And do I think that 10% of all trips in San Francisco will be made by bicycle by 2010? Oh, wait, we missed that one already – that got pushed back to 2020, when 20% of all trips made in San Francisco will be made by bicycle, for sure, like totally man, like guaranteed. (And then when that doesn’t happen, the new goal will be 30% of all trips made in San Francisco being made by bicycle by the year 2030.) Anyway, nope!

And now, do I think that all the commercial office buildings of San Francisco will produce “true zero waste” by 2020? Nope!

Anyway, don’t go to City Hall at 11:30 AM tomorrow cause nothing’ll be going on…