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Oh NEMA [New Market], will you ever win?
The 8th Annual Walk for Life West Coast will start at Civic Center this year.
Will organizers lie about attendance by simply adding 5000 people to the previous year’s estimate as is their custom? We’ll just have to wait and see. Somebody will document the crowd overestimating, but I don’t know if it will be me this year…
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All the deets:
“Due to a scheduling conflict, the Walk for Life will be unable to follow its familiar route from Justin Herman Plaza and along San Francisco’s waterfront to Marina Green. Instead, we will be gathering at Civic Center Plaza at 11:00 am for the Info Fair to be followed by the rally at 12:30 pm. At 1:30 we will start walking down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza. There will be no additional events at Justin Herman Plaza.
We are excited about this new opportunity and believe that this new venue will give us the chance to grow our numbers. More information to come so please sign up for our email blasts to keep informed of these important changes.
HOTEL UPDATE: We have sold out of the rooms at the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel. We were able to negotiate a discounted rate at the Kabuki Hotel in Japantown (very close to the Cathedral) for $139/night. For further options, gohere.
Confirmed speakers include: Lori Hoye, Dr. Vansen Wong, Rev. Clenard Childress and Jacquie Stalnaker.
Once again, it’s time for Carnaval down in the Mission District, our “Sunshine Belt” in the 415.
This year’s is the 75th running, so won’t you come and join the fun?
All right, grab your gourd cozy…
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…and then fly on up to see Carnaval:
Once again, via David Yu
You know, a lot of people travel great distances to see the Carnaval, so why not you too?
“The Carnaval San Francisco Parade is always the 4th Sunday in May on Memorial Day Weekend – May 29, 2011 – Begins at Bryant & 24th at 10AM and heads up the Mission Street to 17th…”
All right, see you there!
And here are a few shots from Carnavals past:
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Rei e Rainha do Carnaval 2009? Well they certainly looked the part, anyway.
¡Irmandade! Sisters doing it for themselves:
Capoeira, as seen on Meet the Fockers
She has the rare Blood Type “C”:
Samba com criança:
I Dream of Jeannie, or 48 Jeannies on 24th Street, or something:
Sadly, these Jeannies weren’t followed by phalanx of Major Nelsons
Mi Chevy y tu Chevy. “SICKT FO” = 1964:
Puertas de tijera – ahora mas que nunca. Will scissors doors work on my heretofore bLand Cruiser? If so, I’ll take four, plus another one on the tailgate – why not?
You’d think Zorro would have a Nissan Z-car but he makes do with his Celica and some tape.
NorCal Waste Systems, aka Golden Gate Scavenger, is now Recology:
Cão + cão = dois cães, mais ou menos
And There You Have It.
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Here it is:
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Maybe someday the liars over at Walk For Life West Coast will explain how a march that was only two-thirds the length of last year’s (48 minutes (or so) long in 2010 and 31 minutes long in 2011*) could have 5000 more people.
It’s a miracle!?
It’s worth noting that nobody had a crowd estimate of less than 22K last year and nobody independent from the movement has a an estimate north of 20k this year. I put it at 16k and KGO 7 ABC TV is saying “about 20,000.” The organizers, under enormous pressure to claim ever growing attendance, claim 40,000+. Oh well.
Anyway, here are a few shots from this afternoon, starting with the counters.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were on hand. I’d say 5000 souls saw this sister and a fellow sister today – they were the focus of the march, particularly on the right side of the river of people going by. Here’s your welcome to San Francisco:
Tax Church Property and INVESTMENTS! Sure, sounds good to me.
And here’s Frank Chu, in the middle, going on about the Galaxies, as per usual:
And here’s the main body, 16k or so marchers from all over California and beyond:
St. Patrick’s Teens, Sonora, in the hiz-ouse:
Some people from Fowler, CA? Sounds far away:
Yes We Can change:
“Flower” and “shears”:
A brace from Sacramento:
Save the human babies. Of course! Human babies, that changes everything!
And there you have it.
*We’re talking about at the start here, people. Ferry Plaza was a ghost town by 12:33 PM. If the same number of people showed up as last year, it would have taken until about 12:50 PM for everybody to get going. Obviously, the march will spread out over time and narrow due to the way the course is set up.
[UPDATE: Here are some photos. Oh, and Protest Shooter has some video showing way more than "maybe 100" counter-protesters, which he undercounts for ideological reasons, and showing way less than "40,000" marchers, which he undercounts for, wait for it, ideological reasons. The fact remains that it took last year's crowd 48 minutes to clear out but this year's only 31 minutes.]
How about 16,000 for an estimate of those marching up Embarcadero from the Ferry Building / Justin Herman Plaza area? So, that would be less than half of the officially estimated and very optimistic 35,000 count from last year, or, comparing apples to apples, about two-thirds of last year’s attendance, which was in the 22k, 23k, 24k neighborhood.
Here’s my estimate from last year, complete with my criticism of a ridiculously low number (that some took seriously) from the San Francisco Chronicle. Seems odd that multiple independent sources came in at around the same low-to-middle 20,000s and the organizers were at a pie-in-the sky 35k. Last year’s crowd took 48 minutes to get going, but this year’s took just 31, so you do the math. (And in case there’s any doubt here, crowd counting-wise, like the suitor and his ring in Oh Brother Where Art Thou, I’m bona fide. I got there a couple minutes before noon and I was like Sherman, where are all the white people? How can the organizers claim to not be aware of the smaller crowd this year if it was so obvious to me from the get-go?)
Of course some are wed to the idea of constantly growing numbers:
“American Missionary – Great weather in SF west coast walk for life. 40,000+ in attendance.”
Will organizers tell the truth and say that their numbers are down year-over-year or will they simply lie? [UPDATE - KGO 7 ABC TV is saying about 20,000 and as for what the organizers are saying, see below]
As it looked at the start at around 12:02 PM, Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 CE. The much smaller counterprotesting pro-choice march went up Herb Caen Way in parallel – they were gone in 160 seconds or so.
Please remember, WFLWC spinners:
[UPDATE: That's it, as of 2:31 PM, Saturday, January 22nd, in the Year of Our Lord 2011, they are going for the lie:
At least 40,000 stand up for Life!"
Now, how could it be that a march that took three-quarters of an hour (more or less) to pass by Embarcadero and Broadway in 2010 is smaller than today's, one that took a half-hour (more or less) to pass by Embarcadero and Broadway?
Saying that there were about 40,000 people marching today isn't spin, it's a sin. Appears as if organizer Dolores Meehan is a big fat liar. She might not be aware of the actual numbers precisely, but she's got to know that the size of the crowd is waaaaaay down this year. What would she say next year if the parade only takes 15 minutes to get out of Ferry Plaza? She'd say 45,000, natch.
I mean, is that cool? Exaggerate more and more each year until nobody believes you? Is that how you roll?
And others are doing their best to prove the Rule of Three:
And here's the official press release. Pure horseshit:
"Record-breaking Turnout for Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tens of thousands of pro-life activists filled Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco's downtown and then walked 2.5 miles along the waterfront in a record-breaking turnout for the 7th Annual Walk for Life West Coast.
"We are here to break the bondage of the culture of death," Walk for Life co-chair Dolores Meehan told the crowd that stretched as far as the eye could see.
"If we care for the baby, we have to care for the mother and father," said speaker Kathleen Eaton, who funded Birth Choice Clinics in Orange County after her own abortion.
The Walk was held on the 38th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
"Today on January 22nd, I do not honor choice any more, I mourn choice," said former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who walked away from her job at a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic on October 6, 2009, after assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old fetus. "You are the new generation of the pro-life movement and I can tell you Planned Parenthood is shaking in their boots."
"Nothing is too big for God to forgive," said Mary Poirer, who told the story of her three abortions.
Rev. Brian Walker, who, with his wife Denise, chose to abort their child four months before their wedding, said he deserted his wife when she needed him. "Many years ago there was not a man in the house, there was a male in the house, but there was not a man in the house," said Walker. "Everybody suffers in the wake of abortion."
"We've lost close to 40 percent of our population to abortion," said Rev. Denise Walker, founder of Everlasting Light Ministries, referring to the high rate of African American abortions. "We must end this slaughter."
A densely packed crowd of least 40,000 walked 20 across in a line that stretched over a mile. The Walk route started at Justin Herman Plaza in downtown San Francisco and concluded at Marina Green in sight of Golden Gate Bridge.
Founded in 2005 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area residents, the Walk for Life West Coast's mission is to change the perceptions of a society that thinks abortion is the answer.
[UPDATE: The Tricycle Music Fest West, you know, for kids, is starting later and heading indoors – the new time is just after noon and the new place is downstairs at our Main Library in Civic Center (across the street from the Burger King at 8th and Market). It’ll go ’til 3:30 PM today.}
The forecast for tomorrow’s Sunday Streets Civic Center, Tendeloin is nicht gut right now (not showers, not light rain, it’s simply regular “rain” ) but that’s not going to change anything ’cause they’re saying this joint will go off “rain or shine.”
It’d be nice if San Francisco had a backup plan, you know, a Plan B, for the precipitation that everybody knows is probably coming, but oh well. (It’d be nice if San Francisco were a place where planning events weren’t so involved and weren’t so expensive, but oh well, again.)
Stay dry. Here’s the sked:
Civic Center Plaza (Carleton B Goodlett Place, across from City Hall)
Main Sunday Streets Activity Hub
• Sunday Streets Info Booth and Volunteer Check In
• Sunday Streets Sponsor booths
• Community information tables
• Sunday Streets merchandise for sale- sponsored by Walk SF
• Free basic bike maintenance by REI, Lombardi Sports and Bike Kitchen
• Free bike rentals by Bike & Roll and Blazing Saddles
• Free test rides on PUBLIC Bikes
• STAR 101 FM Radio music broadcast and free samples of healthy snacks
• Science demonstrations by Climate Change Education
Civic Center North Lawn; (Carleton B Goodlett near McAllister)
• StreetSmARTS Mobile Free Wall Project presented by Department of Public Works and SF Arts Commission: Open to artists of all ages and abilities, materials provided
• 11 and 12:30 PM: demonstrations and intro classes by Capoera Brasil SF
• Live music by: Two Zmooth, YMCA Youth band
Pet Programs (Civic Center South Lawn; Carleton B Goodlett near Grove)
Presented by Happy Hounds Massage
• Pawsitive Tails dog training
• Northern Family Dog Rescue
• Hearing Dog Program
Bike programs (Grove between Larkin and Carleton B Goodlett)
Presented by the SF Bicycle Coalition and Presidio YMCA Bike Program
• Freedom from Training Wheels presented by the SF Bicycle Coalition
• Kid’s Bike Safety Rodeo presented by Presidio YMCA Bike Program
• How to load a bike on the bus, by MTA Sustainable Streets Program
• Free basic bike maintenance by REI, Lombardi Sports and Bike Kitchen (Civic Center)
• Free bike rentals by Bike & Roll and Blazing Saddles (Civic Center)
Tricycle Music Fest West (Main Library steps, Larkin near Grove)
Presented by the San Francisco Public Library & Friends of the Public Library
• 11:00 The Devil-Ettes and Pip Squeak A Go Go
• 11:30 Frances England
• 12:30 The Time Outs
• 1:30 The Sippy Cups
• Bookmobile (Northeast corner of Grove and Larkin)
Children’s Activities (Civic Center south playground, near Grove and Larkin)
Presented by Shih Yu- Lang YMCA
• Kid’s Games, Hula Hoops,
• Girl Scouts
• Head Start
• It’s Yoga Kids!
• Activities for teens and tweens with La Casa de Las Madres
Fulton Skate area (Fulton between Larkin and Hyde)
Skating Presented by the Calif. Outdoor Rollersports Assoc.
• 10 – 2:30: Free roller rink, skating lessons & skates
• 12:30 & 2:30: Slumdog Millionaire skate dance
• 12:45 & 2:45: Thriller skate dance
• RollerSoccer mini exhibition games presented by RollerSoccer International Federation
• Skateboard information with Downtown Streets Skate Shop
Grove Street & UN Plaza (Grove between Larkin, Hyde and Market)
• Eco games, info, composting demos by Department of the Environment (Grove near Larkin)
• Farmer’s Market (Market near 8th Street and Hyde)
O’Farrell Street (Polk to Jones)
Music, Activities and Family Entertainment
• Chalk drawing, kid’s activities and live music presented by the Great American Music Hall (O’Farrell /Polk)
• Chair massage, presented by California Pacific Medical Center (mini park O’Farrell / Larkin)
• Free bike safety gear and info, photo contest, presented by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Association (O’Farrell between Leavenworth and Jones)
• Hyde Street Band (631 O’Farrell near Leavenworth)
Boeddeker Park (Jones and Eddy)
Presented by Friends of Boeddeker Park
• Tai Chi with Chris Sequeira 11 am to Noon
• Live Jazz Band with Melvin and the Mellotones at 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.
• Games for kids all day in the park
Ellis Street (Polk to Leavenworth)
Sponsored by SF Recreation & Parks
• Tenderloin Recreation Center (570 Ellis near Larkin)
• Tenderloin National Forrest (Cohen Alley, off Ellis near Leavenworth)
• Tribute to the Black Hawk Jazz Club – music and performances presented by SF Recovery Theatre
Say what you will about the Civil Sidewalks people, but, no matter, you can’t say that they are afraid to enter the Fortress of Reaction, the Belly of the Beast. ‘Cause they’re going to Bring It to the Upper Haight this Saturday morning.
You know, everybody will be there, starting with Mayor Gavin Newsom and SFPD Chief George Gascon, starting at 10:00 AM
Haight Street on any given Saturday:
Ashbury Street on free Ben & Jerry’s day:
UPDATE – As of October 4, 2010
BOMA San Francisco Members:
Join Mayor Gavin Newsom and Chief of Police George Gascon at a Civil Sidewalks campaign kick-off rally on Haight Street this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The Mayor will be there to meet you and thank you for your support and commitment to restoring civility to our sidewalks. Please join us and be sure to bring your family and friends!
Civil Sidewalks Campaign Kick-Off Rally with
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Chief of Police George Gascón
October 9th @ 10:00 am
FTC, 1632 Haight Street
This is a family-friendly event – there will be fun activities planned for all attending children!
This rally will send a strong message that San Franciscans are serious about creating safe, civil sidewalks for residents and businesses across the City.
Please take a moment to watch the video above ( click here to view the video on YouTube if you can’t see it) of community leaders in support of the Yes on Proposition L, for Civil Sidewalks, and No on Proposition M effort.
The time has come to rally around the most important issue facing San Francisco’s neighborhoods and commercial corridors; Yes on Proposition L, for Civil Sidewalks, and No on Proposition M, the “poison pill.” ‘
Who wants Civil Sidewalks?
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Chief of Police George Gascon
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
Supervisor Carmen Chu
900 + small businesses
1,000 + SF residents
& over 25 merchant and neighborhood associations
Proposition L will ensure public sidewalks are accessible for everyone, and that all San Franciscans can enjoy the public right-of-way without fear of harassment. This is a commonsense law that is being used with success in 60 other U.S. cities including Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Seattle.
Proposition M is a political ploy by the Board of Supervisors intended to kill Measure L with a “poison pill.” Prop M neither changes deployment of foot patrols nor resources; this Measure puts politics ahead of your public safety.
If Yes on Prop L/No on Prop M is not successful in November, it is highly unlikely that we will have the opportunity to address this problem for decades. This is why we need YOUR help. Do you have two hours to give between now and Election Day?
PLEASE, take a moment and imagine how tremendously our city would benefit from passage of this law, and if two hours of your time is worth seeing that change through.