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Annual Milk-Moscone Memorial March Coming Saturday, Nov. 27th, 2010 – Starts at Castro and Market, 6:00 PM

Friday, November 26th, 2010

It might be a little rainy this Saturday, but the forecast for 6:00 PM is actually pretty positive so get on out there why not.

Sean Penn making that Milk movie, back in aught-eight:

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“The Annual Milk-Moscone Memorial March will take place this Saturday, November 27, 2010. The vigil will take place on the anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone, starting at 6pm. The vigil will last approximatly 1 hour and the march will begin at the Castro Muni station (Castro & Market Streets) at 6:45 PM.

The March commemorates the assassination of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone and is an opportunity for the community to mourn the loss of two of our city’s most progressive elected officials, reflect on their visions for San Francisco, and learn more about their lives through testimony from family and friends of Harvey. The event has been a community tradition annually since the assassinations. The speakers will be:

Cleve Jones, Founder, Names Project, and friend of Harvey

Harry Britt, former Supervisor, and friend of Harvey

David Campos, SF Supervisor

Carol Migden, former State Senator

Tom Ammiano, State Assembly member

The Milk Memorial Education Committee was founded in 2004 to plan for and install the bust of Harvey in San Francisco City Hall. The bust was installed in May 2008. The Committee is now engaged in educational programs at the SF Unifed School district and City College of San Francisco, on behalf of LGBTQ students. For more information see MilkMemorial.org or Rick Hauptman at 415-678-8919.

MILK MEMORIAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE 4104 24th Street #388 – San Francisco, CA 94114

San Francisco Marks 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre with Candlelight Vigil

Friday, June 5th, 2009

This was the scene last night in Chinatown, where people turned out with their candles to mark the 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre.

All photos by Whole Wheat Toast. See more at the Toasted Blog.

Portsmouth Square, San Francisco:

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The Goddess of Democracy:

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Tiananmen Massacre Anniversary: All Quiet at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

There doesn’t appear to be a whole lot going on to mark the 20th anniversary of  the Tiananmen Square Massacre (aka June 4 Incident, aka “6-4“) around San Francisco today so far.

This is the scene at the sometimes-busy Chinese consulate in the Western Addition – barricades are ready to be used if needed.

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Appears as if there’ll be a candlelight vigil in Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square at the Goddess of Democracy statue around 7:30 or 8:00 PM tonight.

Candlelight vigil 4th June at 8p at Portsmouth Sq, Chinatown, San Francisco re: Tiananmen Square”

Here she is, the GoD, being ignored last year by Mayor Gavin Newsom in all the excitement leading up to the international Olympic Torch Relay fiasco of 2008. (Don’t look forward to any more of those international relays – they’re cancelled forever by the International Olympic Committee due to actions from the Sacred Flame Protection Squad, etc.)

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June 4th is being remembered in San Francisco, but it doesn’t seem to be that big a deal at this point. Here’s one account from Tiananmen, in the virtual pages of SFGate:

Our eyes locked. He was attractive in a stern sort of way, with wide-set eyes and a strong, dimpled chin. He was probably four or five years my junior. We looked into one another’s eyes for a few seconds, our limbs locked in this aggressive parody of a dance. I had an absurd memory of senior prom…” On it goes.

Anyway, it looks like Chinatown will be the venue for the biggest 6-4 observation in town today.

140 Gather at City Hall in Support of Euna Lee and Laura Ling

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

This was the scene tonight at the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall, where a crowd of 140 offered their support for Euna Lee and Laura Ling. The people at the vigil called on North Korea to release these jailed reporters.

“We miss you” “Liberate Laura & Euna Now” “Set them free”

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Supervisor Erica Mar was on the scene along with many City Hall staffers. Read an account from Marisa Lagos here and Jared Grigsby here.

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Details after the jump.

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Civil Disobedience Promised in S.F. if Supreme Court Affirms Prop 8 on Tuesday

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The anti-Prop 8 crowd in San Francisco has managed to express itself without getting arrested so far but all that might change on Tuesday, when the California Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling.

Read below for some of what’s planned.

There’s lots of interest in this issue around town - here’s Market Street a few month’s back:  

Civil Disobedience if the Court Upholds Prop 8

“This morning, the CA Supreme Court announced that next Tuesday, May 26, we will have a decision about Prop 8. A dangerous precedent has been set that any minority’s rights can be stripped away at the ballot, but the Supreme Court has the opportunity to restore justice and sanity.

“Our rights hang in the balance. Now is the time to act. Next Tuesday, join us for an interfaith prayer service at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis Lutheran Church in San Francisco (at the corner of Church & Market). Following the service, we will march down Market St. to the Civic Center, where we’ll gather with our community to hear the Court’s decision.”

Tuesday should be memorable no matter how the Court rules.

Huge Protest at Chinese Consulate Marks 50 Years of Tibetan Exile

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

A crowd of about 400 (300 per AP, seemed a bit more than that though) is marching all around San Francisco today – see them in front of the always-busy Chinese Consulate below. To get up to speed, here’s a nice bit from Matt O’Brien about the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising that led to the exile of the Dalai Lama.

Keep up on developments at SF Team Tibet, the International Support Tibet Network, Save Tibet, the Tibetan Association of Northern California, and Students for a Free Tibet. The candlelight vigil will start at 5:00 PM in Union Square.

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WHEN & WHERE:
8:00-9:00am
Tibetan Flag Raising Ceremony @ Berkeley City Hall, Berkeley
10:00-10:30am
Rally at @ Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco
10:30-11:30am
March from Justin Herman Plaza to City Hall, San Francisco
11:30am-12:45pm
Rally & Political Theater @ City Hall, San Francisco
12:45-1:30pm
March from City Hall to Chinese Consulate, San Francisco
1:30-3:30pm
Protest & Rally @ Chinese Consulate, Laguna & Geary, San Francisco
5:00-9:00pm
Rangzen Concert and Candlelight Vigil @ Union Square, San Francisco

The protesters always make sure to carry American flags..

…as well as Tibetan:

The SFPD didn’t bring the S.W.A.T. team along this time the way they did last year with the Olympic protests.

The Feds, fresh from the Sunglass Hut. Apparently, one of them lost a bet so he had to shave off his facial hair:

Not sure what this means:

The next big day appears to be March 28, 2009.

To be continued…

Huge JumboTron Erected for Crowd Following Proposition 8 Hearing in San Francisco

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

This is just like a sports match today in Civic Center- hot dog vendors, Jumbotron TVs broadcasting the action, and cheers and boos from the home team fans.

Get the play by play from Attorney General Jerry Brown and see a bit of the action below, via the photstream of Steve Rhodes – He’s Everywhere you Want To Be.

Let’s take a look:

Repeal Prop 8, Separate Church and State:

And a word to the Court Justices: “Don’t Eff It Up.”

To Be Continued…

Huge Turnout for Anti-Proposition 8 “Eve of Justice” March in San Francisco

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

This is what it looked like this evening in San Francisco’s Castro District, the starting off point for the Eve of Justice march to the Civic Center. Tomorrow, the California Supreme Court will hear the challenges to Proposition 8.

A large crowd gathering near the Castro Theatre. Click to expand:

Joseph Smith had 34, Brigham Young had 55…

What civil rights Would Jesus Deny?

Headed towards Civic Center:

Stewie Griffin:

Lots of people and lots of signs filling Market Street.

It will start up again tomorrow morning…

Attorney General Jerry Brown Twitters His Opposition to Proposition 8

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

It appears that former California Governor Jerry Brown will be a-Twittering away tomorrow to keep Twitter-ees apprised of Proposition 8 developments at the California State Supreme Court in San Francisco. 

Also, he just released his thoughts about Prop 8 (in old-school “140+ character” format):

Proposition 8 Should Be Struck Down

by Jerry Brown

The California Supreme Court finds itself center stage tomorrow when it will hear oral arguments on whether it should uphold Proposition 8′s ban on same-sex marriage. The case touches the heart of our democracy and poses a profound question: can a bare majority of voters strip away an inalienable right through the initiative process? If so, what possible meaning does the word inalienable have?

Who will be the next to catch Twitter fever?

“The state faced a dilemma like this before. In 1964, 65 percent of California voters approved Proposition 14, which would have legalized racial discrimination in the selling or renting of housing. Both the California and U.S. Supreme Courts struck down this proposition, concluding that it amounted to an unconstitutional denial of rights.

As California’s Attorney General, I believe the Court should strike down Proposition 8 for remarkably similar reasons – because it unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples and deprives them of the fundamental right to marry.

More after the jump

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March Forth on March 4th – Anti-Prop 8 Eve of Justice Rally Tonight in Civic Center

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

This is the way it will go tonight, starting at 5:00PM in the Castro, per SF FYI Net:

Eve of Justice: Lighting The Way For The Supreme Court. Gather at Market and Castro from 5:00PM to 6:00PM for pre-march rally in Harvey Milk Plaza. March steps off at 6pm down Market Street to the CA Supreme Court (Civic Center) at 6:45pm for vigil program, re-commitment ceremony, speakers and moment of silence. [map]  For more information contact ca-sanfrancisco@marriageequality.org

These two were at the candlelight vigil in November – will they come back tonight?

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Then on Thursday, March 5th, 2009, the 100,000 March Supreme Court action begins.

See you there!