Posts Tagged ‘march for life’

Official San Francisco Despises These “Rolling Billboard” Trucks, But Can’t Prevent Them From Circling and Circling

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Especially in SoMA during convention time.

Why? Because of The Constitution. Or a constitution. Or one of them. Or both. (If a Scott Wiener-type really worked on this issue, it might have an effect, IDK.)

And oh yeah, these trucks all have Nevada license plates, ever more insulation from the long arm of SFGov

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Look for more of these trucks during next month’s “March of Life” 2014 on the Embarcadero

“We would circle and we’d circle and we’d circle to stop and consider and centered on the pavement stacked up all the trucks jacked up and our wheels in slush and orange crush in pocket and all this here county, hell, any county, it’s just like heaven here, and I was remembering and I was just in a different county and all then this whirlybird that I headed for I had my goggles pulled off; I knew it all, I knew every back road and every truck stop…”

Huge Anti-Abortion Rally Coming to Civic Center January 21st: Walk for Life West Coast Has a New Starting Location

Monday, January 9th, 2012

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.

FLYERS: Color flyers are now availble for download. If you would like to receive copies of the flyers, please send us an email with your address and how many you would like. Help spread the word!

Confirmed speakers include: Lori Hoye, Dr. Vansen Wong, Rev. Clenard Childress and Jacquie Stalnaker.

Once again this year EWTN will be broadcasting the event live via satellite on TV andImmaculate Heart Radio will be broadcasting the event live on the radio.”

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Photos From the Annual “Walk for Life West Coast” 2011 and Counterprotest in San Francisco

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

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:

The mise-en-scene:

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:

Yeah BABIES:

“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.

Peak Life? Today’s “Walk for Life West Coast” Anti-Abortion Parade Much Smaller Than Last Year’s – Less Than 20,000 Marchers

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

[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.]

Surprise! Today’s Walk for Life West Coast 2011 had a smaller turnout than the past couple years.

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:

Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness (Lie)

[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:

"7th Annual Walk for Life
a record breaking success!

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:

"@bayareacatholic Just heard - an estimated 45-50 thou walkers! #walkforlife"

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.

www.walkforlifewc.com]

How San Francisco Could, If It Wanted To, Stop Those Anti-Abortion Advertising Trucks

Monday, January 25th, 2010

The anti-abortion mobile billboard trucks seen below, in town for Saturday’s West Coast Walk for Life, could be banned from the Streets of San Francisco, IMO. Here’s how to do it:

Step One: Amend San Francisco Police Code section 680 to make it look more like the City of West Hollywood’s Municipal Code section 11.441. Basically, that would mean, instead of banning “commercial advertising” on vehicles, we’d be banning all advertising, banning all mobile billboards.

Step Two: Start writing tickets.

What’s that you say, what about the First Amendment ‘n stuff? Well, let’s read up on a recent case from the California Court of Appeal called Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, et al. v. City of West Hollywood (B201721). You see, this animal-loving guy from S.H.A.R.K. got busted for driving his animal-rights mobile billboard advertising truck around town. He sued West Hollywood after he got cited but he lost. Why?  

Here Come Da Judges (the bulk of them, anyway):

“The city concedes that SHARK was engaged in noncommercial speech but maintains its ordinance applies to both commercial and noncommercial speech. SHARK, however, argues that the term “advertising” applies only to commercial speech. We agree with the city that the ordinance applies to both commercial and noncommercial speech.

“The term “advertise” is not limited to calling the public’s attention to a product or a business. The definition of “advertise” is more general: “to make something known to[;] . . . to make publicly and generally known[;] . . . to announce publicly esp[ecially] by a printed notice or a broadcast…”

So it looks like West Hollywood has a green light to stop both commercial and non-commercial advertising trucks from roaming its streets. What’s preventing San Francisco from doing the same thing?

Click to expand. On the Embarcadero:

And Market Street:

Just asking.

(Brace yourselves, more these trucks like these are on their way. Get used to it…)

How West Hollywood does it, after the jump

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Anti-Abortion Advertising Trucks Now Roaming the Streets of San Francisco

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

These mobile billboard trucks, in town for today’s West Coast Walk for Life, don’t appear to constitute “commercial advertising” so the people responsible for them don’t appear to be violating San Francisco law.

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And Market Street:

Anyway, this is what’s roaming the streets today…

How Many Were at Today’s West Coast Walk for Life? Several Thousand? 35 Thousand?

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Let’s see here, that was a big march the anti-abortion people put on today, huh?  The Chronicle (or what I’m actually looking at - SFGate, San Francisco’s online newspaper) was on the scene today and reports that “several thousand were at the West Coast March for Life on the Embarcadero. 

On the other hand, the organizers themselves have the number at at least 35,000.”*

My count was 22,000+ so 35k sounds, how shall we say, optimistic, unless they’re counting people who didn’t march and were hiding somewhere. PipeLineNews (“the RIGHT news… RIGHT now”) comes in with a guess of “23,000 – 25,000,” which I’m thinking is their good-faith effort to be objective.

But, as always, You Make The Call. If you think this video shows the crowd passing any given point at more than one person per second, then you’ll think an estimate of several thousand is too low. So much for crowd estimates…. 

UPDATE: The Chronicle’s Joe Garafoli discusses yet another estimate of precisely 22,809 marchers. And the SFPD weighs with more than 10,000 all told. Here’s an IndyBay report that indicated the crowds were smaller this year (they weren’t) and here’s another with five glaring errors in the first three sentences. Oh well. Lastly, here comes the Catholic News Agency with an estimate of 25,000, which sounds perfectly cromulent to me.

Today’s vanguard:

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Read all about it, after the jump

*And when you tell lies/ An angel dies. Remember that for next year, Dolores.

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The Aging, Unreliable Harley Davidsons of the 100 Year Old SFPD Motor Division

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

These cops of the 100-year old Motor Division of the San Francisco Police Department waited all morning for a recent Roe v. Wade abortion demonstration / counter-demonstration to get started and then were, once again, left in the lurch by an obsolete-when-built Harley Davidson motorcycle.

So all they could do is push it onto the sidewalk and worry about it later - unreliable equipment is no picnic, of course. That must be why they get paid the big bucks to ladle out bowls of rich, creamy justice, with the average officer pulling down a six-figure income

Harley David/ son of a bitch, not again! Click to expand:

Even if you maintain these old-school Harleys correctly, they are hard to keep on the road. The biggest selling pointa they have are tradition and heritage, it seems. Vendors of reliable models from Honda, Kawasaki, and BMW must be frustrated… Oh well.

Happy Centennial, SFPD Motor Division!

Photos of 2009 Abortion March in San Francisco – March for Life West Coast vs.Counterprotesters

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

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.

This was the rally at 11:00 AM near Justin Herman Plaza. Click to expand:

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

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2009 March of Life West Coast – Tens of Thousands Come to San Francisco

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Of course any group of protesters naturally wants to believe they are great in number. So when turnout is hard to determine, people tend to get a little optimistic. Now let’s take a look at what the San Francisco Chronicle’s C. W. Nevius has to say about last year’s March for Life West Coast:

“They claim huge numbers for this walk – their estimate last year was 25,000 walkers, although The Chronicle story had the total at 10,000.”

Actually, The Chronicle story had the total for 2008 at at least 10,000.” To wit:

At least 10,000 abortion opponents were bused into the city from all over California, and from outside the state, for a morning rally in Justin Herman Plaza.”

Now, it’s not exactly clear what the reporters actually think in this case – it could be they just punted the issue and focussed on other matters. So it’s fairly weak support for an allegation of excessive International A.N.S.W.E.R-style overcounting.  

This was the vanguard today – it took 40-something minutes for them to all pass through. Click to expand

More photos here.

The people at March for Life West Coast appear to be generally more realistic than the average protest group, anyway. For 2009, they’re claiming more than 30,000, and one booster is saying precisely 32,200.

This number isn’t impossible, but that’s not the point. The point is that C.W. Nevius could have made his point about ignoring this large event without being devius.

Carry on.