Posts Tagged ‘massacre’

Know Your Historic San Francisco Massacres: Golden Dragon, 1977 – A Third of a Century Ago

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Remember the Golden Dragon Massacre, back when five souls were killed? I don’t, but I’m sure some of you do. Anyway, it was a third of a century ago, in 1977.

Here’s the cable-TV true-crime version of the story, here’s a recap from 1999, here’s a tease to get you to buy a book, here’s another tease to get you to buy some book, here’s a detailed account that’s hard to read, and here’s the Yelp from the joint before it closed.

A “Bicycle Massacre” at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival 2010 in Golden Gate Park – The Horror, The Horror

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Gaia only knows what happened to these bikes in Golden Gate Park over the weekend.

No matter, the Golden Gate Park Bike Coalition (hey, nice FB profile photo you’ve got there, GGPBC) is none too pleased:

“Perhaps if there were adequate bike parking in Golden Gate Park, even for large events like Hardly Strictly, bike massacres like this wouldn’t occur. (BIKE NOPASan Francisco Bicycle CoalitionInner Sunset Neighborhood GroupThe Wiggle)”

Oh, the inhumanity:

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Oh, and speaking of inadequate bicycle parking, when’s Rec and Park going to put more racks in front of the de Young Museum? Just sayin.

Michael Moore Lends His Name to Kent State Truth Tribunal, Coming to S.F. August 7-8

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

All right, I think I have this one figured out now – San Francisco will host part of the 2010 Kent State Truth Tribunal on August 7th and 8th, 2010. It will occur at 150 Green Street near Sansome (down in Old Media Gulch, near the birthplace of television on the short 200 block of Green - not a bad place for a national broadcast.)

Check it:

“The west coast tribunal will take place over the weekend of August 7 & 8, 2010 at 150 Green Street, San Francisco, California. Organizers are asking for all original participants and witnesses of the event surrounding the 1970 Kent State shootings to pre-register at www.TruthTribunal.org/preregister.”

Why choose San Francisco as the place to go back to Ohio?

“San Francisco was* a cultural and political hub in the sixties and seventies and it is no accident that so many young people scarred by the events of Kent State headed west after the tragic events of May 1970.”

O.K. then. Here’s your primer on Kent State, just for the record.

MM comes to S.F. on occasion:

Via Steve Rhodes, San Francisco’s one-man photography newswire and archive… 

Click on the links if you’re interested…

*Past tense, “was.” Check.

Michael Moore To Broadcast San Francisco Kent State Truth Tribunal. West Coast witnesses and participants are invited to record their stories. First New Media Truth-seeking Initiative Documents 1970 Campus Shooting of Kent State University Students

SAN FRANCISCO, July 27 — On Aug 7-8, 2010 filmmaker Michael Moore will livecast the hearings of the Kent State Truth Tribunal, streaming in real-time the accounts of participants and witnesses to the events surrounding the 1970 Kent State shootings, that left four students dead and nine injured. This livecast is a continuation of the first real-time broadcast of a truth-seeking initiative on Kent State and will be broadcast on www.MichaelMoore.com from 9am-5pm PT. The Tribunal in San Francisco follows a four-day tribunal in Kent, Ohio in early May which marked the 40th anniversary of the campus shootings and assembled over 70 testimonies.

The Kent State Truth Tribunal in May resulted in an outpouring of original participant testimonies, some who shared their stories for the first time since the shootings, forty years ago. Demand for participation was immense at the 40th anniversary yet many witnesses and participants in the events surrounding the shootings were not able to travel to Ohio.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Tiananmen Square Massacre 21st Anniversary – A Black Celebration at our Chinese Consulate

Monday, June 7th, 2010

It’s hard to say exactly how many people marked the 21st Annivesary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre* in front of the Chinese Consulate on Laguna down in the Western Addition on Friday, June 6th. It seemed like they had a caravan of 30-40 cars plus a giant moving van but I didn’t see a big crowd or anything.

A motorcade passing City Hall before the protest:

As seen on Laguna near Japantown:

The protesters had a lot of interesting posters displayed. Are people still jailed 21 years later? No se, I’m a little gun-shy about checking out strange websites ever since Google sent a message to warn me that, apparently, Red China (or, specifically, a dude with an IP address from Red China) hacked into my GMail account two days ago. And that struck the Googlers as a bit odd since I also logged in from San Francisco multiple times the same day. Oh well. China has lots and lots of energetic hackers operating for their own purposes 24-7, of course. Anyway, if you want surf around, knock yourself out:

The events of 1989 represented the huge challenge to the Communist Party of China’s position as supreme political authority in the world’s largest country. The Party didn’t know what to make of this kind of thing, at first:

Anyway, here’s the mise-en-scene from Friday: a protester carrying a funerary display up Geary, a plainclothes Fed (Jacqueline Bauer?) assigned to protect the consulate building, and a young dude from Armada Security paid hourly to do the same thing:

So, nobody scaled the building to fake hang themselves they way they did back in aught-eight. This was the scene  just before a Chinese dude on the roof famously cut the suspension line. Simple physics tells us it took slightly more than a second for her to hit the balcony about 15 feet below. Ouch:

No, things were pretty mellow at Friday’s protest, excepting for the guy who shouted out, “Why don’t you all go home, motherfuckers!”

Something very San Francisco about him – what do you think, is it the convertible Mercedes lifestylemobile, the tattoos, the Hollywood-director baseball cap, the rage, the unsolicited advice yelled at strangers? Something in that area…. 

Cyclist gal was all, WTF, racist dude?

The next day, Armada had an older fellow marking time minding the store as baseball-hatted Chinese intelligence officers entered and exited the building.

Just another day in Paradise.

See you next year.

*With 400-800 deaths in and around the square, on or around June 4, 1989, all told – that still appears to be the best guess.

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.