Posts Tagged ‘May Day’

MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY: It’s Time Once Again for the HOW WEIRD Street Faire – Sunday, Noon, SoMA – May 1, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016

It’s time once again for How Weird, so dress appropriately and get on out there – it’s cosmic!

“The 17th annual How Weird Street Faire
“The Cosmic Stew”
Sunday May 1, 2016 from Noon to 8pm
Centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, San Francisco, Earth
$20 for a Magic Sticker at the faire.
Use the hashtag #hwsf to talk about the How Weird Street Faire.”

It’s going to be The Most Diverse Gathering Ever Held, or something.

Coming this May Day May Day May Day.

Deets below.

Ah memories: Second Street in the SoMA:

“The Most Diverse Gathering Ever Held

The San Francisco Bay Area festival season begins with the 17th annual HowWeird Street Faire on Sunday May 1, 2016 from Noon to 8pm. For one day only, in the emerging heart of downtown San Francisco, there will be a sensational spectacle of creativity. The How Weird Street Faire is a menagerie of attractions, including a world renowned music festival featuring 10 stages of different styles of dance music, an open air art festival filling an expanded Art Alley, a unique market of interesting vendors and delicious food, and a platform for performers of every type.  People in colorful costumes from around the world will come together to celebrate diversity, multiculturism, and peace. This year’s theme is “The Cosmic Stew”, a fusion of individual perspectives and all of the different ways of living.

How Weird 2016 will be a weird World’s Fair of traditional and post-modern communities, mixed together to form a cosmic stew of new potential, and reach a deeper level of understanding. It will be a chance to experience the world in one place. The faire will bring tens of thousands of unique cultures together to coexist in peace, proving that it is possible. The How Weird Street Faire celebrates acceptance, showing the world that relative differences can be a good thing, and that being weird is wonderful. It’s a weird, weird world that’s becoming more connected every day. It is urgent that we learn to live together peacefully.

The How Weird Street Faire is centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, or 37°47’12.4″ N, 122°23’53.7″ W. The faire is located in the SoMa district of San Francisco, what has become the center of the technology industry for the city, and perhaps the world. How Weird attracts many of the area’s innovative technologists and internet pioneers, who are making a profound effect on the world with their digital tools. The area is home to a large concentration of art galleries and museums. How Weird attracts many types of artists and lovers of art and culture. The faire, the area, and the participants represent the convergence of art and technology, the fusion of creativity and possibilities. HowWeird is a place where evolutionary ideas can form, paving the way for fresh perspectives and new ways of viewing the world.

This year, the three entrances to the faire are at Howard and 1st Streets, at Howard and New Montgomery Streets, and at Mission and 2nd Streets. It is strongly recommended to take public transportation to the faire. The How WeirdStreet Faire is located a short walk from Market Street and the Montgomery BART station, as well as Caltrains Station, Transbay Terminal, and many MUNI lines.

Once again, there will be aerialists from Sky High Odditorium performing over the center intersection. Check the How Weird website for times.

Art Alley will showcase the visual arts, with live and exhibited artwork, interactive pieces, and local craft vendors. See the extreme creativity that San Francisco is famous for, and participate in the creation of exquisite art. Art Alley will expand again this year, filling all of Tehama Street from 1st Street to 2nd Street. Stroll the legendary open air gallery, and be inspired. Art Alley features fantastic visionary artists from around the Bay Area, surrounded by the sounds of eclectic downtempo music.

Music and dance will be featured throughout the faire. How Weird showcases some of the best electronic music played on some of the world’s most advanced sound technology. Cutting-edge artists from across the Bay Area will provide an ideal soundtrack for your dancing pleasure. Each stage represents different styles and communities. Together they form one of the most diverse and talented music festivals ever held.

For 2016, there will be 10 stages of dance music produced by Symbiosis, Opel, Opulent Temple, Muti Music, Enchanted Forest, Northern Nights, Underground Nomads, Hookahdome, Pulse SF, Party Babas, Mountain Lion Hi-Fi, Think You Can DJ, Huntinanny, and more. There will also be live bands along the new First Street Wrap Around, bridging the divide between Howard Street and Art Alley.

The How Weird Street Faire will participate in National Dance Week again, for the fourth year. Join with people from across the country in a special dance for 2016, and watch dance performers of many different styles on the Dance Stage near the center intersection. Celebrate the wonders of dancing, and all the many forms dance takes.

The How Weird Street Faire is filled with vendors from around the world selling unique and designer goods. From clothing to art to jewelry and accessories, you can find interesting things and new styles for the beginning of the 2016 festival season. How Weird features an unusually diverse shopping experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Seven food trucks will offer a wide variety of meals, and five bars will provide delicious drinks. See the How Weird website to find out who will be there, and what specials they will be offering.

$20 is the cost of the Magic Sticker, which comes with even more magic. You can get the Magic Sticker at the faire entrances, or you can get them online before the faire.
Enjoy all that the faire has to offer. The How Weird Street Faire is a donation-based event, and $20 is the requested donation which also gets participants a Magic Sticker. The sticker comes with lots of discounts and fun activities and many free things at all of the faire vendors and bars. How Weird recommends getting the presale Magic Stickers to save money and save time upon arrival. Your contributions keep the faire going.

How Weird welcomes all ages, and all types of people. The faire is handicapped accessible. Glass bottles and weapons are not allowed in the faire. Please come to the faire with an open mind, dancing shoes, and a colorful costume.

The How Weird Street Faire is a project of the educational non-profit World Peace Through Technology Organization. For more information on the non-profit and peace visit

Presale Magic Stickers are available at

The Dueling Flyers of BLOCK THE TECH COMMUTE 2015 – Teamster Drivers Fighting Back – May Day, Friday May 1st

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Well here you go, it’s BLOCK THE TECH COMMUNTE via IndyBay.

But read on to see the reply from the Teamsters.

On It Goes…

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We are shuttle bus drivers for bus companies who have contracts with Facebook, Apple, Google, eBay, and more. We are mostly people of color. We live in communities such as East and West Oakland and Bayview/Hunter Point. We share your concerns about gentrification. The Bay Area’s skyrocketing rents and housing prices have pushed many of us out to Antioch, Pittsburg, Tracy, Manteca, and even farther.

Your efforts are hurting us, not helping. We are on the front lines of fighting income inequality in the high tech industry by organizing with the Teamsters union. In the last few months, over 225 of us at two shuttle bus companies won union elections. Those of us who drive for Facebook just won a union contract that includes $9/hour average wage increases, fully paid company health care, 5 weeks paid vacation, sick days, a pension, and higher pay for those of us who work split shifts.

In March, you attacked a Loop Transportation/Facebook bus that one of us was driving at MacArthur BART. You attacked a union bus driver for a good employer who pays good wages and benefits. That did not help our cause – it hurt it.

We call on you to join our efforts to hold high tech accountable to workers. If you want to make the economy work for struggling Bay Area families, then help the other drivers organize a union with us. Help push for affordable housing. But please don’t stop our buses.

May Day is for workers. Respect the shuttle bus workers this May Day.

Word on the Street: “EVICT GOOGLE”

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Oh, two words, actually:

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Bracing for May Day* 2015:


*Which is actually not a good day of the week to protest, since buses normally full Tuesday-Thursday are much less full on Fridays, not to go full Trotskyite on you, Comrades. I’m only just saying, Comrades.

May 1, 2012: Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise, Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise, Abuse of Power Comes as No Surprise

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

As seen across the alley from the big Wells Fargo Bank, April 24th, 2012:

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What’s going to happen on May Day?


How Weird Street Faire 2011 a Huge Success – A Maypole for May Day – Buff Darth Vader Best in Show

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

The 12th Annual How Weird Street Faire went off without a hitch today down in the SoMA.

(There’s little wonder about why the former Howard Street Festival is so popular, of course.)

This year’s theme was “Mythical Realms” a celebration of a pefect society where differences are appreciated as things of beauty.

Check it:

Now, doesn’t this maypole remind you of your schoolgirl days at Bryn Mawr?

Via Frank Farm

Hunky Darth Vader turned a few heads:

Via Ryan Leggett

It was just as you would have imagined it:

Via Babdelrahman

And, good news! It seems white people no longer get Chinese character tattoos anymore – they’re into pink poodles and whatnot. See?

Via JRitch77

How weird!

All right, that’s it for this year:

“I’m drunk and Osama Bin Laden is dead #howweird

Lastly, leave us give thanks to all the NIMBY’s of the SoMA, for not complaining so much this go-around. Huzzah!

“If theres a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now

Its just a spring clean for the May Queen”

See you next year!

A MILITANT on Market Street: A Sure Sign That May Day 2011 is Coming, and Then the Great Strike of 2011

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Wow, May 1st is just the start to a militant May 2011 in the Bay Area.

Check the calendar of Code PINK, Women for Peace.

Busy busy, huh?

And here was a dude what happened to be there yesterday with the Code PINK and the longshorepeople and the Oscar Grant crowd, etc – 100-something souls all told, inbetwixt our Market Street Chevron Buildings and right under the noses of the people of your San Francisco Examiner:

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All the deets:


¡BASTA! CodePINK, Cindy Sheehan, and all Vulnerable Folks are calling on us to STRIKE, MARCH and OCCUPY Sacramento beginning MAY DAY!

On May 1st, May Day, Beltane, International Workers Day, we will gather 11:30am at 24th & Mission, SF, march with the Coalition of Immigrants & all Workers to the 1pm rally in Civic Center, from where we will launch our STRIKE MAY 2011 march to Sacramento!

At 3pm, we will march from the Civic Center to the Ferry Building and take the 6pm ferry to Vallejo.

For the next 8 days we will march to Sacramento thru American Canyon, Napa, Suisun, Fairfield, Vacaville, Winters, Woodland and Davis doing actions – marches, rallies, press conferences, flyering, bannering – along the way. (for the exact route and issues,click here)

We are calling on YOU to STRIKE – NO BUSINESS AS USUAL – and come walk, bike, skateboard, carpool, train with all of us vulnerable folks, to get to Sacramento.

We will arrive in Sacramento on the 9th, the same day the 5 day teachers’ occupation of the Capitol begins. We will set up a TENT CITY and OCCUPY the capitol until the legislature votes OUR budget!

Our general theme is: 1) NO MORE TAXES for WARS & OCCUPATIONS; and 2) NO MORE TAX BREAKS for the RICH & their CORPORATIONS!

We are deeply urging everyone to join us in the STRIKE, MARCH & TENT CITY for however long, however many day(s), hour(s) you choose. (more information, click here)

At the TENT CITY, we are hoping everyone will do teach-ins to share their information, strategize, and build a strong diverse coalition.

If you are willing to endorse and/or STRIKE, please email or call 510-540-7007 and leave your name, number, email, and a brief sketch of your plans. Sign up on facebook and twitter (links below).

If you are willing to be active and work on this STRIKE MAY 2011 for however long, in any capacity, before, after, during, please also email or call ASAP!

And come to the next Monday eve organizing meeting 6pm Mudrakers Café (back room), 2801 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley.


End war on women!
End war on workers, immigrants, people of color, unions!
End wars of occupation!
End wars of corporate greed!
End wars on our Mother Earth!
End all wars!

Bring our tax dollars home! Take our tax dollars back from the rich! 510-540-7007
March/Strike Against Gov Brown’s Austerity Measures in California

The Devil Strikes Prada – May Day Attack Actually Improves Look of Italian Retailer

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Just look at what los diablitos did to Prada on the evening of May Day in San Francisco’s Union Square – the anarchists done tore up storefronts on Grant Street. Well that’s par for the course, but the aftermath of the attack on these massive glass doors at the Prada outlet looks so cool that customers couldn’t tell that vandals had dropped by.

People pay good money for this kind of effect, of course.

Store clerks just propped open one of the doors so you could tell that they were open for business and life went on as before. Click to expand:

That looks much better than gauche plywood, doesn’t it? How banal!

Busted tempered glass looks interesting:

What will the Black Block do next?