Posts Tagged ‘vigil’

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?

via Steve Rhodes Click to expand

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

See you there!

Huge Protest Prop 8 Rally Going Down Market Street Tonight

Friday, November 7th, 2008

This march looked like it was going to be huge before it even began at 5:30 PM tonight, what with eight choppers above the staging area.

As was seen with the recent candlelight vigil, there’s a lot of energy left in San Francisco to fight 2008′s Proposition 8.

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Local pols Bevan Dufty, Jose Cisneros and Carole Migden were last seen heading towards the march. This one had the look of having tens of thousands of participants, when all is said and done.

To be continued…

UPDATE: CHeck out the Comments section for the test of some of the signs, courtesy of petshop grrl:

“- IT’S ABOUT C-I-V-I-L MARRIAGE, STUPID
- WANT ACCESS TO 100% MARRIAGE NOT 90% CIVIL UNION
- STOP READING THE BIBLE W-R-O-N-G
(STOP READING THE BIBLE G-N-O-R-W)
- THE COURTS ARE THERE TO PROTECT MINORITIES
- EVERYONE STRUGGLES FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
- SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
- WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY, CALIFORNIA
- RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY HAS NO PLACE IN CIVIL LAW
- MY MOMMY IS “CIVIL-UNIONED”… GREAAAT :(
- “I’M MARRIED” “I’M CIVIL-UNIONED”:
IT SURE FEEELS DIFFERENT, DOESN’T IT?
- MARRIAGE ALWAYS WAS A CIVIL CONTRACT — NOT RELIGIOUS
- STILL WANT MY TAX-EXEMPT STATUS, PLEASE
- STILL WANT MY “WEDDING” PRESENTS — NOT CIVIL UNION PURCHASES
- SEPARATE CAN NEVER BE EQUAL
- SECOND-CLASS CIVIL UNIONS — NOT!
- I CAN’T TALK ABOUT MY TWO MOMMYS IN KINDERGARTEN CLASS :(
- SHARE, SHARE MARRIAGE
- 48 TO 52%
A BEAR MAJORITY IS BALANCE?”

Huge No on Proposition 8 Candlelight Vigil at City Hall

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

A large crowd gathered at the steps of City Hall tonight to commiserate on the passing of Proposition 8.

See the people and read what Senator Carole Migden and Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin had to say here.

An ocean of people on Polk Street. Click to expand:

Time appears to be on the side of the No on 8 people. They’ll be plenty of court action and elections in the future…

Maybe it’s too early for backbiting?

The people in the crowd seemed to have a lot of energy for future fights, anyway.

“Who Killed Brian Marquez” on the Streets of San Francisco?

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Or, in other words, ¿Quién mató a Brian Márquez?  That’s the question people are still asking in the Mission District, especially these days, when homicides in the area are up, up up. So much so, that hundreds of marchers, including Supervisor Tom Ammiano and Police Commissioner David Campos had to hold a vigil in an attempt to draw more attention to the situation.

The link to the website with information about Brian’s murder from 2005 is here.

A scene from 24th Street. Click to expand:

The Anonymous Tip Line for Violent Crime in San Francisco is (415) 575-4444. There are rewards.