Update for San Francisco for Saturday, August 26 (from Adrienne Fong)

This is what I’ve found – many groups have not updated their pages yet. FYI the team in the kayaks will still be happening. The big chicken on the tug boat is cancelled. Carpool info is on hold for now. 

Reminder: Protest for Sunday in Berkeley is still on despite the permit being denied.

Updates on SF Rallies / Marches:

Patriot Prayer Organizer Relinquishes Permit for August 26 Event on Crissy Field 

     First Amendment Permits I Aug 25-27

     https://www.nps.gov/goga/first-amendment-permits.htm

In lieu of their rally they will be holding a press conference at Alamo Square Park at 2:00pm with the same speakers that they planned to have at their rally.  (see info below.)

From Ben with Frisco Resistance:

SHARE FAR AND WIDE, WITH AMOR AND URGENCY:

FRISCO RESISTANCE UPDATE TO COUNTER HATE IN SAN FRANCISCO:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26.

11:00 a.m.

MEET AT ALAMO SQUARE

Steiner & Hayes Streets

San Francisco 

“Because the provocateurs of “Patriot Prayer” have supposedly cancelled their rally at Crissy Field, we, Frisco Resistance and approximately 20 other groups and organizations (such as Our Mission, No Eviction, Answer, San Francisco Against Hate, SURJ), have agreed to meet, assemble, and peacefully promote love over hate at Alamo Park Square at Steiner and Hayes at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, August 26.

Because the permit at Crissy Field has not been officially cancelled, and this cancellation may all be a rouse to get people to not come to Crissy Field, we will have scouts and other organizations at Crissy Field in the morning. If there are no barricades or a major checkpoint set up, it is probably likely that the provocateurs will not meet there.

The provocateurs of “Patriot Prayer” will most likely have their permit denied by San Francisco, if they have not already denied it outright by the time you read this. Nevertheless, Alamo Square is where we will make our stand. We go to confront hate wherever it says it will be. We do not play games. Alamo Square is also a better, more strategic place for us since if we must mobilize to Crissy Field, the walk is all downhill. Note that from Alamo Square we are also more mobile to other areas of the city the racists may try to rally, such as Civic Center, the Mission, and Castro.
At Alamo Square, we will also hold our own victory of sorts, all in the backdrop of The Painted Ladies, all in the spirit of amor, as we have all already agreed upon.
Finally, I am excited to announce that famed civil right leader Dolores Huerta will be joining us!”

Saturday, August 26

Saturday, 10:30am- 2:00pm, Non-violent Resistance to Fascism

Meet at:

Golden Gate Park Panhandle
Oak & Central Sts.
SF

March at 10:45am

Keep posted. We’ll be meeting up with other groups within the San Francisco March Against Hate and marching with allies into ALAMO SQUARE from the panhandle. More details to come. Please PM us if you have any questions. If you have white or pink sheets to donate, please let us know! Limited Security training has been provided to many marchers in the ILWU & SURJ. 

See FB site for pledge

Host: The San Francisco Queer Resistance

Info https://www.facebook.com/events/511905339157004/

Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Calling All Clowns

Meet at:

Alamo Square Park
Steiner & Hayes St.
SF

Host: Resistance SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1559563154102936/

Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, Stand Indivisible with Heather Counter-Protest

Meet at:

Alamo Square Park
SF

Indivisible SF’s messages are simple: “Love trumps hate” and “We stand with Heather” — in honor of counter-protester Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville. The purpose of this protest is to provide a presence of nonviolent opposition to an event with intentions, unspoken yet proven by past actions, that are dangerous to our neighbors and communities.

we ask that everyone in our contingent wear armbands in the color purple (Heather’s favorite). We will provide extras for those who don’t have their own.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/111673659514791/

Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm, Stand Against Hate at Alamo Square Park

Meet at:

Alamo Square Park
Corner of Steiner & Hayes St.
SF

San Franciscans will not tolerate hate in our city, that’s why we are STILL organizing to end white supremacy tomorrow and rallying at 11AM at the corner of Steiner and Hayes.

Our goal is to shut down white supremacy and show the real power of San Francisco. We will also be vigilant of any attacks on the Black institutions of the Western Addition—particularly its churches—and stop them from marching on events in Civic Center, the Castro and the Mission.

Host: San Francisco Against Hate

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1648882291818267/

Update on patriot prayer rally and counter protests (from Ruthie Sakheim)

KPFA is announcing every hour on the hour the latest developments on rally, press conference, and counter-demonstrations and events.
xx Ruthie

Patriot Prayer “Freedom Rally” Canceled?

A full list of all of the rallies & protests to this weekend’s “Freedom Rally’” at Crissy Field
By Johnny Funcheap – posted 8/24/2017

EVENT UPDATE: Patriot Prayer has announced that instead of their planned “Freedom Rally” in Crissy Field that they’ll instead hold a press conference in Alamo Square Park on Saturday at 2pm.

Right-wing group, Patriot Prayer’s planned “Freedom Rally” in Crissy Field sparked a massive response and tons of counter-protests in San Francisco including a big free concert with Michael Franti of Spearhead at Civic Center, a dog poop protest, and a Mobile Dance Counter Rally.

Patriot Prayer Press Conference
Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 2-5 pm
Alamo Square Park, San Franicsco
FREE

Please check Facebook for updates as things can change rapidly

Will the Alamo Square Park press conference take place? It doesn’t look like they have any permits yet for Alamo Square Park, so we have no idea if this will be allowed by the city and we have no idea what kind of security restrictions will be put in place at Alamo Square… stay tuned…

Stay up to date – On 8/23, the permit for Patriot Prayer was approved. The best website to keep up-to-date is www.nps.gov which we’re told will be updated constantly leading up to the event with information on permits, transportation, parking, etc…

What Does Patriot Prayer Say This Event Is About? Patriot Prayer claim this event is about free speech, love and peace and has pledged that “No Nazis, Communist, KKK, Antifa, (interesting that they throw in the Anti-fascist groups!!) white supremacists, I.E., or white nationalists will be allowed in.” The group also claims to be an inclusive group with speakers being black, Muslim, Hispanic, Asian, transsexual and white. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, organizer Joey Gibson denounced supremacists at a recent Patriot Prayer event in Seattle.

Crissy Field Event  & Transportation Warnings:

Details are changing all the time, Everything was accurate at the time we published this on 8/24/17 but please double check all of the safety and transportation information before attending. Update as of 8/25/17 – We don’t know if these restrictions will still be in place or not.

Getting There – Walking there is pretty much your only option.

  • Access to Crissy Field is only allowed on foot via the Marina Gate (Mason & Lyon) – no vehicles or bicycles. – map & details
  • There’s tons of road closures and there is no parking – see map
  • The PresidiGo Around the Park Shuttle will not be operating on this day.
  • Muni will not be running to Presidio or the Marina – Service will temporarily be suspended north of Jackson Street and west of Van Ness Avenue. View a map of Muni line suspensions. Service will return to normal after streets are safe and clear. The closest Muni stops look to be 22 at Jackson, the 28 at California, the 49 at Union and the 30 at Van Ness. This was updated on 8/24/17
  • Golden Gate Transit will not be serving the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza on Saturday, August 26th. Regarding bus stops closest to the Golden Gate Bridge, the closest bus stopsouth of the Bridge would be at Lombard and Richardson.
  • In “Zone 1″ Crissy Field / Presidio – No vehicles, no bicycles, no parking. Full security screening if on foot.
  • In “Zone 2″ Presidio  in the main part of the Presidio there are no vehicles, bikes or pedestrians allowed.

Security Updates

  • Everyone will be subject to security screening at the Marina Gate – there’s tons of restrictions on what you can bring in including a ban on backpacks, animals, helmets, liquids (other than factory sealed water bottles), signs exceeding 24×36 and more. Read more
  • The NPS announced on 8/23 that no weapons or firearms of any kind are permitted, including legal concealed carry.
  • The “Oath Keepers” militia will attend the rally.

Zone 1 – Pedestrian Only with full security screening

No Muni in Presidio or Marina

San Francisco Counter-Protests

If you want to protest against the Patriot Prayer event, there’s tons of ways to get involved. Broke-Ass Stuart has a nice roundup of some creative protests. Stuart also gives tips on how to stay safe and protest responsibly, suggests alternatives to protesting like volunteering to feed the needy, and has “Resist” merchandise available.

Most importantly, you should constantly check the organizers’ websites below to make sure the details, locations and start times haven’t changed. Information is changing rapidly.

Protests & Marches

  • “SF Unite Against Hate” Rally – Friday, 8/25 at Noon at City Hall – Mayor Edwin M. Lee, President London Breed, members of the Board of Supervisors, community leaders, faith-based representatives, labor organizations, local musicians and residents will gather at City Hall to peacefully celebrate San Francisco values of compassion, love and inclusiveness.
  • San Francisco Against Hate – March to Crissy Field – Meet at 9 am at Longshoremen’s Hall, March to Crissy Field at 10 am – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 10 (ILWU), who has a long history of fighting against racism, along with many other SF community groups and individuals who stand against white supremacy, misogyny and homophobia, will be marching from Longshoreman’s Hall to Crissy Field to protest.
  • Resist Counter Protest – Sat. 8/26 at Crissy Field at 1 pm – Show up in force, create signs and disrupt the agenda of the unwelcome hate groups.
  • Non-violent Resistance to Fascism – Saturday 8/26 at Crissy Field organized by the San Francisco Queer Resistance
  • Anti-Racist Rally – Sat. 8/26 – 490 Marina Blvd.

Creative Protests

  • Trump Chicken PhotoBombs “Freedom Rally” – Saturday, 8/26 at 2pm – The owners of that inflatable 33-foot-tall Trump-lookalike Chicken are trying to rent a tug boat to take their giant inflatable out on the water so that they can ruin the alt-right glamour shots of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Calling All Clowns – Sat. 8/26 at 2 pm at Crissy Field – “This is a call for a contingent of anti-racist, anti-fascist clowns to descend upon Crissy Field to mercilessly ridicule any neo-nazis, white supremacists, or alt right trolls who dare show their face in San Francisco.”
  • Flowers against Fascism – Sat. 8/26 at Crissy Field at 1 pm  – “As white supremacists and neo-Nazis gather in our midst, we’ll tune into the love frequency again and meet their hatred with flowers for their hair. Bring all the cut flowers you can gather to Crissy Field to distribute among rally attendees. Bring your instruments and sing along.”
  • Protest by Boat, Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard – Sat. 8/26 at 1 pm off of Crissy Field – “The Bay Resistance Brigade Paddle Out calls all SUP’ers, kayakers, boaters, sailors, surfers, and bay swimmers: we will be in the SF Bay by Crissy Field to show our resistance against white supremacy, neo-Nazism, fascism, and all forms of bigotry. Bring waterproof signs, horns, and your voice.”

Alternatives to Protesting

  • People’s Town Hall Project “Candlelight” Vigil – Friday 8/25 at Crissy Field at 7 pm – Please note this is for electronic candles only, not open flames due to fire restrictions.
  • Chinatown Candlelight Vigil Against Hate – Friday 8/25 at 6:30pm. – Speakers, refreshments followed by candlelight vigil.
  • “LovedUp” Mobile Dance Counter Rally – Sat. 8/26 (12-5 pm) – Start at Dolores Park and march to Civic Center – Bring an FM boom box and join a few thousand others in creating the world’s largest mobile sound system to protest in the universal language of ‘shake yo ass’.
  • Peace Rally with Michael Franti & Spearhead – Sat. 8/26 at Civic Center (12-5 pm) – All day alternative rally with Michael Franti, Marga Gomez, Brothers Comatose and free of political speeches.
  • “Stop Hate” Heart-Shaped Human Banner – Saturday, 8/26 at 2 pm at Ocean Beach Stairwells 3-6 – Wear red or pink and join in at Ocean Beach to create a human banner in a 100 foot heart designed by Brad Newsham. This will be a peaceful, family-friendly event countering the alt right rally on Crissy Field in a safe and positive way.
  • World Record for Sand Angels – Saturday, 8/26 at 1 pm – Ocean Beach (It looks like it’s near Balboa, but the organizers are vague as to the location) – A safe non-violent counter protest and attempt to break the Guinness world record of simultaneous mass sand angels of 1,387.
  • Come Together – Juanita More’s Official Art Event For Equality – Sat. 8/26 at Harvey Milk Plaza in Castro (Noon to 2 pm)
  • Leave Your Dog Pop on Crissy Field – Leave a gift for your Alt-Right friends. Take your dog to Crissy Field and let them do their business and be sure not to clean it up. Watch out for landmines, friends. Then, get together on Sunday and clean up the mess.
  • The Cutest Lil’ Counter Protest – Saturday 8/26 from 11 am to 3 pm – Meet at Conservatory of Flowers at 11 am “We’re declaring a Hate-Free Zone in Golden Gate Park. This peaceful protest is for families and kids. Let’s smother hate with as much love and cuteness as possible”
  • “Protest” By Volunteering to Feed the Needy – Sat. 8/25 at Marina Green at 4pm – a community gathering to join together in music, compassion and love with a “free store” for those in need. Hat tip to Broke Ass Stuart.
  • Post-Rally Eliminate the Hate: Trash Removal/Community Gathering – Sat. 8/26 at 5:30 pm at Crissy Field.  UPDATE – Event unlikely to be permited – “Rather than bring any violence or attention to the hate, we are making space for love. Please join us with your brooms, trash bags, and open hearts to wipe away the hate and all its residue that the Patriot Prayer rally is bringing to San Francisco.”
  • Take up All the Parking Spots in Crissy Field – Force the rally participants to have to walk a bit further to the event (or bike, or take an Uber). – This is no longer relevent as all cars are banned from Crissy Field during the event.

‘Tomorrow Feels Like a Set-Up:’ Patriot Prayer Group Cancels Free Speech Rally in SF — by Riya Bhattacharjee

'Tomorrow Feels Like a Set-Up:' Patriot Prayer Group Cancels Free Speech Rally in SF

The conservative group will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. at Alamo Square instead

August 25, 2017 (nbcbayarea.com)

The Patriot Prayer group has canceled a controversial free speech rally in San Francisco, citing the “fear brought on” by the city’s leaders, including Mayor Ed Lee and Nancy Pelosi.

The group said they will hold a press conference instead at Alamo Square, home to the city’s famous Painted Ladies, and have invited the media to attend.

Patriot Group leader Joey Gibson made the announcement during a Facebook Live Friday afternoon, saying all the measures brought on by the city’s police and leaders forced the organizers to cancel it.

“After several conversations with the police, and understanding the situation, we’ve decided that tomorrow really feels like a set-up,” Gibson said. “A lot of people’s lives aren’t going to be safe. The rhetoric from Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Ed Lee, the media, all these people are saying we’re white supremacists, bringing in tons of extremists, and it just seems like a huge set-up, so we’re not going to fall into that trap, we’re not going to rally at Crissy Field.”

“At the end of the day we want people to be safe,” Gibson said.

Gibson said that they felt the event would have turned into a huge riot, and asked for protection during the press conference, especially from “antifa,” groups that oppose fascism, often violently.

Intermingling of protesters would have left nothing but casualties, organizers said.

The Patriot Prayer group had promised to hold a peaceful rally, but the group has held events elsewhere that have turned violent.

The rally has been hugely controversial from the very beginning, with Mayor Lee and other Democratic leaders vociferously speaking out against it.

As expected from the most liberal city in America, San Francisco had decided to counter the rally at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge – and the larger “alt-right” movement – in a quintessentially San Francisco way. If clowns, sheet cake, dancing and dog poop wasn’t enough in terms of a protest, Bay Area ports were planning to close down Saturday as well.

Dock workers, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10, voted to “Stop the Fascists in San Francisco” Thursday in order to prevent a repeat of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Dock workers, who have a long history of port shutdowns against racism, war and police terror, aim to prevent a repeat of last week’s murderous Nazi/white supremacist attack,” the union said.

A giant inflatable chicken, that bears the hairstyle of President Donald Trump, was also supposed to make an appearance in the San Francisco Bay.

Nobody really knew what to expect at the rally, which was approved by the National Parks Service despite protests from Mayor Lee and Pelosi.

Local bloggers summarized Patriot Prayer’s beach-side event as a “photo op of Battle Royale with Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop.”

“The location will be particularly powerful when it comes to image-making, and that is likely the intent of Patriot Prayer in choosing it,” local blog SFist wrote.

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Patriot Prayer group as “provocateurs,” whose previous rallies have been attempts “to provoke black-clad ideologues on the left into acts of violence.”

”And pictures and video of such violence with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop — given all that the words “San Francisco” symbolize for commentators on the right, and even the center-right — are most certainly what extremist groups and alt-right personalities are hoping for,” SFist wrote.

Gibson said that the group respected the residents of San Francisco, and called on them for support.

Meanwhile, protests on the other side of the Bay Bridge in Berkeley, will go on as planned on Sunday. A permit was denied, but the “Rally Against Marxism,” and counter-protests will take place at Civic Center Park.

Patriot Prayer will be in attendance, organizers said.

Note from Mike Zonta:

This is a great victory for the Antifa (anti-fascists), for San Francisco, for Occupy, for lovers of free speech and for anti-racists.  Like the crying Nazi, these right-wing groups went all soft and gooey when faced with actual peaceful opposition (and potentially lots of dog shit).

“Right-wing rallies at Crissy Field, Berkeley canceled, organizers say” by Lizzie Johnson

  • In this April 27, 2017, file photo, Joey Gibson speaks during a rally in Berkeley, Calif. Gibson's group has applied for a permit for an Aug. 26 rally at Crissy Field that many officials fear will attract armed militias and white nationalist groups. Gibson said Friday that he had decided to cancel the event and hold a “press conference” instead. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP.  In this April 27, 2017, file photo, Joey Gibson speaks during a rally in Berkeley, Calif. Gibson’s group has applied for a permit for an Aug. 26 rally at Crissy Field that many officials fear will attract armed militias and white nationalist groups. Gibson said Friday that he had decided to cancel the event and hold a “press conference” instead.

Updated 5:07 pm, Friday, August 25, 2017 (sfgate.com)

The leader of a right-wing group that had planned a Saturday rally at Crissy Field in San Francisco said Friday he had decided to call off the event, just as local and federal officials put the finishing touches on a slate of security measures designed to head off the kind of violence seen earlier this month in Charlottesville, Va.

But it wasn’t immediately clear whether the rally, which had been granted a permit by the National Park Service, was effectively being canceled or simply moved.

Thousands are expected to descend on San Francisco’s Crissy Field for what’s being called a Patriot Prayer Rally and counter-demonstrations. Among them are four Sacramentan’s who spoke with KCRA 3 News. They’re going for different reasons, but all feel it’s important to be there despite the risk of violence.  Media: KCRA / KQCA US

On Facebook Live, Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer said the group would instead hold a “press conference” at 2 p.m. Saturday at Alamo Square Park in the Western Addition. He said the same speakers and bands who were going to appear at Crissy Field would be there, forcing city leaders to scramble to respond. They fear clashes between the rally group and counterprotesters.

Gibson and other supporters appearing with him on the Facebook feed said they’d changed their plans because of fears that violent protesters using “black bloc” tactics would attend their Crissy Field rally. They also said the speakers and bands scheduled to perform at the rally had been “harassed.”

“I am calling on (city officials) to denounce antifa publicly,” said Will Johnson, an event organizer, referring to antifascist protesters who have clashed with right-wing activists in recent months at events in Berkeley and around the country. “We could have had this rally (Saturday), and it would have been peaceful. Not a single person wants to fight. They are bringing the violence.”

The organizers also blamed statements by Mayor Ed Lee and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, for creating a hostile climate against them. Both politicians had called on the National Park Service to deny the group a permit for what Pelosi called a “white supremacist rally.”

Gibson has said his group does not espouse racist views, but its events have drawn white nationalists, and it has sought to stir unfounded fears about Muslim Americans. Violent clashes with counterprotesters have broken out at past rallies.

San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell, whose district borders Crissy Field, said the “press conference” was a blatant attempt to provoke more trouble. The new gathering is not permitted, he said.

“Whether they hold the rally at Crissy Field or make plans elsewhere to disrupt our city, it is our responsibility to make sure every contingency is planned for,” Farrell said. “I was hoping they would cancel and pack up their tents and go home. This is just meant to cause further disruption to the residents of San Francisco. That is their (mode of operation).”

State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, said Patriot Prayer had “showed its true colors by canceling, at the last minute. … Patriot Prayer is not interested in simply exercising free speech. Rather, Patriot Prayer wants to create a volatile, chaotic, violent tinderbox.”

He said he was “deeply concerned” the Alamo Square Park gathering will lead to violence.

According to the city Recreation and Park Department website, any gathering is considered a “special event” if it involves amplified sound, advertises that it is open to the public, or requires special barricades and fences, among other things. Police can disband an unpermitted event and arrest organizers.

The city requires special-event applications to be submitted at least 60 days in advance. The fee is $62.

Friday’s announcement by Patriot Prayer came as authorities put up temporary chain-link fences around Crissy Field, allowing them to create a single entrance and screen rally participants for weapons, bicycles, helmets, pepper spray and other items. Much of the Presidio was to be closed Saturday, with businesses shuttered, while nearby Muni bus lines were being temporarily rerouted.

It wasn’t immediately clear if those precautions would be lifted due to the rally cancellation.

It was also unclear whether a separate, unpermitted rally would be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Berkeley — one that Gibson said he would attend. Police were planning to respond to the “No Marxism in Berkeley” event with a force of hundreds of officers from the city and surrounding agencies.

However, an organizer of the Berkeley rally, Amber Cummings, said in a rambling email Friday that she was urging people not to show up, because she feared violence by counterprotesters.

“It will be me alone attending, no one else please,” Cummings said.

Prior to the cancellation of the Crissy Field rally, San Francisco and Berkeley officials urged residents opposed to the right-wing events to send a message by joining together for peaceful gatherings in locations far from the rallies. Many such demonstrations are planned this weekend.

“Ya’ll know that some people are coming tomorrow to our city,” said Mayor Lee outside City Hall on Friday, as hundreds of people gathered, stopping traffic on the street. It was a preview of a much larger counter-rally scheduled for the space Saturday.

Lee was joined by other top city and state Democratic leaders, including Wiener and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough. Nearly two dozen men and women from the Glide Ensemble, wearing rainbow shirts and holding “Unite Against Hate” signs, sang gospel music.

“We are at the forefront of every new social movement,” Speier said of San Francisco. “Hate will not infect us and become a cancer in this city. Love will win.”

Across the bay, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin said he planned to attend a counterprotest Sunday organized by nearly 60 community groups. He said he was inspired by peaceful protests last weekend in Boston, which overshadowed a right-wing rally.

“What happened in Boston has changed the situation, where we have seen that a large counterprotest can have the effect of discouraging hate groups from coming into a city,” Arreguin said. “It sends a powerful message that communities can rise against hate.”

Lizzie Johnson is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: ljohnson@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @LizzieJohnsonnn

Note from Adrienne Fong:

My apologies for another email – as many of you have heard the “Patriot Prayer ”  event at Crissy Field was cancelled by the group. Instead they are having a press conference at Alamo Square. (very suspicious)

As soon as I hear of news from organizers of the counter-demonstration I’ll send out an “ALERT”

    —Adrienne

Updates for Sat. in SF ~ Sunday, Berkeley Counter-events (from Adrienne Fong)

Updates for SF for Saturday

A.  Saturday, Aug. 26, 9:00am – 7:00pm, Resistance Rides: protest carpool, rides shuttle

      SF Muni will be re-routed away from Crissy Field around 12 Noon

Crissy Field, SF

This is especially needed after 12 Noon

On August 26, especially after 12pm, public transit options to the Marina and Crissy Field area will temporarily suspended. They stated that they will have shuttles after the demonstrations.

Article with list of lines affectedhttps://www.sfmta.com/calendar/alerts/august-26-demonstrations 

If you can help with transporting people from the demo to a Muni site see below.

Updates / Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1922412758036488/

B.  CANCELLED  “Leave your dog poop action”  fence is now going up lots of security around

BERKELEY

COUNTER – EVENTS

Description on FB about “No to Marxism in America” event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1356598631088305/

Berkeley Denies Permit For Anti-Marxism Rally On Sunday (August 24, 2017)

   http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/08/24/berkeley-denies-permit-for-anti-marxism-rally-on-sunday/ 

Saturday, August 26

Saturday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Art Build, Medic Supply Drive/Training and Potluck-Family Friend

The Way Christian Center
1306 University Ave.
Berkeley

Bring medical supplies and something good to eat (and share)!
We’ll assemble kits for Sunday’s #Resistance work. There will also be an opportunity for street medic training and a place to create art for the rally. If you can’t join us for the 2 hour time slot, feel free to drop of medical supplies any time. Families are welcome and encouraged.
 

Host: APTP

Info / List of supplies needed: https://www.facebook.com/events/283101235429192/

Sunday, August 27

1.  Sunday, 10:00am, TWS Coalition March Against White Supremacy

Meet at:

Martin Luther King Jr., Civic Center Park
2151 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley

We will be meeting at 10 am at MLK Civic Center park right at the corner of MLK and Center!
Look for the TWS Banner and signs!

Join TWS at the Alt Right Rally planned for August 27th in Berkeley as we gather peacefully to denounce racism and violence. One of our strongest statements is us coming together across racial, religious and cultural lines to challenge HATE. #TogetherWeStand #SilenceIsSurrender 

Sponsor: Together We Stand

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/849033585262561/

2.  Sunday, 10:00am – 8:00pm, All Out to Shut Down the Alt-Right and Nazis in SF and Berkeley

Meet at:

Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park (MLK Jr. Way/Addison St.
Berkeley

-Charlottesville: Never Again!
-All Out to Shut Down the Alt-Right and Nazis! 
-No Platform for Fascists and White Supremacists!
-Trump Must Resign or Be Removed
!  

**Wear a white T-shirt in solidarity with immigrant rights and bring a bandana for safety** 

Sponsor: BAMN – Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, Immigrant Rights & Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1461721897198111/ 

3.  Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Bay Area Rally Against Hate

UC Berkeley
Crescent Lawn
Addison St. & Oxford St.
Berkeley

We’re residents of the Bay Area — people of color, working class people, immigrants, queer, lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people, liberals, leftists, and others. We think it’s time to get together, to celebrate our differences in solidarity, and peacefully speak out against the hateful currents in American society.

Fascists and white supremacists are meeting in Berkeley to try to intimidate us and incite violence. We’re meeting near UC Berkeley campus, blocks away and on the other side of the downtown, for a peaceful rally to speak to each other about the world we want. Join us, bring snacks, bring signs!

Sponsor: Unite For Freedom from Right Wing Violence in the Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1554573591279582/  If this page doesn’t open FB the title. 

4.  Sunday, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Resist Racial Violence & Hate in Berkeley with SURJ Bay Area

Meet at:

Ohlone Park  – Hearst & MLK Jr. Way
Berkeley

March with us to Old Berkeley City Hall

SURJ contingent will gather to refuse violence and intimidation by white supremacists and Nazis. 

Meet at Ohlone Park and march with us to the Old Berkeley City Hall where we will maintain a presence and send a clear message: No racism, no hate speech in Berkeley. We stand strong for Black lives and racial justice, and shoulder to shoulder against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and the scapegoating of immigrants. 

Infohttps://www.facebook.com/events/1456134894478324/

5.  Sunday11am – 5:00pm, Aug 27 Berkeley: We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America! 

Meet at:

2190 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley

Meet 11AM at Shattuck and Allston Way, and then march to Martin Luther King Park, MLK and Center St., Berkeley 

Stand up to the “No to Marxism in America” rally in Berkeley! Once again the fascists are targeting Berkeley, this time claiming, “Berkeley is a ground zero for the Marxist Movement.” By going after Marxism, they are taking a line right out of Hitler’s playbook — conflating anyone progressive with communists while viciously going after communists themselves, aiming to shut down any exploration of radical solutions to this system. 

DRIVE OUT THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME AND THEIR RACIST MURDERING NAZI THUGS!

Sponsor: Refuse Fascism Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1443937892354886/   

6.  Sunday, 12Noon – 5:00pm, Protest the White Supremacist Rally!

Meet at:

Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park
Berkeley

Gather on the corner of MLK Jr. Way & Allston and we will march into the park together. 

Once again, the ultra-right plans to gather in Berkeley, this time under the theme, “No to Marxism in America.” Their event will be a magnet for white supremacists, Nazi enthusiasts, anti-Muslims and anti-Semites, feminist bashers, homo/transphobes, anticommunists, and immigrant-haters. The bigotry, racism and violence that far-right organizers are bringing to the Bay Area cannot be allowed to go unanswered. 

Let’s build on Charlottesville and Boston, where thousands of brave protesters outnumbered and successfully shut down the neo-Nazi rallies!  

Sponsor: Communities Against Racism and Fascism

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/116626035629673/   415-864-1278, CARFbayarea@gmail.com 

7.  Empathy Tent Pop-Up at SF and Berkeley Right – Left Rallies

Unclear where they will be setting up in Berkeley

Offering free empathic listening, dialogue, empathy circles, circle facilitation training, conflict mediation, mediation training, de-escalation, arts and empathic design (human-centered design) project team building.  

Host: Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/834385300073508/

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Advice From Street Medics

Advice from street medics: milk doesn’t work for eyes sprayed with chem. Weapons. Water with liquid antacid (like alcohol-free Maalox) is best. (NO undiluted Maalox in eyes either) Make sure it is plain flavor – no peppermint etc.

Water in a plastic sport top water bottle is second best. Rinse eyes from inside to outside, pushing agent out with stream of water. Wear glasses instead of contacts if possible. Goggles for contact wearers work only if they are water-tight and you remove lenses immediately during decontamination with clean hands. Spray trapped between lens and eye can do permanent damage. 

DO NOT assume your phone will work.

DO NOT take the full contents of your wallet.

DO NOT assume this will be like rallies you’ve attended.

DO NOT assume the cops are going to treat you well.

DO NOT assume you’re safe once you leave rally – stay alert in groups until you’re  home

If pepper sprayed:

  1. Wash skin with good soap like Dr. Bronners.
  2. Assume everything that touches you is contaminated and needs to be washed
  3. Run washer empty before washing contaminated clothes and other clothes

Have two plans if your group gets separated, and never ever leave your buddy. If you’re going in a group larger than two, still use a buddy system within

t hat group. Know in advance if you and your buddy are OK getting arrested, trying to avoid arrest, or absolutely cannot get arrested. If your buddy is arrested and planning to punch Nazis while you’re a hard no, find a new buddy. Consider what kind of aftercare to set up in advance. You’re going to see and hear a lot of racist, violent stuff from the kkk, Nazis etc.

OccupyForum presents . . . Our Responses when Free Speech is Hate Speech: An open discussion to debrief the events of August 26-27 in the Bay Area

Note: Starts at 6:45 pm 

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, August 28th, 2017 from 6:45 – 9 pm at the Black and Brown Social Club

474 Valencia between 15th and 16th Street near 16th Street BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

Our Responses when

Free Speech is Hate Speech

An open discussion to debrief

the events of August 26-27 in the Bay Area

With permits now issued for five events this weekend in San Francisco’s Crissy Field, one of them organized by a right-wing group and the other four groups protesting the right-wingers, the stage is being set for conflict between white nationalists and a city that has come out roundly against them. Patriot Prayer, the Oregon-based right-wing group led by founder Joey Gibson, has organized other events that have attracted white supremacists and ended up in violent confrontations among demonstrators. The group received a permit from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (public comment phone number below), which controls Crissy Field. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi denounced the San Francisco event as a “white supremacist” rally; asked about the federal government’s permit for the group to use Crissy Field, and said “now they’re going to give it as a venue to Nazis and white nationalists.” White Supremacist events have been on the rise since Trump’s election; Berkeley, Seattle, Portland, Boston, Charlottesville, and more. After appearances by Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter were cancelled earlier this year, these two will be joined by Steve Bannon at a September “free speech” event on Sproul Plaza.

What decisions and choices did you make on learning about the “Patriot Prayer” (the announced rally of white supremacists) event on Crissy Field (a public commons), or those in Berkeley, or Sacramento. Why?

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, in an official statement, while calling out the SFPD in force, asks us to “not dignify it with a response”. Others believe that rooting out fascism at its inception is critical to a sane and peaceful society, and that it must be stopped in its every form. Some argue that “free speech” ACLU style must be allowed, no matter what. Where do your ideas and beliefs fall in this spectrum? What has brought you to your understanding and beliefs?

OccupyForum will host a debriefing discussion in the wake of this weekend’s event and the protests against it in the many forms they take. Which events did you attend, what were they like, or did you choose to sit it out? What have we seen and how do we analyze this for our understanding and the future forms of action (or inaction) we choose to take?

Come to OccupyForum for open and respectful dialogue on all sides of this issue.

 – Re: Patriot Prayer group   http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/23/whos-behind-this-weekends-right-wing-rally-at-crissy-field/

– Golden Gate National Recreation Area Public Comment 415 561-2282

Website: www.nps.gov/goga/firstamendment-permits.htm

– Southern Poverty Law Center on this:  https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/08/25/what-you-need-know-about-saturdays-patriot-rally-san-francisco

Time will be allotted for discussion and announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

“Beyond Protest: Could Alternative Elections Bypass the Rigged System?” by John Laurits

Blockchain Alternative Elections to Bypass a Rigged System, Title ImageAugust 25, 2017 (johnlaurits.com)

Like a weird monster emerging from the glowing portal discovered by the protagonist of a bad sci-fi movie, a new and uncomfortable reality continues to unfold from the void opened by the 2016 US elections. Facing a system that fails to stop the absurd hosts of its reality-TV shows from assuming command of its armed forces, more Americans are questioning whether US democracy really works or if ‘democracy’ is even the right term for a system capable of such results. Reforms favored by a super-majority for decades are no closer to being passed by a congress full of suspiciously wealthy politicians whom we seem to re-elect at a 96% rate despite the fact their overall approval rating trades at 10 – 20%. Though a growing number of people sense there is something deeply wrong here, how could a broken voting system be fixed by casting votes to fix the voting system using the same broken system that needed to be fixed in the first place?

Bypassing a Rigged System:
How Could the Two-Party Regime Be Brought Down?

Clinton Campaign Strategy, cartoon by Jacob Yona
“Lesser Evils,” Cartoon by Jacob Yona

When the DNC brazenly sandbagged Bernie to run a tone-deaf neoliberal hawk against a scumbag real-estate mogul who hijacked the GOP, voters were again cornered by an either/or choice between the evils of their two-party system. Trump did not win because voters liked him. In fact, without the voters who chose him primarily because they disliked Clinton even more, the number who wanted Trump drops to 18.2% of the voting-age population.The same math reveals just 20.9% wanted Clinton. And that means less than 2/5ths of the nation cared for either candidate — but the tragic part is that none of it was because there were no better options. The number of options available to reform the United States’ shockingly dysfunctional elections are so many and popular that there is no rational explanation for the failure of US politicians to support them — unless, of course, they just do not want to.

10,000 Solutions Ignored by Spineless Politicians

US Elections Don't Work / Congressional Approval Ratings
Fact: the opposite of “progress” is called “congress”

Constant deadlock in congress, the polarized electorate, and the soul-crushing choice-of-evils offered to voters by the US plurality system — all of this could be meaningfully addressed by simply printing ballots for a cardinal system, like approval or rated voting. The countless voices silenced by dishonest, partisan, and racist practices of gerrymandering could be enfranchised by re-drawing US congressional districts scientifically rather than politically. Polls show 2/3rds of the US favors automatic voter-registration and 3/5ths favor more early-voting, both of which would increase dismal turnout rates — and less than 3/10ths support the electoral college!Campaign finance reform, secure and verified voting, ballot access reform, open primaries — the list goes on.

But what can the public do if lawmakers refuse to fix a system that keeps electing them?

Crazy Idea:
What If We Just Held Our Own Elections?

Even though politicians often come to power in elections that less than 3-in-10 voters participate in, their authority goes unchallenged because there is no other authority that is widely perceived to be more legitimate. But what if a more legitimate authority did exist? What if there were leaders who were elected by greater numbers of voters participating in better elections that were widely perceived to be more secure and transparent? Could the state’s authority — which claims to be legitimately derived from the consent of the people — be challenged by an authority that was able to prove its legitimacy was based on a more popular consent given by more of the people?

In the past, organizing nationwide elections was so costly and difficult that many activists might have laughed off the idea of challenging corrupt authorities with alternative elections. To do so, a group would have needed to coordinate a massive volunteer-network and raise vast sums of money to generate public interest, gain access to facilities across the nation to use as polling places, and purchase voting and tabulation equipment for millions to use. Until now, democracy has been an expensive logistical nightmare for big organizations with lots of capital — but technology has a funny habit of tipping the scales of power.

Blockchain Technologies Hold the Key
To Organizing Alternative Elections

What is bitcoin? Infographic, Blockchain TechWhile the idea of online voting has been kicked around as a way to increase turnout and lower costs of elections, concerns about the security of internet-based systems have kept them from becoming a reality. The same thing could have been said about digital currency, of course — but that was before bitcoin successfully went from being a small idea at the fringes of the web to being listed by the largest global currency exchanges alongside the US dollar. Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies became possible as a result of new systems based on cryptographically-secured distributed ledger technology — or simply ‘blockchains’ — and the same innovations have made it possible to build secure systems for online voting.

How Blockchains Work

blockchain is essentially a growing list of records stored by copying and sharing them between a group of computers. This means blockchain-based systems can store information in a way that is both de-centralized and secure by design. In addition to storing a copy of the records contained in the blockchain, the computers also bundle new entries into blocks that are added to the list one-at-a-time — like a chain! To add new blocks, the computers need to spend time and energy to solve a difficult mathematical puzzle made from the information in the block being added and the completed puzzle that was solved to add the block before it.

Since each block’s puzzle is partly made from the puzzle-solution used to add the last block, any attempt to alter a block will also change its puzzle and puzzle-solution. This results in a chain reaction ( pun intended ) which invalidates the puzzles and puzzle-solutions for every block after it. To alter even a single entry in the blockchain, a new puzzle has to be solved for the altered block and for all blocks added after it. Since blocks are always being added to the blockchain as the network of computers solve more puzzles, it would take at least 51% of the network to solve the altered puzzles fast enough to catch up to the present block. This means the longest chain is always the honest chain unless there is a conspiracy involving 51% of the network ( pretty unlikely ).

Infographic, How Blockchain Works; Blockchain Voting

From Crypto-Currencies to Crypto-Democracies:
Secure, Verified, & Accessible Voting

Blockchains can give everyday people the ability to build internet-based voting systems for the same reasons that blockchains allowed everyday people to build internet-based crypto-currencies. In fact, voting platforms built on blockchain technology have already been developed as tools to audit suspicious results of state-run elections ( such as Follow My Vote in the US and VotoSocial in Honduras ). These platforms might easily become the blueprint for a voting system intended not to audit official elections — but to contest and replace them.

As Follow My Vote’s software shows, cryptography can be used to make sure the identities of voters are verified but still allow for ballot secrecy. In addition to eliminating the prohibitive cost of past elections, a public blockchain ( like the one that powers bitcoin ) would allow election results to be publicly counted in real time, eliminating doubt about their honesty. Organizing a decentralized electoral system built on an open-source, public blockchain would allow grassroots activists to:

  • Instantly reform the ‘lesser-evilism’ of first-past-the-post/plurality voting by implementing a system designed to measure what voters support ( like approval or graded voting )
  • Increase voter turnout & engagement by developing apps & websites to allow secure, verified voting from voters’ smart phones, computers, or public libraries
  • Solve ballot access issues by letting voters in every state to vote for third-party or independent candidates, regardless of unfair state-level laws
  • Provide results that anyone can audit, making them more transparent, secure, & trustworthy than the faith-based, unverifiable totals produced by DRE voting-machines in US elections
  • Demonstrate conclusively that a better electoral system is not only possible but far easier & less expensive than the repressive & dysfunctional system used for US elections today

Dismantling the Two-Party Regime
By Forcing a Crisis of Legitimacy

The voting systems already built on blockchains are intended to let the public audit government elections and to promote greater transparency and security in future government elections — but could the same systems be adapted to bring governments down? History teaches us that even powerful authorities cannot endure a major loss of legitimacy for long — without political legitimacy, a regime can fall like a house of cards. Today, the “consent of the governed” is the most widely accepted standard of legitimacy for the authority of a government and the typical method for measuring consent is by voting.

Hypothesis: People’s Elections w/ Higher Turnout & More Popular Results Would De-Legitimize, Bypass, & Break the Rigged Political System

The Rigged System of US Elections, Voter Turnout
The good news is that achieving a higher % turnout than official US elections might be easy — the bad news is they’ve set a really, really low bar…

If candidates with the greatest number of votes are the legitimate leaders, then the elections with the greatest number of participating voters produce the legitimate results. Throughout the course of recent history, polling data shows us that the people of the United States consistently disapprove of what their government does but the political system has proven to be incapable of changing this situation. There is no lack of frustration and the urge to make meaningful changes already exists — the only thing lacking is a way to express that urge and frustration to produce change. Organizing independent, alternative elections at a grassroots level would provide a vehicle for challenging the authority of the present system and for building the democracy needed to replace it simultaneously.

An authority as powerful and established as the United States government is unlikely to give up its power overnight, of course — but how long could the two-party system endure if everyone knew others had more legitimate authority to represent the nation? If the outcome of people’s elections differed from the official results, then the mere existence of that more popular outcome would produce a crisis of legitimacy that might quickly turn the US empire upside down. How many years would people suffer the ruler-ship of charlatans whose authority was rooted in the flimsy claim that their election was the ‘official’ one for no discernible reason except that they keep saying so?

And it would all be achieved with no bloodshed. Instead of appealing to authority that the people delegated in the first place or dealing with the destructive consequences of forcible regime-change, the revolution would victoriously emerge from inside the system of oppression. And — like an alien — the glorious and newly self-liberated society would simply burst out of the old one’s chest.

In solidarity,
John Laurits

“Op-Ed: SB 562 will fix healthcare once and for all” by Dan Geiger and Eric Leenson, BAHC

Supporters of California’s SB 562 “Medicare for all” bill rally in front of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Photo courtesy of Business Alliance for a Healthy California.

 

August 24, 2017 (eltecolote.com)

Our print and electronic media inundate us almost daily with concerns about quality healthcare, or more accurately, the lack thereof, and in that flood there is a fair amount of misinformation. At the Business Alliance for a Healthy California (BA4HC) we believe there is an urgent need to unpack conflicting messages, and articulate a strategy for a high-functioning and equitable healthcare system from a business perspective.

What we know

In wealthy industrialized nations, except for the United States, healthcare is viewed as a citizen’s right guaranteed for all, not unlike public education, or public safety. It is not considered a “product” or “service” to be exploited for profit.

In the U.S. we pay far more for healthcare services—more than double the average of other developed nations—yet the results we get are inferior. The U.S. consistently ranks behind dozens of other countries in overall performance and accessibility. Millions of people remain uninsured or under-insured and therefore go without adequate care.

Medicare, our federal program for those 65 and over, manages to provide efficient health insurance at a fraction of the cost of private health carriers. It does so by using a “single payer system,” one in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes the financing, but the delivery of care remains in private hands. In this way, costs can be aggregated to achieve major savings in drugs and medical services. Such public administration enhances the delivery of care by private practitioners.  Just ask elderly participants.

What we think

Conservatively, it is estimated that between 18 percent and 20 percent of overall healthcare costs can be saved by replacing bloated private insurance companies with a single payer system that has the ability to negotiate and regulate prices paid to pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and other service providers.  Several academic studies back up these numbers, including a recent study by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Such ongoing savings would permit all residents, documented or not, to receive affordable, quality healthcare without worrying about deductibles, co-pays, in system/out system providers or the full array of other constraints.

More and more people are realizing that the time has come to adopt a “Medicare for all,” type healthcare system.  This long overdue reform is now politically achievable, though not without what will surely be a fierce battle with the powerful health insurance, hospital administration and drug industries, all of which are looking out for their bottom lines.

What we are doing in California

Since it is highly unlikely that a systemic solution will come from Washington in the foreseeable future, The Healthy California Campaign, of which the Business Alliance is an active member, is supporting adoption of California SB 562, which is essentially Medicare for all. The bill has passed in the State Senate, but needs additional support to clear the Assembly and move onto the governor’s desk

Courtesy: BAHC/LinkedIn

Healthcare is a business issue

BAHC recognizes that our broken system is not simply a health and human rights  problem, but also a crippling impediment to business expansion and employment growth.

Healthcare costs can consume as much as 22 percent of payroll expenditures for small businesses offering benefits.  Famed investor Warren Buffet was right when he called healthcare the “tapeworm of the American economy.” The single payer approach is a money saver.

By not promoting workers health, our system generates absenteeism that hurts workplace performance and moral. Far too many resources are squandered on time-consuming back-office administration. Lack of universal care creates barriers for startups as would-be entrepreneurs hesitate to launch for fear of losing company-tied health insurance.

Despite what the insurance, hospital, and drug sectors may tell us, SB 562 is business friendly for the great majority of us. In fact, it is especially friendly for small business by leveling the playing field for employee hiring and retention.

Make no mistake SB 562 will not become law without significant support from the 3.5 million small enterprises in California, which employ over six million people. We strongly encourage owners and workers at these businesses to inform themselves of what is at stake, and take action.

—Eric Leenson, Dan Geiger

Co-directors Business Alliance for a Healthy California

BAHC is a fiscally sponsored project of the American Sustainable Business Council, a nonprofit organization. BAHC is dedicated to bringing universal care to Californians. Educational materials are available at  BA4HCal.org

August 25-26: Leave your dog poop on Crissy Field

Tuffy Tuffington's photo.

AUG 25-26:

Leave your dog poop on Crissy Field

 · Hosted by Tuffy Tuffington
  • August 25 – August 26
    Aug 25 at 12 PM to Aug 26 at 10 AM
  • Crissy Field

    610 Old Mason St, San Francisco, California 94129

Details:

Leave a gift for our Alt-Right friends. Take your dog to Crissy Field and let them do their business and be sure not to clean it up!

Watch out for landmines, friends!

We can get together Sunday and clean up the mess and hug each other!

Go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/333457693777088/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events in SF around “Patriot Prayer – Freedom Rally” for Sat. Aug. 25 – 26 (from Adrienne Fong)

Hello Everyone, This listing is of 23 SF events for Friday and Saturday. Events are constantly being updated. If you have questions about a particular event – contact afong@jps.net and give the # of the event you are inquiring about before 1:00pm on Friday and I’ll be happy to look into it.

Check item #8 for good general info.

SAN FRANCISCO

Description on FB about Patriot Prayer – Freedom Rally: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454498877929964/

  -this event is the kick-off for Sunday’s Anti-Marxist event in Berkeley.

What transportation is available to Crissy Field on August 26?

Do not drive to this event; there will be no parking. Event participants will only be able to access Crissy Field on foot via the Marina Boulevard Gate (Mason Street at Lyon). The Presidio Go Around the Park Shuttle will not be operating on this day. The nearest MUNI services to Crissy Field/Marina Boulevard Gate include the 30 and 43. The MUNI 22 and 45 drop off a farther distance from the Marina Boulevard Gate. For MUNI services available on August 26, visit the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency website at www.sfmta.com  Please check this website before making your trip to ensure you have the most current information about MUNI service.

National Lawyers Guild # 415- 285-1011 write it on your arm. Attorney Tony Serra has also offered to represent counter protestors for free if arrest happen.

COUNTER – EVENTS

August 25 – August 26

Friday, August 25

1.  Friday, August 25, 12Noon – Saturday August 26, Leave your dog poop on Crissy Field

Crissy Field
610 Old Mason St.
SF

Leave a gift for our Alt-Right friends. Take your dog to Crissy Field and let them do their business and be sure not to clean it up!

View tactical map of where to go.

Watch out for landmines, friends!
We can get together Sunday and clean up the mess and hug each other!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/333457693777088/

2.  Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Anti-Hate Digital Light Vigil Friday Nite at Crissy Field

Crissy Field Ave.
SF

The members of Gays Without Borders are announcing that the National Park Service has granted us a permit for an electronic-only “candlelight” vigil on Friday, August 25, at 7 pm, and speak out at Crissy Field.

From GGNRA“… permit for the East Beach portion of Crissy Field, west of the restrooms, with easy access to parking, and if the fog cooperates, a view of the airfield and the Golden Gate Bridge. 

“We cannot allow open flames near the highly flammable eucalyptus trees however, so real candles won’t be allowed, but battery operated candles, flashlights, cell phone flashlights, cell phone apps that look like candles, glow sticks, anything that lights up but isn’t fire is ok.”

Our grassroots community gathering is designed to preemptively use this public land the night before the Patriot Prayer rally, at the same location. We will be using our digital devices as sources of love and light to show solidarity with all who oppose hate and the Trump agenda. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/811665985671138/

Saturday, August 26

3.  Saturday, 6:00am – 9:00pm, Park Out Crissy Field 8/26 (check site for updates)**

Crissy Field Beach
Hamilton St.
SF

(Much of the Presidio will be shut down on Saturday – including parking lots. Have not received updates on this action since the permit was granted !)

The idea is for all of us who have cars to occupy the parking around crissy field so that the white nationalist event attendies have to park somewhere in city making it A more difficult for them to gather and B (maybe more importantly) more difficult for them to bring guns because the federal open carry rules do not apply- I am creating the event to make sure someone does….. not sure who’s idea this was originally- not mine- but I think it has legs… or wheels if we can get the word out 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1812750309016749/

4.  Saturday, 9:00am – 6:00pm, Anti-Racist Rally

Meet at:

490 Marina Blvd.
SF

March will start from 490 Marina Blvd.

Please join us at the Anti-Racist rally to be held in opposition to the White Supremacists that are organizing a racist rally at Crissy Fields in San Francisco.

Host:  Brown Lives Matter

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/822986844534064/

5.  Saturday, 9:30am -2:00pm, Non-violent Resistance to Fascism

Meet at:

Marina Blvd. (between Scott St. & Fillmore St.)
SF

we’ll be meeting around 9:30 and will be joining up with the ILWU March Against Hate to Crissy Field.

We’ll have our own contingent among the marchers, we’ll have signs created and donated by a local artist 

There is risk & militarized “security” that will be present @ Crissy Field during the fascist hate rally. We’ll be joining and marching with allies into the field around Exact location TBD. If you have white or pink sheets to donate, please let us know! 

See FB site for pledge!

Please wear a pink triangle to symbolize that we have not forgotten (if you’re comfortable) and in either place, pledge to uphold queer, progressive, & compassionate resistance. 

Will you be at one of these events? 
We’re here to support community at Crissy Field & to make sure that folks who plan on being at there are able to have community & not be isolated during an event designed to divide, isolate, and hurt us.

Please be inspired and aware of the history of Act Up, compassionate, nonviolent queer actions, and the queer activism that makes the Bay Area like nowhere else in the world. 

We’re here to set the story straight & not allow hate propaganda to dominate the media without correction. 

No pressure to RSVP if you’re uncomfortable. 

We’ll be creating signs, bringing flowers & music, collaborating with other non-violent groups, & demonstrating what peace & advocacy look like. We will not be taking part in any acts that will compromise our message or our fight to be rid of fascism. We’ll promote justice, co-existence, understanding, & empowerment of leaders who step up and resist.

Sponsor: The San Francisco Queer Resistance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/511905339157004/

6.  Saturday 9:30am – 6:00pm, Frisco Resistance

Meet at:

Marina Green Drive (the West end)
SF

We are Frisco Resistance, grassroots community members who are ready to action with amor!

Join us this Saturday, as we meet to march from the ILWU union building in Fisherman’s Wharf to Crissy Field. Together, in a courageous, peaceful, and powerful manner, Frisco Resistance will protest and rally to defeat hate and white supremacy.

Inspired by the historical San Francisco grassroots movements of “Amor for Alex Nieto” and “The Frisco Five,” we, Frisco Resistance, have joined to not only defeat an insidious enemy but to liberate ourselves and future generations from the shackles of systemic racist oppression. We represent the Frisco values of creativity, genius, tolerance, and sincerity. Even if you are not a native San Franciscan, we want you with us because the overall struggle is yours, mine, ours. We are a 21st century movement for the empowerment of all, including immigrants, people of color, our white allies, the LGBTQ community, the homeless, and all who embrace the true love of San Francisco. 

For Saturday, August 26, the day of the march and demonstration, we will have custom t-shirts for people to wear. We also invite you to wear your San Francisco Giants, 49ers, and Warriors attire. 

We view this as an adults only event so suggest no children attend.

Host: Ben Bac Sierra & Michael James Chapman Jr.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2008030059443876/?active_tab=about

7.  Saturday, 10:00am, The Bay Shuts Down White Supremacists

Meet at:

Marina Green Drive (West end)
SF

The ANSWER Coalition along with the Party for Socialism and Liberation will be out in the streets at Crissy Field and at MLK Civic Center Park to tell the white supremacists groups that they aren’t welcome here or anywhere. 

The ANSWER Coalition is proud to be a part of the Mission-based Frisco Resistance and encourages all to join the ILWU Lo. 10 action. “An injury to one is an injury to all!”

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1551858918197667/

8.  Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, March Against Hate to Crissy Field

Meet at:

Marina Green
Marina Blvd. (between Scott & Fillmore Sts)
SF

10:00am – march begins

LOOK FOR THE ILWU BANNER WHEN YOU ARRIVE** 

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 10 (ILWU), who has a long history of fighting against racism, along with many other SF community groups and individuals who stand against white supremacy, misogyny and homophobia, will be marching from Longshoreman’s Hall to Crissy Field to protest the fascists, white supremacists and Nazis gathering there. 

Join us, bring snacks/sheetcakes, bring noisemakers, bring signs! Remember signs with sticks are NOT allowed!

Please sign up for Bay Resistance’s text alert system to stay informed of real time updates – text RESIST to 41411

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE THE EVENT
– Due to the nature of this event, plans may change very quickly, so we urge people to check this event page often, sign up for the Bay Resistance text system, and follow the directions of marshals and organizers at the event.
– Our biggest security goal is to keep the group large and together. Please come with a group of people you trust and keep an eye on one another. Stay with the group. We are safest when we are together.
– Come in comfortable clothing and bring everything you might need for the day but nothing unnecessary. Water, snacks, sun screen, and an extra layer are musts.
– WE DO NOT PLAN ON GETTING ARRESTED, but if you have kids, pets, or anything that might need your attention if you were to get arrested, coordinate with someone who is not going to the protest to get coverage and help if you can’t get home when you originally planned.
– Write down the number for the
National Lawyer’s Guild, ideally in sharpie on your body somewhere. Call it if you see someone getting arrested or the police behaving badly. The number is 415-285-1011.

Host: San Francisco Against Hate

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1648882291818267/

9.  Saturday, 11:00am – 3:00pm, The Cutest Lil Counter Protest

Meet at:

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
100 J F Kennedy Dr.
SF

We’re declaring a Hate-Free Zone in Golden Gate Park. This peaceful protest is for families and kids. Let’s smother hate with as much love and cuteness as possible!

Come in your most adorable outfit, bring snacks to share and your sassiest protest signs for our next generation of activists!

Parade Route
11am – Meet at the Conservatory of Flowers
11.30am – Cuties Parade kicks off
12noon – Group Photo in front of the DeYoung’s Summer of Love Wall

We’ll also be collecting donation pledges for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

See FB site for: Terms of Activity Participation, Liability and Waiver Statement:

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1951582161786250/

10.  Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Resist SF

Meet at:

Crissy Field Beach
Hamilton St.
SF

Racism is evil. It must be eradicated from the face of the earth. We will not let fascist, racist, morally bankrupt degenerates invade our beautiful city and spew hate. The time for passive tolerance is over. It’s time to stand our ground. Its time to stand up. Its time to come out of comfort zones and speak with one united voice — and send a message that hate has no safe space in San Francisco!

We are not advocating violence or physical conflicts. We are advocating participants — young, old, brave, bold; show up in force, create signs and disrupt the agenda of the unwelcomed hate groups. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1160628720704672/

11.  Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, Aug 26 SF: We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!

Meet at:

Little Marina Green
800 Marina Blvd. (See specific info below)
SF

Meet 11AM at Old Mason St. and Yacht Rd (next to the corner of Baker St. and Marina Blvd), then march to Crissy Field.

Aug. 26-27 pro-Trump fascists rallying in SF and Berkeley… ENOUGH!
This can’t be allowed to go down, without massive overwhelming opposition. When fascism is on the march, and in power, it must be confronted, not ignored.

Sponsor: Refuse Fascism Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/469624390072207/

12.  Saturday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Come Together – Juanita MORE!’s Rally & March For Equality

Meet at:

Harvey Milk Plaza
2401 Market St.
SF

This art, activism and love event is a benefit. To stand up and say#NoHateSF

donate here: http://nohatesf.org/

This rally and march for Equality is open to everyone who believes in diversity, inclusivity, and the power of a free and equal democracy.

In light of the tragic events in Charlottesville and the ongoing fascist rhetoric of President Trump, the citizens of San Francisco are summoned to show their commitment to Equal Rights for all.

Sponsors: Hosted by: Juanita More, Honey Mahogany, Edward Wright, Lito Sandoval,Don Romesburg, Ani Rivera, Mercedez Munro, Roma Roma, Alex U. Inn,Cecilia C Chung

, Roberto Ordenana, Elizabeth Lanyon & more.

Presented in partnership with Women’s March San Francisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/109759846387330/ 

13.  Saturday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, Come Together – Rally & March for Equality

Meet at:

Harvey Milk Plaza
2401 Market St.
SF

Join us on Saturday August 26th for Juanita MORE!’s Come Together Rally & March for Equality, co-presented by Women’s March San Francisco.
We will start at 12 PM with a rally/speakers at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro, followed by a march down Market Street to Civic Center.

Sponsor: Women’s March San Francisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/109759846387330/

14.  Saturday, 12Noon – 5:00pm, Stand Indivisible with Heather Counter-Protest

Meet at:

On the green next to the Dynamo Donut coffee hut at 110 Yacht Rd (before you get to the St. Francisc Yacht Club)
.SF

We are gathering at 12pm; please arrive promptly

Please wear a purple arm band (Heather’s favorite color)

During the rally, we would like to stay together as our own contingent, but our event leaders will be coordinating with the leaders of other participating groups. The goal is for all groups to present a strong and united front and move together as safely as possible

Sponsor: Indivisible San Francisco

Info; https://www.facebook.com/events/111673659514791/

15.  Saturday, 12:00Noon – 5:00pm, LovedUp Mobile Dance Rally

Meet at:

Dolores Park
SF

Start at noon at Dolores Park where we will dance it out for about an hour before walking to join the Come Together march coming from the Castro. Then its to Civic Center to join the party in progress there.

Organizers will have a portable FM radio station and will broadcast many dance anthems to dance to.

You, bring a FM radio boom box. Dress colorfully

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1946489382274941/

16.  Saturday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, San Francisco Peacefully Unites Against White Nationalists

Civic Center
SF

Beginning sometime between noon and 1pm at Civic Center Plaza – Kid Friendly – Performances – Politicians
the theme is PEACE MUSIC AND LAUGHTER – #NO2Hate

Cleve Jones Kate Kendell San Francisco Pride Women’s March San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Supervisor Jeff Sheehy Mark Farrell Mayor Edwin M. Lee SF Bar Owner Alliance San Francisco EntertainmentCommission The Midway Gallery & Artist Studios ACLU of Northern California Dawn Holliday Jocelyn Kane Dave Peterson BeBe Sweetbriar Juanita More Race Bannon Brian Kent Jenn Stokes Leah Jackson. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/266804640483421/

17.  Saturday, 12:30pm – 6:00pm, Flowers Against Fascism

Meet at:

Ralston Memorial Statue at center of Maria Green
SF

We will join the ILWU march when they come through

As white supremacists and neo-Nazis gather in our midst, we’ll tune into the love frequency again and meet their hatred with flowers for their hair. Bring all the cut flowers you can gather to Crissy Field to distribute among rally attendees. Flower crowns strongly encouraged!! Bring your instruments and sing along! Summertime will be a love-in there…

**If you are unable to attend but would still like to support this project, we will be announcing a florist partner who will be taking flower orders that we will pick up to distribute. 

Sponsor: The People’s Campaign

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/259332287906232/

18.  Saturday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, ICountering Hate! Counter Protest against Joey Gibson’s Patriot Prayer

Meet at:

Crissy Field
610 Old Mason St.
SF

Joey Gibson and his Patriot Prayer group who are often accompanied by White Supremacists are planning a Demonstration of White Power on 08/26 at Crissy Fields San Francisco

Host:San Francisco Marches Against Trump

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1094574767342278/

19.  Saturday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm, Bay Resistance Brigade Paddle Out

Meet at:

Crissy Field Center
1199 E Beach
SF

Calling all SUP’ers, kayakers, boaters, sailors, surfers, and bay swimmers: we will be in the SF Bay by Crissy Field to show our resistance against white supremacy, neo-Nazism, fascism, and all forms of bigotry. Bring waterproof signs, horns, and your voice. Silence is consent!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/798728220300757/

20.  Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Together We Will STOP HATE! Heart Shaped Human Banner

Meet at:

Ocean Beach Stairwells 3-6
SF

Meet at Ocean Beach near the Cliff House by 2pm

OCEAN BEACH — NOT CRISSY FIELD EVENT — FAMILY FRIENDLY
Please register at https://togetherwewillstophate.eventbrite.com/ so we can get a headcount!

Bring your body where your beliefs are and join us on Ocean Beach to create a human banner in a 100 foot heart designed by Brad Newsham. This will be a peaceful, family-friendly event countering the alt right rally on Crissy Field in a safe and positive way.

Please wear red or pink to create a cool effect, but if you don’t have it don’t let that stop you from coming out

We will organize into the shape of a heart and a helicopter will arrive to take photos at 3:30. 

Co-Hosts: Gabriella Musacchia, Administrator for Together We Will San Francisco; Renee McKenna, Organizer for San Francisco Women’s March; Judy Tuan, Organizer at Tech Worker’s Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/379638819117498/

21.  Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Calling All Clowns: Fascism is no laughing matter

Crissy Field Beach
SF

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Crissy Field will be under heavy security. Some items, including balloons, will be banned, so please plan your costumes and props accordingly. 

If you’d like to march into the field with a group, meet at the Marina Green at 10am or 1pm.

This is a call for a contingent of anti-racist, anti-fascist clowns to descend upon Crissy Field August 26th, 2017. We will mercilessly ridicule and laugh at any neo-nazis, white supremacists, or alt right trolls who dare show their face in San Francisco. 

We have no leader here but we encourage you to join with your biting wit, your absurdity, your signs, your red noses, wigs, and other clowning accoutrements

Our goals:

* To provide a counter-point to the hatred of fascists and the “alt-right” by exposing them for the fools that they are with humor.

* To provide safety through distraction and disguise. We can be a buffer to draw attention and shield those most vulnerable and likely to be targetted by right wing extremists. 

* To confront and mock fragile egos, garbage ideas, and the toxic, delicate form of masculinity endemic in the far right.

* To encourage new people to join action with creative resistance.

Sponsor: Resistance SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1559563154102936/

22.  Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Trump Chicken Photobombs the Nazis

Golden Gate
SF

We’re renting a tug boat to inflate our 33-foot-tall Trump-lookalike Chicken on the water so that we can ruin the alt-right glamour shots of the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Help us by donating: gofundme.com/chickenbargemayhem

Host: Trump Chicken

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/114900745841932/

23.  Saturday, 10:00am, Empathy Tent Pop-Up at SF and Berkeley Right – Left Rallies

Unclear where they will be setting up in SF

Offering free empathic listening, dialogue, empathy circles, circle facilitation training, conflict mediation, mediation training, de-escalation, arts and empathic design (human-centered design) project team building. 

Host: Center for Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/834385300073508/

What items are prohibited from being brought into Crissy Field (Zone 1 – see map) on August 26?

Info from https://www.nps.gov/goga/first-amendment-permits.htm#cancitiz

If you are making signs – see below what is allowed.

A. Aerosols / pressurized canisters
B. Ammunition
C. Animals other than working service animals
D. Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards
E. Backpacks and bags exceeding the size restriction of 18” by 14” by 7”
F. Balloons
G. BBQ grills (propane tanks with any open flame)
H. Bicycles
I. Coolers
J. Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
K. Explosives
L. Firearms (including licensed concealed carry firearms)
M. Gas Masks
N. Glass, thermal or metal containers
O. Helmets
P. Laser pointers
Q. Liquids (other than water in factory-sealed, clear plastic bottles)
R. Mace / pepper spray
S. Packages
T. Pop up tents or canopies
U. Selfie sticks
V. Shields
W. Signs exceeding the size restriction of 24” by 36” (Signs will only be allowed if made of foam core, cardboard or paper)
X. Structures
Y. Supports for signs and placards including sticks of any material
Z. Sticks or bats of any nature composed of any material
AA. Toy or replica guns
BB. Wagons or carts that can be pulled
CC. Weapons of any kind

Note that all event attendees are subject to federal law.