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What to Expect at The Alt-Right Rally on Crissy Field

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What should you expect at the alt-right rally on Crissy Field this Saturday?  First, there are going to be a lot of police.  In fact the entire SF police force is going to be on duty in the city during the rally Saturday.  Second, there are going to be a lot of liberal counter-protesters thanks to groups like Bay Resistance (check out events here or below).  Third, there is going to be a minority faction of ‘Alt Right’ groups standing behind barricades and struggling to give speeches over the boos and chants of an overwhelming counter protest crowd.

This is the Bay Area, so we should have the biggest show of resistance against hate and intolerance the world has ever seen.  Why?  Because the Bay Area has been a symbol of American liberalism and progressive ideals for decades.  We should set the example, WE should cheer the loudest against racism and bigotry.  We are the queer happy, peace loving, left leaning, shining sanctuary city of the world, and we need the headline after this weekend to read:

Desired SUNDAY HEADLINE: “Alt-Right Rally Smothered By Massive Liberal Counter Protests Across San Francisco”

We need every photo op from this Crissy Field rally to have a rainbow flag in it, we need every ‘alt right’ gun nut to be surrounded by ten peaceful, progressive, pro-tolerance, citizens.

The Crissy Field event, “Freedom Rally San Francisco“, is being organized by a pro-Trump group called ‘Patriot Prayer’.  The group’s spokesman is a person of color named Joey Gibson, who emphatically denies the notion that Patriot Prayer is a white-supremacist group.  In fact at their Seattle rally this month, Southern Poverty Law Center reported that unlike previous rallies, Gibson invited a number of non-supporters onstage to voice their opposing views, sometimes in harsh terms.”  At one point Gibson himself took the stage and yelled to the crowd, “Fuck white supremacists! Fuck neo-Nazis!– I have no use for that kind of thinking. It’s wrong.”

The speaker list planned by Patriot Prayer for this Saturday includes people of many races and sexual orientation, as well as a musical performance by country rap group the Good Ol’ Boyz, and of course armed ‘security’ provided by a group of ex-cops & military veterans called The Oath Keepers, as well as heavy fencing to keep apposing factions separated like they did in Boston.

Oath Keepers at Free Speech Rally in Berkeley, CA on April 27, 2017

SF Mayor Ed Lee is protesting the permit for the event, but the rally is being held at Crissy Field, which is National Park land and therefore under Federal jurisdiction, so it is likely the rally will go forward.

SF Police Chief Bill Scott confirmed that openly carried weapons are not permitted, so you’re not going to see the big automatic rifles like you saw being carried by militia in Charlottesville.  In fact according UC Hastings Professor Rory Little, park authorities may decide to impose “some pretty stringent conditions such as no backpacks, no weapons — not just firearms — no baseball bats no clubs, no knives.”   There are going to be alt-right groups there Saturday, but I would be surprised to see any guns or nazi flags being waved around.

If you do not want to get involved with the Crissy Field counter protest, you can join the LovedUp Mobile Dance Rally starting at Dolores Park, and/or The Come Together – Juanita MORE!’s Rally & March For Equality at Harvey Milk Plaza.  Both protests will be marching down and joining the the Michael Franti and Spearhead headlined ‘art, activism and love’ rally at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza.

Counter-Protests on Saturday


March Against Hate to Crissy Field

August 26 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
March Location, 400 North Point St
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States 
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Join us as we show the Klan, Nazis, “alt-right” and fascists that white supremacists are not welcome in San Francisco! 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!

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Come Together – Juanita MORE!’s Rally & March For Equality

August 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Harvey Milk Plaza, 2401 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States 
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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. A peaceful gathering dedicated to promoting inclusivity and love, we invite you to join as a we demonstrate together in opposition to those who deny the rights of equality for all. This event for Equality is open to everyone who believes in diversity, inclusivity, and the power of a free and equal democracy.

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Counter-Protests on Sunday

Resist Racist Violence & Hate in Berkeley with SURJ Bay Area

August 27 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
ohlone park, Hearst Ave. and MLK Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA United States 
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Our powerful SURJ contingent will gather to refuse violence and intimidation by white supremacists and nazis who intend to rally in Berkeley on August 27. Our strength is in our numbers. Meet at Ohlone Park and march with us to 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.

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Bay Area Rally Against Hate

August 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Crescent Lawn UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 United States + Google Map

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!

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  1. MPetrelis
    August 24, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Anti-Hate Digital Light Vigil Friday Nite at Crissy Field

    As members of Gays Without Borders we 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.

    The Golden Gate National Recreational Area managers explained their decision in an email:

    “We can issue your 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 a hate rally at the same location, show solidarity with all who oppose the Trump agenda, and use our digital devices as sources of love and light.

    Please join us on Friday, leave the candles at home but bring your cells and tablets and cameras and any electronic light.

    Gays Without Borders is an organization committed to protecting the human rights of LGBTQI folks everywhere.

    Melanie Nathan Michael Petrelis

  2. Robyn Thomas
    August 24, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    The open carrying of firearms is already prohibited by California state law, applicable on this NPS land.
    As far as legal concealed carrying with a valid permit, the following statement has been issued by the NPS about the “Patriot Prayer” rally at Chrissy Field. Apparently, GGNRA has made it a condition of the permit that no firearms or any weapons are allowed at the rally.

    Can citizens carry guns to the Patriot Prayer permitted event?

    GGNRA has the ability to exercise control over what items are allowed at a permitted event by specifying permit conditions. In the case of the Patriot Prayer permit, participants are prohibited from bringing firearms or anything that could be used as a weapon.

    Can people carry guns in the GGNRA?

    GGNRA adheres to all California State gun control laws. In the State of California, the open carry of firearms in public is illegal. Concealed firearms can only be carried by individuals with a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license issued only by a California county sheriff or chief of police.

    However, the permit conditions for the Patriot Prayer First Amendment event prohibit firearms. This restriction is in compliance with state law.

  3. Croquet_Player
    August 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Here’s a family friendly counter protest for kids!