March with the Harvey Milk Club for the 40th Anniversary of the White Night Riots
This comes thanks to our friends at the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club.
Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of the White Night Riots. On May 21, 1979, San Francisco waited for justice following the murders of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk at the hands of their colleague, former cop Dan White. When the verdict was handed down, members of the San Francisco Police Department had already begun celebrating White’s minimal manslaughter sentence. However, others demanded answers, protesting in front of City Hall.
The police predictably responded with terror and violence. Fueled by vindication and immunity, they picked up innocent bystanders on Castro Street and crushed them into the sidewalk, believing that bashing some queers was still their prerogative, and they would not be held accountable.
Police violence is a common denominator within our communities: queers, incarcerated people, immigrants, the homeless, and people of color, with our black brothers and sisters being the most imperiled. So, the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Democratic Club won’t mark this anniversary with moments of silence, staid civic memorials, or social media tributes, but with a call to action among our communities to demand that police violence end. The loss of our lives at the hands of law enforcement will not be tolerated, and perpetrators will be brought to justice. So, we will march on San Francisco City Hall just as San Franciscans did that night in 1979 and speak this truth.
On Tuesday —> March to City Hall with the Harvey Milk Club to commemorate that night in 1979 and demand an end to police violence.
The march will begin at 5pm at Castro and Market and end at City Hall.
The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club is proud to partner with following organizations on this coalition march:
Galeria de la Raza
Coalition on Homelessness
San Francisco Latino Democratic Club
Women’s March San Francisco
API Equality – Northern California
Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
For more information check out the FB event right here.