Ready to act up? Here are a few outlets for your frustration this week.
If you have a tip on a protest, demonstration, or related event happening in the Bay Area, email edit at 7x7 dot com with the subject line DEMOCRACY.
Bridge Together, Golden Gate Bridge
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017; 10am to noon
Bay Area progressives have registered by the thousands and are shopping for purple ponchos (purple because it's the color for anti-bullying; ponchos because it's expected to rain) to wear this Friday, Inauguration Day, as they stand in "a human bridge of togetherness" along the entire span of the GGB.
The peaceful demonstration and performance art piece is put on by organizers Lisa Sato-Wheaton and David Morris, of the Sausalito-based production studio SatoriTeller, who promise there will be no negative protesting and no obstruction of traffic. At approximately 11:30am, those gathered will raise up long swaths of purple fabric, a "symbolic visualization that unity and love are our greatest strengths against hate." Families and children are welcome, and you should come expecting a crowd: The group has more than 25,000 Facebook members and 4,000 people have registered to attend.
Screening of You've Been Trumped Too, San Francisco
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017; noon to 1:30pm
If you're looking to participate but prefer to stay out of the rain, movie buffs will appreciate this screening presented by the San Francisco Green Film Festival as part of its First 100 Days series—"the film-lover's guide to taking environmental action in the first 100 days of the new White House administration."
You've Been Trumped Too follows the ongoing saga of a Scottish family whose home water supply was cut off (and, five years later, has yet to be restored) during construction of Donald Trump's now infamous golf course. // Free with RSVP; Ninth Street Independent Film Center, 145 9th St. (SoMa), greenfilmfest.org/first100days
Answer Coalition's Protest Against Trump, San Francisco
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017; 5 to 7pm
If you didn't make it to the Golden Gate Bridge (or if you just can't protest enough), head to Civic Center right around happy hour for a demonstration hosted by ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), which was founded just after 9/11. Go if you want to stand up against mass deportations, climate change denial, and reversals of human rights. // UN Plaza, 355 McAllister St. (Civic Center), answercoalition.org
Tip Liberally: A Fundraiser to Protect Our Civil Liberties, San Francisco
Friday, January 20th, 2017; 6-9pm
After a long hard Inauguration Day, you're going to need a drink. Join your fellow protesters at Soda Popinski for a boozy fundraiser to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). "Buy a drink served by one of our guest bartenders and participate in an awesome raffle. All tips collected from 6 to 9pm and raffle sales go towards supporting the ACLU. This is only the beginning, so let's come together and fight for what we believe in." // Soda Popinksi, 1548 California St. (Nob Hill), facebook.com
Bang the Pots, Raise a Din (Anywhere)
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017; 6 to 6:05pm
Want to make some truly homegrown noise? In the Latin American tradition of Cacerolazo, organizer Helen Vozenilek is encouraging neighbors to raise a din at 6pm on the night of the inauguration simply by stepping outside their doors, wherever they may be, and banging on pots and pans in protest. The small action ensures that everyone, even if they are unable to march, can "show vocal opposition to Donald Trump and the incoming administration."
Vozenilek is distributing flyers in English, Spanish, and Chinese. // #Bangthepots, facebook.com
The Blue Ball, Treasure Island
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017; 6 to 6:05pm
The painfully named Blue Ball aims to relieve your Inauguration Day suffering with lots of drinks and a silly photobooth. "Conceived in love and rage by a group of Bay Area friends in the wake of the election," the party promises food, DJs, and an opportunity to support organizations that will be targeted by the incoming administration, including Planned Parenthood, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, the Environmental Defense Fund, and more. Wear blue. // $85; Home on Treasure Island, Avenue D and 12th St., theblueball.org
Women's March Bay Area (and Worldwide)
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017; times vary by city
"The Women's March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all." What began as one march on Washington has inspired women's marches in 386 cities worldwide (and counting), with nearly three-quarters of a million marchers (and counting!) registered online, according to MoveOn.org. This is big. Historic. You won't want to miss out.
San Francisco: In the city, the day will kick off with an afternoon rally at Civic Center, followed by a candlelight march down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza. The nonpartisan, all-volunteer event will include plenty of speakers (Pulitzer Prize–winner Katherine Ellison;, Chinese painter Hung Liu; District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, etc.) and music (Micah Tron, Hip Hop for Change, etc.). For Marinites, the Golden Gate Ferry has added evening roundtrip service on a high-speed catamaran for 450 passengers. // 3pm rally at Civic Center; 5-8pm candlelight march to Justin Herman Plaza (Embarcadero). For updates, register at womensmarchbayarea.org/san-francisco-march; facebook.com.
Oakland: The Town is also expecting about 25,000 marchers to gather at Madison Park Saturday morning; a march is planned up Oak Street to Grand Avenue along Lake Merritt and to Frank Ogawa Plaza. Speakers and music are TBD. // 10am to 3pm beginning at Madison Park; for more details and updates, register at womensmarchbayarea.org/oakland-march; facebook.com.
San Jose: A smaller but nonetheless mighty rally is also planned for this South Bay hub, beginning at City Hall with a short march (less than a mile) to Cesar Chavez Plaza. // 10am to 3pm beginning at San Jose City Hall; for more details and updates, register at womensmarchbayarea.org/san-jose-march; facebook.com.
Resist Trump - #OccupyInauguration, Oakland
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017; 10am to 3pm
Organized by the Berkeley-based group Socialist Alternative, this is a #OccupyInauguration rally that will join the Women's March in Oakland. Look for the Resist Trump banner (same as above). // 10am to 3pm beginning at Madison Park (Oakland), facebook.com/events
Let's Do This: Women's March After-Party, San Francisco
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017; 9pm to 3am
Keep the community vibes going into the wee hours and dance against injustice at this after-party hosted by The Great Northern and Angels of bAss, benefiting Planned Parenthood and the SF-based Women's Community Clinic. Expect a lineup of lady DJs, free drinks (for advance ticket purchasers) till 10:30pm, and hours and hours to sweat out your frustration on the dance floor. // Ages 21+; suggested donation $10-$30, tickets at ticketfly.com; The Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (Mission), facebook.com
Freedom Fest 2017, San Francisco
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017; 2 to 8pm
Because everything is better with brunch, head to Natoma Cabana on Sunday morning for Freedom Cakes (a fancy name for pancakes), music and dancing, and talks about taking local action by smart, local people: Amanda Reiman of Drug Policy Alliance will discuss the future of legal cannabis; The Festival Lawyer will teach you about your rights; Jonathan Brossard will talk about how to protect yourself online; and more. // Admission is free with a suggested $10 donation to benefit the ACLU of Northern California; 90 Natoma St. (SoMa), eventbrite.com, facebook.com
A protest poster design by Hello!Lucky, downloadable for free with a suggested donation to the Women's March.
One of several downloadable poster designs from Credo Mobile, an SF-based company that has donated over $80 million to progressive causes since 1985.
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