Calling all professional protesters and amateurs alike.
Bay Area progressives have dusted off their marching boots in renewed droves and headed bravely into the fray to stand up for love, equality, human decency, and justice in the aftermath of this year's presidential election. Many of you have asked us how you can stay in the know about the various rallies, peaceful demonstrations, candlelight vigils, and gatherings, so we've put together this calendar of ongoing Bay Area events around the causes we know you care about—equal rights, immigration, the environment and, you know, everything else that fits in the category of basic human decency.
Please consider this list only the start—we will update it as we learn of new happenings and let the old ones roll off. We also really hope you'll contribute your suggestions. If you have a hot tip, please email edit at 7x7 dot com with the subject line DEMOCRACY.
National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Nationwide
Fri. June 2
"Gun violence kills more than 90 Americans a day and injures hundreds more." Americans across the country will be wearing orange as a collective gesture for National Gun Violence Awareness Day, hoping that "our social networks, television screens, and communities will light up orange, standing together for a future free from gun violence." // wearorange.org
Wear Orange Golden Gate Bridge March
Sat. June 3
In honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, San Franciscans will be gathering for the second annual Wear Orange Golden Gate Bridge March to raise awareness about the toll of gun violence in the country. Meet on the San Francisco side of the bridge at 9:30am at the the SF Bridge Plaza before marching at 10am, or meet on the Marin side at Marin Vista Point at 10:30am to join the SF marchers at 11am for guest speakers and a continuation of the march. // Golden Gate Bridge (Presidio), act.everytown.org
Equality March 2017, Worldwide
Sun. June 11
As a worldwide grassroots movement, the Equality March mobilizes LBTQ+ communities everywhere to "peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscapes and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals." Although the national march is in Washington D.C., sister marches across the Bay Area will be held to stand in solidarity and call attention to rights protection for all targeted communities. // equalitymarch2017.org
San Francisco: 11am to 5pm, facebook.com
San Jose: 11am, equalitymarchsj.domoreproject.org
Daily Action Text Message, Everywhere
Following the November presidential election, Vogue lifestyle writer Laura Moser found herself compelled to jump into the political fray. So, along with her husband Arun, who worked on Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, Moser has launched Daily Action with the hope of getting decent American citizens engaged on the regular.
Moser writes for Vogue.com: "You text the word "DAILY" to the number 228466 (or "ACTION"). After entering your ZIP code, you will receive one text message every workday about an issue that we have determined to be urgent, based on where you live. You might be calling to implore your senator or member of Congress to reject an unsavory appointee; you might be contacting Paul Ryan about safeguarding Medicare. We hope that, in time, we will have enough subscribers to target more local actions—getting Texans to call in about the new fetal-burial law, say, or North Carolinians to protest HB2.
If you decide to take action, you'll listen to a short recorded explanation of the issue and from there, you'll be routed to your senator, member of Congress, or other relevant elected official, where you can weigh in on the issue at hand. You don't have to get bogged down in logistics to take a stand. You can make the phone calls when you're walking to the bus stop, or waiting in line for your morning latte. In 90 seconds door to door, you can conscientiously object and be done with it."
// To join the Daily Action group, text the word "DAILY" to the number 228466 (or "ACTION") today. You can also sign up at www.dailyaction.org.