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.
All Power to The People: Black Panthers at 50, Oakland
Through Feb. 26
Extended through Feb. 26 due to popular demand, this exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California invites visitors to "uncover the history of the Black Panther Party—a history that is often misunderstood. Charismatic Panthers—both men and women—created programs to benefit the people, stood up against power, and earned the admiration of other struggling communities in the US and across the globe." Get tickets to cut down on wait times. // 1000 Oak Street (Oakland), museumca.org
GirlPower! First Fridays Street Festival, Oakland
Fri. Mar. 3, 5pm to 9:30pm
Oakland's monthly First Friday event in March will be a celebration of girl power to honor International Women's "HERstory" Month, featuring artists, crafters, and musicians that will help facilitate the celebration of women. // West Grand Ave and Telegraph (Oakland), facebook.com
Sisters in Solidarity International Women's Day Celebration, Richmond
Sat. Mar. 4, 10am to 2pm
"In honor of International Women's Day, the City of Richmond will host its 10th Annual Sisters in Solidarity celebration. It will be a day of activism, unity, and peace," with a rally on the steps of City Hall as well as roundtable discussions, inspirational speakers, lunch, and entertainment. // City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza (Richmond) internationalwomensday.com
International Women's Day Pacifica Sunset Beach Walk, Pacifica
Wed. Mar. 8
"Please join us in a beautiful sunset beach walk to celebrate International Women's Day. We will be handing out battery operated candles to everyone, and we will have pink pussy hats for sale!" // internationalwomensday.com
General Strike: A Day Without a Woman, Nationwide
Wed. Mar. 8
The group behind the Women's March on Washington will be holding a general strike on International Women's Day. While the group has not yet announced what actions it's calling for as part of the strike, they said through social media that more information will be shared over the next few weeks. // thehill.com
International Women's Day Celebration, San Francisco
Fri. Mar. 10, 6pm to 9pm
The Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women and YWCA San Francisco & Marin are hosting a city-wide celebration to "honor the women and men who work tirelessly to improve the lives of women and girls." The celebration will echo the theme for International Women's Day 2017: "Be Bold For Change." The celebration will feature speakers, live music, a raffle, and opportunities to share and learn how to stay engaged and take action. // YWCA, 940 Powell Street (Chinatown), internationalwomensday.com
Photo from theidesoftrump.com
The Ides of Trump, Nationwide
Wed. Mar. 15
Participants in the Ides of Trump will be mailing postcards to the White House on March 15th to express their opposition to the president. The goal is to "overwhelm Washington with the President's unpopularity and our opinions of his agenda, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world." // theidesoftrump.com
The Immigrants March, Washington D.C.
Sat. April. 8, 10am to 5pm
We are a city, a state, a nation of immigrants. "As attacks on immigrants and refugees continue to come under the Trump administration, it's important that we unite together and show the President that we will not be intimidated and we demand respect and fairness. On April 8th, let's come together in Washington and show the world we will not be intimidated by the attacks on immigrants in our country and those seeking opportunity in the United States. // The National Mall (Washington D.C.), facebook.com
(Image: Reuters/Brendan McDermid/Shutterstock/Salon)
Tax March, Nationwide
Sat. April 15, 10am to 10pm
While everything about this is still TBD, you may want to go ahead and mark your calendars for Tax Day 2017, when mass protests to demand Donald Trump's returns are expected to take place in SF, Oakland, and various other American cities. Stay tuned for updates. // trumptaxmarch2017.com, facebook.com/events
March for Science, Nationwide
Sat. April 22
"It is time for scientists, science enthusiasts, and concerned citizens to come together to protest of the policies of the United States Congress and President Donald Trump. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and this is a chance for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand. The politicization of science, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter."
San Francisco: marchforsciencesf.com
San Jose: 11am-3pm, facebook.com
A snapshot of the People's Climate March in NYC in Sept. 2014.(EDUARDO MUNOZ/REUTERS)
People's Climate March, Washington D.C.
Sat. April 29, 2017
Sponsored in part by the Sierra Club, the People's Climate March is a reboot of a 400,000-person rally that occurred in New York City on the eve of the UN Climate Summit in Sept. 2014. This march, to be held in the nation's capital, is an opportunity to speak out against the Trump administration's attack on "the hard-won protections of our climate, health, and communities, and the rights of people... If the policies he proposed on the campaign trail are implemented, they will destroy our climate, decimate our jobs and livelihoods, and undermine the civil rights and liberties won in many hard fought battles." // Details are TBA, but you can sign up for updates at peoplesclimate.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.