This article is for all San Franciscans and Bay Area residents who wish stand up and lend their voices to causes of love, equality, human decency and the environment.
We began this ongoing list of local demonstrations in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, when many of our readers asked us how they could stay in the know about the various rallies, peaceful protests, candlelight vigils, and gatherings. We do what we can to keep this article updated with Bay Area events around the causes we know you care about.
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Unite Against Hate Rally
Friday, August 25th
The San Francisco Human Rights Commission is gathering community and faith-based leaders, city officials and more to denounce racist rhetoric and celebrate SF values of inclusiveness. Kick off the weekend in solidarity with your people. // Noon to 2pm, Civic Center Plaza, facebook.com/events
Light up the Night from Charlottesville to Chinatown: No Hate
The Chinese Culture Center is hosting a peaceful vigil on Friday evening on the pedestrian bridge between CCC and Portsmouth Square Park. Speakers include SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi and more local officials. Refreshments and candles will be provided.// 6:30-8:30pm facebook.com/events
San Francisco Peacefully Unites Against White Nationals, Anywhere But Crissy Field
Saturday, August 26th
When a group of white nationalists received a permit for a "Patriot Prayer" to be held on Crissy Field on Aug. 26th, resistance groups in San Francisco immediately began making plans for onsite counter-protest. Thankfully, groups touting peace, and citing the violence in Charlottesville, were quick to react, planning various peaceful gatherings elsewhere in the city. 7x7 is proud to be a cohost and media partner for San Francisco Peacefully Unites Against White Nationals, a constellation of local groups helping to organize various nonviolent activities throughout SF. The main event, at Civic Center, will include musical performances—Michael Franti & Spearhead and Brothers Comatose—comedy, art, and speakers including NCLR's Kate Kendell and Youth Speaks artist Jazmine Banks, and more. // Noon to 5pm at Civi Center, facebook.com/events
Come Together: Juanita More's Rally & March for Equality: Join our favorite drag diva in the Castro for a grassroots gathering, art exhibit, and march to benefit various equal rights groups, including the Transgender Law Center, the SF NAACP, NCLR and more. // Noon to 2pm, beginning at Harvey Milk Plaza with a march to Civic Center, facebook.com/events
LovedUp Mobile Dance Rally: Fight hate with love and your hottest dance moves at this BYO boombox musical protest. Dress up in your sparkly best and shake it all the way to Civic Center. // Noon to 5pm, beginning at Dolores Park with march to Civic Center, facebook.com/events
Heart-Shaped Human Banner: Bundle up and lay out on Ocean Beach with a couple hundred friends to form a big human heart. Think of the photo opps! // 2-4pm at Ocean Beach, facebook.com/events
No Hate SF: San Francisco civil rights icon Cleve Jones is back with a new campaign, launched Aug. 22nd, to raise fund for anti-racist organizations. Established through Horizons Foundation, the fund will split your tax-deductible donations equally among worthy groups including La Raza, Muslim Advocates, Planned Parenthood, San Francisco NAACP, San Francisco Jewish Community Center, San Francisco LGBT Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, and more. // Ongoing. Donate at nohatesf.org.
Trump Chicken Photo Bombs the Nazis: Now that the GoFundMe campaign has raised the needed coin to procure a giant "Trump Chicken," look out over the Bay on Saturday for a glimpse of the 30-foot-tall inflated anti-hate mascot. The official plan is to have it float by the haters at Crissy Fields come 2pm sharp. // facebook.com/events
The Cutest Lil Counter Protest: Want to raise funds for the Southern Poverty Law Center in a family-friendly fashion? Dress your kids (and pups!) adorably and take them to Conservatory of Flowers for a "Cuties Parade" to the Summer of Love wall at the de Young for a group pic. // facebook.com/events
Justice Events Map: Everyone thank Rev. Dr. Meghan Rohrer for her awesome map of various peaceful demonstrations (including some that are kid-friendly) happening in SF this weekend! // google.com/maps
// We will update this list as more details develop. You can also check the Facebook group for updates. We also recommend everyone read Southern Poverty Law Center's 10 Ways to Fight Hate.
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. After signing up, you will receive one text message every workday encouraging you to take action on a worthy issue. // To join the Daily Action group, text the word "DAILY" to the number 228466 (or "ACTION") today. You can also sign up at dailyaction.org.