The fine folks over at Pirate Cat Radio have organized a rally this Saturday to protest American Apparel's plan to open a clothing store on Valencia Street. (Maybe you've heard about it?)

Pirate Cat Radio will host a demonstration to protest the licensing of formula retail in the Valencia Street commercial corridor. Pirate Cat Radio deejays, community leaders, local business owners, and concerned citizens will gather at 988 Valencia St. at 10:00am on Saturday, January 31 to show their commitment to maintaining a locally-owned economy and support for the unique businesses of the neighborhood.

Pirate Cat Radio will be broadcasting live from the location, giving attendees the opportunity to voice their concern about the construction of an American Apparel clothing store 988 Valencia St. ATA and Mission residents will join Pirate Cat Radio in expressing the significant interest in the Mission District protect the economic integrity of Valencia street.

10 a.m., sadly, is much too early for our blood. That, and we don't live in the neighborhood or particularly care where American Apparel sells their panties. (Though we do think any protest in the name of aesthetics is kinda keen, so there's that.) But for those of you who don't want the Mission's boutique strip tarnished with a retail chain, head on over. It could be a fun party. Otherwise, you can bellyache about it on Thursday, February 5th at City Hall.