This weekend’s awful and disheartening events at the white nationalist/alt-right rally in Charlottesville were met with the requisite Bay Area condemnation, with a protest shutting down I-580 Saturday night, more gatherings and vigils Sunday, and an exposed torch-wielding marcher from Berkeley promptly fired from his job. But we may need to brace for baskets of deplorables right on our doorstep, as the Examiner reports that similar alt-right and neo-Nazi rallies are being planned later this month in San Francisco (Saturday, August 26) and Berkeley (Sunday, August 27). These are not the same deplorables who organized the Charlotteville rally, this is a group called Patriot Prayer who rallied in Seattle yesterday and Portland last week. But as was the case in Charlottesville, Facebook chatter indicates these alt-right wannabe-stormtroopers and toy soldiers will be primarily out-of-state agitators coming here again to poke the antifa hive.
SFist has chosen to link to the Facebook invite for the August 26 “Free Speech, Unity, and Peace San Francisco” rally, because the comments are an inspiring chorus of Bay Area locals making it well clear that Patriot Prayer’s intolerance will not be tolerated in San Francisco. (Regrettably, the commentary on the proposed Sunday, August 27 “No To Marxism in America” Facebook invite does skew almost completely in favor of the white supremacists. You can search it and look at it if you want, but I would not recommend it as reading).
Crissy Field? On a Sunday? Where ever will they park?— Morgan Johnson (@Poormojo) August 13, 2017
As you’d expect with neo-Nazis, they do not have their permits in place for these events and given how one of them is charged with murder, malicious wounding, and hit and run for this weekend’s proceedings, the granting of such permits seems unlikely. But as noted in the Examiner, Crissy Field is the under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. The NPS is a federal agency, and the Nazi movement does appear to have some friends in high places of the federal government right now.
But they have few friends in San Francisco. “It’s a tragedy what happened in Charlottesville,” city attorney Dennis Herrera told the Examiner. “It’s time people stand up against hate and intolerance, and condemn supremacist organizations that are terrorizing our communities.”
Could you use an island of hope in today’s ocean of deplorability? USA Today has a livestream of the anti-racism rally at Trump Tower happening right at this very moment, as Trump is scheduled to arrive there tonight. (Our colleagues at Gothamist will also be covering the rally.) A GoFundMe campaign for the Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer raised its requested $250,000 in less than 24 hours, and is no longer accepting donations. A general GoFundMe campaign for the 19 other hospitalized people is still accepting contributions.