As you've likely heard: traffic on the Bay Bridge is finally starting to lift after protesters participating in a 50-plus-car caravan rally temporarily blocked the westbound lanes. But this weekend's other local demonstrations included another large rally along Ocean Beach, a "blackout march" led by local high school- and college-age kids that descended on City Hall, and more.
This past Friday, another unarmed black man was shot and killed by a police officer in an Atlanta, Georgia Wendy's parking lot; his name was Rayshard Brooks; he was twenty-seven years old.
Those left behind.— Be A King (@BerniceKing) June 14, 2020
Always remember those left behind.#RayshardBrooks’ daughter was waiting for him to come home to celebrate her birthday.
But her father is not coming home.
My heart goes out to his family.
My love to his daughters. pic.twitter.com/A9mgSOW08p
Our collective calls to demand a more just present and future for our BIPOC friends and neighbors, evergreen lovers and family members are as important as ever. And, thankfully: our Bay Area cohort is keen on doing just that — with some individuals even paddling out off Ocean Beach to float in solidarity with George Floyd and those who've had their lives cut short by unbridled malice and power.
Other San Franciscans today sat in contemplative silence near City Hall, reflecting on their own privileges and ways they can better the greater collective.
Exotic dancers and sex workers, one of our society’s historically most prejudized and scapegoated communities, walked in unity with Black Lives Matter at North Beach; candlelight vigils were seen in Alameda and other East Bay cities; the leaders of tomorrow stood near the steps of City Hall in San Francisco to denounce systemic racism and rampant sexism, calling for lawmakers to hold those people pushing these ideologies responsible for their conduct.
If you were busy this weekend rallying your voice on Twitter and/or opening your wallet to fund organizations fighting for racial justice, don't fret. Here are some of the best social media posted photos and videos from Saturday and Sunday's demonstrations to scroll through, below.
Small protest march heading up a quiet stretch of Balboa Street in the Outer Richmond pic.twitter.com/KdfJFQpxaP— Sara Gaiser (@akrazia) June 14, 2020
Thousands took to the streets of San Francisco’s Marina District on Sunday to fight for racial equality and justice for George Floyd. Here's ABC7's full coverage of the protest: https://t.co/L4pChseNxa Video credit: Vanessa Snyder pic.twitter.com/gC2xAmMLMA— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) June 8, 2020
Hundreds of nurses were among the #BlackLivesMatter protesters in #SanFrancisco this week.— Truth Matters (@TruthsOverTrump) June 13, 2020
A Nurses for Racial Justice rally ended at City Hall, where speakers shed light on racial health disparities and held then silence for 8:46.pic.twitter.com/tEKw7rvVn7
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To my white, anti-racist allies: Please remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. In fact, we will have to keep “running” against white supremacy for the rest of our lives. It sounds tiring. It will be frustrating at times. Hell, we may even trip and get a few scrapes and bruises now and then. We need to keep using our voice and keep showing up for the Black community. We need to keep our hearts and ears WIDE open to keep learning. This is not another trendy hashtag. Yes, #BlackLivesMatter . But Black lives also Inspire, Uplift, Revolutionize, and infinity make the world a better place ❤️🖤 I will continue to be better, learn, and do as much as I can for the Black and BIPOC community ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #NerdsForBlackLivesMatter #MayTheForceBeWithYou #JohnBoyega #FN2187 #rebelalliance #disneylife #dreambig #californiagirl #starwarslove #starwarslife #starwarsnerd #starwarsfan #starwarsfangirl #starwarsfans #starwarsdaily #disneyland #disneyday #disneyfanatic #disneyfun #californian #californialove #starwarsgirl #starwarsgeek #starwarsgirls #disneystyle #disneyside #ilovedisney #sanfrancisco #sanfranciscoprotest
I love the sentiments people have about this but y’all gotta stop saying no media is covering these things. Local media is all over these protests. In fact this video comes from a reporter in San Francisco 🤦🏾♂️ https://t.co/DESUPUm8kp— Devin Jackson (@RealD_Jackson) June 14, 2020
And, yes: "Stop Killing Black Trans Women," a populous political activist and former Black Panther Angela Davis herself says are the most vulnerable and underserved among us.
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