Take Back The Dyke March! – San Francisco Pride June 27, 2015

On Saturday, June 27 an alternative march was organized to coincide with the San Francisco Dyke March to protest “the systematic displacement of our dyke and trans communities.” Here is a video I took of the contingent as they reclaim the traditional route of the Dyke March by crossing the police line blocking access to 18th Street in the Mission.

Here is the statement from the organizers:

Dyke March is not a parade – it is a political demonstration of critical mass.

We are planning on protesting the systematic displacement of our dyke and trans communities. We are encouraging folks to march down 18th street on the original route passing the Women’s Building and the Elbo Room the last year they put the Amelia’s sign up for us. This is bigger than the dyke march route, this is about our radical queer community.

******* This is in no way a protest against the Dyke March Committee and we are grateful for the work they put in every year. ***********

We are protesting the daily violence against QTPOC and in solidarity with the #blacklivesmatter movement.

We are protesting the growing amount of straight cis men who disrespect our radical queer space with their cameras while being inclusive of all queer identified people.

We are protesting the loss of women, dyke, trans, WOC, and queer spaces.

We are protesting the increased corruption in our City Officials and the influx of new big business in San Francisco.

Make signs! Make noise! Bake cookies! Reclaim our neighborhood!

(Updated statement from organizers)

Reclaiming the Legacy: Martin Luther King Day March in Oakland

January 19, 2015 – Reclaiming King’s Legacy: A Jobs & Economy March for the People. Organized by the Anti Police-Terrorism Project (APTP) in Oakland, CA

I AM A MAN

Black Lives Matter

POC Youth

Silence equals Violence

White Silence is Violence

Silence is betrayal. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Women of Color Killed by Police Brutality

Third World for Black Power

The masses marching in Oakland

Power Concedes Nothing Without Demand

Black Lives Matter. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

End Mass Incarceration. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

The masses with signage

Hey Libby

The March at Oakland Coliseum BART

The March at Oakland Coliseum BART

The March at Oakland Coliseum BART

The March at Oakland Coliseum BART

Don't Shoot! Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

End Police Violence. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Millions March Oakland #BlackLivesMatter

On December 13, 2014 the Millions March took place in Oakland, CA to protest the killings of unarmed black people by police.

Black Lives Matter at Millions March Oakland. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Millions March Oakland. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Assata Taught Me. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Millions March Oakland. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Millions March Oakland. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Millions March Oakland. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Millions March Oakland. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Millions March Oakland. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Millions March Oakland. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Wanda Johnson, Oscar Grant's mother at Millions March Oakland. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Wanda Johnson, Oscar Grant’s mother at Millions March Oakland

Zachary Xavier Murray at Millions March Oakland. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Zachary Xavier Murray at Millions March Oakland
Alex U. Inn at Millions March Oakland. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Alex U. Inn at Millions March Oakland
List of names of unarmed black men and women killed by police since 1999. Millions March Oakland. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
List of names of unarmed black men and women killed by police since 1999

San Francisco Dyke March 2012

The San Francisco Dyke March took place on Saturday June 23, 2012.

The San Francisco Dyke March took place on Saturday June 23, 2012. The event began with a massive gathering at Dolores Park in the Mission and culminated in a march through the Mission which ended in the Castro for Pink Saturday.

This year I gravitated towards portrait photography — I wanted to capture intimate moments of individuals in a mass social gathering. Group protest is a significant catalyst to changing social attitudes but close personal connections are key to bringing about true understanding and the acceptance of difference.

San Francisco Trans March 2012

The 2012 theme of the SF Trans March was “Trans Generations: Define Your Moment.”

LGBT Pride weekend kicked off with the San Francisco Trans March on Friday June 22. The 2012 theme was “Trans Generations: Define Your Moment.” The event began with a gathering at Dolores Park in the Mission and culminated in a march down Market Street ending with a festive rally near the Civic Center.

This year I gravitated towards portrait photography — I wanted to capture intimate moments of individuals in a mass social gathering. Group protest is a significant catalyst to changing social attitudes but close personal connections are key to bringing about true understanding and the acceptance of difference.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio signing pink underwear in Arizona

I just happened to be in Arizona at an outdoor festival where Sheriff Joe Arpaio was selling and signing “Sheriff Joe’s World Famous Pink Boxers,” capitalizing on his infamous use of pink underwear with jailhouse inmates.

Today a lawsuit was filed by the Justice Department against Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, who, calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff.”

He is accused of a “pattern of unlawful discrimination” targeting Latinos in his campaign to crack down on illegal immigration.

I just happened to be in Arizona at an outdoor festival where Sheriff Joe Arpaio was selling and signing Sheriff Joe’s World Famous Pink Boxers, capitalizing on his infamous use of pink underwear with jailhouse inmates.

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From Sheriff Joe’s PinkUnderwear.com website:

“Another program Arpaio is very well-known for is the pink under shorts he makes all inmates wear. Years ago, when the Sheriff learned that inmates were stealing jailhouse white boxers, Arpaio had all inmate underwear dyed pink for better inventory control. The same is true for the Sheriff’s handcuffs. When they started disappearing, he ordered pink handcuffs as a replacement. And later, when the Sheriff learned the calming, psychological effects of the color pink—sheets, towels, socks— everything inmates wear, except for the old-fashioned black and white striped uniform, were dyed pink.”

From The New York Times:
By Fernanda Santos and Charles Savage

“In a 32-page complaint, the Justice Department contends that he and his deputies waged a campaign against illegal immigration — through sweeps of homes and workplaces, and in traffic stops and jail practices — aimed at Latinos, regardless of status or citizenship.”

Sheriff Arpaio also sought to silence his opponents — lawyers, judges and private citizens — through retaliation, at times filing lawsuits against them that were later found to be baseless, the complaint says.

“At its core, this is an abuse-of-power case involving a sheriff and sheriff’s office that disregarded the Constitution, ignored sound police practices, compromised public safety, and did not hesitate to retaliate against his perceived critics,” Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said at a news conference here.

Sheriff Arpaio has engaged in an increasingly bitter conflict with the Obama administration, including questioning the authenticity of the president’s birth certificate and portraying the civil rights investigation that preceded the lawsuit as politicized.

In a news conference at his office, Sheriff Arpaio said he would not allow his office to be “taken over by some bureaucrats in the federal government.”

“I will fight this to the bitter end,” he said. He also said: “They’re using me for the Latino vote. I hate to say this is political, but the timing is suspect.”

In what was seen as a pre-emptive move, his office distributed a 17-point plan on Wednesday that promised to “establish and maintain specific bias-free law enforcement and detention” through better policies and training.

“We’re just doing our jobs enforcing illegal immigration laws,” the sheriff said Thursday. “We’re not racist.”

All New York Times coverage on Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio on Animal Abuse: “We Have to Take a Tougher Stand”

“Sometimes people accuse me of treating animals better than inmates. I usually respond by saying the animals are victims and as such, deserve to be treated well. Inmates, on the other hand, have broken the law by victimizing others. They deserve to be treated humanely but not delicately.”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Unveils Obama Birth Probe
Associated Press: Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio says there’s probable cause to believe President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate is a computer-generated forgery. The Obama campaign compared the effort to “The X-Files.” (March 1, 2012)

May Day – Occupy Oakland Rally (videos)

Videos from the May Day Occupy Oakland rally on May 1, 2012

May Day General Strike at Occupy Oakland — Oscar Grant Plaza (aka Frank Ogawa Plaza) in downtown Oakland, CA.

After a standoff with the Oakland Police May Day Occupy Oakland protestors retreat to OGP and protest through song — a protestor speaks directly into the camera.

Speakers at the May Day Occupy Oakland rally:

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Boots Riley: