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)

May Day – Occupy Oakland Rally (videos)

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:

Hillary Clinton’s Speech to the UN on LGBT Rights

Hillary Clinton speaks to UN about LGBT Rights on Dec.6, 2011Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day December 6, 2011 Palais des Nations Geneva, Switzerland

“So in that spirit, I want to talk about the difficult and important issues we must address together to reach a global consensus that recognizes the human rights of LGBT citizens everywhere.”

The first issue goes to the heart of the matter. Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct; but, in fact, they are one and the same. Now, of course, 60 years ago, the governments that drafted and passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were not thinking about how it applied to the LGBT community. They also weren’t thinking about how it applied to indigenous people or children or people with disabilities or other marginalized groups. Yet in the past 60 years, we have come to recognize that members of these groups are entitled to the full measure of dignity and rights, because, like all people, they share a common humanity.”

“This recognition did not occur all at once. It evolved over time. And as it did, we understood that we were honoring rights that people always had, rather than creating new or special rights for them. Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”