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Unite to Fight the Right: Up Close and Personal
by Pro-Choice Faces Anti-Choice
Saturday Jan 24th, 2009 6:56 PM
Top Photo: *Jesus Appears in their Midst*


San Franciscans united to fight right-wingers who mostly came from elsewhere by chartered bus to our city! Churches with extremist views ferried in congregants with their anti-woman, anti-gay message.

Some pro-choice protesters got up close and personal with the so-called "pro-lifers" to respectfully explain their views, some even listened to the other side, but most chanted or sang, and in a few cases "signaled" their displeasure at having San Francisco occupied by anti-abortion fanatics.
§Police kept two sides apart
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As anti-woman's rights occupiers marched down the middle of the street, pro-rights counter protesters chanted through bullhorns and marched down the sidewalk on the ferry side of the street
§Before the march...
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Small groups gathered along the Embarcadero, creating interesting juxtapositions of signs.
§Before the march....
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Uh-oh, Grannies, watch out! here come the anti-choice zealots....
§As anti-choice church members gathered...
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....they seemed unsure about these "Raging Grannies" they came upon. Until they heard the Grannies sing their message:

We March for Women's Lives

Tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic

We're the Raging Grannies and we're here to take a stand 

To keep choice free for women all across our mighty land
We won't go back to hangers if our right to choose is banned
We march for women's lives! 



Chorus: 

No more dying in back alleys
We'll keep marching in these rallies 

Until all women everywhere are free to have a choice 

We march for women's lives


§Unsmiling
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§National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer
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Close by in case of arrests
§Child from church group finds a quiet spot
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With a message!
§Conversation as the two groups find a chance to communicate
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Face to Face
§Rev. Granny Judy offered to share the pro-choice logical side
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Raging Granny Judy is also a liberal Christian ordained minister
§Running from the truth?
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Not sure what inspired the youth group to take off so suddenly...perhaps at that moment the speakers were starting on the anti-choice grounds of Justin Herman Plaza
§Raging Grannies listened when 'pro-life' participant explained his side
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§Two pro-choice gals face padre with their pro-choice sign
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§Letting everyone know..."Ignorance hurts women"!
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These two young ladies faced down the anti-choice people as they gathered, including the Catholic priest in photo above, with their sign "Ignorance Hurts Women"

...the Raging Grannies crossed Embarcadero to rejoin the marchers for choice.
§Then they RAGED!
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