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Sayin' it LOUD: San Francisco is Pro-Choice and Proud!
Although it is difficult to estimate the size of this year's Walk for Life, it was decidedly smaller than in past years. By its own estimate, the group against reproductive choice was 20,000 to 30,000. However the San Francisco Chronicle estimated the size at "several thousand", not the "tens of thousands" that the pro-lifers claim. More than 200 pro-choice activists, while a smaller group, had a significant presence with music by Brass Liberation Orchestra, the Raging Grannies, a great pro-woman rapper on stage...PLUS loud chants directed at the anti-choice invaders.
Rain could not stop them! On January 23 the action started up at 10am on Justin Herman Plaza's Music Concourse with a rally against the right wing "Walk for Life - West Coast". After the rally, at about 11:30am, pro-choice activists began their march to Pier 39.
Their demands included affordable, accessible abortion without apology, and the elimination of insurance companies via a single payer Medicare for All style national health care system, with true universal coverage. In addition to concerns for women's healthcare, the coalition of activists demanded an end to sexual violence and rightwing terrorism. They called for civil rights for queers and immigrants.
The Day of Action for Reproductive Justice was endorsed by many community groups, elected officials, individuals and grassroots organizations. An abbreviated list includes: California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Single Payer Now, Nursing Students for Choice - UCSF, American Federation of Teachers (AFT Local 212), and Latin American Alliance for Immigrant Rights (ALIADI). State Senator Mark Leno endorsed the action as did State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who addressed the crowd.
Speaking at the rally that started off the pro-choice action, Tom Ammiano, State Assembly member representing San Francisco.
BACK OFF WOMAN HATERS!
...hangers for the poor, off-shore vacations for the very rich. Most women today will either need an abortion in their lifetime, or know someone who will. Not surprisingly when many "pro-lifers" find someone in their own family needs an abortion, they are quick to take advantage of that medical option. It is always "other people" who shouldn't be having abortions!
*Men regret lost fatherhood*, says one side. An odd message! *Keep your rosaries off my ovaries* says the other.
...and the Right to Lifers left scads of their signs lying around
You are NOT welcome in San Francisco! The vast majority of Walk for Lifers come from out of towners
...were playing with phallic shaped balloons while their parents listened to puritanical propaganda.