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Feminist Vigilante Gangs March, Oakland, 10/5/12: photos
With a call out to women, queers, gender rebels, and allies, Feminist Vigilante Gangs organized a march through downtown Oakland on October 5th to coincide with the broader West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist actions and First Friday's Art Murmur locally. After participants in groups of 10-15 practiced protecting themselves from aggressors, well over 100 marchers left 19th Street and Telegraph and wound throughout downtown for two hours, crossing the several-block long Art Murmur event intermittently and stopping at notable locations such as the intersection of 13th Street and Franklin, where Brandy Martell, an African American transgender woman, was murdered on April 28th. Chants declared a sense of empowerment and collective determination to no longer suffer attacks and harassment from misogynists and homophobes.
[Pictured above: marchers gather near the "Remember Them: Champions for Humanity" statues by the Uptown apartments development]
From the march announcement:
"Now is the time to form affinities in Oakland, the East Bay and beyond to respond collectively to harassment, assault, transphobic murders, homophobic bashing and patriarchal bullshit of all kinds in our homes, workplaces, organizing spaces and everywhere else. Now is the time to march in the streets of Oakland in feminist and queer solidarity."
March starts up Williams Street toward Art Murmur on Telegraph Avenue: Not Gay as in Happy But Queer as in Fuck OPD
Intersection of West Grand and Telegraph