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Celebration of Roe v. Wade in SF
by Caitlyn K.
Sunday Jan 27th, 2013 1:56 AM
Justin Herman Plaza was the site of a large feminist celebration on Saturday, January 26, as this week marks 40 years since the passage of Roe v. Wade.
At 10 am the event started with speakers including the famously Limbaugh-bashed birth control champion Sandra Fluke. Also speaking were Evan Lowe, first gay mayor of the city of Campbell in the South Bay, and Pat Maginnis who kick-started the abortion rights movement in California in 1960 by distributing petitions, surveys, and leaflets on street corners and in classrooms. Dr. Sophia Yen in white coat spoke of the medical catastrophes that happened before the legalization of abortion in the US.

Later in the morning, CodePink members modeled their vagina costumes and a flash mob celebrating all humanity wove their magic in the center of a crowd of hundreds gathered in the plaza.
§Raging Grannies in the audience listen to speakers
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§Crowd much bigger than last year
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§Code Pinkers dressed as vagina lips
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Waving to the crowd
§exTREME closeup!
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"Read my Lips!"
§flash mob starts up
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§I am Woman (flash mob performance)
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§I am Man
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§Sally Lieber
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Former Assemblywoman from Mountain View and long time champion of women's rights, peace and labor rights.
§Sandra Fluke
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by Eddie
Sunday Jan 27th, 2013 8:33 AM
I thought the purpose of this rally was to counter the much larger anti-abortion march. But after the flash mob, no one on stage mentioned the march and protest against the anti-abortion march. Why?

Celebrating is fine, but insufficient to protect abortion rights. Rather than ignore the people working to take away our rights, we must confront them.
by Abortion is a Right
Sunday Jan 27th, 2013 4:20 PM
The 2 sides to this issue are the right side, pro-abortion, and the wrong side, anti-abortion. Some 70% of Americans correctly support the right side as guaranteed by Roe v Wade to a safe and legal abortion. For 9 years now, the San Francisco Democratic Party machine has allowed this San Francisco Catholic Church anti-women hate march to parade its filth on our streets. For the first 7 years, they walked the Embarcadero through Fisherman's Wharf to the Marina, but apparently either the Fisherman's Wharf businesses objected or the Catholic Church whined to the obsequious and often anti-abortion Democratic Party, and now for 2 years in a row, the 10,000 Catholic schoolchildren, child-molesting priests, and profoundly ignorant adults to whom science is almost incomprehensible, including the parents of these children, parade their ignorance and superstition. The taxpayers paid for signs at bus stops that were discontinued from 12 noon to 3 p.m. for this anti-women hate march, so they could walk backwards, from the Civic Center to the Embarcadero. As no one has a right to FALSELY yell fire in a crowded theater, the Catholic Church has no right to a permit to parade anti-abortion garbage on our streets. The Ku Klux Klan, which is actively anti-abortion where it exists, would not be allowed to have such a permit, and neither should the Catholic Church. The Democratic Party has many anti-abortion leaders, notably Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, and it has been busy welcoming anti-abortion idiots to its ranks. Thus, we are faced with the necessity of rebuilding our movement and morale, which I am glad to see lots of people are now doing. With the exception of the first anti-abortion march, there was not much opposition present. Now there is, and it must grow so we again have, as we did in 1989, a sidewalk to sidewalk wide, many blocks long march FOR ABORTION going forward from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center EVERY SINGLE YEAR. In California, most rural counties have no abortion clinic, and that is true across the nation. Many states have all kinds of restrictions, making it difficult for poor women to get an abortion, and these are the same states which provide no help when the baby is born.

As to the Catholic Chuch in general, we say:
Science means knowledge; Religion is Superstition;
The Catholic Church is wrong; Galileo was right;
Abortion is a Right; Gay Marriage is a Civil Right;
There is no Supreme Being; Labor Creates all Wealth.

The 1973 decision making abortion safe and legal in the United States is instructive: The majority opinion was written by Republican Nixon appointee Justice Blackmun while a Democratic Kennedy appointee, Justice White, dissented, proving it is mass movements that make the difference.
Props to those folks who were able to mobilize more than last year and had a good rally . BUT the other side still outnumbered us at least 10 to 1 ,maybe 20 to 1 ! WHY ? IN THE SF BAY AREA !
I don't blame those who did organize to counter this reactionary display . But i damm sure blame the ''mainstream '' Women's groups, Union leaders (especially the Health Care Worker's Unions ) and all these so called ''progressive ''democrat elected officials ,who were almost totally AWOL.
One great By product of the Occupy movement , especially the most dynamic one, Occupy Oakland , was that it made clear that the Left must do things differently . The old tried and true ways of organizing simply aren't working .