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Fri Feb 13 2015 (Updated 02/15/15)Murder of Taja DeJesus Motivates SF Transgender Community
Fri Feb 13 2015 (Updated 02/15/15)Rally on Steps of San Francisco City Hall to Protest Violence Against Trans People
Five transgender women of color have been violently killed within the first two months of 2015 in the United States. One murder locally has rattled the nerves of the local transgender community. On February 1, Taja Gabrielle de Jesus was stabbed repeatedly by an unknown assailant while walking down a street in the Bayview district in San Francisco. In response, approximately 200 people rallied on the steps of city hall for Transgender Tuesday on February 10.
Thu Jan 29 2015 (Updated 01/27/16)Abortion Wars on the Streets of SF
Thu Jan 29 2015 (Updated 01/27/16)Anti-Abortion Forces Bused in to San Francisco Counter-Protested by Pro-Choice Activists
The war over abortion once again hit the streets of San Francisco on January 24. Ever since 2005 the anti-abortion religious community has been holding an annual gathering called the "Walk for Life" on or near the anniversary of the Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision. The pro-lifers come in buses from all over California, and other parts of the West to push their message that “abortions should be banned by law." Only a small group of SF’ers, compared to the pro-lifers, get out and counter-protest, but they still do it every year.
Sat Sep 13 2014 (Updated 09/14/14)Rally in Redwood City for Equal Rights Amendment
Sat Sep 13 2014 (Updated 09/14/14)Battle for Passage of the ERA has been Fought for 91 Years
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. It's time for these words to be made constitutional law", said Jackie Speier, U.S. Representative for California's 14th congressional district at a rally in Redwood City on August 26. Women in attendance at the rally wore red bandanas in solidarity and sang in unison led by the Raging Grannies, "We fought this fight before and now we fight again today."
Sat Jul 26 2014Protest at Whole Foods in Palo Alto: Boycott Eden Foods
On July 19, the Raging Grannies passed out flyers in front of the Palo Alto Whole Foods store, telling customers why they should boycott Eden Foods, a company that is suing the Obama administration for exemptions to the Affordable Care Act. Eden Foods owner Michael Potter wants to stop covering birth control of all kinds, including pregnancy counseling, for his employees. The Grannies sang their message as well, calling out Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, who has also publicly campaigned against the Affordable Care Act.
Thu Mar 6 2014 (Updated 03/07/14)T.W.A.T. Attacks the Domain Awareness Center
Thu Mar 6 2014 (Updated 03/07/14)Camover Actions on Stoplight Cameras in Oakland After Council Approves Continuation of DAC
At some point late in the night after the Oakland City Council voted to continue with the Domain Awareness Center on March 5 — albeit a significantly scaled-down Port-only version of the surveillance center — a group calling themselves the Technophobic Women's Action Team (T.W.A.T.) staged camover actions against stoplight cameras at two intersections in West Oakland.
Thu Jan 16 2014 (Updated 02/15/14)Annual Anti-Abortion "Walk for Life West Coast" Returns to San Francisco
Thu Jan 16 2014 (Updated 02/15/14)Calls Rang Out to Counter-Protest "Walk for Life" & Stand Up for Rights of Women
On Saturday January 25, the "Walk for Life" came back to San Francisco to protest the right to abortion and to celebrate the recent successes of the anti-abortion movement. They marched down Market Street, where lampposts currently sport the slogan "Abortion Hurts Women." Stop Patriarchy is called on people to stand up in uncompromising opposition to the "Walk for Life West Coast."
Sun Feb 17 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Northern California Joins One Billion Rising Against Violence
Sun Feb 17 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Cities Worldwide Rally and Dance to End Violence Against Women on Valentine's Day
On February 14th, cities across the globe joined the One Billion Rising campaign to stop violence against women and girls. In Northern California, participating cities included Fresno, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Oakland, and San Francisco. One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.