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Wed Apr 4 2018Queer Arts Collectives Create Iconic Ahed Tamimi Street Art
When members of the Bay Area group Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!) heard about the imprisonment of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi for slapping the Israeli soldier who had shot her cousin and was now invading her family’s home, they wanted to see her picture prominently displayed during January's Women’s Marches. QUIT! teamed up with artists from the queer arts collectives, Street Cred and Bay Area Art Queers Unleashing Power (BAAQUP), to create a powerful image that has now spread around the world.
Sun Feb 25 2018 (Updated 02/26/18)Tantra & The SF Two-Spirit PowWow
Tsunami Huerta shares a personal account of the February 3, 2018, San Francisco Two-Spirit PowWow: I'm being whisked to a PowWow. We zip along San Francisco's waterfront. I inhale the fresh sea air and hear seagulls squawking. The Two-Spirit PowWow, to over simplify, is a LGBTQ PowWow. LGBTQ fluidity may be new in a sense for we modern inhabitants of the U.S. these last few centuries, but not at all, for most, very ancient Indigenous cultures here! They/we, were accepted as an important, integral and sacred part of the community at large.
Mon Jan 22 2018 (Updated 01/30/18)Millions March for Women's Rights Worldwide
On January 20, the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of President Trump, women, children, and allies worldwide demonstrated in hundreds of cities, often in freezing temperatures, to stand up against against Donald Trump and his policies, patriarchal and racist violence and oppression, and for a brighter future for women. The numbers were massive across North America, with 300,000 Chicago, 200,000 in New York City, a half million in Los Angeles, and at least 100,000 in San Francisco. Tens of thousands marched in medium-sized cities such as Oakland, and in smaller towns such as Fresno, thousands took a stand. On January 21, many more took to the streets of Las Vegas, Berlin, Paris, London, and other cities across the globe.
Thu Jan 11 2018 (Updated 01/14/18)We Will Not Comply
For the fourth year in a row, the Anti Police-Terror Project has called for 96 Hours of action over the King Day Weekend. From Friday, January 12 through Monday, January 15, people will take to the streets in a series of direct actions, vigils, rallies and film screenings. The weekend concludes with the Reclaiming Kings Radical Legacy March on Monday beginning at 14th and Broadway. Friday's actions address State-Sponsored Violence; Saturday's confront the Housing crisis; Sunday's focus on Indigenous/International Solidarity; and Monday, "We reclaim the Radical legacy of MLK."
Fri Oct 6 2017 (Updated 10/20/17)Memorial for Bay Area Activist Kaye "Nana" Griffin
Kaye "Nana" Griffin, an Indybay co-founder, passed on in early August. Nana was involved in the Bay Area activism scene for decades, including queer liberation, housing and many other local struggles. Nana also carried one of the first Indybay press passes. Her memorial service is on Saturday, October 21, 2:00 PM, at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission St. in San Francisco. Keith McHenry recalls, "Kaye spent many hours volunteering with San Francisco Food Not Bombs and reported on the arrests and court cases posting on Indybay. She participated in nearly all the huge protests with her pet rat on her shoulder and I remember her insightful comments about a wide range of issues."
Tue Oct 3 2017 (Updated 10/04/17)Another Fascist Fail as Bay Area Stands Against White Supremacy
Declaring that blatant fascists and neo-nazis will never find a home in the Bay Area, hundreds of anti-racist activists rallied and marched through the streets of Berkeley on September 23. The Anti Police-Terror Project proactively called for people to gather on that day as a show of strength and unity against the white supremacists across the nation attempting to capitalize on the racist Trump presidency. Separately, Berkeley Patriots, the UC Berkeley student group behind "Free Speech Week," announced the day before it was supposedly set to begin that all events had been cancelled. Milo Yiannopoulos attempted to speak on September 24 but was on the UC Berkeley campus only 20 minutes before quickly leaving the scene.
Fri Sep 8 2017 (Updated 09/09/17)Marching and Standing Together at Pajaro Valley Pride
A bright and warm sun, upbeat jams, and an electric atmosphere set the tone for the 2nd Annual Pajaro Valley Pride on August 20. The day brought out a large crowd of about a hundred to the Plaza in Watsonville to stand in solidarity with and celebrate LGBTQ+ folks. The lively event featured a blessing ceremony and parade, as well as performances from drag queens, burlesque dancers, and musicians. Pajaro Valley Pride Vice President Emilio Barajas asserts, "Pride culture is an important part of our beautiful and diverse community." Barajas also affirms, "we will not be coerced back into the closet and living in fear."
Wed Apr 19 2017A Step Forward for the Rights of Transgender Inmates
Across California, and nationally, trans people are funneled into state prisons, detention centers and county jails. While incarceration is violent and unsafe for everyone, trans people face extreme conditions while locked up, including unsafe housing, physical/emotional/sexual assault, lack of access to basic transition health care and a refusal to be recognized by chosen names and genders. SB 310 would make it possible for trans people in custody to file for a legal name and/or gender marker change on their identification documents and would ensure that they are recognized as such while incarcerated.
Mon Mar 13 2017 (Updated 03/14/17)Downtown Streets Blocked in Santa Cruz During International Women's Day Strike
On March 8, striking community members marched through downtown Santa Cruz in solidarity with Women's Strikes organized around the world on International Women's Day as a follow up to the massive Women's Marches held on January 21, 2017, the day after the Inauguration of Trump. One group participating in the March 8 demonstration was the UCSC March Collective, who invited people of all genders to join the action, stating, "We strike because we can't afford not to care."
7:30PM Friday Aug 3 Best of LezWrites!2018
5PM Saturday Aug 25 Trans & Friends Rally in Silicon Valley (San Jose)
6PM Saturday Aug 25 Silicon Valley Pride Night Festival
10AM Sunday Aug 26 Silicon Valley Pride Parade & Festival Weekend 2018
Call for Submissions: Queer Disability Art! Tue Jul 17th 11:21am
Pride Parade - Refuse Fascism Contingent Wed Jun 20th 12:17pm
Disarm Hate: Come March for Pulse Night Club in SF Pride Parade Tue Jun 12th 7:42am
Sex Workers & Community Protest to Oppose FOSTA/SESTA (1 comment) Sun May 20th 12:51pm
Party 4 Kayla Moore! with the Justice 4 Kayla Moore Coalition Wed Apr 11th 3:43pm
Tantra & The SF Two-Spirit PowWow Fri Feb 23rd 5:25pm
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Scott Wiener's Legacy - A Century of Protest Undone (2 comments) Tue Sep 27th 7:25pm
Friends and Family Fri Nov 27th 1:48pm
Obama asked to abstain from handshake with child misuser Tue Oct 6th 5:11am
LGBTQ Weddings, Pride Celebrations Follow Historic Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality Thu Jul 9th 12:00am
#ThankFrank Thu Jun 18th 3:47pm
UCSC Announces Arrest Made in Hate Crime Assault Case Tue Jun 2nd 1:59pm
NBC Bay Area’s Bay Area Revelations Series Returns With Rebels & Revolutions (1 comment) Wed Apr 29th 6:26pmOpen Newswire...
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