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Tue Nov 3 2020 (Updated 11/30/20)
Rallies Readied for Possible Post-Election Electoral Emergency
San Francisco Bay Area Gets a Head Start on Protests Demanding No Election Interference
Worried about the possibility of an electoral emergency, many organizations are mobilizing people across the U.S. to be ready to protect the election results and ensure that all votes are counted. Over 500 events are scheduled for November 4, their activation to be decided by 9am PST that day. In the San Francisco Bay Area, activists have already held demonstrations saying waiting wasn't necessary.

Three rallies were held in solidarity with the coalition "Protect the Results" and its goals. The coalition stated that if Trump tries to interfere in the counting of ballots or pressures state or local officials to say ballots should no longer be counted it would move to mobilize on November 4. Another scenario that would trigger the go-ahead would be if Trump were to prematurely declare victory. In the San Francisco Peninsula city of San Mateo, a chapter of Indivisible initiated the call for an October 31 "Line the El Camino Real" action. Activists in Palo Alto and Menlo Park quickly added events to San Mateo's along the historic roadway.

Other October protests in the Bay Area unrelated to the "Protect the Results" national day of action also demonstrated for the constitutional rights to a fair election. Saying that it was essential to show publicly that the majority of the American people will not accept any interference in the election, the group March for Democracy SF organized a march up Mission to Market Street where they held a sit-in near City Hall on October 24. On October 29, grassroots artists painted the words "Choose Democracy, Stop a Coup" in a giant street mural next to the Federal Building in Oakland. Many people fear that that Trump might refuse to leave office in a coup d'etat.

photo Oakland Demands that All Votes Be Counted After Trump Claims False Victory | photo The Day After Election Protest "Count Every Ballot" In Oakland | photo 'Choose Democracy, Stop a Coup:' Guerilla Street Mural in Oakland | event OPD Post-Election Vigil: Stand with us! Protect our right to protest! (Nov 4) | event Oakland: Stop the Coup — Defend Democracy #CountEveryVote (Nov 4)

San Francisco
photo SF Rally to Protect the Vote | photo Protect the Results Rally at Embarcadero Plaza | event Stop Trump's Attempt to Steal the Elections & Violently Impose a Fascist America on World (Nov 7) | event Oppose Trump's Attempt to Steal the Election - Protest at Twitter (Nov 6) | event Oppose Trump's Attempt to Steal the Election - Protest at Twitter (Nov 5) | event S.F. Protect Vote Rally (Nov 4) | event SFPD Election Protection (Nov 4) | event Action for Justice and Democracy / Protect the Results (Nov 4) | photo Sit-in on SF Market Street by March For Democracy (Oct 25)

photo Mountain View & Palo Alto Rally to Protect the Vote | photo Menlo Park Rally to Protect the Vote | photo On Halloween, Rallies Called for a Peaceful Change of Power/Protect the Election Results

Santa Cruz
event Rally to Demand Every Vote Gets Counted (Nov 4) | event The Morning After: A (Post)Election Conversation (Nov 4) | event Take the Defend Democracy Pledge (Nov 3) | event No Cops, No KKK, No Fascist USA (Nov 3)

See Also: pdf Bay Area Voter Rights & Election Defense: The NLG's Three Legal Hotlines | event The Election, the ERA and an #Equal Future Post-Election Wrap-up w/ ERA Coalition (Nov 6) | event Post-Election Town Hall w/ ACLU Leaders in Battle Ground States (Nov 6) | event Where We Go From Here Post-Election Briefting w/ People for the American Way (Nov 6) | event LGBTQIA+ Leaders: Where Do We Go from Here? Post-Election Discussion (Nov 5) | event Post-Election Message to the Nation by Poor People's Campaign (Nov 5) | event Change Powered by People: Mobilizing for What's Next w/ Sierra Club (Nov 5) | event Count Every Vote: Post-Election Briefing w/ Planned Parenthood (Nov 5) | event Count Every Vote: Post-Election Webinar on Next Steps & Taking Action w/ Moms Rising (Nov 5) | event Other Cinema Presents: Dancing in the Street: Dance Down Donald's Defeat! (Nov 5) | event San Rafael: Protect The Results (Nov 4) | event After the Vote 2020: National Mobilization Call w/ Center for Popular Democracy (Nov 4) | event 2020 Election & Protecting Democracy After We Vote w/ Common Cause (Nov 4) | event NAACP Election 2020 Special Coverage Town Hall (Nov 4) | event Election Protection Updates and Multi-faith Pray, Meditation, & Reflection w/ Poor People's Campaign (Nov 3) | Green Party and Peace & Freedom Party Endorsements

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