Well, the time is here, and I know we’re all a little frustrated on who the new leader of the free world is. Instead of hopping on Facebook or tweeting your life away. How about you channel your energy into something a little bit more productive. Here are a few local marches and community gatherings that are all throughout the weekend. Please leave a comment if we left any off our list.
Frank Ogawa Plaza Talk
January 20, 2017 5pm
Open mic speak out at Frank Ogawa Plaza
14th Street and Broadway, Oakland
SF Protest Against Trump on Inauguration Day: Fight Racism, Defend Immigrants!
January 20, 2017 at 5pm – 7pm
355 McAllister St
San Francisco, CA 94102
courtesy of: www.answercoalition.org
Women’s March Oakland
10am – 3pm
Meet at Madison Park in Oakland at 10AM. At 11AM we will begin our march up Oak Street to Grand Ave along Lake Merritt.
We will then march down Broadway to end at Frank Ogawa Plaza.
At 12:30PM we will begin our rally with speakers, art and music concluding at 3PM.
Women’s March San Francisco
3pm – 8pm
Rally with speakers, arts and music from 3 – 5 p.m. at Civic Center in San Francisco.
At 5 p.m. we will begin our reverent, festive candlelight march down Market St. to Justin Herman Plaza.
Women’s March San Jose
10am – 3pm
We will convene at San Jose City Hall at 10 a.m., marchers will start the 0.7 mile procession at 11 a.m. ending at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 12 p.m. for a peaceful rally including speeches, live music, a call to action alley and food trucks.
Event will commence with a public oath at 3 p.m.
Freedom Fest ’17
In the wake of the election, Fest Gegen have created a space to talk about local action and helpful information for the community, and to partayyyyy.
– Knowing Your Rights
– Prop 64 Overview
– The Essentials of Community Organizing
– How to Protect Yourself Online
– Self Defense for Targeted Communities
The great people at SF Gate have put together a list of tips to make sure that whatever you chose to do, you are safe and comfortable.
Be prepared to walk. The march route in S.F. is 1.7 miles long. Wear comfortable shoes. Push toddlers and babies in strollers or consider transporting young kids in carriers that make navigating crowds easier.
Bring snacks. “Loads of chocolate for the oldest, who may get grumpy about all the walking,” Wolfman said. “Loads of snacks for all three kids.”
Have a potty plan. Wolfman is planning to bring a portable toilette called a Potette for her two potty-trained toddlers. “Prepare to be mooned, marchers!” she says.
Dress in layers and pack rain gear. The forecast calls for rain. Consider turning an umbrella into a protest sign by writing your messaging on it with permanent marker.
Don’t feel like you have to stay all day. S.F. mom Laura Wolfman who is going with three kids, ages 1, 2 and 4, is keeping low expectations. “Our goal is to stay for 15 minutes,” she said. “If the kids will allow it, we’ll gladly stay later.”
Be safe. “Write your phone number with a sharpie on your child’s arm,” advises Summer Frundel. “Bring the sharpie for others to use too.”