Demonstration underway, 16th and Mission shut down, but it looks peaceful

[Photos by Jen Ackrill]

31 Responses to “Demonstration underway, 16th and Mission shut down, but it looks peaceful”

  1. scum says:

    On my way with my stun gun.

  2. new says:

    does EVERYTHING need to be instagrammed now?

  3. new says:

    and FFS can someone explain to me exactly what and why all this is going down today and yesterday? Apparently I did not get the memo that May 1 is universal protest *something* day.

  4. D. Jon Moutarde says:

    I’m pretty sure that “shut down” equals COERCIVE, not “peaceful”.

  5. Satellite says:

    This is a labor demonstration, it has nothing to do with the Valencia bullshit from last night, please don’t get it twisted. These dudes are protesting in favor for workers’ rights, not yelling about nebulous shit and spray-painting art galleries.

  6. Jacob says:

    Looks like they’ve made it down to Market/Montgomery now. Pretty sure I heard the woman on the mic tell somebody they looked like Big Bird.

  7. Bilbo says:

    When did the Mission get so conservative?

    • sx says:

      It’s not. We just hate douchebags who bart in and destroy our neighborhood in the name of some greater cause.

      Why even have these protests in the Mission? Shouldn’t they start downtown and end downtown, where BOA and Wells Fargo site their massive HQs? It’s like MLK coming to SF for a civil rights march– the shit you’re protesting is not here.

      • bullshit says:

        The New and improved Mission is conservative.
        Rich,white with a suburban mentality. We are not the new Marina as some claim . We are the new Noe Valley. We even have a supervisor who is a lap dog for Noe Valley values – Scott Weiner. He’s helping turn the Castro and Mission into Noe Valley.

        • GG says:

          Yep. I can barely walk down the sidewalk on Valencia, there are so many giant, two-kids side-by-side strollers. I tried to hold an early rally to support Obama’s re-election the other day and got shouted out of the area by Romney supporters. I hear there are even plans to bulldoze Dolores Park and replace it with a new gated development of single-family homes with lawns.

        • sx says:

          What does race have to do with politics? Also, you exaggerate juuuust a bit. The Mission is not conservative by any rational measure.

        • what u talking about says:

          what are you talking about I never see strollers in the Castro thats a gay hood

        • Yellow Steam says:

          Look Dolores Parks Works just pushed through a new Middle School that will border DP park – the good news is that it only cost 23,000 bucks a year to go there….most of the kids come from Noe Valley and the formerly Gay Castro. So the Mission is liberal like Diane Feinstein is liberal. In name.

  8. thinkaboutit says:

    Uh, it wasn’t “protestors” fuckin’ shit up last night. It was a coordinated, paid-for effort on behalf of the banks and the powers that be to discredit Occupy and turn public sentiment against a movement that has obviously become enough of a threat that they (the PTB) have to pay union busters to destroy our cities in order to put an end to it. Sadly, their antics reveal them as the douchebag cowards they are but we are just left with destroyed property and compliant cops. The banks/cops have now aligned to make war on the people, not just the protestors. This is everybody’s problem. And, if you’re smart enough to know you’re ignorant, go get some history books quick cuz this shit isn’t gonna get any easier.

    • AttF says:

      I’m not going to even pretend that I am privy to secret details about what happened last night, but I am surprised that folks are so resistant to the idea that the government/police/etc could possibly have agents infiltrate and stir shit up to discredit a movement. This isn’t tinfoil hat conspiracy theory stuff as governments (including our own) have been proven to use these tactics time and time again throughout history.

      • GG says:

        Please do link to non-conspiracy-theorist information about the last time this happened in SF.

        • AttF says:

          I’m just saying that there is a possibility that it could happen and infiltration as a tactic has been used before by intelligence groups worldwide. As an example, the FBI’s COINTELPRO program existed just for this purpose and it seems likely that something similar still exists in the age of Homeland Security, War on Terror, etc.

          “Agents and informers did not merely spy on political activists. Their main purpose was to discredit and disrupt. Their very presence served to undermine trust and scare off potential supporters. The FBI and police exploited this fear to smear genuine activists as agents.”

      • Matthew says:

        I don’t know why people are so resistant to the idea of kids fuckin’ shit up. God, if there’s one thing that happens in this world than cops acting unethically, it’s kids fuckin’ shit up.

  9. No Way says:

    It’s typically peaceful until the pigs and provocateurs show up.