Signs of Our Times: San Francisco Peace Rally Expresses How Most Americans Feel

Inspiring people-power signs from SF Civic Center rally on August 26, 2017, when tens of thousands marched to reject hate and racism

On Saturday, August 26, thousands of Californians rallied for a ‘Peace Love and Understanding” event outside San Francisco’s Civic Center. Tens of thousands of others turned out for a number of other peaceful marches and rallies around the city.

What follows is a pictorial of a dozen of the many signs of our times on display during the unusually hot and sunny day; a day which turned out to be an impromptu 50th anniversary happening in the spirit of San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love.

Before the photos below is a video of Bree, the 23 Year old Mexican-American Californian holding a “U Hate Me I Love You” sign.  Bree, a human resources manager who lives in San Francisco,  said that she started the day fearful of her safety because of the attacks in Charlottesville. But then, with the support of her best friend, she decided to take to the streets to stand up to hate despite her fear.  “This is the year 2017; we can make this change!” Bree says, and then, channelling Alan Ginsberg,  adds,  “Just the idea of love: I feel like it’s really a movement; it’s really going to push us in the direction that we need to be to really understand each other.”


Copyright 2017 by the SonomaIndependent.org. Free to share with attribution

Copyright 2017 by the Sonoma Independent.org. Free to share with attribution

Copyright 2017 by the Sonoma Independent.org. Free to share with attributiod

Copyright 2017 by the Sonoma Independent.org. Free to share with attribution

Copyright 2017 by the Sonoma Independent.org. Free to share with attribution

Copyright 2017 by the Sonoma Independent.org. Free to share with attribution

Copyright 2017 by the Sonoma Independent.org. Free to share with attribution

Rally participant dancing with sign and Michael Franti. Copyright 2017 by the Sonoma Independent.org. Free to share with attribution

23 year old Bree and her best friend, who supported her decision to join the rally. Copyright 2017 by the Sonoma Independent.org. Free to share with attribution

The founder and Editor of the Sonoma County Independent, Greenberg is an investigative financial journalist with 35 years of experience with national publications. Greenberg writes a political blog that appears in the Huffington Post In 2015, he won two first prizes from the Greater Bay Journalism Awards for his coverage of the closing of Palm Drive Hospital. In 2014, he won first prize for analysis from Award competition for his coverage of the Monday closings of Sonoma County's libraries. He has been an investigative financial and political journalist for such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, Forbes, New York, Money, The Bohemian, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Playboy, Self, Inc., GQ, The New Republic, and Alternet. He is also the author of several well-reviewed books. As a new media innovator who has developed a half dozen interactive web platforms and dozens of content-focused web sites, Greenberg is committed to enhancing responsive government and expanding media democracy. Greenberg is founder of Progressive Source Communications, a Sebastopol-based public interest communications company. In the past, he founded and managed two other online companies, TV1.com, and Gist.com. Greenberg’s political work included serving as Policy Director for the New York City Council’s Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment in the years following 9-11. His work resulted in more than $250 million of federal funds being re-directed to needy businesses and constituents in the impacted area. Greenberg has been Vice President of Fenton Communication’s New York office. His work on behalf of non-profit organizations has included communications consulting for Save Darfur, Stonyfield Farm, the ACLU, and the Lakota People’s Law Project. Greenberg holds a B.A. in writing from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Masters Degree in Law from Yale Law School, where he graduated with honors in First Amendment Law.
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