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San Francisco Mobilizes Against White Supremacy

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Pics and video of San Francisco mobilizing against the planned alt-right’s Patriot Prayer meeting which was going to be held at Crissy Field in San Francisco. Joey Gibson who seems to be the facilitator of the so-called Patriot Prayer phenomenon states via video on the Facebook page his meetings are not about white supremacy etc. He says they are about free speech and expressing themselves. He openly states on a video that he is not white.

However the Patriot Prayer movement has attracted white nationalists, or white supremacists and/or nazi types, which has resulted in a lot of violence at his gatherings. The Patriot Prayer has been in many cities throughout the US. Joey Gibson decided to hold one in San Francisco on Saturday August 26th at Crissy Field. They got a permit and was gonna hold it in that park. However due to local politicians scare tactics he said at the last minute they will not hold their event at Crissy Field, but instead will move it to Alamo Square in San Francisco.

Well Alamo Square is a tight knit neighborhood where many gay, lesbian, transgender, and left leaning liberals live. So San Franciscans mobilized and took to the streets. However Joey Gibson ultimately held a press conference in Pacifica, but later they showed up at Crissy Field. They were encountered by angry San Franciscans at Crissy Field.

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Covered as a CJ; Direct Action Everywhere May Day of Action

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The animal rights activist group Direct Action Everywhere held their May Day of action in downtown San Francisco on Saturday May23rd. The activists traveled from cities in the US, Canada and even Denmark, to once again bring their “It’s Not Food It’s Violence” campaign to the streets of San Francisco.

Approximately 100 activists took their message to a Whole Foods Store in downtown SF, to a food court inside the Westfield shopping center, and to Union Square. This group is trying to create an environment where activists can say anything to protect the animals.

According to their website Direct Action Everywhere or DxE is a “grassroots network of animal rights activists working to challenge speciesism throughout society. We use creative protest to challenge the use of animals for food, clothing, experimentation, and entertainment.”
This group has grown and can be found in 70 cities in 17 different countries throughout the world.

Their current campaign, It’s Not Food, It’s Violence has garnered attention from mainstream media entities such as the New York Times, Mother Jones and CNN. They take their protest inside restaurants, supermarkets and on the streets.

I talked with someone from Denmark who worked in a small dairy farm, and she said the egg farms are akin to extermination camps, and their is nothing humane about their practices.

In 2014 the Federal Bureau of Investigation put animal abuse as a top tier felony because studies have shown that people who kill or hurt other people usually tortured or abused animals prior to their crimes.

The FBI released an official definition of animal cruelty which includes the following information:
“Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment. Included are instances of duty to provide care, e.g., shelter, food, water, care if sick or injured; transporting or confining an animal in a manner likely to cause injury or death; causing an animal to fight with another; inflicting excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering, e.g., uses objects to beat or injure an animal. This definition does not include proper maintenance of animals for show or sport; use of animals for food, lawful hunting, fishing or trapping.”

Link to Indybay.org site of story. >>>>Animal Rights Protest in SF<<<<

Photos from protest at Japanese Consulate.

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People gathered outside the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco to protest the brutal slaughter of dolphins. Approx. 30 people held signs and handed out literature, at the Japanese Consulate, to people in the financial district in hopes of making people more aware of the Japanese tradition of slaughtering dolphins.

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Briefly photographed “No XL Keystone Pipeline protest

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Yesterday I checked out a No on XL protest. Firstly I don’t know what XL meant. I think it has something to do with a pipeline. Secondly, I was not treated very well while photographing that protest. Thirdly I still don’t know what all the signs meant.
But if you look at the photos you can see that I cover all angles when it comes to photographing the full scope of the event.

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Photographed Palestinain vs Israeli Protest in San Francisco

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Turbulence in the Middle East namely the ongoing battle between Palestine and Israel has hit the cities in the U.S. namely San Francisco. The protest in San Francisco on November 15 2012 at the Israeli consulate on Montgomery Street was loud and got very aggressive toward’s the end when the Palestinian protesters became eager to confront the pro-Israeli protesters who showed up across the street. The Palestinian protesters were very loud and repetitive in their message while the pro-Israeli protesters seemed to belittle and mock the pro-Palestinian protesters.
I was “live on scene at Israeli vs Palestine protest in downtown SF, and couldn’t figure out what side of the police line I was on. It got messy for a second. Tonight while covering that protest it was like a roller coaster. People screaming and hollering, signs everywhere, police with batons, cars speeding-by, workers trying to leave, and the pushing and shoving that often occurs by protesters, and all-the-while trying to make sure I remain objective.

I used my Canon Rebel T3i and that camera is no joke. I worked it hard, and it put-out. Very nice camera.

I posted pics and video on CNN’s iReport site and on Indybay.org. Links below.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-882180

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/11/15/18725782.php

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