Harvey Milk Day: 40th Anniversary “White Night March” | Castro to City Hall
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Castro & Market | Castro and Market Street, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
On May 21, 1979, San Francisco waited for justice following the murders of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk at the hands of their colleague, former cop Dan White. When the verdict was handed down, members of the San Francisco Police Department had already begun celebrating White’s minimal manslaughter sentence. However, others demanded answers, protesting in front of City Hall.
The police predictably responded with terror and violence. Fueled by vindication and immunity, they picked up innocent bystanders on Castro Street and crushed them into the sidewalk, believing that bashing some queers was still their prerogative, and they would not be held accountable.
Police violence is a common denominator within our communities: queers, incarcerated people, immigrants, the homeless, and people of color, with our black brothers and sisters being the most imperiled. So, the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Democratic Club won’t mark this anniversary with moments of silence, staid civic memorials, or social media tributes, but with a call to action among our communities to demand that police violence end. The loss of our lives at the hands of law enforcement will not be tolerated, and perpetrators will be brought to justice. So, we will march on San Francisco City Hall just as San Franciscans did that night in 1979 and speak this truth.
The Club is asking all interested groups and organizations to reach out and let us know if you would like to join us in this action. And if you have representatives who would like to address the crowd at the City Hall terminus. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The march will begin at 5pm at Castro and Market and end at City Hall.
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