San Francisco and Berkeley brace for politically-charged rallies

Laura Christensen
August 26, 2017

Tuffy Tuffington has enlisted the help of his two Patterdale terriers and a lot of other good dogs in San Francisco to lay a field of poop on the site where Patriot Prayer has obtained a permit to gather Saturday, according to The Guardian.

Concerns about alt-right rallies have grown after one in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 turned violent and resulted in the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer and injuries to 19 others when, police said, a man who marched with white supremacists rammed a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians.

When a group of far-right activists come to San Francisco to hold a rally this Saturday, they will be met by peace activists offering them flowers to wear in their hair.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) also condemned Patriot Prayer, which she wrote "attracts white nationalists and other hate groups to its rallies with the intent to provoke unrest between those groups and counter-protesters".

SAN FRANCISCO The National Park Service gave final approval Wednesday for a controversial right-wing rally at San Francisco's Crissy Field on Saturday afternoon, setting the stage for a weekend of potential clashes in the Bay Area. The expanse that runs along the city's northern shore is federal land, and the park service said that after consulting with their law enforcement arm, as well as the San Francisco Police Department, the decision was made to issue a permit "to promote the peaceful, non-violent expression of views".

"It's about going into the intolerant areas, the hateful areas", he said in his Facebook video entitled "What is Patriot Prayer?"

A "No Marxism in America" protest is planned for Sunday in the ultraliberal bastion of Berkeley.

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Jones is working with local drag queen Juanita More to host a rally and march for equality beginning at Harvey Milk Plaza in the city's Castro district.

So far, over a thousand people have said they will drop off their dog's waste and a further 5,400 have expressed interest in the event.

Meanwhile, the founder and organizer of Patriot Prayer, Joey Gibson, says his group and its rallies have been misrepresented. The activists say they're confronting white supremacists, while the rally's organizer vehemently denies being one.

One woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a auto driven by an alleged white supremacist slammed into a group of counter-protesters later in the day. Locals are planning to leave their dog poop all over the field, just like it was Paris. The Berkeley City Council has expanded the authority of police to confiscate eggs, sticks and other perceived weapons, a position defended by Berkeley's mayor despite the politically liberal city's reputation as the birthplace of the free speech movement and a bastion of tolerance. "What we don't tolerate is people using the concept of freedom of speech to commit violence".

A Trump supporter runs at protesters while being pepper sprayed at a "Patriots Day" free speech rally on April 15, 2017 in Berkeley, California.

Sunday's event - billed as "No to Marxism" - will take place near the University of California at Berkeley.

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