"Operation BART" began as a tactical response by the group "Anonymous" to the disruption of cellular service during previous protests highlighting BART police killings of Charles Hill and Oscar Grant. The movement eventually became an amalgamation of groups such as "No Justice, No BART" and various other activists who were bringing attention to what they felt were unacceptably violent actions by BART Police. The protests took place between mid-July to early September 2011. This gallery highlights the tensions, violence, and mayhem that came to a boil in the late summer of 2011.
From the ongoing wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and military offensives by Israeli in "Operation Cast Lead" in Gaza 2009, the anti-war movement in San Francisco has experienced a resurgence. The ethnic diversity and general progressive nature of the Bay Area has always made it a hotbed of political activism. Presented here are some scenes from the vibrant anti-war rallies in San Francisco.
The "Arab Spring" which started in late 2010 led to global revolutions in the Middle East, and eventually their shockwaves were felt in Europe and the United States. Solidarity for these popular movements were in full display in San Francisco during this period. This gallery captures the the spirited solidarity of locals and expatriots in San Francisco for their respective uprisings around the world.
The Occupy Wall St. movement began as a popular uprising in the U.S. on September 17th, 2011 in Zucotti Park in New York City, but the protests gained considerable traction in a short amount of time all throughout the country. San Francisco's encampment, while not as active as New York's, displayed a considerable showing during a march throughout the Financial District on October 5th, 2011. Most photos in this gallery are from that rally, as well as some from the occupation outside the Federal Reserve Building on September 29th, 2011.
As a response to Arizona Senate Bill 1070, San Franciscans took to the streets on May Day (May 1st, 2010) to simultaneously celebrate the international day of workers' solidarity, and call attention to the harsh anti-immigration standards proposed by Arizona. Hundreds marched through the street to call attention to ongoing labor and immigration struggles suffered by the lower working class.
San Francisco has a rich tradition of recognizing the historical and contemporary plight of farm workers and lower class labor in general. This gallery is a mix of photos from the 2011 Caesar Chavez parade on April 4th, 2011, and a protest march organized by the Coalition of Ommokalee Workers (CIW) to highlight Trader Joe's refusal to sign onto a code of conduct and "extra penny per pound" agreement on July 17th, 2011.
In repsonse to a comment made by officer Michael Sanguinetti of the Toronto Police that "women should avoid dressing like sluts" to avoid sexual assault, an international movement was launched to call attention to issues of sexual violence and victim-blaming. Organized by Evelin Ramirez and started in Dolores Park in the Mission District, the march went through the Mission and ended at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro District on August 6th, 2011.
San Francisco has 30,000 empty housing units and 10,000 homeless. To bring attention to this disparity, groups such as "Homes not Jails" and other loosely affiliated anarchist groups have occasionally occupied empty but habitable buildings ignored or abandoned by their property owners. This particular gallery is from an occupation of an abandoned SRO (single room occupancy) building in the Mission District on July 3rd, 2011. Police came to the scene to evict the protesters but were met with resistance, as it was their legal right to occupy the building until the owner specifically requested for them to leave.
In this my first thematic collection, "Mission Dichotomy", I attempt to show the eccentric and schizophrenic nature of the Mission District in San Francisco. Primarily, these photos attempt to illustrate the stark visual contrast created by ever expansive gentrification in a once rich ethnic neighborhood.