DSA SF along with DSA chapters from all over the Bay Area joined a broad coalition of activists, union members, community groups and religious leaders to protest white supremacy at a pair of fascist rallies last weekend in San Francisco and Berkeley. On Saturday, August 26 the alt-right group Patriot Prayer had scheduled a rally in the Presidio. Upon hearing a massive counter-demonstration was planned the fascist organizers moved the location to Alamo Square Park, and eventually fled to Pacifica. The joyous counter-protest quickly turned into a victory rally and march from Alamo Square through the Mission.
On Sunday DSA SF members joined a broad coalition of groups in an opposition rally which began a few blocks away and eventual marched to MLK park, the site of the fascist rally. The massive counter demonstration dwarfed the fascists, who eventually left the park. As with Saturday the counter-demonstration then turned into a victory march through the streets of Berkeley.
Overall the weekend was an unqualified success. Not only was DSA SF able to make a powerful statement against racism, sexism, homophobia, antisemitism and fascism, but we were able to forge deep lasting bonds with fellow labor and community groups who will be invaluable allies in organizing for equality and justice in the Bay Area going forward.