Recently many families are asking how they can show up in response to the upcoming White Supremacist Rally planned at Crissy field on Saturday, August 26. While it is important for folks to show up at Crissy Field to resist messages of hate, this may not be a safe option for families and vulnerable communities. For those folks who are interested in going to Crissy Field or just have questions about the permitting (as in (WTF? How did Militant White Nationalists get “permitted” to walk in our national park?), read their official statement.
In response, my friend Julie, and active member of SURJ Families (a group of families who have come together to advocate for racial justice and share anti-racist parenting strategies) has put together a list of family-friendly ways folks can resist without going to Crissy Field. With her permission, I’ve posted an email that they are sharing with families in their group.
Family-friendly ways to resist white supremacy this weekend
With white supremacist groups coming to the Bay Area this weekend, people are finding lots of ways to show up and resist. We hope that you will to this in whatever way is right for your family, and that you’ll continue working against everyday racism in our communities, schools, and lives long after these more visible examples of racism have left.
As a White parent, I want to especially urge folks like me to make sure to show up. It’s overwhelmingly our people leading and showing up at the rallies for hate, while families of color, LGBTQ, disabled, Muslim, Jewish and immigrant families who are being targeted with violence (and yes, many of us also share these targeted identities). Some of the families of color in my life are counter protesting, and some are staying inside for safety and self care. It’s especially important for White folks to do our work for racial justice this weekend.
Some family-friendly options are highlighted below. Bay Resistance also has a list of events beyond the family friendly ones here in English and in Spanish. Note that Abundant Beginnings, SURJ, OFC and friends will be supporting a day camp on Sunday in the East Bay to provide child care for grownups who want to counter protest without children.
Lastly, if you’re looking for powerful resistance art/posters/t-shirts, check out The Artivists. They’re three young intersectional feminists who have been generous with their art and images. You can make a poster or t-shirt with some of their art at the Saturday art build, or buy them here. (with proceeds going to various movements).
#sanctuaryforall #defendDACA #ICEoutofcalifornia #heretostay #nohumanisillegal @undocumedia @unitedwedream —– As we celebrate the anniversary of DACA, let’s continue to stand together with undocumented immigrants in the face of hate, xenophobia, and bigotry. If you live in the Bay Area, join local activists today, August 16, from 5pm-7pm for a protest in front of Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern’s office (1401 Lakeside Dr, Fl. 12, Oakland, CA). Sheriff Ahern has participated in deportations, retweeted white supremacists, and admitted to racial profiling. He endorsed Jeff Sessions and cooperates with ICE. He does NOT represent the values of Alameda County, the most diverse county in the East Bay. Let’s stand for undocumented rights and the unity of our communities by demanding that Sheriff Ahern resign. #signofresistance @womensmarch @aclu_nationwide
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East Bay (Abundant Beginnings, Our Family Coalition & SURJ)
Location: Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave, Piedmont, California 94610
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Join us in creating a family friendly space to take a stand against white supremacy! We will have sign and t-shirt making, story time, and learning activities for young activists and their adult allies. We will be celebrating our resilience and our future while rejecting ongoing white supremacy and state violence. Check the Facebook page for any changes before you come.
Saturday August 26 – Come Together – Rally & March For Equality
San Francisco (Women’s March San Francisco)
Location: This is a march leaving from Harvey Milk Plaza (2401 Market Street) to Civic Center
Time: 12 pm start
The organizers of this march plan for it to be family friendly. Follow the Facebook page for more information. “August 26th, Women’s Equality Day, we will gather again to celebrate and fight for social justice – to show we stand in force against those who believe we, or anyone, are less than.”
(Playdate from 10-12. Camp from 10-5)
East Bay (Hand in Hand, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Abundant Beginnings, Rice and Beans Preschool Coop, La Plazita Preschool, Our Family Coalition and SURJ SF & Bay Area Youth and Families)
Location: Frog Park, 5353 Miles Avenue, Oakland, CA
Time: 10 am – 5 pm (Sanctuary Homes Playdate 10-12 and Racial Justice Day Camp until 5 pm)
This is a family play date and teach-in about the Sanctuary Homes movement from 10 am – 12 pm. There will also be a free racial justice day camp (10 pm – 5 pm) where your children can be safe while you counter-protest. You will need to sign up for this free day camp online and/or in person. Sign up for the day camp here.
Come enjoy a storytime and Mariela MusicTime as you learn how to support immigrant families in the face of escalating ICE raids and deportations. The day will include legal resources as well as children-friendly activities to support adults and children alike in understanding how, no matter where on comes from, we all deserve dignity and safety. Abundant Beginnings will lead a circle time for older children (6 and up) that focuses on racial justice.
Sunday August 27 – San Francisco Anti-Racist Story Time
San Francisco (SURJ)
Location: Natural Resources – 1367 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Time: 3 pm – 5 pm
We will be focusing on the current events and on resisting white supremacy and taking action in our communities. This will be a good opportunity to practice age-appropriate language for racism and helping your young activists understand what is going on right now.
Can’t make it to a protest?
There is still a lot you can do. Check out this SURJ Families zine for more ideas:
— SURJ Families Team (@SURJfamilies) April 6, 2017
*SURJ Bay Area is a mixed race group of folks who have come together in the wake of police brutality and hate that has been escalating since Black Lives Matter hashtags started inundating our social media feeds. SURJ stands for Showing Up for Racial Justice. One of their main focuses is to show up in active and visible ways in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. SURJ Bay Area has a San Francisco chapter. Check out their SF Facebook group and a SURJ Families group for more information.
What are you doing this weekend to show your resistance to hate in our city, streets, and schools? How are you pushing back on racism and white supremacy with your family in safe and kid-appropriate ways?
Ali Collins is an educator, community organizer and mom. She lives with her husband and twin girls in San Francisco, CA.
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