The Women’s March is Over, But Not the Resistance

Keep up your momentum with these social justice events around town.

Saturday was a big, optimistic, high-energy activism party. Kids rode on their parents’ shoulders, holding signs scribbled in crayons. Local union groups held hands and sang songs as they walked down Market Street. Groups of teenagers wearing pink knitted hats giggled as they had their photos taken. The numbers were astounding, with as many as 65,000 estimated to have hit the streets for the event. 

But now it’s Monday, and the 2018 Women’s March is behind us. It’s easy to fall back into routine — going to work, coming home, hanging out with friends — but there is still lots and lots of work to be done. If Saturday’s event fired up your inner rebel and inspired you to learn more and make some change, here are a few local events to keep that energy going: 

March for Mission Street!
Jan. 25, 12-3 p.m., Mission and 20th streets. Free; Link

The Mission District has been ground zero for much of the gentrification taking place in San Francisco, and on Thursday afternoon residents and activists are taking to the streets. Hundreds are expected for a rally that will start at Mission and 20th streets, and end at City Hall — in a call to say “no to high-end restaurants, no to luxury development, and no to the red lanes.” The effort is led by Calle 24, United to Save the Mission, Our Mission No Eviction, and the Cultural Action Network, who hail the event as an effort to preserve the working-class residents of the neighborhood. Whatever your beliefs are on the issues raised, it’s worth showing up to hear this perspective.

Solving Homelessness: A Community Workshop
Jan. 25, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Impact Hub, 1885 Mission St. Free; Link

How do we create change in our backyards? The San Francisco Public Press has some ideas. On Thursday they will host a one-day symposium and workshop, exploring new efforts to solve homelessness in the Bay Area. A panel discussion, facilitated workshops, testimonials from those living on the street, bold and creative ideas to solve homelessness in the Bay Area. Show up to learn, share your thoughts and be part of the solution.

Difficult Dialogues Workshop
Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., SURJ Bay Area, 2101 Webster St. Oakland. $15-$25;

The one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration and the Women’s March has brought some fresh energy to the resistance — but we still have a lot to learn. Families, friendships and communities have been divided by political beliefs, which spurs the question: How do we engage in difficult conversations? SURJ — Showing Up for Racial Justice — holds a special event Sunday to discuss just that. Learn how to have healthy, respectful discussions about such loaded topics as Palestine and Israel, cultural appropriation, 45, confederate flags, and racial justice. The skill-building event will include role-playing and small group conversations to break down some of the biggest challenges in learning and communicating with one another.  

We Marched, We Rallied, Now What? On Racial Justice
Jan. 30, 7-10 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St. Free; Link

Organizers of the Women’s March don’t just sit back when the event is over; they continue to organize and educate. On Jan. 30 a panel discussion at the JCC will examine racial discrimination, civil liberties, Trump’s immigration ban, and how to be an advocate and ally. The event is part of an ongoing series designed to foster greater connections between citizens and organizations dedicated to promoting civil liberties, human rights, equality, and justice. Show up at 6 p.m. and write some postcards to your representatives; stamps are provided.

So You Want to Talk About Race
Jan. 31, 7-9 p.m., CIIS, 1453 Mission St. $15; Link

Writer and scholar Ijeoma Oluo has a new book out, and it couldn’t be more relevant to our current movement. In So You Want to Talk About Race, Oluo examines the country’s racial landscape — from privelege to police brutality, the Black Lives Matter movement and the N-word. Far from just a guide for people of color, the book bridges the gap and helps readers learn how to become allies. Filled with “the questions readers don’t dare to ask,” it’s an educational masterpiece. Oluo speaks with Denise Boston, the dean of diversity and inclusion and the sssociate professor in counseling psychology at CIIS.

Gentrification: A Public Health Crisis
Feb. 8, 6-9 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St. $25; Link

The Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood is — like the rest of San Francisco — undergoing enormous change. But in this neighborhood, which has the largest community of African Americans citywide, change comes hand-in-hand with displacement. Bayview Hunters Point Clinic CEO JayVon Muhammad leads this panel, along with other local leaders in Black health and social equity, such as Sheila James and Mary Ann Jones. After the talk, audience members will be able to ask questions, with an emphasis on local politics and how residents can fight gentrification at the ballot.

Black Panther Party Exhibit and Discussion
Feb. 10, 2-5 p.m., Golden Gate Branch Library, 5606 San Pablo Ave. Oakland. Free; Link

In order to move forward, we have to learn from our past. On Feb. 10, an Oakland library hosts a pop-up exhibition of original Black Panther Party memorabilia, curated by Billy X Jennings, a historian who specializes in the movement. The film Lords of the Revolution will be screened, and afterward, former Panthers will share their experiences on a panel discussion. 

Vive la résistance! 

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