On March 1st, people from around the world in over 27 cities took to the streets in solidarity to participate in a global day of action, billed as the March Against Corruption.
Here in San Francisco, over a hundred people came out to protest the corrupting influence of big money in politics. Protesters rallied at Chelsea Manning plaza, where they heard from a number of local musicians and activists speaking out about a range of issues, from the global environmental crisis to the war in Iraq, all ‘connecting the dots’ between their own righteous struggles and the underlying issue of government corruption by big money.
Behind a leading banner that read “Global March Against Corruption, San Francisco, CA” the crowd embarked on a spirited and nonviolent march down the sidewalks of downtown San Francisco with signs, banners, and megaphones in hand. They chanted slogans such as “End the plutocracy! We want democracy!” and “Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Big Money has Got to Go!” attracting curious onlookers to take fliers and join the march.
The event ended at Union Square where march participants were greeted with a politically charged hip-hop performance and additional speakers tying their fights to the democracy-destroying reality of money in politics. People milled about, made new friends and solidified bonds of solidarity. There was a positive, high-energy atmosphere amidst the crowd, which culminated in a call for action by Tye Kirk of 99Rise, “It’s going to take more than a march to take back our democracy from moneyed interests. It’s going to take a mass movement of direct nonviolent resistance. We need all of you to step up and get involved to build that movement.”
99Rise Bay Area, who initiated organizing for the march over a month ago was able to rally an active coalition of organizers and speakers from a number groups to make the action a success. Representatives from MoveOn, Global Exchange, $$$ Out! People In!, Occupy SF, Code Pink, Project Censored, and other local grassroots organizations all came out to lend their support and show solidarity in the struggle to reclaim democracy for the 99%.
For more information about how you can get involved in the movement to realize genuine democracy for and by the people alone, go to 99rise.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The 99Rise Bay Area team will be hosting an informational meeting and potluck social on Monday, March 10th, at 6:30PM at Global Exchange, 2017 Mission St. (2nd floor), in San Francisco, directly across from the 16th and Mission BART station. Please RSVP with your name and contact information (email, phone #) to email@example.com
Below you will find some photos. (just keep scrolling down for everything)
(photo credits: Jessica, Stacee, and Kelly Johnson Revolutionary Photography)
We got an interview ! March Against Corruption and 99Rise on the Nicole Sander Show! Skip to 1:12:00 to get to the interview.
More media coverage of March Against Corruption from our friends at KPFA: Go to 08:17 to get to the interview.
KRON channel 4 news did a quick 1 minute of coverage live at 8pm (clip currently unavailable)