March Against Corruption 2014 San Francisco

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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.
SF Bay Area’s 99% Speak Out and March Against Systemic Corruption: Money out of Politics!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 or email 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

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)

Many clips to look at here Livestream by Ronin here —->
See photos below.

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On March 1, 2014 we march.
The San Francisco Bay Area is taking part in the worldwide March Against Corruption.
3/1/14 Event Summary
12:00PM: Rally at Chelsea Manning Plaza
12:30PM: March to Union Square
1:15PM: Speak out and organize against government corruption
March Details
Address: 4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111
End at Union Square
Address: 333 Grant Avenue San Francisco, CA 94108
March will be 0.8 miles
Transit Details
Parking is limited downtown.
To take B.A.R.T. or the SF Muni, get off at the Embarcadero Station and walk northeast down Market St. toward the water/Ferry Building. At the corner of Market and Steuart, turn left and head into the plaza.
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Find an action in your town (or start one) It’s global !
March Against Corruption Worldwide
What is government corruption? It is the systemic, abusive relationship which exists between private wealth and public power. It is 0.05% of Americans having a monopoly of influence over public elections. It is money in politics. Become educated. Then become organized. Join us on March 1st to March Against Corruption. And before you leave, link up with coalition members to get plugged in to the movement to realize authentic democracy by abolishing the influence of big money in politics.
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The March Against Corruption is an international campaign to raise awareness about the corrupting influence of money in politics, to organize the public to speak out against and resist the power of special interests, and to work towards abolishing the corrupt relationship between private wealth and public policy. The March Against Corruption is dedicated to at last realizing a genuine American democracy, dependent upon the people alone. We affirm universal human dignity and the universal right for self-determination via democratic governance unfettered by corporate or commercial influences. We will use direct nonviolent action to bring national attention to the perverse corruption of our government, brought about by its collusion with and reliance upon billionaires and corporations. We welcome all individuals and groups to participate in this nonviolent struggle to create the mass movement we need to end the corruption of our corporate plutocratic state. Join us. March Against Corruption.
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