Ral­lies: Protests seek­ing racial jus­tice mix with 50th an­niver­sary of S.F. Pride.

San Francisco Chronicle - - BAY AREA - By Rusty Simmons and Matthias Gafni Rusty Simmons and Matthias Gafni are San Francisco Chron­i­cle staff writ­ers. Email: rusty.simmons@sfchron­i­cle.com, matthias.gafni@sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @Rusty_s­fchron, @mgafni

More than a month after the po­lice killing of Ge­orge Floyd set off protests worldwide, so­cial jus­tice protests demon­stra­tions this week­end merged with a land­mark event — the 50th an­niver­sary of San Francisco Pride.

The Peo­ple’s March & Rally: Unite to Fight was held where the first Pride March took place 50 years ago. Peo­ple of color or­ga­nized the Sunday demon­stra­tion, which grew to more than 500 peo­ple, to call for gay rights and an end to racism and po­lice bru­tal­ity.

By 10:30 a.m., the in­ter­sec­tion at Washington and Polk streets was filled with peo­ple car­ry­ing signs and wear­ing cos­tumes that ranged from sim­ple crowns to com­plete pink jesters. The signs in­cluded: “The night­mare must end: The Trump/pence regime must go,” and “Re­spect ex­is­tence, or ex­pect re­sis­tance.” A flatbed truck re­pur­posed as a pa­rade float of sorts was adorned in neon pink and green flow­ers, as well as signs.

The demon­stra­tion felt as much like party as a protest, with the crowd danc­ing straight down Polk to City Hall. Once there, a se­ries of ac­tivists ad­dressed the crowd in be­tween mu­si­cal acts.

Also in San Francisco, pro­test­ers gath­ered at Dolores Park to “honor LGBTQ free­dom fight­ers ... to call for the lib­er­a­tion of Black, brown and indige­nous peo­ple, and to demon­strate that trans and queer peo­ple are in this fight,” ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­niz­ers.

In the Fill­more, peo­ple gath­ered for the Mar­sha P. John­son Sol­i­dar­ity Rally, hon­or­ing the Black trans com­mu­nity. The event in­cluded the un­veil­ing of the African­amer­i­can Arts & Cul­ture Com­plex’s Black Trans Lives Mat­ter mu­ral.

In Oak­land, pro­test­ers gath­ered at Henry J. Kaiser Park for the Sit, Walk & Lis­ten Pride Cel­e­bra­tion and Black Lives Mat­ter protest. Some med­i­tated with Bud­dhists for Black lives.

On Sunday af­ter­noon, Oak­land City Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Re­becca Ka­plan an­nounced she would ask her col­leagues at a Tues­day meet­ing to re­con­sider their ear­lier pas­sage of a bud­get, so that more funds can be pulled from the Po­lice De­part­ment and spread to com­mu­nity pro­grams.

Ka­plan joined pro­test­ers in a car­a­van from the Port of Oak­land to coun­cil mem­bers’ and the mayor’s houses.

“City Coun­cil slashed jobs in the mid­dle of a pan­demic to save the po­lice bud­get,” a sign on one car said. “We’re com­ing for your jobs & Oak­land po­lice dept. too.”

Stephen Lam / Spe­cial to The Chron­i­cle

Pro­test­ers march to­ward City Hall dur­ing a peace­ful rally against racial in­jus­tice and po­lice vi­o­lence in San Francisco.

Car­los Avila Gon­za­lez / The Chron­i­cle

Ray­mond Quitugua, left, of Sacra­mento car­ries the Trans Flag, and Elisha Carlisle, right, of Oak­land takes a swing at a po­lice car piñata dur­ing the S.F. march.

Car­los Avila Gon­za­lez / The Chron­i­cle

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