San Francisco Bay Area, New Year's Eve

Jasnuary 3, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


The New Year was ushered in with protests and resistance! Thousands gathered along the San Francisco waterfront for the fireworks display encountered, and in some cases joined in with, protesters spreading the message: “NO NEW YEAR UNDER THIS OLD SYSTEM. WE CAN'T BREATHE! POLICE MURDER MUST STOP!” About 50 people from the Bay Area Revolution Club, Stop Mass Incarceration Network, supporters of Code Pink, and World Can’t Wait marched and chanted through the crowds for several hours with banners and signs—to a mainly sympathetic crowd that got stickers, Carl Dix’s call for New Year’s protests, Revolution newspaper, and palm cards for the Cornel West/Bob Avakian Dialogue on Revolution and Religion: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion.. Throughout the night, some 200-300 people joined in at different times, sometimes for a few hours; mostly youth, including many college students.

One young Black man testified about his cousins who had been killed by police. A 16-year-old Afghan teenager there with her family spoke passionately: "We are all human beings. And it hurts me that Black people are being killed, that Palestinians are being killed, by the U.S. This is not right and we have to stop it." A group of Chilean women joined the march: "You have a Black president but no real change. It's like the man with the bullhorn said—it's capitalism, it's a system." At midnight 60-70 people gathered at the Ferry Building—some 10 Palestinian youth joining Black youth, the Revolution Club and others—to literally rock in the New Year with the chant: We say back up. Backup. We want freedom. Freedom. All these racist-ass cops: We don't need em. Need em.

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