The idea was that on the eve of the
Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, all the Bernie fans all
across the nation would spontaneously erupt in marches. We'd take
back the streets and make noise for Bernie one more time. Sounded
good to me, even though the closest one was in San Francisco's
Mission District. I got there just as the crowd was starting to
I managed to catch this woman
unloading a cart full of creative signs onto her arm to wander
around giving out to people.
That #FeelTheBern tattoo is very
recent. As in still peeling recent. The woman who'd just had it
done wanted me to know that the image was a conflation of Bernie
and her favorite rock star.
After a while this guy informed us
that we would be marching soon. The plan was to go down 24th to
Alabama, make a left on that and then about five blocks later make
a right to our destination. He expected people would have no
trouble following the route.
Then he beat boxed for us for a
little while. It was all about spreading a cool vibe.
Bernie himself was there to lead the
Several times walking along I heard
someone else say something like "I'm voting for Jill Stein if the
Democrats are going to screw Bernie like that."
After we reached our destination the
Raging Grannies immediately serenaded us with these creative songs
they had worked out. Click their picture to find out more about
After the crowd outside got thin I
joined the group in the auditorium. There was some interest in the
speakers and musicians, but mostly it was political people talking
about all the implications of the vote, the moment, and what next
steps make sense now.
This guy is running for school board
in San Francisco on a "Make the food in the school cafeteria
This woman is a student government
activist that thinks something has to be done with the developing
awareness of the Black (and Brown) Lives Matter movement(s).
At some point the MC got us all to
clap for the food people, who were serving us good food at a very
reasonable price in a great location. We all clapped for La
So clear that this is a tiny
minority of the population out there, but still I'm hoping they
(we?) find some good in it all. Pretty bleak when the best we can
hope for is a large movement to third parties.