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Affinities: Political Street Style

Demonstrators colorfully representing San Francisco values shouted down—and shut down—a Patriot Prayer rally on August 26.

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Antonio Martinez

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William Monlayo

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Isadora DeSouza

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Diana Vargas

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Diana Nara Kim

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John Williams

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Sasha Laurél

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Eden Lange

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Carlos Jimenez

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Steven Golden

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Trent Tano

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No one knew what to expect. When it was announced that a consortium of white nationalists would be taking part in the Patriot Prayer rally in San Francisco just two weeks after Charlottesville (and at the federal parkland and youth soccer hotspot of Crissy Field, no less), Bay Area citizens roared with discontent.

But more effectively, they mobilized.

They organized counterdemonstrations of every sort and style, from a mobile dance party counterrally to a dog-poop protest. When the day actually arrived, the white nationalists didn’t. The group’s organizer called off the event at Crissy Field, citing safety concerns. His scrambling attempts to take his cohorts elsewhere were never realized, as thousands of counterdemonstrators (11 of whom are pictured here) changed course to meet them at every turn, allowing their messages of peace, inclusivity, and acceptance to win the day.

“I chose to come out and march because as a citizen and a veteran, I’m done sitting on the sidelines while our collective liberty is being taken away,” says Trent Tano, a 43-year-old former army sergeant who lives in the Castro. “That, and I can’t stand Nazis.” 

 

Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco

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