For Immediate Release: June 29, 2014
Trans and Queer Activists Beaten and Arrested During SF Pride
San Francisco's Mission District – At least six people were arrested on Saturday night after a protest against a prison-themed Kink.com party.
The six included a National Lawyers' Guild Legal Observer; several
protesters were clubbed and beaten to the ground after a protest
numbering several hundred marched to the Armory at 14th and Mission
Streets in the Mission District, from a 10 p.m. gathering at the 16th
Street BART Station. Two of the arrestees have been released; four are
still in custody as of 4 a.m. Sunday morning.
The promoters of
the Kink.com party mockingly invited people to "get arrested" and enjoy
"solitary confinement, showers, jailbreak, love and lust, freedom and
confinement." The protesters argued that the party was a crude event
that profited off of the brutality suffered by trans women and gender
nonconforming people of color, who are so often funneled into the prison
"This is a travesty--on the anniversary
of the famed Stonewall Rebellion, where trans and queer people rose up
against police brutality, that six people would be arrested for
protesting an SF Pride-sanctioned party that celebrated state violence
and prison rape," said Mary Lou Ratchet, a Gay Shame (gayshamesf.org)
representative. The march was organized by Gay Shame and LAGAI (www.lagai.org).
A coalition of community groups and members of the gay community,
including Pride Grand Marshals, had already signed on to a petition
condemning the event:http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/ 51040/p/dia/action3/common/ public/?action_KEY=14295
Please join us in continuing and advancing the struggle for liberation
from the prision industrial complex by calling in to the SF DA's office
to demand that the charges against Rebecca, Prisca, and Sarai are
Please call in to either
"We demand that the DA's office Drop the Charges against Rebecca Luisa Ruiz-Lichter, Prisca Carpenter, Sarai Robles-Mendez."
Please feel free to add any additional comments and spread the word.
Petitioning Office of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón
Drop the Charges against Rebecca Ruiz-Lichter, Prisca Carpenter, Sarai
- AFSCME Local 444 negotiations assesment 1997
- Preparing for Revolution: A discussion document
- The Internal lives of Revolutionary Organizations
- Socialist Alternative members: Questions and Answers
- Sanders: Our Alternative
- University of California workers and Unions
- An Invitation to Our Readers
- Facts For Working People Weekly Phone Conferences and Discussions
- Help open The AFL-CIO AIFLD Archives