Queer Black Protest Group SHUTS DOWN Bay Bridge!

Picture by: Brooke Anderson

On Monday June 18  at approximately 4pm – Our friends and family  from “The Black Queer Liberation Collective” Black.Seed staged a protest blocking traffic on the Bay Bridge linking San Francisco and Oakland, California.

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Black.Seed released a press release stating:

Over the last few years, we have seen San Francisco and Oakland destroyed by police murders, rising housing costs, rapid gentrification, and apathetic city officials. Last year, we saw dozens of police murders throughout the Bay Area; since June of 2015 in Oakland alone there have been eight Black men murdered by police.

Today Black.Seed celebrates and honors the radical legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Historically, our people have had to take drastic and dramatic measures to highlight the systemic abuses that harm our communities. 51 years ago, those who came before us participated in direct action in Selma, Alabama, to speak out against the harms of racism and oppression. It is this very spirit of resistance that flows through our lives and actions, in the Black Out Friday, Black Brunches, and highway shutdowns of today.

Picture by: Brooke Anderson
Picture by: Brooke Anderson

We are here to move towards an increase in the health and wellbeing of all Black people in Oakland & San Francisco. We stand in solidarity with APTP and demand:

The immediate divestment of city funds for policing and investment in sustainable, affordable housing so Black, Brown and Indigenous people can remain in their hometowns of Oakland and San Francisco
The resignation of Mayor Libby School
The immediate termination of Chief Greg Suhr
The immediate termination of Chief Sean Whent
The immediate termination of the officers involved in the murders of Richard Perkins, Mario Woods, Yuvette Henderson, Amilcar Lopez, Alex Nieto, Demouriah Hogg, Richard Linyard, O’Shaine Evans

Picture by: Brooke Anderson
Picture by: Brooke Anderson

25 Protestors were arrested and booked into the San Francisco County Jail. They were charged with misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment, creating a public nuisance, and obstructing free passage. After hours of detainment, and the mysterious shut down of the groups crowd funding account the protesters were all released safely late Monday night.

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Watching Queer People of Color come together to change the world is awe inspiring for me. It takes a lot to stand in ones truth and say, ” I will no longer stand idly by”  I am honored to watch communities stand together in solidatrity. We are powerful and strong in numbers. We are all different and unique and that is what we celebrate. We live in love.

Boi Society Salutes You Black.Seed

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Picture by: Brooke Anderson


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Picture by Brooke Anderson


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