Events in Three Cities on Sunday! Are You Ready?

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This will be our first Sidewalks Are for People event since SFPD began enforcing sit/lie. It will also be our first ever multiple-city event, with Berkeley and Portland joining us in protest of the proposed sit/lie law there. Sidewalks Are for People is going coastal! Just as these laws have spread from city to city, our movement is growing and getting united.

Happy impending Milk Day! In honor of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in West Coast history, and an opponent of sit/lie back in the ’70s.

It looks like we’re going to have six events in San Francisco, one in Berkeley, and one in Portland. Sidewalks Are for People is going coastal!


Do you need Sidewalks Are For People signs? Flyers? One-page explanations of the sit/lie law?

Either come by the Coalition on Homelessness office (468 Turk Street between Hyde & Larkin), or give a call to Bob (415.346.3740 x312) to arrange a delivery or to arrange to pick things up tomorrow.


We want to create good materials to describe and show what happens on Sunday, and what we’re here for. If you’re helping coordinate an event and want to borrow a video or still digital camera, let us know!

There’s a community journalist who’s doing a story for all three cities’ street newspapers and the Huffington Post. If you’ve got a car and still aren’t sure what you’re doing on Sunday, she could use a ride getting around to all the events.




Live music and testimony from a soap box in front of Harvey’s old camera store.


We’ll be barbecuing and playing board games to celebrate the long history of public life in the Haight.


Dress in your Sunday best and bring some classy food to share. BYOB. Dogs welcome! Bacon quiche (!) and croquet provided.


Live music and a memorial for murdered sex workers, as well as a reclamation of public space for all criminalized people.


  • Food Not Bombs Meal and Chalk Art
  • UN Plaza
  • 6:00
  • Organized by Food Not Bombs

Vegan food and chalk art in protest of politicians’ lies.


  • Chair-A-Pillar
  • Downtown Berkeley BART
  • 12:00
  • Organized by Keep Sitting Legal

Bring a chair for joint public art against sit/lie!


  • Harvey Milk’s Birthday Party and Testimony Against Sidewalk Oppression Laws
  • Corner of NW Couch and NW 6th
  • 10:00–12:00
  • Organized by Sisters of the Road

Birthday cake, video of Harvey Milk’s civil rights speeches, a film from homeless people in Portland testifying to their experiences with the “sidewalk management law,” and live testimony from atop a soap box.

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