GetEQUAL Blocks Traffic in San Francisco ENDA Protest


Activist groups GetEQUAL, One Struggle One Fight, and Pride at Work targeted Nancy Pelosi late this afternoon on ENDA in San Francisco. Photos are coming in. From a press release the group sent out:

Today, GetEQUAL, a national, direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization; One Struggle One Fight, an LGBT and allied civil disobedience organization; and Pride at Work, an officially-recognized, LGBT constituency group of the AFL-CIO, first rallied at Harvey Milk Plaza and then proceeded to shut-down Market and Castro Street in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home district of San Francisco. The act of non-violent, civil disobedience was the second protest this week targeting House Democratic Leaders to make good on their promise to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would protect LGBT workers from discriminatory employment practices. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees can be fired from their jobs in 29 states, and transgender or gender-nonconforming employees can be fired in 38 states.

At 5:00 pm (PST) a group of LGBT and allied advocates gathered in the historic Harvey Milk Plaza to remind Speaker Pelosi that they are making good on her July 24, 2010, speech at Netroots Nation, telling progressive activists that she wanted to pass ENDA but asked them to “build the mass to make me do it.” At 5:30 pm (PST), after the rally, advocates marched from Harvey Milk Plaza to the corner of Market and Castro Street – in the heart of Speaker Pelosi’s San Francisco Congressional District – where they unfurled a banner across the street, blocking traffic, that read, “Pelosi: When Jobs are Lost, the Market Stops.”

At this posting the traffic blocking was beginning, according to Twitter posts. More as it develops…

(image dina lee boyer)


  1. John Normile says

    I guess while HRC is busy being all Washington D.C., someone has got to do the grass roots!

  2. David C. says

    Unfortunately, the phrase “blocking traffic” makes it sound like they didn’t ask for permission to block traffic, which is illegal. So… it sounds like someone is going to get arrested 😛 What a lot of people don’t understand is even if a protest is peaceful, they still need a need a permit. I hope they got one.

    Many would say that’s unconstitutional, but it’s not. Rights can be restricted if they are disruptive… rights aren’t things that simply “can’t” be taken away. I think it would be much less trouble to simply get the permit to protest instead of getting urself arrested… but that’s just me.

  3. ratbastard says

    Is it cold in S.F.? Everybody is wearing jackets,hoodies, whatever…I don’t see anyone wearing shorts, etc.,

    Blocking traffic, especially rush hour traffic in a big city, is not a good way to make friends and influence people.

  4. Garrett in SF says

    Blocking traffic in the Castro is like peeing on your own doorstep. Pointless and messy. Take it Nancy’s office instead of annoying your own community. (Yes, it safe and easy to draw a crowd — but politically tired in a city that sees the identical action every few weeks.)

  5. beegee says

    What’s the point of this? Take your protest to where it really matters – John Boehner’s district. GetEqual is getting sloppy and annoying.

  6. Rob G. says

    How many are there? A dozen?

    And the message is essentially pro-labor as well as pro-LGBT? The banner is about “workers rights” (misspelled).

    Unhelpful, bordering on the ridiculous.

    These folks are a joke.

  7. AndrewW says

    S T U P I D .

    More childish behavior. None of these self-serving publicity stunts change anything – they just make us look stupid.

    Pelosi hasn’t scheduled a vote on ENDA because it will not pass the current US Senate. All these silly protests do is jeopardize our relationships with politicians that already support us. We are about to get clobbered in the mid-terms and GetEQUAL is simply making that worse by pissing on our friends.

  8. PeteS says

    These people are stupid, lazy idiots. Let’s find the place with the highest concentration in the world of supporters for ENDA, and then we’ll harass them.

    Makes me want to vote for the Tea Party just to spite these jerks.

  9. TonyJazz says

    Wow, what sadly dissappointing posts from likely non-San Franciscans….

    I’m proud of the hundred people or so who are still willing to take it to the streets and be counted. At least, they are getting off their ass and not posting dumb comments on blogs.

    These bad posters are the ones who should be ashamed of themselves…

  10. beegee says

    oh shut up tony jazz – no one cares about your shake of the head and wag of the finger. These “protesters” are accomplishing nothing. Attaching allies and giving the true enemy a pass – totally typical of getEqual. They’re funded by log cabin republicans.

  11. Jester says

    Nancy Pelosi is EXACTLY the person who needs to be pressured. She is the speaker of a house that currently (still) has a large Democratic majority. If the Democrats don’t pass ENDA (or to repeal DOMA or pass the UAFA), they really can’t blame Boehner and the Republicans, who are in the minority in the House, where there is no threat of a filibuster.