Eye on the Ball: Places to be on Inauguration Day

Welcome to Eye on the Ball! A new series of posts and reflections from me, GLIDE’s Advocacy Manager. I’ll be doing my best to keep you informed about GLIDE’s advocacy efforts as well as matters of concern to our community more generally. I’ll also offer practical suggestions about ways you can join us, get involved in the change we want to see in our community and in the world. Check here every other week for a new post.

This week’s inaugural post is aptly devoted to everything Inaugural—things happening on the day (tomorrow, January 20) and the day after. Right here, in our neighborhood, we’ll celebrate A Tenderloin Inauguration, and form a contingent to the San Francisco Women’s March. And that’s just the beginning. From DC to the TL, people are coming together to celebrate in resistance, under the banner of love and inclusion. We want you with us at any or all of our events! But there is much going on across the Bay Area. I hope you’ll find the following list useful. Let it bode well for a year of collective action to assure the rights and well-being of all people.

In peaceful resistance,

Glide Memorial Church day of Prayer-Reflection-Action
Friday, January 20
12:00–7:00 pm
Glide Church – Ellis and Taylor, SF
People of all faiths and no particular faith are welcome! Join at any time during the schedule:
12:00–2:00 pm – silent prayer and meditation
2:00–4:00 pm – reflection on the theme Reclaim the Common Good using our voices, art and creativity to develop a shared vision and action plan
5:30–7:30 pm – Interdenominational Prayer Vigil of all faith traditions
Let us come together to share our hopes, dreams and fears, but leave with love and the resolve to be a voice for equality and justice for all.” –GLIDE Pastoral Team
For more information, contact Curley Howard at CHoward@glide.org

A Tenderloin Inauguration
Friday, January 20
2:00–5:00 pm
220 Golden Gate Ave., SF
“To show solidarity with POC, LGBTQ, and immigrant community. We stand together and celebrate diversity and unity in inauguration day.”
Celebrate our diverse community with us in this joyful act of solidarity with people of color, LGBTQ folks and our immigrant communities. There will be music, food and dance as well as teach-ins on the rights of immigrants, tenants, benefits recipients and more. For people of all ages. For more information, contact BL@glide.org

Join the GLIDE contingent in the SF Women’s March! 
Saturday, January 21
Gather at GLIDE at 2:00 pm, depart for Civic Center at 2:30 pm
GLIDE, 330 Ellis Street – meet in Freedom Hall on the first floor
GLIDE will have its own contingent in the San Francisco Women’s March. Join us! Come help us raise OUR priorities in front of the new administration. We will gather at GLIDE, then proceed together to join the Women’s March, where GLIDE will have a reserved position. Please let us know if you are coming by signing up with Betty Wong at bwong@glide.org. For those with mobility issues, we will have a trolley available, leaving at 1:45 pm (so you will want to be at GLIDE by 1:15). For more information on the trolley, please check our Facebook page and/or call (415) 674-6018.
General information about the march can be found here.

Here is a list of other events in SF or Oakland where you can participate in championing love over hate:

Bridge Together Golden Gate
January 20
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Golden Gate Bridge
Participants will be forming a human chain from one end of the bridge to the other in protest of the incoming administration’s hateful and divisive messages.
Here is the Facebook event page.

Inauguration Day Pussy March – a march thanking President Obama (San Francisco)
January 20
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Starts at Embarcadero Station
More info here.

Protest Against Trump on Inauguration Day (San Francisco)
January 20
Starts at 5:00 pm
1 United Nations Plaza
More info here.

“Resist Trump” #OccupyInauguration Protest (Oakland)
January 21
12:00–3:00 pm
This gathering takes place at Oakland City Hall. More info here.