Protect Free Speech for Pro-Choice Organization
  • Petitioned Fiona Ma

This petition was delivered to:

California Assemblywoman
Fiona Ma
San Francisco Supervisor
Christina Olague
California Senator
Mark Leno
San Francisco Supervisor
Eric Mar
San Francisco Supervisor
Carmen Chu
San Francisco Supervisor
John Avalos
San Francisco Supervisor
Jane Kim
San Francisco Supervisor
Sean Elsbernd
California Assemblyman
Tom Ammiano
San Francisco Supervisor
Scott Wiener
Interim Director, Department of Public Works
Mohammed Nuru
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President
David Chiu
San Francisco Supervisor
David Campos
San Francisco Supervisor
Mark Farrell

Protect Free Speech for Pro-Choice Organization

    1. Somer L
    2. Petition by

      Somer L

      san francisco, CA

January 2012


After 100 people signed the petition within just a few hours, the Department of Public Works quickly came to an agreement to permit the Trust Women walk to take place on Friday, as originally planned. The banners will remain up until Saturday evening, after the pro-choice rally takes place that morning.

Thanks to everybody who took action on this immediately, Somer Loen and the Silver Ribbon Campaign were able to counter the pressure on the city from anti-choice lobbyists before losing their awareness-raising banners.

This marks the second victory for Somer and the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights (BACORR). The Saturday rally will be celebrating that prior victory: convincing the SF Board of Supervisors to pass truth-in-advertising legislation against deceptive crisis pregnancy centers.

For the first time in history, San Francisco's Market Street is advertising a pro-choice event. Inaugural flags from the Silver Ribbon to Trust Women Campaign, The Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights (BACORR), Trust Black Women, Catholics for Choice, Planned Parenthood and NARAL California are waving on Market Street in conjunction with a Trust Women walk this weekend. The walk commemorates the 39th anniversary of Roe v Wade and the beginning of Trust Women Week - a week of rallies, events and an online national march to urge elected officials to Trust Women with her own reproductive choices.

The Silver Ribbon campaign filed for a permit for Friday, January 20, 2012 to have their Trust Women walk along Market Street. Due to another event scheduled at the same date, time and location, the Silver Ribbon Campaign requested to move the event to Sunday, January 22, 2012. A series of events -  including a rally, flashmob and online march-  are being held this weekend in conjunction with the banners and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

San Francisco's Department of Public Works has recently denied the request to move the event to Sunday and invalidated the permit for Friday, January 20th, and is ready to prematurely rip down the banners from Market Street.

This decision came only days after the Life Legal Defense Fund - an anti-choice group - filed a complaint with the city, citing bogus violations to the Silver Ribbon Campaign's permit. The Life Legal Defense Fund supports the Walk for Life - an anti-choice march that will be walking past these Market Street Banners on Saturday, January 20, 2012 as they protest a woman's right to reproductive choices.

The Department of Public Works' early removal of the banners and refusal to acknowledge a viable permit violates the free speech of the Silver Ribbon Campaign and coalition members.

We urge the Department of Public Works to approve the Silver Ribbon Campaign's January 22, 2012, permit and keep the banners up until the Sunday event has concluded.

Recent signatures


    1. VICTORY!! Thanks to your support and other local participants, the Event Ba

      Somer L
      by Somer L
      Petition Organizer

      Wow - thanks to you, a compromise was struck and the banners will be up for the series of pro-choice events happening this weekend! Thank you for taking quick action and supporting this issue of free speech!

      If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, come join us!

      Friday, January 20, 2012
      Dance Party Flash Mob: Justin Herman Plaza 12 and 5 pm

      Friday, January 20, 2012
      Trust Women Walk: 6pm Justin Herman Plaza

      Saturday, January 21, 2012
      West Coast Rally for Reproductive Justice
      11am - 1 pm Justin Herman Plaza

      January 20-27, 2012
      Trust Women Week: A week of in person events and an online march to tell our officials to TRUST WOMEN with their own reproductive choices!!

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. DPW Deciding soon!

      Somer L
      by Somer L
      Petition Organizer

      Hey all - thank you to everyone who's signed the petition!! Please spread the word - the DPW is deciding soon!

    4. Reached 50 signatures
    5. San Francisco Threatens to Tear Down Pro-Choice Posters, Block Walk

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Anti-choicers rip down posters for a "Trust Women" event. Women's rights advocates complain about the vandalism. What does the city do?
      Threaten to tear down the rest of the banners.
      Somer Leon, an organizer for the Bay Area Coalition for Our...

    6. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • kari kalinich FONTANA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      We need womens rights issues to be public so that it could help those that need it

    • Sara Smith OMAK, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This first of it's kind celebration of reproductive rights deserves to have the banners up, have the walk on January 22nd and allow the support be shown and shared. This reaches far beyond Market Street!

    • Elizabeth Creely SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      San Francisco has a long tradition of displays of public unity. No one (to my knowledge) has ever suggested that rainbow signs which fly each June all month long be torn down. Queer symbols fly freely in San Francisco on pubic infrastructure. This reproductive rights campaign- the first of its kind in San Francisco deserves no less.

    • Tirzah Masten BERKELEY, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The city should not back down under pressure from anti-choice groups like the Life Legal Defense Fund. The Silver Ribbon Campaign has as much right to have banners advertising their event as anyone else.

    • Sophia Yen SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The Banners should stay up as long as the group has an event on Market St.


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