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.