February 13, 2017
You know, I’m sure I’ve seen a gayer thing than this.
But I’m having a hard time remembering what it was.
Fitting that it’s in Than Franthithko.
Thousands of protesters gathered on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach on Saturday, using their bodies to send a political message.
To spectators on the beach, the purpose of the protest may have seemed unclear. But from the sky, there was no question. Thousands of people spelled out “RESIST!!” on the sand.
Organizer Brad Newsham wrote on Facebook that “a close study of a high-resolution overhead shot shows between 4,600 and 5,600 participants.”
Newsham, a San Francisco taxi driver since 1985, says he has been organizing events like this since 2007, when he hosted his first aerial protest calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush. Since then, he says he has hosted between 12 and 15 similar events.
According to SFist, Newsham has advertised in the past that overflow participants could form an underline beneath the message, but that has never been necessary. At Saturday’s protest, there were enough to people to spell out “resist,” two exclamation points, and a bold underline.
What are they going to resist?
How are they going to resist?
Are they going to stage a coup?
Is there anything else that “resistance” could imply at this point in time?
It’s time to start arresting these people and putting them in work camps.
Mass arrests and concentration camps or Calexit.
I don’t care which.