People dance against hate in San Francisco ahead of rallies

People dance against hate in San Francisco ahead of rallies

After deadly violence broke out August 12 at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, some officials opposed the upcoming rally and even urged the National Park Service to deny the permit.

The National Park Service issued a permit Wednesday for a alt-right group to hold a rally at Crissy Field in San Francisco, and several counter protests are already planned, including one encouraging resident to leave dog poop on the field.

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Residents of San Francisco are bracing for thousands to descend on the city's streets this weekend - and hoping that there will not be violence.

The Patriot Prayer group will hold a "free speech" rally Saturday at Crissy Field, and the Guardian reports on an idea thought up by 45-year-old artist Tuffy Tuffington: to blanket the park with dog excrement. The expanse that runs along the city's northern shore is federal land, and the park service said that after consulting with their law enforcement arm, as well as the San Francisco Police Department, the decision was made to issue a permit "to promote the peaceful, non-violent expression of views".

Gibson has written on Patriot Prayer's Facebook page that "no extremists will be allowed" into the event and that means "no Nazis, Communist, KKK, Antifa, white supremacist, I.E., or white nationalists".

A "No Marxism in America" protest is planned for Sunday in the ultraliberal bastion of Berkeley.

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In an effort to prevent violence, officials have included weapons on a list of almost 30 banned items from the San Francisco event.

One woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a vehicle driven by an alleged white supremacist slammed into a group of counter-protesters later in the day. But the counter-protesters plan to clean up their crap after the event.

The mayor urged locals to instead attend city-hosted events on Friday and Saturday that he said would focus on "inclusion, compassion and love rather than hate".

"It's not just skin color or gender, I'm talking about tolerance of speech", said Gibson, who is Japanese-American.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is being sued by a Christian group who said it has been defamed by being listed on the organization's "hate map", has not included Gibson or his group on the map and, in fact, wrote an article about him saying that he has allowed diverse speakers at his protests and had denounced white supremacy and Nazis. A popular Facebook event has encouraged locals to take their dogs to Crissy Field and let them poop there in the days leading up to Patriot Prayer's event.

Berkeley city officials passed a temporary rule to give police more power to ban weapons.

A Trump supporter runs at protesters while being pepper sprayed at a "Patriots Day" free speech rally on April 15, 2017 in Berkeley, California. "Berkeley is a ground zero for the Marxist Movement and we need to speak out and say NO to Marxism", the event's page said.

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