The (Belated) Weekend Catch-Up: Thousands March in San Francisco to Support Ceasefire Between Gaza and Israel

Plus: A coyote was caught straight-up vibing on patio furniture in SF.

The Bay Area has its fair share of problems, most centered around affordable livability — an issue by no means unique to the region. But one area the SF Bay Area gets right is having an engaged, active, organized cohort of residents who routinely rally in solidarity with human rights; housing rights; climate-crisis initiatives; bodily autonomy; and any denouncement focused on a Cheeto-dusted, wannabe dictator.

On Saturday, November 4th, an estimated 15,000 people converged on the SF Civic Center to rally for a march calling for “Ceasefire now!” in Gaza. As 48hills noted, it was also part of an International Day of Solidarity that saw comparably sized civic demonstrators around the United States; before SF’s ceasefire rally, hundreds met at the Port of Oakland to thwart the loading of weapons onto a boat believed to be headed for Israel.

According to the Instagram account [at]palsetninayouthmeomvent, Saturday’s nationwide displays included over 50,000 protesters; this weekend’s demonstration in SF was allegedly the largest the city has ever seen.

“Over 50,000 people took to the streets to demand a ceasefire, an end of the siege on Gaza, and an end to all US funding to the Zionist entity, and in response to the historic march that took place in D.C.,” reads an Instagram caption authored by the account. “We will keep momentum until all our demands are met.”

March and rally and stand we will until the siege on Gaza comes to suspension.

What else transpired over the weekend? Let’s take a look.

  • A coyote was sunbathing and living its best life on a San Francisco porch. The story of a San Francisco resident discovering a wild coyote chilling on their outdoor furniture quickly began making the rounds on social media over the weekend, though the incident, itself, actually happened the week prior; San Francisco Animal Care & Control noted that the four-legged vacationer was a young male and promptly heeded an officer’s advice to find a more “coyote-friendly” place to lounge. More info.
  • Thousands of runners ran across the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday for the like-named half marathon race. An estimated 5,000 runners participated in this year’s Golden Gate Bridge Half Marathon Race; 32-year-old Taylor Gilland placed first overall, running an astounding 1:11:55 time… which breaks down to running a 5:29/mile for 13.1 miles straight. More info.
  • Bye-bye, SF’s rentable blue e-mopeds. Revel, the company responsible for hundreds of eclectic mopeds in San Francisco via its rideshare program, is pulling all of its gasoline-free sit-down-scooters out of the city by mid-November, citing that the company will, instead, focus on its EV charging stations. More info.

Feature image: Courtesy of [at]pslbayarea

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