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Walking Tour of San Francisco Protests

Political tourism in the Age of Obama

On any given day in San Francisco, a dozen or more political events — rallies, teach-ins, protests, lectures, conferences, demonstrations, performances and more — are happening all over the city. Most out-of-town visitors have heard of San Francisco’s legendary political activism, but they don’t know where to go to witness it in person. The problem for tourists is that the city’s political scene is a moving target — events’ locations change from day to day, and unless you have an insider’s knowledge of where each upcoming event is likely to occur, it’s entirely possible to spend your vacation in San Francisco without scoring any souvenir snapshots of West Coast political activism with which to impress your friends back home.

That is — until now.

Zomguide is a revolutionary new service for globetrotters visiting San Francisco and hoping to soak up the real local color. Whether you’re from Tokyo, Peoria or Sausalito, Zomguide will provide your own personal tour guide for the day, leading you and a small group on an exciting walking tour from protest to sit-in to workshop to riot. Each day’s itinerary is unique! No two tours are the same, since every day has a fresh array of political outbursts. Our researchers track down the most interesting events, and the final route is only revealed hours before each tour begins.

Best of all: The first tour is free!

To introduce our new service, Zomguide presents here a recreation of our April 15, 2010 afternoon tour, complete with detailed pictures from throughout the itinerary, as well as a transcription of the guide’s narration. Come along and see what political tourism in the Age of Obama is really like!

Our April 15 afternoon tour made four stops:

✦ 12:00pm 1. Rally Against Carbon Trading

✦ 1:00pm 2. SEIU Immigration Amnesty Protest

✦ 1:30pm 3. “Block That Tea Party” meeting

✦ 4:00pm 4. San Francisco Tax Day Tea Party

Here’s the daily itinerary map handed out to each tour participant:

There was also a separate morning tour and even an evening tour on April 15, visiting other parts of the city. Future tours will visit a completely different array of events — each day brings a fresh agenda, a new crop of unexpected political moments.

Ready to start? Let’s go! …

Continue reading the rest here!

38 Responses to “Walking Tour of San Francisco Protests: Political tourism in the Age of Obama”

  1. 1wolfie on Apr 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm:

    LOL! What a marvelous idea!

  2. 2Dane on Apr 23, 2010 at 6:15 pm:

    Excellent as always Zombie. Looking forward to the next one.

  3. 3Christina on Apr 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm:

    I think the redhead with the green shirt was at an abortion rally…. lemmee see….isn’t she the “Keep your laws off my coochie” chick?

  4. 4Mid America Mary on Apr 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm:

    Kudos. I have not laughed so hard since…before the Presidential election! Thanks a million for putting it all in perspective. What a hoot.

  5. 5Starless on Apr 24, 2010 at 3:57 am:

    The Green on Green protesting reminded me of the attitude of some Lefties toward the Obama Stimulator er… package (or was it TARP I?). Despite the underlying socialism behind the plan and the near-trillion dollars it spent, they didn’t like it because it wasn’t socialist enough.

    Heh — the “Taste of Rope” and “Mornings in Jenin” stops go very well together.

  6. 6Rose on Apr 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm:

    Love this!

  7. 7Ringo the Gringo on Apr 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm:

    I’ll join you for the Nude Bicycle tour.

  8. 8Dianna on Apr 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm:

    I may have giggled more reading the April 20 itinerary, but it’s all good.

    I was hoping you’d use my “City of the Perpetual Protest” line.////

    Ringo, I saw the pictures from the last one zombie went to, and I don’t think you really want to do that!

  9. 9EricTheRed on Apr 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm:

    That was an informative and entertaining tour. Thanks!
    Point of correct about the Lincoln quote – I think it’s only been attributed to him, but no one was ever able to find proof of it. It’s a good quote though.

  10. 10Rob De Witt on Apr 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm:

    It’s just puddle-wonderful to see the old Bay Area sense of absurdity surface again.

    In the ’70s, during the Meher Baba craze, I saw a bumpersticker in Berkeley reading “Baba For Mayor.” The all-time tops from that era, though, was the popular “Nuke The Iranian Gay Whales.”

    Great stuff, Z. Imagine every time a politico started bloviating the crowd reacting to every point like a punchline. That’d let the air outta these gasbags in a big quick.

  11. 11Rob De Witt on Apr 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm:

    By the way, it seems your attention embarrassed the Taste of Rope and Mornings in Jenin kids into taking down the pages. Must be tough to be so shy when you spend your life screaming for attention.

  12. 12Starless on Apr 27, 2010 at 4:16 am:

    Rob De Witt: “Nuke The Iranian Gay Whales.”

    These days it’s almost unbelievable to think back and remember that there was a time when the Left had a genuine sense of humor and creativity. It’s a shame that a bumper sticker like “Nuke The Iranian Gay Whales” would lose out to the likes of “United States Out of My Uterus” (actual bumper sticker seen in the Midwest in the late ’80s).

  13. 13Bakunin on Apr 28, 2010 at 9:34 am:

    “Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black” – Tim Wise
    Let’s play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure – the ones who are driving the action – we’ll envision black folks or other people of color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.

    So let’s begin.

    Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protester — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose.

    Imagine that white members of Congress, while walking to work, were surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit on one of those congressmen for not voting the way the black demonstrators desired. Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or as an angry, potentially violent, and even insurrectionary mob? After all, this is what white Tea Party protesters did recently in Washington.

    Imagine that a rap artist were to say, in reference to a white president: “He’s a piece of shit and I told him to suck on my machine gun.” Because that’s what rocker Ted Nugent said recently about President Obama.

    Imagine that a prominent mainstream black political commentator had long employed an overt bigot as Executive Director of his organization, and that this bigot regularly participated in black separatist conferences, and once assaulted a white person while calling them by a racial slur. When that prominent black commentator and his sister — who also works for the organization — defended the bigot as a good guy who was misunderstood and “going through a tough time in his life” would anyone accept their excuse-making? Would that commentator still have a place on a mainstream network? Because that’s what happened in the real world, when Pat Buchanan employed as Executive Director of his group, America’s Cause, a blatant racist who did all these things, or at least their white equivalents: attending white separatist conferences and attacking a black woman while calling her the n-word.

    Imagine that a black radio host were to suggest that the only way to get promoted in the administration of a white president is by “hating black people,” or that a prominent white person had only endorsed a white presidential candidate as an act of racial bonding, or blamed a white president for a fight on a school bus in which a black kid was jumped by two white kids, or said that he wouldn’t want to kill all conservatives, but rather, would like to leave just enough—“living fossils” as he called them—“so we will never forget what these people stood for.” After all, these are things that Rush Limbaugh has said, about Barack Obama’s administration, Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama, a fight on a school bus in Belleville, Illinois in which two black kids beat up a white kid, and about liberals, generally.

    Imagine that a black pastor, formerly a member of the U.S. military, were to declare, as part of his opposition to a white president’s policies, that he was ready to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do what they trained me to do.” This is, after all, what Pastor Stan Craig said recently at a Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina.

    Imagine a black radio talk show host gleefully predicting a revolution by people of color if the government continues to be dominated by the rich white men who have been “destroying” the country, or if said radio personality were to call Christians or Jews non-humans, or say that when it came to conservatives, the best solution would be to “hang ‘em high.” And what would happen to any congressional representative who praised that commentator for “speaking common sense” and likened his hate talk to “American values?” After all, those are among the things said by radio host and best-selling author Michael Savage, predicting white revolution in the face of multiculturalism, or said by Savage about Muslims and liberals, respectively. And it was Congressman Culbertson, from Texas, who praised Savage in that way, despite his hateful rhetoric.

    Imagine a black political commentator suggesting that the only thing the guy who flew his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building did wrong was not blowing up Fox News instead. This is, after all, what Anne Coulter said about Tim McVeigh, when she noted that his only mistake was not blowing up the New York Times.

    Imagine that a popular black liberal website posted comments about the daughter of a white president, calling her “typical redneck trash,” or a “whore” whose mother entertains her by “making monkey sounds.” After all that’s comparable to what conservatives posted about Malia Obama on last year, when they referred to her as “ghetto trash.”

    Imagine that black protesters at a large political rally were walking around with signs calling for the lynching of their congressional enemies. Because that’s what white conservatives did last year, in reference to Democratic party leaders in Congress.

    In other words, imagine that even one-third of the anger and vitriol currently being hurled at President Obama, by folks who are almost exclusively white, were being aimed, instead, at a white president, by people of color. How many whites viewing the anger, the hatred, the contempt for that white president would then wax eloquent about free speech, and the glories of democracy? And how many would be calling for further crackdowns on thuggish behavior, and investigations into the radical agendas of those same people of color?

    To ask any of these questions is to answer them. Protest is only seen as fundamentally American when those who have long had the luxury of seeing themselves as prototypically American engage in it. When the dangerous and dark “other” does so, however, it isn’t viewed as normal or natural, let alone patriotic. Which is why Rush Limbaugh could say, this past week, that the Tea Parties are the first time since the Civil War that ordinary, common Americans stood up for their rights: a statement that erases the normalcy and “American-ness” of blacks in the civil rights struggle, not to mention women in the fight for suffrage and equality, working people in the fight for better working conditions, and LGBT folks as they struggle to be treated as full and equal human beings.

    And this, my friends, is what white privilege is all about. The ability to threaten others, to engage in violent and incendiary rhetoric without consequence, to be viewed as patriotic and normal no matter what you do, and never to be feared and despised as people of color would be, if they tried to get away with half the shit we do, on a daily basis.

    Game Over.

  14. 14Dianna on Apr 28, 2010 at 10:50 am:

    Game Over.

    We sooooo wish.

    And as for “white privilege” – ha!

  15. 15Dane on Apr 28, 2010 at 11:22 am:

    I imagine that the media and left-wing blogosphere wouldn’t be so tirelessly trying to delegitimize them.

  16. 16zombie on Apr 28, 2010 at 11:44 am:


    Bakunin, please don’t paste in entire articles found on the Web. Make your own comments henceforth.

    As for the “arguments” in Tim Wise’s essay — it’s all garbage.

    Black rappers and other black political musicians for 8 solid years said the most mind-rending things about Bush in thousands of different songs that far far exceed anything Ted Nugent said — and basically nobody cared.

    I don’t particlarly like the Second Amendment protesters last year, but it was widely documented that the media purposely framed and cropped the images to exclude all the black people from the pictures — exactly so that tools like Tim Wise and you could falsely claim that it was an all-white protest, when in fact there were black Second Amendment protesters there too.

    The “spitting” indicent was also conclusively debunked — the “spitter” was just a guy yelling loudly, and a passing congressmen claimed some spittle landed on him. It’s on video — didn’t happen as you describe.

    Pay Buchanan is an outcast among rational conservatives, so you can’t besmirch the Tea Party with his reputation.

    Pointing out rude and extreme comments on FreeRepublic while ignoring the far more rude and extremist rhetoric coming out of innumerable comparable left-wing sites like Democratic Underground is sheer hypocrisy and once again fails as a valid argument.

    As for protesters calling for lynching: I seem to remember a little post I made last years documenting the overwhleming number of overt death threats directed at Bush for 8 years; I didn’t even bother mentioning the even more numerous threats against lesser right-wing figures like Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, etc.

    In short, we don’t have to imagine, because every rhetorical question Tim Wise asks has already happened. And you know what the answer is? If all those things really did occur (and they actually did), then what would happen is that THE MEDIA WOULD IGNORE IT AND COVER IT UP so that assholes like Tim Wise and you could play idiotic word games and try to claim the moral high ground.


    Tim Wise has been brainwashed by the “white privilege” cultists, and it looks like you have too.

  17. 17Winslow on Apr 29, 2010 at 12:13 am:

    (with apologies to John Lennon)

    Imagine no Bakunin;
    It’s easy if you try.
    There’d be no vapid verbiage,
    No babbling hue and cry.
    Imagine all the comments
    Sensible and sane…

    Imagine there’s no moonbats;
    It isn’t hard to do.
    No parasitic whiners;
    No infantile world-view.
    Imagine all the grown-ups
    Living life in peace…

    They will say they’re “progressive,”
    For they love to pose and preen.
    But at heart, they’re oppressive,
    And their souls are “downright mean.”

    Imagine no Big Brother;
    I wonder if they can.
    No nanny state to rule us:
    The Sovereignty of Man.
    Imagine all the people
    Living their own lives…

    You may say I’m a dreamer,
    But Bakunin’s got to go.
    Life’s too short for such drivel;
    Zombie, please, clean up this show.

  18. 18Starless on Apr 29, 2010 at 3:53 am:

    The ability to threaten others, to engage in violent and incendiary rhetoric without consequence, to be viewed as patriotic and normal no matter what you do

    Oh, the irony, it’s thick and meaty right there.

  19. 19Ringo the Gringo on Apr 29, 2010 at 6:50 am:


    Leaving aside for a moment the fact that Tea Parties are not all white affairs…

    If I saw thousands of African Americans across the U.S. protesting against over-expansive government, massive deficit spending , and the slide towards European-style nanny-state socialism, I would think it was a good thing.

    The problem with left-wingers like you (and Tim Wise) is that you are incapable of seeing anything beyond race (or class or gender). The fact that most people at a given protest might be white – or black – doesn’t mean that they are there because they are white or black, as rice assumes.

    It is, in fact, people like Rice who suffer from a failure of imagination, for they cannot imagine a world where people are not defined by their skin color.

  20. 20Ringo the Gringo on Apr 29, 2010 at 6:58 am:


    Starless: Oh, the irony, it’s thick and meaty right there.

    Amazing, isn’t it?

  21. 21Render on Apr 29, 2010 at 11:05 pm:

    Farrakhans Fruit(s) of Islam were armed during the “million man march” on DC.

    Imagination unnecessary.


  22. 22Starless on Apr 30, 2010 at 6:04 am:

    Ringo the Gringo: Starless,
    Amazing, isn’t it?

    And so blatantly intentionally dishonest.

    Or, no wait, I forgot. Theoretical violence is much, much scarier and more dangerous than actual violence.

    As the kids say, “My bad”.

  23. 23Ringo the Gringo on Apr 30, 2010 at 6:28 am:

    I just noticed that in my comment above I refer to Time Wise as “Rice”…I guess I mixed his name up with the guy who wrote Jesus Christ Superstar.

    That’s what I get for posting before 7am from a hotel room in Las Vegas….without coffee.

  24. 24Starless on Apr 30, 2010 at 6:31 am:

    Ringo the Gringo: That’s what I get for posting before 7am from a hotel room in Las Vegas….without coffee.

    I can sympathize.

  25. 25Dianna on Apr 30, 2010 at 10:19 am:

    Ringo the Gringo: That’s what I get for posting before 7am from a hotel room in Las Vegas….without coffee.


  26. 26Maui on May 13, 2010 at 12:14 am:

    Keep up the good work man. Who knows, maybe common sense will win the day.

  27. 27Don-Quixote on May 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm:

    Bakunin #13
    Your response brought one word to mind.
    ob·fus·cate   /ˈɒbfəˌskeɪt, ɒbˈfʌskeɪt/ Show Spelled[ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt]
    –verb (used with object),-cat·ed, -cat·ing. confuse, bewilder, or stupefy. make obscure or unclear: to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information. darken.

  28. 28dagan@israel on Jun 12, 2010 at 8:22 am:

    its amazing that people are still trying to be active and to influence on situation though i think since bush time the connection between peoples opinion and situation in the country is not that strong.

  29. 29شات كتابي on Sep 27, 2010 at 11:55 am:

    That’s what I get for posting before 7am from a hotel room in Las Vegas….without coffee.

  30. 30Ron L on Oct 3, 2010 at 9:51 am:

    Re: the bare-foot guy.
    Suffice to say he’s an SF ‘character’, has been for some 20 years that I know about and AFAIK, has never harmed a soul.

  31. 31منتديات on Jan 8, 2011 at 4:03 am:

    Re: the bare-foot guy.
    Suffice to say he’s an SF ‘character’, has been for some 20 years that I know about and AFAIK, has never harmed a soul.

  32. 32Phobos on Jun 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm:

    What a fucking ridiculous post. Your bias couldn’t be more obvious. Tea Partyers aren’t redneck racists? Yes, they’ve been told to shelve their racist redneck signs because it gives them a ‘bad name’. In the same breath you lambast ‘illegal immigrants’. Hmmm… so you’re opposed to people living off the system, I guess you should be opposed to those big oil CEOs who are getting billions of dollars in tax subsidies — and still do with Obama as President.

    Obama is a useless tool. Bush was and still is a war criminal and his entire cabinet should be on trial for war crimes. Unfortunately, might = right and the Hague shudders at the thought of the US military goosestepping into Amsterdam.

    More Libertardian irony. Get rid of socialism except for socialism for the rich which is what the US has had since Nixon and continues to have today with Obama. Obama will never change this. He’s very much status quo. Even his medicare program is a laugh-riot to people outside of the USA.

    The unionization of Amerikkka? Sounds good but I’d rather see the Amerikkkan state fall completely. You know how the USSR collapsed? Too much debt.

    Good luck with that NO TAXES thing. Keep drinking the same poison over and over and see if it makes things better.

  33. 33Kurt on Jun 12, 2011 at 7:38 am:

    YAYYYYYY Zombie.

    And Phobos, you’re clueless.

  34. 34Mike on Feb 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm:

    Yup, there are definitely a few protests in San Fran

  35. 35Elect Harold Miller 4 San Francisco Mayor N 2015 on Jun 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm:

    Well it looks like Mitt Romey will be our next President , thanks to the Suprem Court today……

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