I’ve been writing several SF freethought groups (plus Humanistic Jewish and Unitarian congregations) urging them to come together for a protest against the annual, religious-right antichoice march coming up on Saturday. It turns out that at least one group has been doing that already, also annually:
Join Counter March to Catholic West Coast Walk for Life
Saturday, January 22, 2011, 11 a.m.
Location: Harry Bridges Plaza, Embarcadeo at Market, San Francisco, CA 94607
How to find us: “Look for the people who are supporting women’s rights.”
Led by the Catholics, the Right-to-Life movement has staged an annual West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco for several years. Each January they bus in thousands of well-meaning theists who can only understand reproductive rights issues in terms of the woman’s duty to give birth to the human soul divinely created at the moment of conception. Five years ago organizers of the counter demonstration in favor of women’s rights reached out to us for support. Both East Bay and San Francisco Atheists participated in the last five counter demonstrations.
East Bay and San Francisco Atheists will again participate in the counter demonstration to the Walk for Life on Saturday, January 22, in San Francisco. Please help us take advantage of this excellent opportunity to enhance the understanding of the need for the separation of religion and government, and to develop respect among our natural allies.
We will meet at 11:00 AM at Harry Bridges Plaza, the median strip plaza in front of the Ferry Building, at the intersection of Market and Embarcadero Streets in San Francisco. This is very close to the Embarcadero BART station. There will be several informal speeches, and we will start marching at noon.
This has always been a peaceful counter march. Please join us.