Local activism roundup

Bay Area community members organize and lead efforts to support causes they are passionate about

Bay Clean-Up:

On March 25, the Climate Reality Project hosted a clean-up of the San Leandro Bay. The organization continues to work towards practical climate solutions and encouraged participants to preserve the last remaining marshlands with this hands-on experience. Volunteers met in Oakland to clean up plastics and trash as well as enjoy views of the bay.

Animal Rights:

From June 9 to 14, students with the Direct Action Everywhere organization in Berkeley will bring together animal rights activists from around the world for this annual event. This organization has already taken steps to introduce legislation against factory farms. More than 500 people will be in pursuit of these efforts as they have done in previous years, according to the Liberation Conference’s website.

Trans Support Group:

On April 6, the San Mateo County Pride Center hosted a peer-led support group open to non-cisgender adults to share experiences and build a community. This group is a safe space with available resources like clinical support for those who would benefit more from that than the socialization activities the center typically offers.

This Burning World:

On March 26, artist Jeffrey Gibson’s art gallery in San Francisco aimed to highlight the importance of our relationship with the planet. According to the Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco’s website, the installations and hundreds of videos he displayed on the walls and floors captured natural evolving environments to give thanks, but also apologize for how humans have treated them.

Indigenous Voices Reading And Listening Circle:

On March 23, led by urban Indigenous women, the Monthly Indigenous Voices Reading and Listening Circle read and discussed recommended readings from the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust website to investigate how efforts by indigenous groups to resist carbon have been successful in slowing down greenhouse gas emissions.