HARVEY MILK STUDENT POWER PROTEST MARCH – On Scene With Bill Wilson

BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson © 2010

Harvey Milk was smiling yesterday. There is a painting on the side of the building that once housed his camera shop of Harvey looking out the window. Yesterday in his line of vision were the students of Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy returning to their school after participating in a protest march in the Castro. He would have been proud of them.

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Harvey looking down with approval on students from HMCRA
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2010

The march started at the school on 19th and Collingswood with a spirited rally in the schoolyard. Principal Christina Velasco beating the HMCRA drum led chants of “Save our school!” Students had made signs to carry and flyers to have out. A colorful banner with “Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy” held by students was at the head of the march at it left the school grounds and headed east on 19th toward Castro. From 19th and Castro the march headed north using the west side of the street. People came out of the stores and buildings to see what was going on.

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Principal Christina Velasco with drum leads the protest march
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2010

There were enough students that when they got to 18th and Castro they filled crosswalks in all directions as they circled around several times before continuing up Castro to the Harvey Milk Plaza.

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Harvey Milk students coming and going in all the crosswalks
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2010

The rally at Harvey Milk plaza consisted of students who spoke about why it was important to properly fund schools. “I want my teacher to have a job,” was the reason one student gave. Echoing the slogans on several of their signs, another student said, “Education is my future.” They also understood the reasons why they needed to be protesting. When asked what he liked about his school one little boy said, “I like that they teach us about freedom and justice. I want there to be justice everywhere.” Another little girl urged the students to never give up.

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Signs of the times at Harvey Milk Plaza
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2010

The Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy protest march was one of many held across the state to protest cuts to education on all levels. There was a large rally at City Hall that forced the closure of the street facing Civic Center Plaza and the entrance to City Hall.

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Protestors at City Hall cause the closure of the entrance to City Hall
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2010

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a San Francisco-based veteran photojournalist. Bill embraced photojournalism at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR), The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, SFist, SFAppeal. Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past six years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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