ASNA’s​ ​Response​ ​to​ ​Patriot​ ​Prayer’s​ ​Press​ ​Conference​ ​in​ ​Alamo​ ​Square​

On Friday, August 25th 2017, The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association learned that the group known as Patriot’s Prayer has decided to abandon their planned rally at Crissy Field. In less than 24 hours, Patriot’s Prayer alternatively intends to hold a “press conference” in our iconic park to peddle their divisive rhetoric in a space that is not only used by our local community as a gathering place for diverse families and friends, but also as a welcoming spot for visitors to our great, American city from nearly every corner of the globe.

To be clear, the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association respects freedom of speech while standing in solidarity with our city, state, and federal leadership in denouncing any group that seeks to promote hateful and divisive language and behavior. Alamo Square is a densely populated, historically African American neighborhood which heightens our concerns of community safety surrounding this unplanned event which has not received any input or alignment with key community stakeholders. We are currently working with city officials and local law enforcement to ensure that our park, our neighborhood, and–most importantly–our neighbors are safe from the threat of a potential reaction similar to the events that occurred in Charlottesville, VA.

Patriot’s Prayer and groups who promote hatred and division have neither our support nor our approval to hold their “press conference” or any such gathering in the park whose beauty and accessibility we work tirelessly to preserve and maintain.

As a neighborhood unwavering in our support of women, communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and the immigrant community, we wish to make clear that Patriot’s Prayer and groups supporting similar missions, are not welcome in our city or our community. Our neighborhood represents the colorful social fabric for which San Francisco is well known.

The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association stands with the community of Charlottesville, VA and all communities that value peace, love, equality, and inclusion.

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