Different Kind of Protest at San Francisco City Hall

June 14, 2020

    It wasn’t a typical protest in San Francisco to support the Black Lives Matter movement on Sunday morning.

    At least, it wasn't the kind of protest you've been seeing on TV lately.

    This one was very quiet. Instead of chanting, yelling or clashing with officers, the group of about 75 people sat, meditated and listened in front of San Francisco’s City Hall.

    "It would be a very practice for us to be able to open our hearts and to listen in a non-judgmental fashion to what our black colleagues, friends, family have to say," organizer Chris Pham said.

    The event was hosted by Sit. Walk. Listen. According to the group's Facebook page, the idea for the event was to bring "peaceful compassionate nonviolence to the streets; to listen, to follow, and support black people."

    "We get grounded, really listen to ourselves with a little walking group as well," Pham explained. "Mindful steps. It’s pretty slow."

    A group of about 100 people sits and meditates in front of City Hall in San Francisco.
    Photo credit Jennifer Hodges/KCBS Radio

    Everyone sat on the ground and spaced out. Signs that read "Black Lives Matter" and were on the ground next to them.

    "That’s the process that begins the journey of healing," Pham said.

    The organization hosted a similar event last week.

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