Front of SF City Hall, more people are gathered on the sidewalk
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
In an unusual move, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (BOS) overturned an earlier decision to further militarize SFPD with remotely controlled killer robots. On December 6, 2022, their vote went from 8-3 supporting armed robots to 8-3 against the robots.
Leading up to the December 6 vote, approximately 150 community members (including a group of CodePinks) rallied in front of SF City Hall opposing killer robots. Speakers emphasized the disproportionate use of lethal force against Black and Brown communities as well as investing city funds in the real services keeping San Franciscans safe such as housing, parks, food, education, health care, jobs training/development, etc.
Following the rally, CODEPINKs visited the offices of supervisors Chan and Mandelman. Chan reversed her vote; sadly Mandelman did not. Additionally, two CODEPINKs spoke out against killer robots at an unrelated BOS meeting following the rally.
Militarism must and can be stopped, locally and internationally, if we are vigilant and work together. It is hard work to do but peace and justice can and will replace militarism and war.
Eleanor Levine, SF Bay Area CODEPINK
CODEPINK Renay entering her Supe Mandelmen's Office
CODEPINKs follow Renay into Supe Mandleman's office. Notice Harvey Milk's portrait. What would Harvey say?
CODEPINK constituents of Supe Chan leave notes urging her to change her vote
Visits completed. We leave SF City Hall