Demonstrators against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline gathered outside of the federal building in San Francisco, CA on January 26, 2017. While the demonstration started at 6pm, organizers laid out banners and constructed signs before the protest began. San Francisco Police Department stood on the outskirts of the protesters as members waved signs along the sidewalks, reaching out to traffic along Mission street.
The demonstration opened with a prayer as well as propaganda messages being broadcast through a projector onto the federal building behind the gathering. Afterwards, awareness of the west Berkeley Shellmound was brought to the attention of the audience; the site is a sacred Native American burial ground that is under scrutiny for becoming the victim of a mixed-use development site. Speakers came to voice their opinions of the Dakota Access Pipeline, including several that have protested near the work site just a few months prior. Members of the audience were also asked to communicate with those next to them, stating a simple line of, “the world I know is possible, because…” Overall, the demonstration drew a large crowd that filled the plaza area of the Federal Building at the corner of 7th and Mission in the South of Market neighborhood.