At least seven murals in San Francisco’s iconic Clarion Alley have been defaced with right-wing Republican slogans this weekend.
A mural touting immigrant rights has been plastered with red “Make America Great Again” hats, a hashtag followed by the phrase “Fake News” was painted over a mural of honoring people slain by police and “KAVANAUGH justice for all!” was plastered over a mural that used to read “JUSTICE FOR SAHLEEM TINDLE,” an Oakland man shot and killed by BART police.
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The Clarion Alley Mural Project is run by a grassroots collective of artists based in the Mission District, aiming to highlight marginalized communities and social justice. Running between Mission and Valencia streets with murals all along its length, the alley is maintained by artists who volunteer their time and often pay for their own materials, according to the project’s website.
Though the murals have been defaced in the past, this vandalism is unique for its political messaging.
The attack appears to have taken place some time Friday night, and sources who visited the alley told the San Francisco Examiner at least seven murals have been vandalized.
The @clarionalleyofficial Instagram account, which the Examiner could not confirm was indeed an “official” account but is linked to a mural artist, recounted the destruction:
“So last night the alley got hit hard by Drumpfettewhite supremacist fascist vandals who destroyed countless murals adding horribly rendered MAGA hats (made in China) and messages of their tiny tangerine tyrant’s misogynist hate speech,” the account posted Saturday evening. “They didn’t have the talent, decency or dedication to simply paint their own mural expressing their small-minded uninformed hateful opinions, they had to express themselves by destroying the beauty created by marginalized minorities & low income volunteer community muralists … true Trump style.”
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The account asked for everyone to pitch in to help Clarion Alley restore the murals, and pay for art supplies and time for the artists to restore the artworks to their former glory.
“Now is a great time to reciprocate — even if it’s only five bucks,” they wrote.
To help fund the restoration of the Clarion Alley murals, head to http://clarionalleymuralproject.org/contact/donate/.
A public dedication of three murals in solidarity with Palestine was planned for Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Clarion Alley, according to a Facebook event listing. Muralists and others connected to Clarion Alley could not be immediately reached for comment.