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Outerlands Helps to Initiate Black Lives Matter Solidarity March

The “Sunset Solidarity” march is planned for 1 p.m. on Tuesday

Outerlands, a restaurant in the Outer Sunset, helped initiate a march in solidarity with Black Lives Matter that has since gained widespread support.
Rachelle Derouin

Outer Sunset restaurant Outerlands has been temporarily shuttered for the majority of San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order, part of an effort to keep its staff and patrons safe from the coronavirus pandemic. But when faced with the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, and the subsequent demonstrations against police brutality and racial inequality nationwide, the restaurant worked to help organize a march in solidarity with the Black Lives Movement.

Outerlands co-founder Lana Porcello tells Eater SF that the march first “came together informally yesterday among a few Sunset residents and businesses,” including her 11-year-old Judah Street restaurant.

After Porcello and her co-organizers initiated the effort, she says that it “gained a wider momentum” and has since “been joined by larger community groups who are taking on more formal organization.” Included in that is District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar, who says that participants will “march because Black Lives Matter.”

Participants in the march are asked to meet at the Parkside intersection of Great Highway (which is presently closed to traffic) and Sloat Boulevard at 1 p.m.. Marchers, who must remain masked and maintain a social distance of six feet, will walk north on Great Highway to Lincoln Way.


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