A gallery of 43 Bay Area lawmakers, activists, immigrants, lawyers, engineers, environmentalists, and self-styled revolutionaries preparing to take on the Donald Trump presidency, come what may.
A portfolio by Jason Madara and George McCalman, originally published in the February 2017 issue of San Francisco magazine
The trajectory of the next four years isn’t known to any of us. We can’t predict whether Donald Trump will be the worst, most malignant version of himself — the bizarre, sneering, volatile, indignant man he often was on the campaign trail (and still is on Twitter) — or the better, kinder, more humane Trump his voters imagine him to be. We don’t know. We don’t know. We don’t know.
However, we can ascertain from his cabinet selections that he is not looking to forge a middle road. His election was a blunt rejection of an overwhelming majority of the voters in metropolitan America, and it stands to reason that his policies will follow the same punitive course.
And so most of us in the urban Bay Area are left with little choice: Either we roll over, or we resist. The 43 individuals pictured here have all resolved, in their own ways, to do the latter.
In anticipation of the coming battles, San Francisco magazine partnered with photographer Jason Madara and creative director George McCalman on “The Resistance,” an extension of the duo’s ongoing “Individuals Project” featuring dozens of Bay Area residents who are changing the physical and cultural landscape. Over the course of three days in December, dozens of local lawmakers, activists, non-profit directors, and self-dubbed revolutionaries streamed, one by one, into Madara’s studio in the Dogpatch district of San Francisco to be photographed and interviewed. Many of their voices can be heard in the audio clips embedded below, as well as in veteran broadcaster Randy Shandobil’s California politics podcast This Golden State. More perspectives on the burgeoning Bay Area resistance, as well as a directory of social-service organizations in need of your time and money, will appear on sanfranmag.com later this week, and in the February 2017 issue of San Francisco, available beginning Thursday, January 26. (You can subscribe to the magazine here, or sign up for email newsletters here.)
Nobody knows what the Trump Age holds in store. But the people pictured below know that the time for blind hope is gone. The time for action is now.
“We will not compromise.” — Tom Steyer
“We’re resilient. We’re tough. And we’ll do whatever it takes to get through this together.” — London Breed, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
“How can a city or state fight a country? We’ve been doing that in this office for quite some time.” — Dennis Herrera, San Francisco city attorney
“The lie of American post-racial harmony has been destroyed. And that is a good thing.” — Cat Brooks, Oakland-based organizer
“For all of us, being undocumented — being who we are — is already a form of resistance.” — Andrea Reyes, former DreamSF fellow
“America bases itself on ‘Justice for all.’ It doesn’t say, ‘Justice for all unless you’re an immigrant.’” — Jeff Adachi
“If your information is not encrypted, it will become public.” — Moxie Marlinspike, cybersecurity expert
“Americans ought to be nervous if the government is keeping dossiers on them. It means we’re not a free country anymore.” — Cindy Cohn, executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation