Locals are getting creative in how to deal with right-wing rallies in the wake of Charlottesville, and no more so than in San Francisco. The Patriot Prayer group will hold a "free speech" rally Saturday at Crissy Field, and the Guardian reports on an idea thought up by 45-year-old artist Tuffy Tuffington: to blanket the park with dog excrement. "I just had this image of alt-right people stomping around in the poop," Tuffington says. "It seemed like a little bit of civil disobedience where we didn't have to engage with them face to face." Other tactics planned by residents include deploying "contingents of clowns," as well as lots of cars to take up parking spaces and kids for the "cuteness" factor. A "flowers against fascism" effort will see residents handing out "all the cut flowers" they can gather.
Tuffington has set up a Facebook page to organize the dung droppers. Meanwhile, per CNN, Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson insists his group isn't meant for white supremacists (he says he's a person of color himself), and on the event's Facebook page it notes "no extremists will be allowed in. No Nazis, Communist, KKK, Antifa, white supremacist, I.E., or white nationalists. Specifically, Richard Spencer and Nathan Damigo will not be welcome." The event listing also points out black, Muslim, Hispanic, and other speakers will be in attendance. As for those concerned the park will be ruined for everyone else after Saturday's rally, the Guardian notes Tuffington's group plans on returning Sunday to "clean up the mess and hug each other." (Read more San Francisco stories.)