Almira Tanner

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June 25, 2022

Activists display massive 100 foot banner on overpass calling on Golden Gate Fields to shut down

The protest occurred after yet another horse was killed at the horse racing track that spans Berkeley and Albany.

Following yet another death at Golden Gate Fields horse racing track, dozens of activists gathered on a nearby overpass in Berkeley and displayed a massive 100 foot banner reading "Shut Down Golden Gate Fields." Thousands of motorists saw the banner during the busy Saturday afternoon, with many honking in support. Activists also held tombstones representing the nine horses that have been killed so far this year at the racetrack, including 6 in the last two months.

Many East Bay residents are unaware of what goes on at Golden Gate Fields and are supportive of calls to shut down the track and convert the land into something that would meet the needs of the community, such as low-income housing, a community garden, or a recreational area. Rather than engage with the community on the issue, Golden Gate Fields has sued Direct Action Everywhere and four individuals for taking action against the track, arguably to silence their critics. The lawsuit is still ongoing.

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Activists hold a 100 foot banner reading Shut Down Golden Gate Fields

The banner was displayed on an overpass a mile from the horse racing track

Activists holding tombstones for the 9 horses who have been killed so far this year