Owner of Church of 8 Wheels, Rev. David Miles Jr., speaks to a crowd of skaters in front of the Ferry building on March 27, 2021. Miles held a skating demonstration called ‘Skate Against Violence’ to showcase solidarity for the Asian community. (Emily Curiel / Golden Gate Xpress) (Emily Curiel)
Owner of Church of 8 Wheels, Rev. David Miles Jr., speaks to a crowd of skaters in front of the Ferry building on March 27, 2021. Miles held a skating demonstration called ‘Skate Against Violence’ to showcase solidarity for the Asian community. (Emily Curiel / Golden Gate Xpress)

Emily Curiel

Gallery: Demonstrators skate in solidarity with AAPI community

April 7, 2021

On March 24, Church of 8 Wheels posted a flyer on its Instagram account stating that it would be holding a “skating demonstration of peace, love and solidarity with the Asian community.”

The organization wanted to showcase how the San Francisco skating community “rolls together” — pun intended. The event took place on March 27, 2021, at the Aquatic Park.

According to the flyer, skaters rolled by Fisherman’s Wharf, Ferry Building, AT&T Park and Chase Center, back to Aquatic Park. The flyer encouraged demonstrators to make signs, bring any family members and electrify the mood with portable music. Bikes, skates and anything on wheels was welcomed.

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Emily lives life through a viewfinder. She has a hummingbird superstition and spends most of her down time playing the mobile app game called Two Dots, she’s sort of obsessed. She eats a lot of hamburgers and pets a lot of animals when she can. She’s a sucker for museums, sports, chocolate and anything artsy that’s hands on.

Her career goal, to put it simple, as the great Warren Buffett said, is to find a job that she loves so she doesn’t have to work a day in her life. She wants to be a great photojournalist, who is well-paid, so she may be able to live comfortably with good health insurance. Emily wants to be able to enlighten society in a more positive way through her photographs and storytelling. Dorothea Lange once said, “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” This is what Emily wants to embody and hopes she can do so in the field of journalism. You can find more of her work here.

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