Occupy SF Creates Monument From Police Barricades

San Francisco, CA, Dec 2, 2011. The day after a major police raid on Occupy SF, a raid that was stopped in mid progress, occupiers created a monument using the abandoned police barricades. Protesters say San Francisco police made an “honorable retreat”, stopping the raid when they realized what they were doing against the citizenry was wrong. Occupiers cheerfully went about their business of operating the camp.

This was one of a series of city actions trying to minimize or remove the camp. There has been some discussion about the city moving the group to the Mission District, but nothing has been done so far. The power station, art studio, yoga lessons, food delivery all continued to operate. Many of the residents believe that the city/police actions have helped them by continually drawing attention to them. OccupySF is at Bradley Manning Plaza (formerly known as Justin Herman Plaza, across from the SF Ferry Building), and a block away in front of the Federal Reserve, 101 Market St, San Francisco, CA. Business suits have been wandering through, asking questions. The San Francisco Chronicle, December 2, 2011, reported a slightly different version of the raid than how it was described by the occupiers. In addition to the main protest effort, OccupySF is providing shelter and some care for San Francisco’s large population of homeless and those with mental illness and/or drug problems.

Occupy SF / Immigrant Rights one together

Occupy SF Marches in Defense of Immigrant Rights Rally at Justin Herman Plaza. 3pm march to 16th and Mission St. Embarcadero BART Station, 16th St. BART Station Marching under the slogan “Inmigrantes son parte del 99%” (Immigrants are part of the 99%), Occupy SF and immigrant rights groups are coming together this Saturday, Nov. 26th to connect the voice of the immigrant communities to that of the 99%.

The economic crisis, brought about by the greed and corruption of Wall St. banks and corporations, has taken from the 99% for too long. As part of this 99%, immigrants have been even further exploited by these same banks and corporations that seek to make profits from oppressive immigration laws.

It was recently uncovered that Wells Fargo is one of the largest investors in Geo Group, Inc. — the second largest private prison company in the world contracted by state and federal governments. The group spends millions lobbying for stricter immigration enforcement. This is just one example of banks exploiting immigrants at the same time they are exploiting the 99%.

The weekly Occupy SF Saturday march will highlight the need to make these connections. The march will leave Justin Herman Plaza at 3pm and arrive to 16th and Mission, to meet other community groups of the Mission District. Organized by: Occupy SF, La Raza Centro Legal, La Colectiva de Mujeres, Day Laborers Program, International Socialist Organization, ANSWER Coalition

#OWS Weekend Wrap-up

In Oakland, cops cleared an encampment located at 19th and Telegraph Avenue this morning. Despite the fact that police showed up in riot gear, barring protesters from their camp, no arrests or injuries were reported. In San Francisco, six demonstrators were arrested and many still fear that the main Occupy camp at Justin Herman Plaza, will suffer the same fate as the one that was raided in front of the Federal Reserve building. Occupy Boston has been labeled one of the best established locations throughout the country. A temporary court order has prevented police from breaking down the Dewey Square encampment within Boston’s financial district.