Occupy is back -- with horns and glitter - Page 3

An energetic day of action shows that the movement is very much alive

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Occupy protesters block bank entrances on Jan. 20
GUARDIAN PHOTO BY LUKE THOMAS

Soon, many other protesters streamed into the building. They held it, with no police interference, for several hours.

Around 9:30, police entered the building and arrested three protesters for trespassing. About 15 others remained in the building, but left voluntarily by midnight.

This building has been a target of protest campaigns in San Francisco since it was purchased by California Pacific Medical Center, which closed the hotel in 2009. There are plans underway for a hospital to open at the site in 2015.

The project has been met with opposition from unions such as SEIU United Healthcare Workers West and UNITE HERE Local 2. The California Nurses Association (CNA) has also come out against the hospital proposal. In fact, it was the target of a CNA protest earlier in the day Jan. 20, when protesters created a "human billboard" reading "CPMC for the 1 percent."

At a Jan.18 press conference, CNA member Pilar Schiavo said that at the former Cathedral Hill Hotel site, "A huge hospital is being planned with is being likened by Sutter to a five-star hotel. At the same time, Sutter is gutting St. Lukes Hospital, which is essential to providing healthcare for residents in the Mission, the Excelsior and Bayview- Hunter's Point."

Homes Not Jails, a group that finds housing for the homeless, often without regard to property rights, was crucial to planning the "Liberate the Commons' protest. The group insists that the 30,000 vacant housing units in San Francisco should be used to shelter the city's homeless, which they estimate at 10,000.

 

RAINY REBIRTH

Wet and cold conditions were not what Occupy SF Housing Coalition organizers had in mind they spent weeks planning Occupy Wall Street West, which was billed as the reemergence of the Occupy Movement in San Francisco for 2012.

Yet for many, the day was still a success.

"The rain's a downer. But I think it speaks to the power of the movement, the fact that all these people are still out getting soaked," said Heller on Jan. 20.

Perhaps hundreds of "fair-whether activists" did forgo the day's events to stay out of the cold. If that's the case, then occupy protesters with big plans for the spring should be pleased.

At this rate, it seems that Occupy will survive the winter- and emerge with renewed energy in 2012.

 

This article has been to corrected. We originally reported that a demonstration at the offices of Citi Apartments was led by the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA). In fact, it was led by the Filipino Community Center and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, and supported by a number of organizations including the Progressive Workers Alliance, of which CPA is a member organization. We regret the error.

Comments

So you marched around for a while, tried and ultimately failed tot ake over an abandoned building, got a bunch of yourselves arrested, and somehow that's going to change the world?

Don't think so. It's just a ragbag of the usual activist suspects with a new brand name.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 26, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

Nothing going on here. Just keep shopping.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 27, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

Cheers to the hundreds of people who demonstrated your commitment, creativity, and willingness to work hard (and get wet!) in order to improve our wonderful but flawed city! Thank you for being out there on behalf of so many more of us. It's wonderful to hear of so many creative protests, so many different ways people are expressing their anger at the abuses of these banks.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 26, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

Well, it's funny how change happens--and it's funny what people notice and don't.
It's usually hand fulls, then arm fulls of "ragbag" folks trying different things and some times things do change and sometimes we learn and try something different-- and it is rarely on prime time. The fact is, four homeowners have not been kicked out of their homes by banks and one groups of tenants will not get kicked out as a result of the efforts of Occupy SF Housing Coalition in the last month. The Occupy Wall St West action in the rain was just a effort to see what we could do together with a wide group of the 99% in the heart of corporate power in the Western US.

Posted by Guest pre-occupation on Jan. 26, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

I think the graffiti all over the CMPC building more eloquently distills the Bay Area Occupy movement better than any article. It reads :

"Health Care
Fuck Pigs"

Stay Classy, Occupy.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 26, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

Audio of voices of the 99% from OWSW J20 at http://bit.ly/x3eJXQ . They taken back what's right!

Posted by Guest on Jan. 27, 2012 @ 12:17 am

Right on Occupy West! Wish you were back east with me in Asheville, where the GREEDY, RICH WITH TAXPAYER BILLIONS, SUPER POWER MONGER OUT OF CONTROL - WELLS FARGO BANK is taking my tiny little (less than 400 sq ft) home from me, illegally, after running me into the ground for TWO LONG YEARS, and causing me to lose EVERYTHING. I would love for you to block MY doors - to keep them away from me. Unless this "Independent Foreclosure Review" does something (doubtful at this point) soon, I'll be out in the street in less than three weeks, with nothing; no job, no money and nowhere to go. After all, Hells Fargo just HAS to have my little house back, too, to add to those BILLIONS of dollars our government (stole from us and) gave to them. That's just not enough... they want EVERYTHING WE OWN NOW, TOO!

Posted by Guest on Jan. 27, 2012 @ 4:50 am

sit in any bankruptcy court and listen to the endless trail of witless debtors who blame everyone for their problems except themselves.

We don't have a mortgage problem in the US. We have a personal responsibility problem.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 27, 2012 @ 11:38 am

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