Family, friends and community members grieving for the life of Lawrence Richardson will meet on Fillmore and Eddy at 6:15 tonight for a candle light vigil. Richardson, 21, was shot and killed on Eddy April 2.
At a rally at City Hall marking the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP, mourned the young man’s death. Read more »
The inside is mainly filled with people organizing, exchanging ideas, and e-mailing and calling contacts from around the city who may be able to provide assistance for the effort. Many are coordinating for a meeting with the Catholic Archdiocese – which owns this former mental health clinic at 888 Turk Street – that is scheduled to take place this afternoon. A delegation from the Interfaith Council of San Francisco and the National Lawyers Guild are also on their way to building to help plan for the meeting.
A head count last night showed there were about 125 people here. Some have left, but many arrived this morning, leaving about 100 at this point. Various rooms in the building have been organized for different purposes including a welcome desk and information center, sleeping quarters, library, and medical clinic.
UPDATE: Representatives of the Archdiocese have made clear that they will not make a decision regarding the building occupation until the morning
OccupySF, along with at least 400 supporters and homeless advocacy groups, have entered a vacant ’building and plan to turn it into a community center. Participants served a free dinner, unrolled sleeping bags and tacked up posters in rooms marked “sleeping quarters” by organizers, and are currently meeting to decide next steps.Read more »
Josh Stearns of Free Press has been tracking arrests of journalists covering Occupy protests since September. He tracks using news outlets, social media, and tips, and always reaches out to confirm the details with each journalist. He did this for me when I was arrested Jan. Read more »
Everyone stops what they were doing and ducks behind the plastic tables set up on the sidewalk. Flyers and packaging rustle in the wind. There's no yelling or chaos, but three police cars speed onto the scene from three different directions.
The Mirkarimi saga and the troubling prevalence of domestic violence are disturbing. But if there's a bright side, it's that advocacy groups, including La Casa de Las Madres, the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, and SF National Organization of Women (NOW) have been able to use the incident to raise awareness about domestic violence. Now, they may be affecting city policy.Read more »