Occupy Wall Street

OccupySF appeals to City Hall, but the standoff continues

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Frustrated by repeated late-night police raids on their encampments and empty statements of support by top city officials, hundreds of protesters with OccupySF entered City Hall today – under the watchful eyes of a large police presence with riot gear at the ready – to testify at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting.Read more »

SF values and OccupySF

The protestors didn't start the confrontations with the police -- but we need to end them

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EDITORIAL This is what civility and compromise looks like:

At a little after 10 P.m. Oct 16, a squadron of San Francisco police equipped with riot gear raided and attempted to shut down the OccupySF protest. It was the second time San Francisco has embarrassed itself, becoming the only major U.S. city to attempt to evict members of the growing Occupation movement — and this time, the cops used a lot more force.Read more »

Oakland is hella occupied

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The Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza is about 150 strong at any given time, and with a march, rally, and live musical performances on Oct. 15, the protest zone in the heart of Oakland was buzzing with energy.Read more »

SFPD raids OccupySF again, using more force this time (PHOTOS AND VIDEO)

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2:10 pm UPDATE: OccupySF plans to march on City Hall today (Mon/17) starting at 5 pm at Justin Herman Plaza.

Police raided the OccupySF encampment for the second time last night. The events were similar to the Oct. 5 incident, where police stood in riot gear while the protesters’ materials were loaded into Department of Public Works trucks, then protesters sat, lay, and stood on the street around the trucks in an attempt to prevent them from leaving. In both cases, a kitchen and medical tent that had been set up by protesters were dismantled. Read more »

BREAKING: Police threaten another OccupySF raid

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After moving yesterday from the sidewalk in front of the Federal Reserve into nearby Justin Herman Plaza, the OccupySF encampment is again being threatened by the San Francisco Police Department, which is telling the group the city will enforce the nighttime curfew on the park and protesters must disperse. Sup. Read more »

To the wonderful folks at Occupy SF/Wall Street/Everywhere

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First of all, don't get depressed by this sort of stuff. During the occupation and blockade at Diablo Canyon, when about two thousand people managed to prevent the opening of the nuclear power plant, the mainstream news media kept reporting that the blockade was failing, that the protesters were getting tired, that everyone had Read more »

Protesters disrupt Murdoch speech (VIDEO)

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In the Grand Ballroom of the Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco on Oct. 14, News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch delivered a keynote address to a crowd that included senators, businesspeople, and high-ranking education officials from throughout the country -- yet he was interrupted repeatedly by activists, some of whom were dressed as Sesame Street characters.Read more »

Strive to fail

What new books by Chicken John and Reverend Billy have to say to the young occupiers in our streets

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steve@sfbg.com

LIT As I watched Occupy Wall Street grow and spread to other cities in recent weeks, I've been alternating between reading two books by familiar figures — a pair of fearless entities that have helped pry open public spaces using the simple weapon of creative expression — and I'm struck by the lessons they offer at this strangely hopeful moment in our history.Read more »

Inside the occupation

With its general assemblies, People's Mic, and chants of 'We are the 99 percent,' OccupySF gains momentum despite a police crackdown

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Follow the Guardian's complete Occupy SF coverage here.

Thursday morning, in gray seven o'clock fog, about 100 people asleep in front of the Federal Reserve building began to blink their eyes open. The bustling camp that had been there the day before — a small village of tents, tarps and easy-ups, shelves brimming with books, art supplies, and a display of hundreds of signs — was gone. The kitchen and all their food were missing, too.Read more »

Editor's notes

Leninists? Hardly -- Occupy Wall Street protesters are all about consensus

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tredmond@sfbg.com

It's nice to see that the days when you could get away with calling protesters commies are back. CNBC says that the Occupy Wall Street activists are "anarchists" who are "aligned with Lenin." Actually, none of the anarchists I know are remotely Leninist. The communists of old were all for the creation of a powerful state. Lenin read Bakunin in his early years, but later declared that anarchists were "bourgeois revolutionaries."Read more »