The first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street was marked Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Various actions were held, converging on an early evening rally, march, dinner and street festival before some camped out. See the video by Eric Louie here.
The University of California Board of Regents have found plenty of money for expensive construction projects and have hired so many administrators that they actually now outnumber teachers. But they’ve raised tuition and fees so high that, when factoring the aid available, the average student at U.C. Berkeley now actually pays more for education than the average student at Harvard. And even though they’ve agreed to not discuss fee increases [...]
Exactly one year ago, San Francisco police shot and killed Kenneth Harding, Jr. over a $2 MUNI fare. The city, SFMTA and the SFPD are stonewalling on the investigation and aren’t releasing videos they confiscated. The family of Kenneth need answers. They shot him the back but can’t look us in the eye? Kenneth Harding didn’t have to die. To mark the occasion, activists gathered at key intersections to temporarily [...]
Once a year, some friends of mine gather in downtown San Francisco and march through the financial district, trying to bring positive energy to a corrupt system.
Sous-titres en français. On 29 June 2012, Occupiers in San Francisco journeyed to the Canadian consulate to demand they fax our statement of solidarity be faxed to Canada’s Premier. In our statement, we strongly condemned Quebec’s recently passed Bill 78, which severely and undemocratically restricts free speech and assembly. As the consulate staff searched the internet for Jean Charest’s fax number, we chanted and marched through the financial district. French [...]
Right now, postal workers in Washington D.C. are having a hunger strike. Why? Because corporations are bribing politicians to shut down the post office and privatize the system, destroying the second largest employer in the United States. Occupy joined with unions, ANSWER Coalition, the Gray Panthers and many others to march to a local post office in a poor part of town, take it over and hold a rally inside. [...]
In 1966, three years before New York’s Stonewall riot, a San Francisco police officer walked into Compton’s Cafeteria responding to a call from the owner complaining of a rowdy customer. The officer roughly grabbed a trans woman, who’d had enough of police harassment and threw her coffee in his face. The customers rioted, pushing the police out into the street and smashing windows. They trashed a police car and set [...]
Pride originally celebrated a riot that kicked off the gay rights movement, but is now sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco’s leader in foreclosures. Queer folk in Occupy decided to remind people that this day is about Pride not Profit. It’s a movement, not a market. Community not commodity. Act Up rattled people and disturbed the peace. Revolution isn’t polite. Occupy will not be silenced. bayoccupride.com occupyevictions.org occupyevictions.org
This year Pride was different. Originally celebrating a riot that kicked off the gay rights movement, Pride has become a tame, corporate sponsored event. Queer folk in Occupy decided to remind people of Pride’s origins. Pride not Profit. A movement, not a market. Community not commodity. Act Up rattled people and disturbed the peace. Revolution isn’t polite. Occupy will not be silenced. bayoccupride.com