Arrests after overnight 'San Francisco Commune' occupation

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PHOTO BY ALEX KERFOOT

After at least 100 people remained in a building at 888 Turk for almost 24 hours, police ended the occupation at 1:30 pm today, blocking off the street, and arrested more than 70.

According to a press release from OccupySF, the occupation's purpose was "creating a community center in the spirit of the buildings original intention, to create a center for health and healing.  In a city with ten thousand homeless people and thirty two thousand vacant but habitable units, it is a crime against humanity that people are prevented from sleeping through the night as part of a political protest or as a basic human right."

A muni bus carrying police in riot gear pulled up in front of the building and officers ran out, issuing no warning to those inside.

The number of occupiers had jumped since noon, when a march of about 40 supporters arrived. A large group was on the second floor when police entered; according to protesters who remained inside, some had barricaded the stairway.

“For a while, we knew they were inside the building and we could hear a sound like a battering ram,” said one protester, who says that she was transported to the jail in the same vehicle as a man who sustained a broken wrist during the raid.

Some who were outside the building when police arrived were allowed to leave out the front door, and others may have exited from different routes.

Independent journalists were among those arrested.

Protesters say that they were occupying the space to demand rights for the homeless and a community center in which to organize.

The occupation was part of a “National Day of Action for the Right to Exist,” organized by the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) and USA-Canada Alliance of Inhabitants. According to Paul Boden, an organizer with WRAP, demonstrations in conjunction with the day of action took place in 17 cities.

“The government serves the people. If the laws stops working, and there are people who are homeless on the street and they need a place to stay, they should be able to stay there,” said Shannon Mueller, a sophomore environmental studies major at the University of San Francisco. Mueller and others from Occupy USF joined about 50 others who protested outside police lines as the arrests took place.

Most have been charged with misdemeanor trespass.

Neighbors varied in their responses to the occupation on their street. Some from the Parkview Terraces apartment building across the street expressed support and gave donations to occupiers, while others reproached the group or called, “get a job.”

A group of about 50 supporters gathered at Union Square to at 5pm and marched to 850 Bryant where some of those arrested were being released, blasting music, dancing, and chanting “this is what solidarity looks like.”

Comments

My understanding is that this was not an action consensed upon by the OSF GA.

Attributing the action to OSF if it was not consensed upon by the GA is incorrect.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

into a ridiculous, chaotic, losty clusterfuck?

Well, most people did. Somehow you missed that though, when you were telling us about 5 months ago how Occupy would become a force for sweeping political change.

What happened there, dude? You did actually attempt to call me out on it...

Repost those public opinion numbers for me any time.

Posted by Longtime Lurker on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

Popular resistance to state control faces many obstacles. The state itself has a toolkit that involves cooptation and repression. We've seen repression demonstrated in NYC and Oakland.

What we're seeing now is cooptation where the nonprofiteers that have run the SF progressive electoral project into the ground working their magic on OSF. Nonprofits that are close to the economic sectors that characterize Wall Street--Finance, Insurance (health) and Real Estate (housing)--that take city money or grant funding must appease their funders lest they be cut off.

The presence of these compromised elements in a broad popular volunteer movement, given the spectacular failure of their two recent outings, January 20th and April 1st, not to mention other flat footed actions during the occupation proper, has to be contained in a manner such that the priorities of OSF check the inclination towards cooptation and outright failure that characterize so much of the progressive left.

If the nonprofiteers and labor organizers want to participate in OSF, they should come to the GA or get active in a working group just like everyone else. It is clear through their record that their actions are little more than thrash and even though they get paid to do advocacy, labor representation and activism, they're not very effective.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 6:59 am

Oooh ooh! I know the answer to this one--

It would have to be someone who is: cynical, fearful, insecure, selfish, uneducated, has a resentful heart, never understood politics or economics to begin with, and is projecting their own hate and paranoia onto those around them who actually work for positive change. OH!-- a bored envious troll!

... Sound correct?

Johnny, tell 'em what he's won!

Posted by StopFoolingYourself on Apr. 04, 2012 @ 2:00 am

Oooh ooh! I know the answer to this one--

It would have to be someone who is: cynical, fearful, insecure, selfish, uneducated, has a resentful heart, never understood politics or economics to begin with, and is projecting their own hate and paranoia onto those around them who actually work for positive change. OH!-- a bored envious troll!

... Sound correct?

Johnny, tell 'em what he's won!

Posted by StopFoolingYourself on Apr. 04, 2012 @ 2:01 am

Oooh ooh! I know the answer to this one--

It would have to be someone who is: cynical, fearful, insecure, selfish, uneducated, has a resentful heart, never understood politics or economics to begin with, and is projecting their own hate and paranoia onto those around them who actually work for positive change. OH!-- a bored envious troll!

... Sound correct?

Johnny, tell 'em what he's won!

Posted by StopFoolingYourself on Apr. 04, 2012 @ 2:02 am

Oooh ooh! I know the answer to this one--

It would have to be someone who is: cynical, fearful, insecure, selfish, uneducated, has a resentful heart, never understood politics or economics to begin with, and is projecting their own hate and paranoia onto those around them who actually work for positive change. OH!-- a bored envious troll!

... Sound correct?

Johnny, tell 'em what he's won!

Posted by StopFoolingYourself on Apr. 04, 2012 @ 2:03 am
Posted by Troll II on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

You really have a hard on for this don't you? The "progressive" "journalist" gets to protest up a storm and then wants to use their status as a "journalist" as a get out of jail free card. No one would have come out to say "hey" would they?

Your obsession with being part of the protest as an activist "journalist" and you being too big of a coward to sit in jail is entertaining.

Jail sucks, I know first hand, but your entitlement is remarkable.

Posted by matlock on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 3:26 am

Since when is any journalist covering a national story automatically a protest participant?

Check yourself-- I'd like to see investigative journalism by any Rupert Murdoch cable station. The field doesn't seem to exist anymore for the mainstream media.

You should praise God that anyone is risking their own well-being in this day and age to offer a balanced and first-hand perspective of events in the US.

I'm sure your children will be proud when you explain to them that you were a vocal opponent of those who tried to save their future from disintegrating into the puddle of banker excrement that will be all that's left for them.

Posted by StopFoolingYourself on Apr. 04, 2012 @ 1:53 am

ravings.

Posted by matlock on Apr. 04, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

What does "consensed" mean Marcos?

Po-lice love this stuff!! Lots more overtime pay to help bankrupt the city quicker.

Posted by Troll the IV on Apr. 04, 2012 @ 11:08 am

not surprisingly, trying to feather their nests as much as possible before everything goes to the dogs.

But Occupy is a footnote.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 04, 2012 @ 11:18 am

Consensed is a neologism that means to reach consensus on.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 04, 2012 @ 11:23 am

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