Occupy San Francisco Protests Ban on Homeless Sitting on Sidewalk
Occupy San Francisco continued their actions today by protesting against foreclosures, evictions and the criminalization of homelessness.
Occupiers sat down in front of Harvey Milk Plaza to protest San Francisco's Sit/Lie ban, which bans sitting or lying on the city's sidewalks for all, but ultimately is most detrimental to the homeless. Community Not Commodity, an LGBT Occupy coalition that organized the rally, said the ban severely affects LGBT youth, who make up 40 percent of the population.
Prior to the sit-in, protesters gathered in front of several banks in the Castro neighborhood to demand an end to foreclosures and evictions. The group shouted:
We demand that all evictions within our community cease immediately. Instead of investing in toxic and criminalization, we demand that all of our communities are provided with access to health care, affordable housing, food. And we demand that the laws of justice respect the needs of the people over the needs of banks and corporations. Evict Wells Fargo!
Activists also targeted Bank of America.
From Harvey Milk Plaza, Occupiers marched to Sterling Bank & Trust, entered their lobby and demanded that they stop fractional interest loans. Protesters handed the manager of the bank a request and urged them to halt all evictions.