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"Cops and Condos go Hand in Hand!" Video, Poster, and Photos from Jan 1st March
On January 1st, people marched and rallied in San Francisco against the 'Take Back the Plaza' campaign organized by wealthy business owners. Below are pictures from the march, a video, and a new PDF poster for printing and sharing with co-workers, neighbors, friends, and those in your community.
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Cops and Condos go Hand in Hand!
Recently, business owners have pushed to “Clean Up The Plaza.” This zero tolerance policy has forced out many while hipsters drink openly in Dolores Park. At the same time, developers have announced a new condo project at 16th. The developers need the police to sweep away the poor, while capitalism throws out thousands through evictions, high rents, and poor paying jobs. In turn, more young people are forced to illegally make money to survive, channeling millions into prison. The police are the foot soldiers of gentrification.
In the 1970s, BART construction threatened Mission families with eviction. But people banded together and stopped it. Then, like now, the cops tried to clear the streets. They targeted young people in low-riders with tickets and harassment. But people united, even forming a solidarity campaign, Los Siete de la Raza, around seven youths accused of killing an officer. Still, young people are targets of police bullets and brutality. As the rents and condos go up, so does the abuse we face at the hands of the pigs. This is our neighborhood and these are not “our cops.” They are the ones that come to make sure that we are evicted from our homes and made homeless. They are our enemies.