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Press Release: World Homeless Action Day, Direct Action Today
SF Homes Not Jails to occupy 10 vacant buildings containing more than 700 housing units today, after a rally and march beginning at 5PM at Civic Center (Larkin & Fulton).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Brian Wilkes
Live updates to be posted Oct. 10th at http://www.HomesNotJailsSF.org and 1.877.50.SQUAT (1.877.507.7828).
When: October 10th, 2011 5:00 pm
Where: Civic Center (Larkin & Fulton Sts.) San Francisco
What: World Homeless Action Day - Homes Not Jails - Rally, March and Citywide Open Housing Occupations.
SAN FRANCISCO—Squatters' collective, Homes Not Jails, convenes at Civic Center on World Homeless Action Day to rally, take to the streets, and occupy over 10 vacant buildings consisting of more than 700 housing units. Homes Not Jails is taking Direct Action on October 10th, by staging multiple public “open occupations” of vacant residential housing in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco. Hundreds of homeless individuals, community leaders, activists, immigrant community members, children, families, social workers, squatters, students, educators, and San Franciscans of all stripes will gather this Monday at 5pm in Civic Center.
The group will rally for the right to housing and engage in Direct Action, marching directly into vacant properties and reclaiming them for homeless families and individuals. Tours of the wasted housing will be available for those who come inside before the doors are blockaded by the police.
Organizers are outraged that—while approximately 10,000 San Franciscans are homeless on any given night, according to 2010 Census Bureau data—over 30,000 housing units remain vacant. Organizers know that vacant housing is a unacceptable waste of resources and that it should be utilized by those who are most in need.
In the past year, five housing rights demonstrations in the San Francisco have included lively housing occupations, and this Monday' s action will be the largest, most exciting and educational occupation yet. A community assembly addressing homelessness and the housing crisis will take place on the sidewalk outside of the main occupation site. Live music, spoken word, and poetry will be featured, and hot meals by Food Not Bombs will be served.
The October 10th direct actions are in solidarity with OccupySF and Occupy Oakland as well as the 34 countries on every continent throughout the world, who are engaging in unique actions on World Homeless Action Day. The San Francisco event will begin with a rally at 5:00pm, and at 5:30pm the group will march to various undisclosed vacant properties to occupy, support and participate in the housing takeovers.
On the Day of Action: Event updates and details will be available throughout the day/night on Monday, Oct. 10th, at http://www.HomesNotJailsSF.org and 1.877.50.SQUAT (1.877.507.7828).