WHAT: San Francisco Commune - Housing & Social Center Occupation
Added to the calendar on Monday Apr 30th, 2012 3:05 PM
WHEN: May 1st 2012, 2PM*
WHERE: Market / Van Ness Sts. SF
*A march will also leave at 1:30PM from Market/Montgomery Sts. & converge with the SFC 2PM march at Market/Van Ness.
The San Francisco Commune has been initiated to provide a perpetual, autonomous headquarters for the Occupy SF movement.
This Tuesday, May 1st, Occupy SF affiliated groups will march to the new location of the San Francisco Commune, a formerly vacant building being transformed into a vibrant healing space, social center, and housing for the community. The march to the newly occupied building will begin at 2pm at Market St and Van Ness. At 1:30 a march will start from the People’s Street Festival at Market St. & Montgomery and end at Market & Van Ness to meet up with the march to the new building.
Is it not the symptom of a sick society, when ten thousand people must sleep on the street in a city where 32,000 homes lay vacant? By liberating a community resource, a vacant building, and handing it back to the people we bring immediate care and relief to those that are suffering while challenging the dominant economic system that prioritizes profit over human life. The Occupy SF encampments in the Financial District were excellent examples of what is possible when the commons are liberated and reclaimed by the people. A community was created where resources were shared in a gift economy, decisions were made horizontally, and medical care and food was provided for all. For 82 days hundreds of people without homes found refuge, healing and empowerment until the brutal police raid and removal of the camp in December.
The SF Commune’s most recent incarnation began on April 1st at 888 Turk Street and was violently evicted by SFPD’s SWAT team just as community support began pouring in. On Easter Sunday, within 6 days of the eviction another building was occupied to continue to provide housing to those in need of it. This May 1st in solidarity with the call for a General Strike and May Day actions around the world, we will March to the new location of a previously vacant building and will re-open the space for the public as a social center, housing and organizing space for the community. Join us Tuesday at 2pm at Market St & Van Ness and/or at 1:30pm at Market St. and Montgomery.
The event will also include a large community BBQ (w/ vegan & veggie dishes) be prepared by the OccupySF Sustainability Workgroup.
Strike. Blockade. Liberate. Create.