OccupySF to “Liberate” Vacant Building

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in Events, News, Politics

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Published on March 30, 2012 with 15 Comments

OccupySF. File photo by Luke Thomas.

By Luke Thomas

Editor’s Note:  Sunday’s direct action has been organized by an autonomous “affinity” group within OccupySF, identified as “San Francisco Commune.”

March 30, 2012

Learning from Occupy Oakland’s foiled plan to occupy the Kaiser Convention Center on January 28, a plan which was met with a phalanx of tear gas wielding, riot-clad police officers – OccupySF announced today its plan to “liberate” a similarly vacant building in San Francisco on Sunday.

“On Sunday, April 1st, in solidarity with the Western Regional Advocacy Project’s ‘We Won’t Get Fooled Again’ National Day of Action for the rights of the un-housed, Occupy SF working groups & affinity groups are liberating a vacant building and converting it into a social center, shelter and food bank for the people,” the group said in a press statement. “We have already demonstrated, for 82 days, what is possible when a space is liberated and reclaimed. The encampments at 101 Market St and Justin Herman \ Bradley Manning Plaza were successful experiments in non-hierarchical organizing where resources were shared in a gift economy and collective decisions made through consensus, while food, shelter and medical care were provided to the greater community.

“This action on Sunday is not a temporary protest, but a permanent occupation intended to establish a social center. We will transform this vacant building into a productive and vibrant space, just as we did in the plaza occupation, and we wish others to take similar actions and more.”

The building location will not be disclosed, organizers say, until OccupySF marchers arrive at the secret location following a 4 pm rally at Union Square. Only a few organizers are aware of the building location, an organizer told Fog City Journal, and stressed the direct action will be peaceful, non-violent and will not result in property damage.

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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