OccupySF Creates Monument From Police Barricades

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Click on photo to hear about attempted police raid on Occupy San Francisco

Click on photo to hear about attempted police raid on Occupy San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, Dec 2, 2011. The day after a major police raid on OccupySF, a raid that was stopped in mid progress, occupiers created a monument using the abandoned police barricades.

Protesters say San Francisco police made an “honorable retreat”, stopping the raid when they realized what they were doing against the citizenry was wrong.

Occupiers cheerfully went about their business of operating the camp. This was one of a series of city actions trying to minimize or remove the camp.

There has been some discussion about the city moving the group to the Mission District, but nothing has been done so far.

The power station, art studio, yoga lessons, food delivery all continued to operate.

Many of the residents believe that the city/police actions have helped them by continually drawing attention to them.

OccupySF is at Bradley Manning Plaza (formerly known as Justin Herman Plaza, across from the SF Ferry Building), and a block away in front of the Federal Reserve, 101 Market St, San Francisco, CA.

Business suits have been wandering through, asking questions. The San Francisco Chronicle, December 2, 2011, reported a slightly different version of the raid than how it was described by the occupiers.

In addition to the main protest effort, OccupySF is providing shelter and some care for San Francisco’s large population of homeless and those with mental illness and/or drug problems.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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