Occupy SF is back in action -- and just in time for Easter! The group last night stormed a vacant building that is reportedly owned by the San Francisco Archdiocese, which they plan to turn into a "permanent occupation" for the city's homeless.
Now why didn't Gavin Newsom think of that one?
The protesters' occupied the two-story commercial building, located at 888 Turk St., after an afternoon rally and march. The Chron reports that the building is the former music facility
of the nearby Sacred Heart Cathedral High School and located within sight of
archdiocesan headquarters at St. Mary's Cathedral.
But the real news here is that the protesters' occupation went down without a hitch; police were instructed by the Archdiocese to not mess with occupiers -- just yet.
Meanwhile, occupiers continued handling out flyers, announcing the "grand opening" of the building as the "San Francisco Commune" while activists organized the space for homeless folks in need of shelter.
"There is no reason why any building should be vacant when people have no housing," Emma Gerould, spokeswoman for Occupy SF, told the Chron. "We ask that the archdiocese do the right thing and allow these services in these buildings."
Ah, we love watching Catholics squirm.