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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Occupy SF Grows Up -- Sort Of

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 7:42 AM

click to enlarge A scene from last year, when Occupy was just a baby
  • A scene from last year, when Occupy was just a baby

Apparently, Occupy is showing some (very small) signs of maturity.

After taking to the streets for a daylong birthday bash, protesters reportedly pitched tents at Justin Herman Plaza last night, longing for the days of doing nothing but hating money and banks.

But much to our surprise, unlike earlier this year, Occupiers actually adhered to the rules, making for a somewhat peaceful night in San Francisco.

See our slideshow of last year's protests.

According to new reports, the protesters didn't trash the place -- there were no bricks or bottles thrown -- and they politely took down their tents by 6 a.m. today so they weren't technically occupying the plaza, which is against city rules. However, it appears that another arm of the group, dubbed Occupy Bay Area United, has claimed a location a "24-hour" occupation

site, which will complement the perpetual Occupy living quarters outside the Federal Reserve Bank on Market Street.

If you work anywhere near the Financial District, then you probably already know that some 500 Occupy protesters took to the streets yesterday for a birthday fiesta to observe the movement's first anniversary, which kicked off in New York City. It started as a movement to defend the 99 percent of us who are tired of being poor, but in many cities, like Oakland, Occupy became an ineffective eyesore. Cops eventually rid the area of these small Occupy colonies, using cans of pepper spray and "unnecessary force."

But yesterday, protesters vowed to bring Occupy back, tents and all; the group marched, ate, danced, and burned (fake) money as they chanted: "All day, all year, Occupy is still here."

We'll let you know if Occupy is in fact still there when we walk past Justin Herman Plaza on our way to work today.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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