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Monday, February 10, 2014

Protesters to Crash TechCrunch Awards Gala Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM

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There's a joke making the rounds in the blogosphere, that tonight's protest of the Crunchies tech awards gala was, in fact, enabled by tech.

Or at the very least, it was abetted by social media. This morning the labor group Jobs With Justice announced, via Facebook, that it will hold it's own spoof ceremony -- aptly named The Crappies -- outside Davies Symphony Hall, while trade blogs TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and GigaOm preen about their industry inside.

"San Francisco is in crisis," the Crappies' Facebook event post said. "More and more people are being forced to leave the city. At the same time the technology industry is flourishing and profiting."

Activists issued similar rallying cries at Saturday's tenant convention in the Tenderloin, which featured speeches by Local 2 Union president Mike Casey, tenant activist Gum Gee Lee, and residents of an imperiled, rent-controlled apartment building at 1049 Market Street. The tech-displacement theme also dovetails with a recent spate of Google bus protests, which blame tech companies for the city's ballooning eviction crisis.

Media wags deemed awards ceremonies the next battlefront for the anti-tech backlash. As though to underscore that point, a few organizers urged their friends to protest in formal attire.

We're still waiting hear how TechCrunch feels about this show-outside-the-show. If you want to watch the Crappies, they start at 7 p.m. tonight outside Davies Symphony Hall. Tickets are free -- roughly $80 less than a balcony seat at Crunchies.

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Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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