Occupy Super Bowl Protests Planned In Downtown San Francisco

By Hannah Albarazi : cbslocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Homeless advocates are planning to protest Super Bowl City and recent efforts by San Francisco city officials to clear the downtown area of homeless individuals for the big event.

The Coalition on Homelessness, as well as former San Francisco mayoral candidate Broke-Ass Stuart, are organizing a protest to begin at 4:30 p.m. on February 3 near the Ferry Building.

According to the Facebook event for the Super Bowl Protest: Tackle Homelessness, which already has over 1,100 RSVPs, the point of the demonstration is to demand that the city care for its homeless population.

More specifically, protesters are demanding that the city allow for “publicly-owned assets, such as the empty Pier 29 or 80, or the land under the Freeway at 101/Cesar Chavez,” be home to “monitored programs that support secure sleep, hygienic toileting, and access to transition/healing services” for the homeless.

The event organizers further state, “We want an end to the criminalization of poverty and the continued violations of poor people’s civil and human rights,” as well as the re-direction of city funds toward housing and support services.

On February 6, at 1 p.m., the Saturday before the big game, a march in the form of a “moving block party” from Civic Center to Super Bowl City is also being organized by the group, SOS San Francisco… (more)

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