The Occupation of The Cathedral Hill Hotel

The Occupation of The Cathedral Hill Hotel
by Dina Boyer via indybay
Tuesday Jan 24th, 2012 9:58 AM

Pics and write-up about The Occupation of The Cathedral Hill Hotel.

While driving home from my part time job, I turned on the scanner. I had known Occupy Housing was going to hold a protest in the evening, so I was hoping I would be able to cover it even though I was driving to SF from Redwood City during a Friday evening commute. I identified-with with this protest because I am now also homeless in San Francisco! Traffic was heavy, and I was initially driving towards Justin Hermann Plaza, but scanner chatter indicated the hot-spot was at Geary and Van Ness. So I pointed my car in that direction. All the while scanner chatter was getting very interesting. Officers were starting to communicate, “Please be advised our officers are under attack, and getting hit with bricks. Also be advised protesters are using grappling hooks to remove barricades.” The target apparently was The Cathedral Hill Hotel. I made it to the locale, but missed some of the action. Protesters were marching down Van Ness, and I was able to park and started following them. Minutes later they turned back to The Cathedral Hill Hotel and they had gained entrance to the abandoned and closed hotel. This hotel once featured over 300 rooms plus suites and a fitness room. The hotel had its own parking garage. I admit I was nervous documenting the occupation, but I took it step by step, and ended up capturing an historical marker. The homeless were taking what they have been denied “Decent safe housing and or shelter”, but I knew the police would take the place back by the morning because it is currently being turned into and or used by Sutter Health as a high end health related facility. I stayed and roamed the halls of this Hotel and noticed that most of the rooms appeared habitable and safe from pests or vermin. Water was running, electricity was on, and the fire alarm system was active. People could live there! I would also like to state before the protesters got through that building and did their thing, the hotel and the rooms were already a mess. Stuff was laying everywhere. It’s like someone had ransacked the place. I hung around for a while shooting video, and taking pictures and chatting with some of the protesters. I admit I was excited to see them get away with this occupation. But I knew the police were coming. I have police scanners, and heard the chatter. SFPD was prepping squads to take-back the The Cathedral Hill hotel. When I heard on the scanner that SFPD was waiting blocks away I left the area. However history had been made and The Cathedral Hill Hotel had been OCCUPIED!
Videos on Youtube about my experience
Gaining entrance to The Cathedral Hill Hotel
Inside The Cathedral Hill Hotel
Inside The Cathedral Hill Hotel

§Protesters directing traffic

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§Gaining entrance to The Cathedral Hill Hotel

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§Security kicked out!

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§Rooms appeared habitable

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§Common area

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§Mattresses and bed frames

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§View from the top

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Video: The Oakland Commune

“On October 10th 2011, hundreds of people in downtown Oakland occupied Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of city hall. They built a self-organized tent city and began to meet some of the community’s most urgent needs. They renamed the plaza Oscar Grant Plaza in honor of a young African-American man who was shot and killed by BART Police in 2009. Although the action was partially inspired by Occupy Wall Street and austerity protests throughout the world, Occupy Oakland’s particular character resulted from years of struggle and repression in the Bay Area. This short documentary details the ongoing story of the Oakland Commune.

It was produced by Marianne Maeckelbergh and Brandon Jourdan with footage from Caitlin Manning, David Martinez, John Hamilton, and tons of archival footage.”

Pinheirinho Occupation, Sao Paulo resisting eviction now : Indybay

Pinheirinho Occupation, Sao Paulo resisting eviction now

by Julinvictus

Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 11:15 AM

The mega-operation of the police to vacate the Pinheirinho has started. Police helicopters are flying around and throwing leaflets urging residents to retreat without resistance. The residents are firm and organised to resist the eviction.

Leaflets from the residents read “A physical presence there is crucial at this time. The campaign of legal moes is very important, but the physical presence there is crucial at this time. Eviction can happen at any time. Tomorrow we want as many leaders and activists in this activity. We call on all organizations and movements to go out tomorrow to the city of San Jose Campos and collaborate in this act of resistance at Pinheirinho. This is our fight. 100% Pinheirinho!”

The Military Police Command is preparing a mega-operation with the riot police to comply with a court repossession. Favela Pinheirinho, one of the largest in the state of São Paulo, located in Sao Jose dos Campos. About 9,000 residents in danger of losing their homes are willing to resist any attempt to move out.

The repossession order was signed by Judge Marcia Loureiro, the 6th. Civil Court of Sao Jose dos Campos, in the midst of settlement negotiations already initiated by federal, state and municipal levels. There is a disagreement between the spheres of government in the hands of the Municipality of Sao Jose dos Campos, who refuses to sign the Occupation Program. The eviction would be the be the first step in the regularisation of the area.

The federal government has said it is willing to negotiate a settlement, but depends on the action of the City to amend the zoning of the area for Special Zone of Social Interest and prepare an urban project for the Occupation. It also depends on the judge Marcia Loureiro suspend the order of reinstatement.

Occupation leaders say that if the military police invade the Occupation, there will be strong resistance and serious risk of confrontation. Last week, residents came to occupy the Presidente Dutra Highway in protest against the threat of eviction. This week, the protest was in front of City Hall. Residents chained themselves to the fence of City Hall and there was confrontation with the Home Guard, who used batons to quell the demonstration.

Given the situation, residents are preparing for resistance, forming barricades and arming themselves with pieces of wood to defend the raid.

“If the military police to invade the area, the country runs the risk of witnessing a great tragedy, repeating stories like Carajas in 1996 and Occupation Real Dream in Goiânia in 2005, when dozens of people died in conflict with the police. ” The residents of Pinheirinho will not leave their homes and are willing to fight.

Pinheirinho was occupied eight years ago and belongs to the estate of Selecta S / A, owned by financial speculator Naji Nahas. Before being occupied, it was a land that was abandoned for 30 years, with over 1 million square meters. The estate of Selecta has a debt of more than $ 15 million in taxes to the municipality of Sao Jose dos Campos.

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Occupy protesters arrested in San Francisco |

At least 19 people were arrested during an anti-wall street protest in downtown san francisco on friday, jan. 20, 2012.

SAN FRANCISCO (KABC) — At least 19 people were arrested during an anti-Wall Street protest in downtown San Francisco after many of them blocked the entrance to Wells Fargo’s corporate headquarters.

The demonstration turned violent when protestors smashed windows at a car dealership and took over an abandoned hotel.

The protests were one of many Occupy Wall Street-related demonstrations around the country demanding that banks end evictions and foreclosures.

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Eighteen people were arrested for trespassing, and another person was arrested for apparently being in possession of a police baton after a brief clash with officers.

A spokesman for Wells Fargo said that the bank is doing its part to help those facing financial hardships.

“We understand that Americans are demanding more from their financial institutions during this economic recovery,” spokesman Ruben Pulido said.

As police in riot gear and private security guards tried chasing off protesters, many spilled onto the streets, often causing traffic to be rerouted or come to a standstill.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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