2013 and 2014 saw a number of protests in San Francisco & Oakland relating to housing affordability, gentrification, the influx of tech companies & tech workers to San Francisco, private shuttles, income inequality, and more.
2014 in particular saw an uptick in street protests and tenants defense initiatives.
There was a protest at Twitter HQ the day of their IPO, a bed set up on a median in Noe Valley with a fake "for rent" sign, a number of protests against Google busses & other private shuttles, and an anti-police & anti-gentrification protest in the Mission.
2014-11-22 AirBnB protest
On November 22nd, 2014, a group of protestors gathered outside of the AirBnB Open conference, held at the Fort Mason Center. The protestors aimed to raise awareness of AirBnB's role in the eviction crisis. According to one protestor, SFPD attempted to move the group into a "free speech zone," causing a confrontation between police and the protestors.
2014-4-11 Jack Halprin protests
On April 11th, a group of protesters and residents gathered outside of 812 Guerrero Street, where Google employee Jack Halprin allegedly had begun Ellis Act evictions against six tenants. According to Mission Local, the six tenants includes "two teachers, a small child, an artist and a disabled senior."
Additionally, flyers posted all over the mission detailed Jack Halprin's alleged vehicle towing as well as his in-progress evictions.
- Protestors gather at Google lawyer's apartment house on Mission Local
- What happens when you google the word "eviction"? on Salon.com
- Protesters Target Home of Google Exec Accused of Evicting Families on Valleywag
- Jack Halprin profile on Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
2014-4-6 Kevin Rose protest
On April. 6, 2014 a group of protesters gathered outside Google Ventures employee (and Digg.com founder) Kevin Rose's house in Potrero Hill. The protesters had large banners reading "Kevin Rose: Paraside!" and "I'ma snip snip yr ballz". They also distributed flyers (photo above). More information on the action can be found on IndyBay.
2014-6-8 Tom Fallows protest
On June 8th, 2014, anti-eviction activists protested outside the home of Tom Fallows, a Google product manager. The group claims that Fallows has Ellis Act evicted 24 housing units throughout SF. Protesters distributed leaflets around the area and held a banner with "GTFO! Row Ur Ass Back 2 Harvard!" on it outside his house.
- Anti-Tech Protestors Hit Another Googler at His Home
- IndyBay profile of the protest
- Anti-eviction mapping project profile of Tom Fallows
News & External Links
- 2013-12-20: "Read this: 11 national news outlets cover SF’s tech culture war" San Francisco Bay Guardian
- 2013-12-29: "Bay Area protests of tech-worker buses highlights pay, rent inequities" San Jose Mercury News
- 2014-3-27: "Tech Backlash Has Reached Porn Parody Levels [NSFW]"
- Spring 2014, anti-eviction and anti-gentrification posters and graffiti proliferate around town: This graffiti was in the Inner Richmond district (15th Avenue between Lake and California) in March, and this anti-Twitter flyer was posted to a telephone pole on 9th Street between Market and Mission (one block from the Twitter headquarters):