Eviction = Death
The Crappies is the alternative protest show to the annual Tech Crunch awards ceremony - The Crunchies. In 2015 Piggy was a guest presenter at The Crappies.
Piggy sitting on the steps of San Francisco City Hall before the Crappies.
Google Lawyer Jack Halprin Runs From Tenants He's Evicting After They Block His Bus
by Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, December 17, 2014
On December 16th, at 6:30 in the morning as it was still dark outside, tenants from 812 Guerrero and activists from Eviction Free San Francisco blocked the Google bus that Jack Halprin was going to ride, protesting his eviction of them. When he saw his bus blocked, he ran from the scene back to his house. Protestors followed him there, and picketed outside.
There was also representation from the Justice For Alex Nieto Committee, making connections between gentrification and increased police brutality.
See the video here: https://vimeo.com/114704725
San Francisco-This Tuesday, Dec 16th, the tenants of 812 Guerrero, Eviction Free San Francisco and coalition of tenant's rights activists, blocked the Google Bus that Jack Halprin takes to get to work in the morning, in order to demand that the landlord and Google employee drop the Ellis Act eviction of 812 Guerrero. Jack Halprin, Head of e-Discovery for Google Inc., moved into the 7-unit Mission apartment and preceded to evict the tenants, using both a fraudulent owner move-in eviction, followed by an Ellis Act eviction for the remaining tenants. Of the remaining tenants, two are teachers in San Francisco, one is a therapist, one is a taxi driver, one is a 3-year-old, and one is a musician- they all relied on their rent-controlled apartment to afford to live and work in San Francisco. If the Ellis Act Eviction is not dropped, the tenants are unsure of their future in the San Francisco.
The Google Bus block and protest follows nearly a year of the 812 Guerrero tenants fighting their Ellis Act Eviction from landlord Jack Halprin. After many attempts to reach out to Jack and Google, the tenants decided to start a petition, in order to ask Google, Jack's employer, to make an official commitment to their community. The link to the petition is here:
Petition. Please sign it and pass it on! We will deliver it to Google soon!
Protest of Airbnb and its impact on Housing Instability, Evictions, and Homelessness
Piggy and handler joined the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and Eviction Free San Francisco in protesting the Airbnb takeover of San Francisco. Airbnb, laughably, claims it creates "affordable housing" (for those lucky enough to have spare space). Meanwhile, Airbnb does not want to pay past due hotel taxes to a fund which actually does help create affordable housing. The new legislation will not help mediate the eviction epidemic in our city, which is only amplified by abuses made in the so-called sharing economy. Airbnb has bought our politicians so we are on our own to make our disapproval heard.
Airbnb is hosted its first Airbnb Open on November 21–23, 2014. Held at Fort Mason Center. Ironically, the event is now Closed. It is intended to "empower successful hosting with a program that educates, inspires and celebrates our hosts." Adding insult to injury, on Saturday evening, Airbnb awarded a "Community Award" for the Airbnb hosts: https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/817.
More event info here: http://www.probnb.com/airbnb-open-event-details-available
To learn more about Jack Halprin, see http://www.antievictionmap.com/jackhalprin
This action was done in solidarity with the current movement surrounding police violence and the criminalization of people of color. Gentrification and displacement are part of a system that disproportionally targets people of color and perpetuates violence. Eviction Free San Francisco stands with communities of color fighting to remain in their homes and their neighborhoods. Racism and gentrification go hand in hand. As tech hires roughly 60% white people. Of high-tech positions within tech, only 3% are occupied by Latina/os, and only 1% are occupied by black people.
To learn more about these connections between racism, gentrification, and police brutality, see the links below:
Loss of the black population in the Bay Area: http://www.antievictionmappingproject.net/black.html
Murders by the SFPD and law enforcement in San Francisco, 71% killing people of color: http://www.antievictionmappingproject.net/murdermap.html
Murders by the OPD and law enforcement in Oakland, 99% killing people of color: http://www.antievictionmappingproject.net/opd.html
#Gentrification #EllisAct #Eviction #Google #Tech #StopTheEviction #HandsUpDontShoot #BlackLivesMatter #BrownLivesMatter