Welcome to Mission Local’s live coverage of today’s anti-evictions protest along 24th Street, which kicks off at 2 p.m. at 24th and Hampshire. The march, put on by a cross section of residents, merchants, local organizations and artists, comes in response to a rising number of evictions along 24th Street.
More well-known evictions of residents including artist René Yañez and the Lee family put a face on an issue that seems to be growing. As Mission Local’s Dorothy Atkins reported, between March 1, 2012 and Feb. 28, 2013, the number of eviction notices filed with the San Francisco Rent Board jumped 26 percent compared to the previous year, according to the board’s annual eviction report. The number of landlords who evicted tenants using the Ellis Act, which allows building owners to evict residents provided they evict all tenants in the building and as long as owners keep apartments off the market for five years, rose 81 percent.
The protest will move along 24th from Hampshire to Mission Street. We’ll be covering it the whole way, so if you can’t make it in person, Mission Local has you covered.
“This is long over due..people are going to take the city back,” said Christina Olague, former supervisor and current president of the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club.
“At some point there are people in the tech community that we can work with … It’s important to find allies … We have to do all of above, rent freezes, stop Ellis evictions, etc. We don’t have money, but all we have is man power and we need to tell powers that be that we mean business…but we’re ready to fight.”
Between 300 and 400 protesters are still out marching against evictions in the neighborhood.
Photo by Daniel Hirsch
Photo by Daniel Hirsch
Photo of Erick Arguello, president of the Lower 24th Neighbors and Merchants Association by Daniel Hirsch
“We’ve had people come from all over, cross neighborhood groups, this is going to turn into a citywide movement…. Great turnout,” Arguello said. “I think realtors, and speculators are doing a lot of the damage, but tech workers need to wake up and learn about this community they’re in, and learn about what their presence is doing here.”
About 200 people are gathered for the protest, haven’t yet left York and 24th but the march is expected to move toward 24th and Mission eventually.