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Housing Activists Take To City Hall

May 10, 2015

By and missionlocal – excerpt

In a bid to bring more affordable housing and an end to evictions in the Mission District, housing activists and residents from the Mission and other parts of the city are  gathering at City Hall today and rallying in support of a market rate housing moratorium.

With SFPD barricades in place on the steps of City Hall to narrow the entrance and exits to the building, activists were beginning to gather at around 11:00 a.m. for their noon rally. By 11:30, about 50 had arrived.

Activists  inside City Hall said they planned to go to each supervisor’s office individually and announce their demands. Mercy Jimenez, of Our Mission No Eviction, was among them.

“Affordable housing is the main thing we’re demanding,” Jimenez says. “All this housing is coming in, and there’s no way to stop it.”

By noon the crowd of activists has grown to more than 200, including those outside and inside. They filed in to the city hall building, going through a security scan one by one.

Supervisor David Campos, coming from his office to meet the protesters, told newscasters that the Mission needs 2,400 new units of housing just to maintain the level of families in the Mission… (more) 

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