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Occupy the Super Bowl?

January 28, 2016

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Protesters are going to set up a Homeless Super Bowl City on the Embarcadero. How will Mayor Lee respond?

The supporters of the Super Bowl want San Francisco to look like a nice, clean city where all is gold and diamonds and special “50” sculptures and rich people can spend freely without guilt or concern.

It's all nice and pretty -- and it ignores the city's real problems
It’s all nice and pretty — and it ignores the city’s real problems

But it’s not going to work out that way.

February 3, advocates for the homeless are going to be holding what I think could turn out to be a massive demonstration right on the edge of Super Bowl City.

I like to think of it as Occupy the Super Bowl.

The Coalition on Homelessness and Broke-Ass Stuart are promoting the event, which will feature a tent city right next to the glitz. Already, 800 people have RSVPd on the Facebook page, and that’s probably a fraction of the folks who will actually show up.

“We’ll be making a homeless Super Bowl City,” Stuart told me. “We’re planning to be there a while.”

This will happen right in the middle of the big week of events, and the national news media will be on hand, and if enough people show up it will be a glorious mess.

Are the SF cops going to forcibly remove protesters? Or will there be an alternative city right next to where the billionaires are holding their party?… (more)

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