October 5, 2000 |
Dancers, drummers and performance artists converged on San Francisco City Hall on Wednesday in a dramatic declaration to city leaders that art, culture and nonprofit groups are being squeezed out of town by the dot-com boom. The group, the Artists Eviction Defense Coalition, was seeking "to survive financially in a greedy city of skyrocketing rents and intransigent landlords determined to squeeze every last penny out of their commercial properties," spokesman Todd Edelman said.
July 13, 2000 |
The sign posted on this hilly picture-book street was a simple public notice of a proposed home building project. But for Steve Nichelson and his neighbors, it was a call to arms. Because this was no regular residential add-on, but what they and other San Franciscans have come to know as a monster home--a 6,000-square-foot behemoth that would tower five stories high, casting neighbors in its shadow and stretching clear to its lot lines.
February 29, 2000 |
About 185 people were arrested outside the Supreme Court building in Washington and 164 more were arrested in San Francisco during protests seeking a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was sentenced to death for killing a Philadelphia officer in 1981. John Riley of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition said the demonstrators were opposing capital punishment for Abu-Jamal, a onetime Black Panther and radio journalist.
July 24, 1999 |
Hundreds of neatly dressed, nearly silent followers of Falun Gong, the spiritual movement banned Thursday by the Chinese government, gathered across the street from the Chinese Consulate here Friday to protest Beijing's crackdown on their movement. There were no slogans, no banners and none of the chanting or stridence that routinely accompany demonstrations here.
February 16, 1999 |
More than 30 overweight women and men chanted "Eat me!" while some performed aerobics on the sidewalk in front of a health club to protest a new ad campaign they say demoralizes fat people. The "fat advocates" banded together to protest a 24 Hour Fitness billboard campaign that depicts a hungry space alien and reads, "When they come, they will eat the fat ones first." Company officials say they didn't intend to offend anyone.
November 28, 1998 |
Eight people were arrested during an anti-fur protest at Union Square on Friday after they climbed a building to hang a banner. San Francisco Police Sgt. John Haggett said the demonstrators were arrested on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, a felony. The protesters were arrested at 4 a.m. after they apparently used a 20-foot extension ladder to reach the fire escapes on an 11-story building to hang a banner on a billboard.