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November 28, 1987 | From United Press International
Animal rights activists protested in cities across the nation Friday, urging Christmas shoppers to avoid choosing furs as presents. Ten people were arrested at one of the demonstrations in San Francisco. Trans-Species Unlimited, an animal-rights group based in Williamsport, Pa., staged its third annual Fur-Free Friday to focus attention on what it says is the suffering of animals raised to support the fur industry. "The people of this country buy the propaganda of the fur industry . . .
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2009 | Larry Gordon
Twenty union demonstrators were arrested and cited for trespassing Friday morning in San Francisco after occupying the office of University of California Regents' Chairman Richard Blum, police said. Protesters said they took the action because the UC system has refused to offer 8,500 service workers decent pay raises in long-stalled contract talks. San Francisco Police spokeswoman Sgt.
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NEWS
October 12, 1992 | MICHAEL S. ARNOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A group of about 4,000 protesters arrayed along the city's waterfront, supported by boats and kayaks that blocked off entrance to the harbor, prevented the re-enactment of Columbus' landing that was scheduled as part of a quincentennial Columbus Day celebration. Egg-throwing demonstrators also provoked violence along the route of the annual parade through the city's heavily Italian North Beach district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2001 | TIM REITERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Declaring that poor Californians have been shut out of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s bankruptcy case, a statewide coalition picketed the court building Wednesday and demanded four seats on a committee that a federal trustee appointed to represent utility ratepayers. In unusual gestures recognizing the immense public stake in the proceedings, Judge Dennis Montali allowed a protest leader to speak in court, and later U.S.
NEWS
August 18, 1997 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new kind of urban rage, pitting bicyclists against fuming motorists, bus riders and pedestrians, has erupted this summer on the jampacked streets of this city. Catalyst for the confrontation is Critical Mass, born here five years ago as a monthly, in-your-face mass ride through downtown rush-hour traffic by cyclists claiming to have as much right to the road as anyone else.
NEWS
June 4, 1990 | MARK A. STEIN and JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Long before Mikhail S. Gorbachev was even scheduled to arrive to hear them, about 6,000 Baltic, Jewish, Armenian and Chinese protesters rallied together Sunday in San Francisco, demanding freedom for their people.
NEWS
June 24, 1990 | KEVIN RODERICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dr. Paul Volberding, California's best known AIDS researcher, worked four years to organize the world AIDS conference here, and hours before he was to welcome 10,000 scientists to the city, he found himself in one last, crucial negotiation. He was sitting down with unruly activists after they stormed the busy lobby of the Marriott Hotel, the conference headquarters.
NEWS
September 30, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Four members of the environmental group Greenpeace were arrested in a demonstration in which two people delayed the departure of a Chevron tanker by chaining themselves to the rudder. The other two arrested scaled the hull with mountain climbing gear to unfurl a banner that read, "Do People Die for Oil? People Do." Greenpeace said the purpose of the protest was to call attention to the nation's "overdependence" on fossil fuels and a need for an energy policy based on clean, renewable resources.
NEWS
July 25, 1987 | Associated Press
Nearly 300 angry French passengers cooled their heels at San Francisco International Airport for almost 22 hours on Thursday while waiting for their chartered L-1011 jetliner to be repaired, authorities said Friday. Airport spokesman Ron Wilson said the passengers at one time protested by blocking the exit doors in the international terminal and bedding down in sleeping bags in the terminal corridors. The plane operated by American Trans Air had been scheduled to leave at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
NEWS
October 5, 2000 | From Reuters
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.
NEWS
October 5, 2000 | From Reuters
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.
NEWS
July 13, 2000 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
July 24, 1999 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
November 28, 1998 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
April 24, 1990 | LANCE IGNON and JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
More than 250 people were arrested Monday during environmental protests on Wall Street and in the financial district of San Francisco. At least 11 people, including seven police officers, received minor injuries. Hundreds of demonstrators converged on the New York Stock Exchange and the Pacific Stock Exchange chanting slogans such as "Wall Street kills," and complaining that corporations had turned Earth Day into a marketing tool without doing enough to protect the environment.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
March 25, 1998 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Medical marijuana advocates prayed, marched and rallied downtown Tuesday in support of the state's cannabis clubs as the federal government asked a U.S. District Court judge to shut them down. Nearly 200 people marched down Market Street to the federal building, where San Francisco Dist. Atty. Terence Hallinan said the city will supply medical marijuana to patients if its cannabis clubs are shuttered. Inside the building, U.S.
NEWS
November 29, 1997 | Reuters
Five animal rights activists took over a 175-foot crane near Macy's in San Francisco on Friday and unfurled a banner declaring "Fur Is Murder," while 22 anti-fur activists in Manhattan were arrested for protesting outside tony midtown stores. Organizers in San Francisco said the protest marked "Fur Free Friday" at the start of the Christmas shopping season and the launch of a new national campaign against leg-hold animal traps and the sale of animal fur.
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