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50 years in 50 weeks: 2011's Occupy SF

by BAR staff

Photo: Courtesy B.A.R. Archive
Photo: Courtesy B.A.R. Archive  

The Occupy Wall Street movement in the fall of 2011 quickly spread to other cities, including San Francisco. The Bay Area Reporter's November 17 issue talked with LGBTQ people about the reason many queers joined the movement that focused on economic inequality and corporate greed. Tommi Avicolli Mecca, a longtime queer activist, told the paper that LGBTQs are in the right position to question the status quo. Occupy San Francisco started in September as a small demonstration outside the Bank of America building in the city's Financial District. It quickly morphed into a camp outside the Federal Reserve building on Market Street. When that was dismantled by police, the occupiers moved to Justin Herman Plaza until police dismantled that camp in early December. Today, many progressive politicians espouse some positions of the Occupy movement, such as the calls to break up Big Tech and raise taxes on the wealthy. To view the issue, click here.

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