Organizers from the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, San Francisco Tenants Union, Senior & Disability Action, AIDS Housing Alliance, Causa Justa::Just Cause, Chinatown Community Development Center, Occupy Bernal, Occupy Action Council SF, and other supporters gathered at 12:00 noon on December 19, 2012, to protest a rash of Ellis Act evictions of tenants living in San Francisco. A number of tenants spoke to the crowd in front of the Christmas tree on Castro Street near 18th Street, explaining how they are facing eviction in neighborhoods all over San Francisco when property owners use the Ellis Act to take the property off the rental market as an excuse for evicting them from their homes, including some who are seniors, disabled, living with AIDS, and/or have lived in their homes for decades. Representatives of various organizations spoke and the crowd chanted, displaying protest signs and banners.
Marking its tenth consecutive year, Wells Fargo & Company (NYS: WFC) was given the top rating of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning the coveted distinction of being one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” (Business Wire)
At the same time, Wells Fargo is responsible for the pending holiday eviction of gay Foreclosure and Eviction Fighter Larry Faulks as well as thousands of other LGBT families already evicted by the bank.
“Wells Fargo is #1 in foreclosures,” commented Occupy the Auctions and Evictions Campaign organizer Stardust, “They don’t discriminate… they’ll throw us LGBT folks out of our homes just like everyone else.”