After the public heard the police took away cooking privileges for Occupy San Francisco, to their surprise, the group received more donations than they ever expected, which has attracted even more people.
“Phil” mingles within the group, filling his notebook with others’ ideas to hopefully both speed up the General Assembly meetings and come up with the best plans of action of which everyone can agree.
Occupy San Francisco expected no more than a few hundred to contribute to a scheduled protest around the city that turned out to include nearly one thousand people.
As the San Francisco Police responded to the growth of OccupySF by surrounding their encampment, members of the group responded with a meditation session in an effort to both civilly disobey and “channel love into the hearts of all in opposition.”
Occupy San Francisco, inspired from Occupy Wallstreet, a movement in NYC against corporate greed and the 1% of the population essentially controlling the other 99%, has become a 24/7 open gathering camp wrapping around the Federal Reserve Bank in the Financial District of the city. The camp, which has developed a particular functioning system, from dishwashers and cooks to security and a tent construction team, welcomes everyone to come and have a free meal, a space in a tent with some bedding, and join the music and conversations that they believe will spark the change.
After a General Assembly meeting, Occupy San Francisco separates into “committees” to discuss future operations for the camp. For example, the route of future protests, signs that need to be posted, or potential helpful organizations to contact.
Bell Star has assumed the position as the official lawyer for Occupy San Francisco.