I stopped by the Lone Mountain campus’ caf to pick up some mini first aid kits, bandaids, gauze, allergy meds, Tylenol, etc. It ended up all costing $65 even though I didn’t get very much. After that, I hopped on the 31 towards Market St.
Once we drove past the protesters, the bus driver honked (which I would later learn was a symbol for supporting the protesters) and I hopped off at the next stop and walked over. Everyone was really chill and nice, and I felt a sense of comradery. It was like a family.
I went over to the poster-making area and began making a poster. I texted Ali asking for ideas, but I soon came up with one that I’d seen on tumblr: “We could feed the world if we stopped bombing it”. I held that sign up all day and quite a few people took pictures of me, and I was interviewed. If you see any photos of a girl with black hair in a ponytail wearing a Batman shirt holding a lime green sign, it’s me.
Admittedly, a lot of people at Occupy San Francisco were decked out in tie-die and had dreadlocks, however, not everyone was. There were lots of people in street clothes and business casual. It wasn’t just “dirty hippies”. It was everyone.
Around 3:30 a pizza company donated about ten pizzas to us. It was delicious. We had quite a bit of food and had to stop accepting food donations at camp. We gave food to anyone who asked as well, even if they weren’t part of the protests, and we offered the police some pizza. They said no.
The police spent their time looking at us. I smiled at them when I made eye contact and they would look away. Occasionally they would talk to us. People on the street would occasionally stop and talk to us, but that was rare. Most people would read my sign and avert their eyes and continue walking. Some would say “Yeah!” or grin at me and pump their fist. Businessmen and women would avert their eyes guiltily.
Around 4 we found out that the police and mayor officially supported the protest and that we would be given two liaisons for easy contact. However, the police continued to act how they were before. Some officers were nice and friendly; others were rude.
I was sad to leave my brothers and sisters there but I was too exhausted, physically and mentally, to stay. However, I felt real solidarity while I was there. It was amazing and heartwarming.
This is the kind of mostly positive, safe experience that other Occupy sites should be experiencing. Glad to hear it’s going well in SF!
There was a march between labor unions, students, and other occupiers today. Numbers are said to have reached over 50,000.
After marching from Foley Sq. to Liberty Plaza and stopping, many protesters marched directly onto Wall Street. Police are beginning arrests and have brought out the mace.
More info to come.