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Activists Visit HRC Store in 'Occupy the Castro' Protest: VIDEO

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A group of LGBT activists and allies supporting the 99 Percent Movement staged an "Occupy the Castro" protest over the weekend and stood in at the Human Rights Campaign store in Harvey Milk's old camera shop as one of several stops in the neighborhood.

Writes activist Michael Petrelis: "Over the course of ninety-minutes we chanted, spoke out, marched in the streets without a permit, distributed flyers, went into CitiBank's branch on Castro with a bawling baby and dozens of us surrounding a banker as a letter was read to him demanding that his and all banks start paying for public health and education while ceasing evictions and foreclosures..."

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  1. Clearly fighting HRC is the way to bring about economic justice and equality...

    Posted by: SFQueer | Dec 5, 2011 7:33:56 PM


  2. I think the Castro has been "occupied" for several decades now. Perhaps they should try, oh, I don't know, Congress?

    Posted by: Max | Dec 5, 2011 7:34:17 PM


  3. Harassing employees at a bank branch will certainly result in goodness for all.

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 5, 2011 7:49:50 PM


  4. Over the course of ninety-minutes we chanted, spoke out, marched in the streets without a permit, distributed flyers and made absolutely no difference at all while we preached to the converted.

    The Castro? HRC? WTF.

    Posted by: Mastik8 | Dec 5, 2011 7:53:29 PM


  5. surrounding a bank manager is certainly the right way to get changes made

    *facepalm*

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Dec 5, 2011 8:38:11 PM


  6. Truly one of the stupidest things I've heard in a while. Why the hell should banks pay for public health and education? I'm no fan of banks, but I understand how markets work. Cripes.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 5, 2011 8:53:21 PM


  7. It's a start, but it ignores the axis of gay evil: Dan Savage, Anderson Cooper, and Susan Sarandon.

    Kidding.

    Posted by: MammaBear | Dec 5, 2011 9:05:25 PM


  8. Wow. Truly embarrassing. The sheer ignorance of basic economic facts is stunning. Surrounding a branch manager of a bank and demanding free stuff that you didn't earn, and an end to the legal right of enforcement of a contract?? Wow. I hate the big banks as much as anyone else, but holy cow, this just looks like a bunch of second graders having a temper tantrum over something they don't even understand.

    Posted by: joe | Dec 5, 2011 9:23:47 PM


  9. Friggin' pointless and an embarrassment to the citizens of this fair city.

    Posted by: Charles Lemos | Dec 5, 2011 9:40:45 PM


  10. I only just took time to watch the video. Michael Petrelis is a professional irritant. So self-important and desperate for attention.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 5, 2011 9:47:18 PM


  11. Wow! I was excepting totally different comments. I agree with all of them (the comments).

    Posted by: Jeff | Dec 5, 2011 10:11:47 PM


  12. Wow. The Occupiers are doing themselves no favors here. No wonder the Right can cast them as stupid hippies with no actual point— and no wonder people like me, who would otherwise support the goal of achieving economic justice and equality, steer clear of them entirely. They have no clue what they're saying or doing. This is just a total embarrassment for us all.

    Posted by: Stradlater | Dec 5, 2011 10:56:12 PM


  13. Moronic. But then the Occupy movement is not a movement of Einsteins by any means.

    Posted by: storeyinstitute | Dec 5, 2011 10:56:22 PM


  14. Really? These were exactly the kinds of comments I was expecting.

    Posted by: Richard | Dec 5, 2011 10:58:32 PM


  15. Isn't 94114, the zip code for the Castro and surrounding areas, one of the priciest zip codes in all of America??

    Posted by: doug | Dec 5, 2011 11:10:36 PM


  16. As if the vomit, aggressive panhandling, stench of urine and canopy of cigarette smoke weren't enough, now we have Occupy douchebags trolling the neighborhood.

    Posted by: Ronster | Dec 6, 2011 12:58:48 AM


  17. I wonder if this was a scent free space?

    Posted by: Rocco | Dec 6, 2011 1:47:07 AM


  18. Tommi Avicoli-Mecca has been desperate to make a name for himself by any means possible for decades. Fact is: No one buys your act.

    From your one man "it's so hard to be me" play at Josie's Juice Joint to your current YouTube rant about Occupying Castro. The world exists outside the Castro. If 12 people are what you can muster up for your big campaign, please proceed.

    I won't be shocked when someone smacks you in the face one day.

    Dude...Get a job.

    Posted by: sfpromo | Dec 6, 2011 2:22:11 AM


  19. I read that they stopped at 575 Castro, the site of Harvey Milk's camera shop. as well as
    the Mission District to complain about the high rate of evictions caused by high rents. They should of stopped in front of the Bar named after Harvey at 18th and Castro. I thinkit is important to note Gay owned Paul Langley's Real Estate company has a history of changing the Castro by raising rents so high that it changed the complexion from quaintness shops into franchises and made the Castro neighborhood a high rent district. Langley and other gay owned real estate companies then raised low rents on residential property sky high dating back to the 1970's.

    Langley raised the rent on Harvey's camera shop by more than a thousand bucks a month in 1978, causing Harvey to move from the landmark building to Market Street. However, it was years later that Langley raised the rent on the famous Elephant Walk bar rent at 18th and Castro from $6,000 to $12,000 a month, causing them to go out of business. Paul Langley had the chutzpah to rename it Harvey's, the same Harvey Milk he forced to move.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Dec 6, 2011 4:04:59 AM


  20. "dozens of us surrounding a banker as a letter was read to him demanding that his and all banks start paying for public health and education while ceasing evictions and foreclosures..."

    Are you f**king kidding me? MORONS. Throw them all out are their asses. Protesters surround me at a bank and they would promptly see my fist hitting their precious, attention-starved, clueless, self-entitled face.

    Posted by: Alan | Dec 6, 2011 7:21:56 AM


  21. Maybe they were protesting the salaries of the HRC staff:

    Joe Solmonese, Executive Director
    $226,678

    Cathy Nelson, Development Director
    $170,330

    Cynthia Stachelberg, Legislative Director
    $161,936

    David M. Smith, Policy Director
    $160,060

    Cheryl Jacques, Former Executive Director
    $159,916

    Susanne Salkind, Management Director
    $134,482

    Andrea Green, Treasurer
    $124,933

    Kevin Layton, General Counsel
    $118,916

    Elizabeth Seaton, Legal Director
    $111,089

    Mary Breslauer, Board Member
    $103,000

    Timothy Bahr, Major Gifts
    $79,456

    Mark Shields, Coming Out Project
    $77,269

    Daryl Herrschaft, Workplace Project
    $76,181

    Matthew Bayer, Major Gifts
    $72,770

    Posted by: Inside | Dec 6, 2011 11:35:02 AM


  22. If they were protesting salaries, maybe they could have mentioned that instead of pretending to be issuing a new constitution. Oh, and Solomnese is gone from HRC, and the other salaries are not exorbitant by DC standards.

    I don't like or support the HRC, but there's no reason that DC lobbyists should get paid less than their straight peers just because they're LGBT. It's a disgusting career, and I'd demand a lot of money to do it. DC is an awful place on so many levels.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 6, 2011 3:07:08 PM


  23. I guess with all the BLACK-TIE EVENTS that the HRC has all year... they can pay those kind of salaries... Sadly, most gay students and blue collar minimum wage workers and retired senior citizens can not afford to go to those HRC Events.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Dec 6, 2011 3:15:39 PM


  24. Pathetic that Michael Petrelis' only job is trying DESPERATELY to make himself relevant as an Occupy gadfly.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Dec 6, 2011 8:09:06 PM


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