Campfire: Benito Santiago

Benito Santiago: Lifelong San Franciscan, disabled elder, musician & public school teacher; Duboce Triangle resident. Benito Santiago is a community elder being Ellis Acted out of his long term SF home. Tony Robles wrote about Benito for the San Francisco Bay Guardian: “Benito is a teacher with the San Francisco Unified School District. He is Read More

Campfire: Jason Wallach and Sandy Juarez

Jason and Sandy were evicted from 6511 Raymond St. Oakland by Dan Daigle. They had been living there 3 years and 5 months, since they arrived to the Bay Area. Jason is a rambling rover of Ukrainian, Italian and Jewish descent living in the settler colonialist state of the USA. He thinks story-telling is sexy; Read More

Campfire: Steven Black

Steven has lived in San Francisco for 30 years. He was evicted from his apartment at 940 Capp Street after 26 years of living there by the resident owners of the house via family members move-in. He feels this move-in eviction was retaliation for, among other justifiable actions, his declining to sign a new and Read More

Campfire: Tom Rapp & Patricia Kerman

Patricia Kerman is a disabled senior citizen, who has lived in her current flat for the past 27 years. Tom Rapp has lived there as her roommate for the last 15 of them. They are being evicted by Kaushik Dattani. Eviction Free San Francisco wrote about Patricia and Tom: “Born and raised in Detroit Michigan, Read More

Campfire: Rio Yañez (with senior parents represented)

Rio was born 34 years ago in San Francisco General Hospital and has been involved with the 24th Street corridor of the Mission ever since. His parents have been artists and activists in the neighborhood for over five decades. He currently works at Somarts, a non-profit arts and cultural center, as a manager and curator. Read More

Campfire: Zeph Fishlyn

Zeph works as a cultural activist at the intersections of art, social justice, and the transgressive body. Since 2011, Zeph has helped move 35 friends due to eviction and has focused on creative direct action responding to the economic crisis and displacement. Zeph was evicted in 2012 along with 16 artists from the Million Fishes Read More

Campfire: Polo Gonzalez (with mom Ana Gutierrez represented)

Polo, his mom Ana Gutierrez, and his youngest brother Ruben received an Ellis Act Eviction in 2012 to leave their Lucky Street home in the Mission District, which has been the family dwelling for 34 years. Polo is the eldest son of the family of five children. As a young man, being the eldest son Read More

Campfire: Sarah Brandt (with Mary Phillips represented)

Sarah Brandt is a public school teacher, born and raised in San Francisco, who has lived at her current address for 15 years. She is currently being Ellis Act evicted from her Mission District apartment by the infamous Urban Green, now known around town as Urban Greed. When Sarah is not teaching teens to resist Read More

Campfire: Lauren Montana Swiger

Lauren Montana Swiger is an activist, musician, and community member who was evicted from the Mission, along with her teenage daughter. It was an Owner-Move-In eviction, one of three kinds of no-fault evictions displacing San Franciscan families and communities. Montana and her daughter were forced to relocate to Berkeley. It’s pretty there, but they mourn Read More

Campfire: Donna Saffioti-Johnson

Donna, her husband Robert “Jawara” Johnson, and the family dogs Xochitl (age 4) and DJ (age 2 and ½) were served with Ellis Act eviction papers in 2012, and forced out of their 73-B Pearl Street apartment in San Francisco by serial evictors Kwok Chung Wong and Har Kwan Luk.  Since 2003, this company has Read More

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