Occupy SF Takes Over Vacant Building

Protesters say they will turn two-story building into homeless shelter

By Kellie White
|  Monday, Apr 2, 2012  |  Updated 7:12 AM PDT
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Occupy protesters have taken over a vacant building in San Francisco, with plans to turn it into a homeless shelter.

Occupiers moved into the building on Turk and Gough streets Sunday afternoon, after a rally and march from Union Square. The two-story building is near St. Mary's Cathedral and is believed to be owned by the city's Archdiocese.

"We plan to have this be a center for homeless people, for education, for food, for healing," says Occupy SF demonstrator Beth Seligman, "A safe place for people to go to."

Occupy organizers say they have a full schedule of events planned, including classes on yoga and meditation, French, Chinese, holistic medicine, and cooking.

Police stood by as the protesters marched, but so far they've made no attempts to remove Occupiers from the building. A spokesman for the Archdiocese has asked for police not to take any action until a meeting today.

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