The SFPC believes that political power comes from the grassroots using direct action, but we see elections as a potential tactic to defend our rights.

In 2000 we used the national elections to slow down the wave of gentrification unleashed by San Francisco’s dot-com boom. Working with established neighborhood groups, we made thousands of posters and pasted them around San Francisco to un-elect politicians owned by big real estate developers.

Our posters also publicized city ballot initiatives that would have stopped massive rent increases, skyrocketing eviction rates and luxury “live/work” housing developments.

For information on the 2000 elections in San Francisco, see A Year in the Life of the Anti-Displacement Movement by Tom Wetzel.