Stolen Belonging. Stop the sweeps! - A Public Reclamation at DPW Operations YarD


Food, Drinks, Music, Art and Collective Action
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 1:30-3:30pm (Facebook event link)
Hosted by Stolen Belonging and Coalition on Homelessness
Location: DPW Operations Yard (building at 2323 Cesar Chavez) GO TO BACK GATE at the intersection of Kansas and Marin St., where one is supposed to ask the guard to retrieve their confiscated belongings.
Action Outreach Flyer to print and hand out to your unhoused neighbors.


Join us, houseless residents, housing justice advocates, human rights lawyers and ‘housies’ who want to hold the city accountable for the ongoing theft and violence against those who currently have no roof. This creative action/event will feature art and written stories gathered by our team over the last 7 months, spoken word, and music by Brass Liberation Orchestra. Our main initiative, however, will be supporting and witnessing unhoused folks in their efforts to retrieve possessions taken in the sweeps, which, as SF city policy states, should be bagged, tagged and stored at the DPW yard for 90 days.

*We are asking housed folks to bring survival gear or supplies to donate since we know the city has likely trashed or stolen their things in violation of human and constitutional rights, not to mention SF's own policies. Please leave a comment in this event page for what you commit to bringing (include quantity and description).

There will be some food and drinks, though priority will be given to houseless folks. Feel free to bring snacks to share! Print and hand out this outreach flyer to let your homeless neighbors know about this event and inform them that our team, human rights lawyers and advocates will be on site to record their story of what’s been taken and the impact its had on them.

This is a kid and family friendly event.

For more information on the issue, check out our What’s Happening page, watch our video episodes, and listen to a former DPW worker explain how they trash, steal and even sell items they take in the sweeps, as well as how they aren’t trained on proper city policies or procedures.

#StolenBelonging #StopTheSweeps #ServicesNotSweeps!!!


Survival gear/supplies needed

Quantities for 40 individuals - if you can't bring that many, just let us know the amount you'll bring in the Facebook event comments section or send details to our email. Feel free to bring things that aren't listed though are necessary for survival on the streets. Please no well-used items.
(We already have 40 tents donated by DSA SF. Hooray!)

You can also make a tax deductible donation for these supplies here.

Back packs
Sleeping bags - (we have 20. Need 20 more)
Tarps - (we have 15. need 25 more)
Headlamps - (we have 30. need 10 more)
LED camping light to hang in tent
AAA batteries
Baby Wipes - (Fulfilled)
Toothbrushes - (Fulfilled)
Toothpaste - (Fulfilled)
Fingernail Clippers
Tampons and Pads - (Fulfilled)
Bandaids - (Fulfilled)
Antibiotic Ointment
Snack Bars - (Have 60. Feel free to bring more.)


Directions: DPW Operations Yard - GO TO BACK GATE at Kansas and Marin St.

Click HERE for Google Map Location

Printed directions on the back page of action outreach flyer.

MUNI bus #19 and #9 get one within short walking distance to the action site.

Get off the #19 at Evans Ave just past Cesar Chavez or Get off the #9 at Bayshore Blvd & Oakdale Ave. Walk a short distance to the intersection of Marin & Kansas St. This is the back gate of the DPW Yard, the location of our action.