UPDATE: The Frisco 500 held their ground inside City Hall until they were finally forced out by police after a long, loud, wild shoving match at 10:30 p.m. May 6. At the Mission Police Station, after the Frisco 5 had to be evacuated to the hospital, police took down their encampment despite resistance by supporters. A few supporters remained there through the afternoon and evening to direct other supporters to join the occupation of City Hall.
May 6, 2016 – On the 16th day of the hunger strike, the #Frisco5 have been hospitalized and plan on continuing their strike in the hospital.
This is by no means over. With the support of the community, the #Frisco5 have grown to the #Frisco500 and will soon become #Frisco5000. In solidarity with the strikers, they have reclaimed San Francisco City Hall for the people of San Francisco who demand justice for the Black and Brown victims of the murderous SFPD.
Mayor Ed Lee’s refusal to listen to the will of the people has awakened a sleeping giant. The people are demanding that he fire Chief Suhr! If he does not, then he must step down.
They will shut San Francisco down! There will be no more business as usual. As long as this administration is an accomplice to murder, the people will rise up and demand justice.
This plague cannot continue. We are reclaiming City Hall with the support of the entire Bay Area.
Tuesday we saw over 1,000 community members come together to march with the #Frisco5. Our numbers are growing and we will no longer support a City Hall that puts profit over people.
We demand justice! And until we get justice, the city of San Francisco shall have no peace!
To reach the Frisco 5, contact spokesperson Yayne Abeba at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other contacts are Hunger for Justice SF on Facebook, @Hungerforjusticesf on Instagram and @hngr4justicesf on Twitter. Hashtags include #Frisco5 and #hungerforjusticesf.
(The interview with Equipto begins at 3:12 minutes in, the interview with Selassie begins at 8:40 and a final interview begins at 27:33. – ed.) On May 5, 2016, Day 15 of the Frisco 5 Hunger Strike, the People’s Minister of Information JR Valrey went to 17th and Valencia outside the Mission Police Station to talk to Equipto and Selassie, two of the Frisco 5, about their aims as well as observations while they have been engaged in the Hunger Strike to force the firing of Police Chief Suhr and the resignation of Mayor Ed Lee. Equipto talks about having his senior citizen mother right alongside of him, starving herself to protest police terrorism in San Francisco, and more. Selassie talks about the actions and inactions of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, plus more. Tune in to the Traveling Film Circus on Wednesdays at 6:30-7 p.m. and Sundays from 4-4:30 p.m. on SF Cable Channel 29.