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Homelessness Activists Protest Airbnb at It’s Hometown

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Burcu KAYMAK
Burcu KAYMAK
03/11/2015
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It’s time for protest of the Airbnb. Plenty of housing and homelessness activists occupied Airbnb’s headquarters at the San Francisco for the protesting Airbnb because they thinks that home sharing giant worsening the situation of homelessness. Rise of eviction and rental rate all over San Franciso.

Protesters came with hellium filled balloons and brass and emphasize recent tone- deaf advertising campaign of Airbnb in San ,Francisco which is Airbnb  focused they pay $12 million tax and they claimed fair use of that money in San Francisco but residents didn’t like passve aggressive style of Airbnb.

Right after that, protesters took letters with those notes:

  • Evictions. Love, AirBnB
  • Homelessness. Love, AirBnB
  • Deregulation. Love, AirBnB
  • Pay-to-Play Politics. Love, AirBnB

Activist Maria Zamudio from Causa Justa expressed “There are over 3,000 homeless children in San Francisco,”

“Airbnb’s practice of turning homes into hotels is exacerbating those conditions.”

The occupying activists were accompanied by the Brass Liberation Orchestra. Organizers set up tables and laid out pizza, in order to provide a free meal and services to the homeless.

 

“Eviction is the driving force of homelessness,” says Jennifer Friedenbach from the Coalition on Homelessness.

Protesters of Airbnb came one day early and they  set up tables of free pizza for homeless people for bring attention of the growing problem.

The interesting point is Airbnb’s headquarter is just a few blocks away from homeless tents, ironic.

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