'Living room' being set up on street in Bayview

November 22, 2011 10:09:07 AM PST
Living and dining room furniture is being set up on a street in San Francisco's Bayview District today to protest the pending eviction of several residents of the neighborhood.

The event, organized by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and Service Employees International Union, is an effort to get banks to renegotiate with homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure or eviction, ACCE organizer Grace Martinez said.

Martinez said several families from the Bayview will participate in the event, at least three of whom have pending foreclosure or eviction cases, including a 75-year-old woman named Josephine who is set to be evicted next month.

Josephine was initially supposed to be kicked out of her house on Wednesday, but the San Francisco Sheriff's Department has postponed the eviction until Dec. 14, Martinez said.

She said putting furniture in the middle of the street at Quesada Avenue and Keith Street right before Thanksgiving "will bring the community together to celebrate a very American holiday, and realize a lot of home ownership is an American drea

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