We are a group of people alarmed about the catastrophe in the Gulf, and disturbed by the City of San Francisco’s impotence when it comes to making the city safe for those who get around by bicycle or foot.  In particular, we demand that the city immediately shut the Fell St. entrances to the Arco (BP) station at Fell and Divisadero, prohibit left turns onto Divisadero, remove the parking on the south side of Fell between Scott and Baker, and build a safe, attractive bikeway that connects the Wiggle directly to the Panhandle.

It is not fair or just to inflict the threat of death or injury on those who choose to use less oil in their daily transport.  In fact, dangerous streets keep us addicted to oil by scaring people into motorized lives of inactivity.

We will continue to take direct action to seal off the hazardous Fell St. entrances, until the City steps up and protects the lives of its citizens.

Join us every Friday 5:30-7:30pm at the corner of Fell and Divisadero Streets, San Francisco.

9 Responses to About

  1. Best of luck with your campaign. With Non-Violent Direct Action as your ally, your goals will come to fruition.
    As once we protested Arco, when they were mainly an Alaskan corporation, so now the torch is taken up in California…one corner at a time.
    BP is among the worst polluters in Alaska, and we must often make our voices heard.
    If there is anything we can do to help, please feel free let us know.

    We stand in Solidarity with you.

  2. Peter says:

    I’m pretty sure that drawing an analogy between your effort and the Black Panthers isn’t going to be as helpful as other references could be in rallying broad community support.

    • Hi Peter,

      Apart from the more notorious acts carried out by the Black Panthers involving long black leather coats and guns, they actually did a lot for communities that were being neglected by the state, including setting up soup kitchens, and making traffic improvements to protect the most vulnerable members of society. To be honest, we at Fix Fell are through playing Mr. Nice Guy. We’ll leave that to the SFBC and others. We just want the shit fixed. Why should we have to beg and plead for the City to stop us from getting injured- that’s their job! And if they don’t do their job, then we’ll do it for them. We’ll leave the black leather coats and rifles at home for the moment however…

    • finn says:

      Although, also, the slandered history of black leather coats and rifles is a result of long-running demonization of radical actions and radical people by the mainstream corporate media and by folks who align with their values.

      It is our right – and even duty – to dissent when our government guards profit over our safety. Free speech on radical issues is not a privilege, it is a right. It only feels like a privilege when we end up not wanting to risk protest or arrest because we cannot afford the hospital bills we might rack up while incurring interesting police behavior out in the streets trying to quash our dissenting speech and actions.

      It is also – technically – our right to “bear arms.” Both myself and Fix Fell in general are wholly dedicated to a philosophy of nonviolent direct action. It is, however, our right to bear arms. I am not pro-gun nor pro-violence; I am a nonviolent dissenter through and through. However, it is likewise the long-running demonization of radical actions and radical people that has us too slandered, too marginalized, and too scared to bear arms when cops are all too willing to shoot us when they think they “see” a gun. What I’m getting around to saying is that it’s a whole bunch of demonization of the Black Panthers and other radical groups that has us radicals today sometimes too afraid to even associate ourselves with them. Some of it is an internalization of the “blacklisting” done to these groups – at meetings I here things like “Ah, let’s not associate ourselves with [fill in the blank] because the media will latch onto that.” The blank gets filled in with anarchists, the Black Panthers, Earth First!, the Zapatistas, and on and on and on.

      I say, s c r e w t h a t . We need to reclaim these associations from our “blacklisted” radical past for the benefit of the historical present we are working for as passionate radicals.

      We in no way need let the media eviscerate OUR symbols or any piece of OUR radical culture.

  3. Peter says:

    Geez, I’m sorry I brought the topic up. Have fun with your protests, and when you open the Fix Fell soup kitchen, please let me know.

    • Josh Hart says:

      We’re glad you brought it up Peter! A lot of people are unaware of the true history of the black panthers. Given what the mainstream media coverage has been, it’s easy to understand your concern. It’s clear that you care about seeing improvements on Fell and we welcome you to join us in celebrating what a better world (and Fell st. ) could look like. -Josh

  4. Peter says:

    Any progress with that soup kitchen? I stopped by last Friday but apparently you guys had taken the day off, perhaps to review some recipes with Huey and Bobby et al.

  5. Hi Fix Fell,

    My name is Iberia Elster and I am the Environmental Justice co-chair of the Stanford branch of student NAACP. This quarter we are hosting an event to increase conversation on environmental justice issues, specifically on the political, health, sociological, and environmental effects and lessons we can learn from the BP oil spill.

    We would like someone from your organization to speak on the social or environmental causes, the repercussions of the Oil Spill, and what it means for the future of our nation/youth. Your expertise in this area as well as advocacy would greatly contribute to the discussion.

    The event is November 18th from 6:00 – 7:30PM at Stanford’s Tresidder Union. Please respond by Wednesday 11/10 to confirm/decline and let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you,
    Iberia Elster

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