Open House for Unit in Amilcar’s Building Shut Down

Earlier this year on February 26th our neighbor Amilcar Perez-Lopez was shot from behind and killed by plainclothes SFPD officers mere feet from his home in the Mission. His housemates were forced out of their home weeks after the shooting, part of the epidemic of displacement from gentrification & house flipping. One of them had lived in his home for over a decade. Neighbors and friends of Amilcar gathered in that home to eat together and support one another. Amilcar’s family is in Guatemala but other parents who lost their children to police violence showed up for him too, including La Mesha Irizarry and Refugio and Elvira Nieto.

On July 24th, members of Justice 4 Amilcar noticed a unit in their old building had been advertised on craigslist – and the rent skyrocketed to over $4,000 for a two bedroom unit.

All over the Mission landlords have displaced locals to make room for gentrification. We want to let landlords know they can’t evict people and flip the apartment unscathed. We want to let the prospective renters that the old tenant was killed in front of that home by the institution meant to protect and serve him. We want them to know the community will not forget Amilcar.

The community gathered to express their outrage.

Coverage of the action from Mission Local here.
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Carrie Schiff speaking out – photo by Peter Menchini

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Oscar Salinas from Justice y Amor for Alex Nieto speaking out in solidarity – photo by Peter Menchini

The original post from Craigslist is below:

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