A group of San Francisco "homeless advocates" are targeting a sushi restaurant in the city's LGBT Castro neighborhood over a rock they say is actually a device being used to keep homeless people from setting up camp.
The "Coalition on Homelessness" — a San Francisco group that considers itself pro-homeless and pro-transient — issued a tweet late last week with a picture of the rock, which sits in a "zen garden" alcove in front of the sushi restaurant and is painted with the "gay pride" rainbow flag.
The group accused the restaurant of using the rock to embellish its faux-progressive credentials, according to a local ABC affiliate: "When you wanna look inclusive but hate homeless people."
Latest social justice rage: In San Francisco, activist group @TheCoalitionSF sicced a mob on a sushi restaurant in the Castro after claiming the rock was part of “anti-homeless architecture.” The owner denies it was placed there to keep homeless away. https://t.co/QIb5bqFvGy pic.twitter.com/WldkJmk0VB
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) June 22, 2019
The Coalition for Homelessness claims the rock is strategically placed so that homeless people — of which San Francisco has thousands — cannot set up temporary camp outside the restaurant. The location of the rock, in an alcove in front of the building that would be just perfect for a transient or two to spend the night, is being deliberately walled off from use.
The sushi restaurant is located in San Francisco's Castro district, a longtime safe haven neighborhood for LGBT people. It has a history of being one of the most inclusive — and largest — gay neighborhoods in the country, and one of the earliest established progressive communities in San Francisco, which doesn't exactly lack progressive communities.'
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