Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco is the latest “foodie” tour company to disrespect and exploit the communities they claim to love. Clarion Alley Mural Project has repeatedly requested Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco to stop using our project for their profits – We nicely wrote owner Josh Hirsch and asked tour guide “Casey” in person to please stop using our project as part of their $60/person tours that they’ve included CAMP on and that they have NO connection to – and to remove our images from their marketing materials … the response? total disrespect and entitlement. Please help spread the word far and wide that Sidewalk Food Tours SUCKS!

Photo by Peter Menchini

Photo by Peter Menchini

Protesters disrupt landlord from getting on Google bus

By Sara Bloomberg

48 Hills

DECEMBER 16, 2014 — Sometimes he drives to work, but this morning Jack Halprin decided to take a private shuttle to his office at Google.

Housing advocates were awaiting him.

Shortly before 7 am, around a dozen protesters blocked a tech shuttle from leaving its stop at 18th and Dolores streets when someone in the group started yelling, “He’s walking down Guerrero!”

Maybe Halprin thought he could sneak by the loud group—and their signs denouncing him—unnoticed. But no such luck.

Halprin, a lawyer for Google, is using the Ellis Act to evict the remaining tenants at 812 Guerrero St., a seven unit building tucked between the bustling Valencia commercial corridor and Dolores Park.

And the question on everyone’s minds since he served the eviction notice last February is: Why does he need a seven unit building all to himself?   Continue Reading HERE

Halprinprotest from Mission Local on Vimeo.

A Public Art Project & Residency by Megan Wilson and Christopher Statton

Roxie Theater Storefront Window
3125 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

December 15, 2014 – January 15, 2015
Visible 24/7 through storefront window;
The artists will be painting in the window Th – Mon, 11am – 5pm (excluding holidays)

Returning to the Roxie for this holiday season, Christopher Statton and Megan Wilson are bringing their public art project Better Homes & Gardens Today to the historic 16th Street theater. Wilson and Statton met while working at the Roxie Theater where Statton served as Executive Director for four years; Wilson created the window installation “99%” that was also presented at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts and worked with Clarion Alley Mural Project to paint murals in the Little Roxie’s lobby and bathrooms.

A year later the two have continued to collaborate with their project Better Homes & Gardens Today, which started at The Roxie’s sister theater down the street, ATA (Artist’s Television Access) in October 2014. The project aims to:

1. Heighten awareness around “home” and the realities of homelessness;
2. Cultivate a dialog within communities and amongst disparate groups about housing instability; and
Raise money to benefit the Gubbio Project, the Coalition On Homelessness, and At The Crossroads, organizations working to address homelessness in San Francisco.

To date, Statton and Wilson have raised over $4,000 for the organizations.

Wilson and Statton are creating a limited edition of 300 pairs of hand-painted “Home” signs in different languages. The artists will spend December 15 – January 15 painting in the storefront window space of the Little Roxie Theater.

The limited edition signs are available for purchase for $100/pair through the artists during the hours they are painting at the Roxie and on the project’s Website at:

The purchasers will get one sign and the other sign will be donated to one of the three partner organizations to use as they see best fit (e.g. the Gubbio Project will be hanging the signs on the pews at St. Boniface Church during their hours of operation). Purchasers will also be provided with more information on each of the organizations and how they can further help.

All of the proceeds and the signs purchased for the organizations will be divided evenly and go to the three partners (Gubbio ProjectCoalition On Homelessness, and At The Crossroads).

As part of the project Statton and Wilson have been introduced to and reached out to some of the Bay Area’s tech corporations and their employees, including Twitter, Facebook, ZendeskYammerGoogleDropbox, and Salesforce to invite them to attend the project’s events. The invitation was extended to these corporations, who are relatively new to the area, to provide them with the opportunity to learn about, contribute to, and support a community that is in great need and that they are now working/ living among and having a significant impact on.

Event at Gubbio Project with Twitter Employees during #FridayForGood

Throughout the project Statton and Wilson are hosting free events at various locations (to date ATA and the Gubbio Project). The events include presentations by representatives from the participating organizations and facilitated discussions on:

1. The realities of being homeless;
2. What the culture and climate of homelessness is like in San Francisco; and
3. What is truly needed to address this crisis – funding and policy change.


Megan Wilson’s original project Better Homes and Gardens is featured in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 75 Years of Looking Forward edited by Janet Bishop, Corey Keller, and Sarah Roberts. In 2000 Wilson hand-painted 250 signs and distributed them to residents living on the streets and those in danger of eviction to place in their carts or windows as a sign of solidarity during a period in which evictions were skyrocketing in San Francisco. Footage of Better Homes and Gardens edited together by Christopher Statton is also included in the Oakland Museum’s exhibition Fertile Ground in collaboration with SFMoMA.

L->R: Signs painted during Wilson and Statton’s residency at ATA; Margaret Cho supporting Better Homes & Gardens Today with her custom-made mini home sign.


Christopher Statton has been an organizer with Clarion Alley Mural Project since 2012 and was one of the collaborators on “The Wall of Shame and Solutions”. Statton is the former Executive Director of San Francisco’s Roxie Theater (2010 – 2013). In 2013 he was awarded the Marlon Riggs Award by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for “his significant contribution to San Francisco’s film community through the Roxie over the past four years.” In 2013 Statton was also awarded a Certificate of Honor by SF Supervisor David Campos for his “important and tireless work with the Roxie.” Statton was a founding member of the Sidewalk Sideshow, a project of the Marin Interfaith Council, which produced music shows with San Rafael’s street and homeless community. In addition, he is actively involved with the Gubbio Project in the Tenderloin as well as an Advisory Board member of the Tom Steel Clinic, which provides medical services for the HIV positive community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Christopher Statton and Megan Wilson painting inside ATA’s storefront. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Megan Wilson
is an artist, writer, and non-profit consultant. She moved to the Bay Area in 1994 to attend the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2000 Wilson co-organized the performance/protest series Art Strikes Back in response to the extreme wave of gentrification displacement in San Francisco during the first “dotcom boom.” In 2003 she curated, directed, and raised the funds for the international mural exchange and residency Sama-sama/ Together, a collaboration between artists from San Francisco and Yogyakarta Indonesia designed to foster understanding of Muslim and non-Muslim cultures following 9/11. From 2004 – 2008 she transformed her 1,600 sq. ft. living space into an installation that explored and challenged the meanings of “home” and “homelessness” through her project Home 1996-2008. Wilson has been a core organizer of the Clarion Alley Mural Project since 1998 and is one of the organizers of CAPITALISM IS OVER! If You Want It, a series of interruptions/ actions launched in 2010 that has included artists from around the world, responding to the negative impacts of capitalism. Wilson’s article The Gentrification of Our Livelihoods was published on in June 2014.


The Gubbio Project
Since its founding in 2004 The Gubbio Project has offered refuge for thousands of people in the heart of the Tenderloin and encouraged connection between the housed and unhoused. For nine hours each weekday, 6am-3pm, the doors of the sanctuary of St. Boniface are open to all. The mission of The Gubbio Project is to provide a sacred space to sleep or rest and care services for those in need of a safe, compassionate respite that places dignity and respect in the highest regard. Each day, 250 people on average, enter the project, with 95 folks sleeping at any given time in the pews of St. Boniface and others accessing care services. We invite you to visit St. Boniface and see The Gubbio Project firsthand.

Coaliton on Homelessness, San Francisco
26 Years of Resistance, Resilience and Re-Building
For decades, the Coalition on Homelessness has developed the leadership skills of homeless San Franciscans to forge true solutions to the housing crisis and beat back mean-spirited attacks against them. The Coalition on Homelessness is comprised of homeless people and allies who have been organizing together since 1987 to expand access to housing in one of the richest cities in the country, to protect the rights of the poorest people in our society, and to create real solutions to contemporary homelessness.

At The Crossroads
The mission of At The Crossroads is to reach out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and work with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. Our innovative model focuses on young people who do not access traditional services and are disconnected from any type of consistent support. We remove common barriers to service by bringing our counselors onto the streets and shaping our support services around the needs of each individual client.

November 8, 2014 at the Coalition on Homelessness’ SLEEP-IN & Picket to call for an end to BART police harassment of people sleeping in transit stations.


The Roxie Theater is the oldest continuously running cinema in the United States and has been at its location in San Francisco’s Mission District since it opened in 1909. Over a century later, the Roxie has remained true to its mission to promote and support truly independent film / filmmakers and programming that would likely never be presented at more mainstream, profit-based venues. The Roxie continues to stay rooted in a commitment to taking risks with non-traditional and experimental films – works that are critical to challenging the status quo and inspiring viewers. Films have become one of the most important and effective sources for presenting stories that need to be told and communities that need to be recognized.

Megan Wilson’s installation 99% in the Roxie’s storefront window, 2012

Really great interview and short profile of Christopher Statton and I, thoughtfully filmed by Walter Thompson that is part of his latest film project” Golden City,” a feature-length documentary about how the tech industry is reshaping housing and transportation in San Francisco.

Walter is currently raising the money needed to complete “Golden City” – please help support his insightful and critical work that promises to be a one of the best documentaries about this current era of change, struggle, and transformation in San Francisco!…/golden-city-housing-and-transpo…

This weekend Airbnb held its first-ever conference for hosts in San Francisco. Inside, executivesrestated the company’s goal to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Outside, local cops allegedly shoved housing activists who were protesting Airbnb’s role in the eviction crisis, confining demonstrators into a “free speech” pen.  …. Read more HERE

“Airbnb Open” Protest/Music Performance by Candace Roberts 22 Nov 2014 from Peter Menchini on Vimeo.

Oinky Oinky Oinky … this little piggy went to market and guess how much out of Goldman Sachs $34B piggy bank it was able to scrape up to help the homeless in San Francisco this Thanksgiving? Just guess … $833 … Let them eat garbage!

“Airbnb Open” Protest 22 Nov 2014 from Peter Menchini on Vimeo.

Better Homes and Gardens – San Francisco’s Mission District in 2000 … footage from ground zero for the dotcom bomb and the epidemic of evictions that resulted … Precursor to the latest project Better Homes and Gardens Today - thank you Christopher Statton for editing!

Artists Christopher Statton and Megan Wilson are creating a limited edition of 300 sets of “Home” signs to benefit three organizations -  The Gubbio Project, the Coalition on Homelessness, and At The Crossroads that are working to help ease the suffering of those living on the streets, treating people with dignity, respect and love, and being at the forefront of changing the inhumane policies that have been enacted to criminalize and punish those who are already faced with such overwhelming challenges.

The signs are available for purchase for $100/pair. The purchasers receive one sign and the other sign is donated to one of the three partner organizations to use as they see best fit (e.g. the Gubbio Project will place them on the pews of St. Boniface Church). Purchasers will also be provided with more information on each of the organizations and how they can further help.

All of the proceeds will be divided evenly and go to these critically needed organizations.

Signs can be purchased online at our Website: HERE!

  • There are only 1,300 shelter beds in San Francisco and, according to the January 2013 homeless count, 7,350 people are without homes. And while the City reports vacancies in the shelters each night, 2 out of 3 people seeking shelter are turned away.
  • Places to rest during the day legally are equally as difficult to come by. In the past 12 years in San Francisco, 167,074 citations were given out for sleeping and sitting in public (San Francisco Municipal Court). Each citation carries a fine of $100. An unpaid or unresolved ticket goes to warrant in 21 days, and the fine doubles. Accumulated warrants can result in incarceration and denial of affordable housing.
  • In 2014, a United Nations panel deemed the Sit/Lie ordinance a form of human rights abuse.
  • A 2012 report released by San Francisco’s City Hall Fellows found that San Francisco’s Sit/Lie ordinance has been unequivocally ineffective, citing that the reported citations were issued to the same 19 offenders, who were reported as chronically homeless and incapable of paying the $100 fines.
  • One of the most overlooked, yet greatest health risks for the homeless is the lack of sleep. San Diego-based blogger and self-proclaimed “chronic homeless man” Kevin Barbieux, who writes under the name The Homeless Guy states in the articleHomelessness and the Impossibility of a Good Night’s Sleep by Hanna Brooks Olsen in the August 2014 issue of The Atlanticthat “Without a doubt, sleep is the biggest issue for homeless people …homeless advocates are always focused on what are believed to be the root causes of homelessness, and providing the basics of food shelter and clothing to those who do without, and although those things are important in their own way, they don’t affect homeless people with the intensity that sleep does (or the lack thereof).” Additionally, acute problems such as infections, injuries, and pneumonia are difficult to heal when there is no place to rest and recuperate.
  • Another critical health concern for the homeless is the growing rate of hate crimes. Over the past 15 years, the National Coalition on Homelessness (NCH) has recorded 1,437 incidents of crimes committed against the homeless by housed individuals. In 2013 alone, the NCH became aware of 109 attacks, 18 of which resulted in death. The highest percentage of attacks (30%) took place in California. It is important to note that people experiencing homelessness are often treated so poorly by society that attacks are forgotten of unreported. This reality worsens when one considers that many violent acts against homeless populations go unreported and therefore, the true number of incidents is likely to be substantially higher.

All people, especially those who are living on the streets or have mental health or substance abuse issues, are worthy of respect, dignity, and loving kindness.

Essay by Claire Bain

ATA Blog
Published October 28, 2014

Megan Wilson and Christopher Statton are in ATA’s display window, painting hundreds of signs with one word on them: “Home.” Black letters and a flower spell out the word in English or other languages, each on a solid color background. Sold in pairs for $100, one sign goes to the purchaser; the money and the other sign goes to one of three homeless service organizations. They could have just painted a bunch of signs in their studio and put them up for sale, but they chose instead to perform the production of the signs in the window. More than fundraising, they are organizing, raising awareness through outreach, providing information, and holding the City accountable for its human responsibility. And they are accomplishing all of this by subverting the tools of commercial language. Read more HERE.