Rage Against the Gap
S.F., Coalition Action Against Gap, Inc., 18 Arrested

18 Protesters Arrested at Union Square's Gap SAN FRANCISCO.

June 11, 2000

Eighteen human rights protesters were arrested Saturday after they blocked the doors of The Gap clothing store near Union Square. Members of Global Exchange rallied over what they claim is The Gap's refusal to discontinue sweatshop conditions on the island of Saipan, where some of the company's clothes are produced. Police Sgt. Steve Balma said members of the group - 13 adults and five juveniles - entered the store from side doors and then converged on the main entrance where they sat down and blocked the exit. He said the store remained open during the protest. It was the fourth straight day of protests at The Gap store. Balma said four people were also arrested on Wednesday. All of those arrested were issued citations and released.

Forest defenders and human rights activists gather in front of the Gap flagship in S.F.

Sister Bernie Galvin of Religious Witness with Homeless People tells how Don Fisher, who was appointed by Bill Clinton to the Presidio Trust, blocked the homeless from Presidio housing which stood empty for two years while homeless people died in the street.


Our skit, "A Fisher Family Picnic," delights onlookers.

Protesters sit in solidarity, with those risking arrest.

Onlookers cheer the courageous activists, who were arrested moments later, for blocking the entrance to the store.

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