Activists chant "We'll be back" as they leave PG&E headquarters after demonstrating against the company for nearly two hours on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Activists chant "We'll be back" as they leave PG&E headquarters after demonstrating against the company for nearly two hours on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Protest calls out PG&E for role in wildfires

Nearly two dozen protesters took over the lobby of PG&E’s downtown San Francisco headquarters on Tuesday to call out the utility for its alleged role in several recent deadly wildfires and push for a public takeover.

“Over 100 people in the last couple years have died from climate fires caused by the negligence of PG&E,” said Pete Woiwode, a spokesperson for the protesters. “We came into PG&E’s office and demanded that we disintegrate their power. No bailout for PG&E. Put the power back in the hands of people, local folks.”

After pushing past security, the protesters chanted “PG&E, no more greed, we should own our energy,” before activist Claire Haas began reading the names of some of the 88 people who died in the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County in November.

At one point, the protesters huddled up after PG&E security called police to make arrests. As officers arrived and began to distribute zip ties, the protesters sang “campfire” songs aimed at PG&E.

“One dark night while we were all in bed, PG&E left a fire untended,” the group sang. “When the sparks did fly, they winked their eye instead. California will burn tonight. Fire! Fire! Fire!”

The group later broke into rounds of “We Shall Not Be Moved,” among other songs.

No arrests were made. The protesters exited the lobby after demonstrating for nearly two hours, but not before promising to continue to fight for their demands.

“We’ll be back,” they chanted.

 

Picture 1 of 15

Activists march toward the entrance to PG&E's San Francisco headquarters to demonstrate against any bailouts for the company to cover costs associated with deadly wildfires on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)




If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces charges against former SFPD Officer Christopher Samoyoa in the 2017 fatal shooting of Keita O’Neill at a press conference outside the Hall of Justice on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
DA Boudin charges fired SFPD officer with manslaughter over fatal shooting

Ex-Officer Christopher Samayoa to face criminal charges in killing of Keita O’Neil

The area near the Castro Muni Metro Station is expected to be affected by construction work on the Twin Peaks Tunnel, with lane closures on Market Street and some loss of parking. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Construction on Twin Peaks Tunnel to begin November 30

Area around Castro Muni Station will see greatest impacts including lane closures on Market Street

(Genaro Molina/Pool/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Newsom calls latest surge of COVID-19 cases ‘unprecendented’

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation California’s latest surge of COVID-19… Continue reading

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, during a news conference on March 10, 2020. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
LA County suspends outdoor dining at restaurants as coronavirus surges

By Alex Wigglesworth Los Angeles Times Los Angeles County public health officials… Continue reading

Renderings of the main entrance to upcoming Mission Bay elementary school on Owens Street. (Courtesy photo)
SFUSD offers first look at planned Mission Bay elementary school

San Francisco school officials this month unveiled the design of a planned… Continue reading

Most Read