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.