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Nasty New FB Page Makes Fun of SF Homeless People

Screenshot from Manpiles of SF where the page owner is being incredibly cruel.

Guest Post by Kate Torres

There’s something to be said about Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint for which our city was named after.

First off, this guy was a radical feminist who dedicated his life to the preservation of the environment. His ideologies weren’t far from the leftist ethos that exists in our modern day society – he was the Bernie Sanders of 13th century Italy!

One other amazing fact about our main guy St. Francis was that his entire life was dedicated to those in destitute. As a man who purged himself of his earthly means at a young age, he believed whole-heartedly that the best way to live a fulfilling life was to work with and for those who had been abandoned.

St. Francis didn’t shy away from lepers, he embraced them. He preached a life of humility that boasted no financial gain. The central part of his creed was divesting oneself from power and wealth. He wore a tattered tunic with no shoes and both he and his followers lived in evicted properties and used them as a space for worship.

That’s right people, our city was named after a homeless guy.

She acts as if the man wants to be sleeping outdoors next to a dumpster.

I would like to say that San Francisco is worthy of such a name. That we work to support those who have been abandoned and we operated as community activists who see the city’s population as a collective – not “us vs. them”.

My hope is that when communities come together, it’s with the mindset that proposing solutions for the homeless population is for all of our benefit, not just because those with means feel temporarily inconvenienced. That requires conversations with the people outside your door, empathy for their circumstance and grassroots activism that demands dedicated work.

We should see our brothers and sisters on the streets as people, not encampments or, even worse, animals that need to be “dealt with”.

That’s why it’s so hard seeing pages like Manpiles of SF this pop up on social media (The name was recently changed to Welcome to Mayor Ed Lee’s Zombie Nation). This woman, Julie Zberg, was first introduced to me on my District 9 email group. While my roommate, Taylor, was proposing plans for weekly neighborhood clean ups and others were discussing the value of a soup kitchen coming to the Mission, Julie was spitting rhetoric about how disgusting the homeless in our neighborhood were and how being homeless was a choice.

(Editors note: Looks lie she took the page down recently due to the backlash)

In our latest email thread, she mentioned this Facebook page as her catalog for all the people she’s come to hate in her time living in the Mission. Looking through the photos, I recognized men and women I exchange pleasantries with on an everyday basis being stereotyped as “a meth head with a dug up face”. She posts hundreds of photos under an anonymous guise and then reacts with foul, childish responses when people ask what she actually plans to do to help solve this problem.

Email where Julie Zberg takes credit for the mean spirited FB page

Julie is not that different from many of San Francisco’s recent transplants, who heighten their privilege by announcing “I don’t pay $3000 a month to live in a city where I have to step over homeless people!”, or some variation thereof. When the Julie’s of SF show up at community gatherings, it’s with the goal of clearing out encampments that directly affect their sense of neighborhood safety. Instead of proposing plans that require working with their district supervisor (in our case, Hillary Ronen), they throw up their hands, pronounced that “nothing can be done!” and continue to furiously post in the digital space about how disgusted they are having to make eye contact with the person who sleeps on their doorstep.

Take a moment to look at Julie’s page. Look at those faces. If you’re someone who lives in the Mission, you might recognize a person Julie has labeled “shitbag”, “zombie squatter”, or (my favorite) “this entitled fucker”. Shit, you might have bought them dinner, thrown them a few bucks, lent a blanket when it was raining, or come to learn what’s brought them to your block. Or maybe you just give a quick nod as you make your way home from a long day at work, as your brain is on autopilot thinking about Los Coyotes and a beer. Regardless, you (WE) know our community.

And the more that the Julie Zberg’s of the world have Manpile’s of SF pages on social media, the more I know in my heart that we failed them.

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  • Jenni

    “I thought I should start documenting the plight of me and my neighbors…”

    Is she fucking serious? Her “plight”? What about the plight of people who have to live like this? I want to punch that bitch in the face.

  • Adele Meower

    “normal” residents? wtf? this woman is a fucking monster !!!! holy hell ! “my daily existence…” girlfriend, if this was your existence you would not be a stupid ass piece of shit bitch

  • Zachary Apley

    What an entitled little brat! She needs to go from this city! (although I find she is all over social media except for Linkedin) I wonder if her employer knows she feels this way?

  • Stacey J. Weinberger

    She changed the name of the group to Welcome to Mayor Ed Lee’s Zombie Nation though the url is still https://www.facebook.com/manpilesofsf/

  • pch1013

    Let’s say this jihad against Julie is successful, and the page disappears from Facebook – which is undoubtedly the intent.

    Then what?

  • Thomas Evans

    what an absolutely rotten human being. she is everything that sucks about the new san francisco…entitled, young, ignorant, soulless….very sad. why didn’t that scumbag more to dallass or somewhere else where shitting on our most vulnerable citizens is a badge of honor?

  • Thomas Evans

    so well said. clearly she is too young and self-centered to see the irony of that comment…

  • Thomas Evans

    I saw that…funny stuff…I enjoy how Julie both 1) posts a photo attacking Ed Lee for being the corporate whore that he is while 2) espousing exactly the kind of white, entitled, anti-poor politics shared by so many of Ed Lee’s most enthusiastic supporters. Something tells me poor little Julie is too ignorant or confused to see the cognitive dissonance…

  • 415Native

    The intent here is to show that making a page with the express goal of mocking the homeless is despicable and unacceptable behavior.

  • bizzle

    Ah, yet another sojourn from the New Shitbags of San Francisco. I really really wish these people would fuck off back to PersonalResponsibilitystan or AynRandville or wherever the fuck they come from. GTFO of my fucking COMPASSIONATE, CARING, HUMAN town, which manages to be so IN SPITE what all these wastes of DNA are trying to do to change it.

  • Vincent Giardano

    I enjoy how pch uses the word ‘jihad’ to describe a defense of the homeless. What a twisted p.o.s.

  • Vincent Giardano

    Yup. Mean is bad enough. Ignorant and mean is at least twice as bad.

  • 415Native

    Feel free to visit Julie Zberg’s “personal” Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/juliemzberg and give her a taste of her own harassment medicine.

  • Johnny Kat

    Sorry Julie, but you DO spend $3K+ to live side by side with the homeless. I’ve been here 30 years and the homeless issue has never and will never be solved. It’s a political football that’s just too handy for both sides to use so get the idea that the homeless “problem” will be solved out of your head. It ain’t gonna happen. Hopefully, with the time you’ll save not worrying about it, you can redirect yourself to finding your heart.

  • pch1013

    “the kind of white, entitled, anti-poor politics ”

    Not sure why you’re bringing race into it, but since you went there: what about a Latina single mother in the Mission who has to push her kid’s stroller in the street because the sidewalk is covered with tents? What about the 92-year-old Latina – also in the MIssion – who was physically attacked by a tent dweller who turned out to be a tenant in a public-housing project? What about the black DPW crew I saw clearing an encampment while getting cussed out – in racial terms – by its white residents? What about gay people of all races who feel threatened when homeless people scream “faggot” at them in the Castro? What about women of all races who are the recipients of endless catcalls from people who live outside society’s norms?

    Where is your compassion for them?

    People of all colors and all income levels deserve safe neighborhoods.

  • Sp8cfan

    Send her packing.

  • Michael D. Miller
  • Tracy Morgan

    PURE EVIL!

  • Jake McTavish
  • pilastr

    Careful with assumptions of “never” when there are terrible precedents like NYC. Seen Times Square lately?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/29/nyregion/29oneway.html

    Compare with Samuel Delaney’s personal history there just a short time before:
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/85862.Times_Square_Red_Times_Square_Blue

  • tiabgood

    You do realize they just pushed the homeless out of Times Square, basically pushing the homeless to the outer Burroughs and New Jersey? This was not a “solution” to the homeless problem, it just put homeless people further from the tourist population of NYC.

  • Clearly she’s a SCAB who has stolen a job from somebody better, more deserving and capable.

  • Timothy K. Ready

    Another pile of anti-white hatred being stirred up by the Left. Look at these comments. You people are sick, violent, and I’m reporting every single threat here to the police.

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  • pilastr

    You do realize you’re making my same point except weaker? And I have no idea who you’re quoting when you write “”solution”” while ignoring my actual words “terrible precedent.”

    Poor comprehension is why we can’t have nice conversations.

  • tiabgood

    You were responding to someone saying “the homeless issue has never and will never be solved” and though it is a terrible precedent, as you stated, you gave that as an example of why the person before should not say “never” with an example, of what, the problem being solved?

  • pilastr

    Sigh. Didn’t grasp my second comment either. The end.

  • Kevin Smith

    History demonstrates that censorship is mostly used by those who detest freedom and progress, simply to stop truths or ideas emerging. The failed pseudo “compassion” cult does not want the pathetic results of their massive failure, to be shown…..

  • Kevin Smith

    You hate her, but have a problem with her hating anyone, are you stupid or just schizophrenic?

  • Kevin Smith

    Yes, we need lots more vagrants with that mythical…. “soul”.

  • tiabgood

    Epilogue: you win with condescension!

  • pch1013

    You won – she took the page down. Let’s hear it for doxxing – woohoo!!

  • kimbav

    You do understand there’s a difference between being contemptuous of someone who is impoverished, addicted, mentally ill, or otherwise in difficult circumstances, vs being contemptuous of someone who is privileged and hating on the unfortunate, right? False equivalence much?

  • kimbav

    My take is that pilastr was making that point in the first place, saying that solutions may be worse than the problem.

  • john

    The homeless problem is not new. In the 80’s ,they pitched tents on the lawn of city hall.
    It is just more polarized now . It is increasingly a city of have and have nots .

    The facebook page was taken down so I couldn’t see the whole article but she was right about one thing . Our city government spends a lot of money on the homeless and in the past 5 years ,the problem has gotten worse. Our city leaders are incompetent in dealing with this. The sweeps during the Superbowl were sickening . Our city government cares, as long is it does not affect commerce.

    It’s annoying that 20 somethings can move here and pay $3000 a month for rent ,right off the bat .
    Look around before you sign the lease . This is a situation you chose to move into. History shows it is not a temporary situation.Bitching about it doesn’t fix the problem .

  • George Davis

    I am for directing to the “homeless”, homes, financial support, and health services (both physical and mental).

    However, what other major International tourist city in the world would allow the homeless to take over and trash such prime real estate as Mid-Market Street, SOMA, et al. New York City? London? Tokyo? Paris? Rome? Beijing? Sydney? Chicago? Toronto? Mexico City? . . . Got one? Let me know.

  • DolemiteSF

    Why get worked up about one person’s opinion and a facebook page that can be easily ignored?

  • Thomas Evans

    Kevin is like a lot of stupid, stupid Republicans–his brain is too simple to grasp complicated things like…CONTEXT. Thus, hating Hitler is the same as…hating Kevin’s cute little puppy. Hating haters is the same as…hating mean-spirited scumbags. It’s all the same. Welcome to the mind of a right-winger!!

  • Thomas Evans

    We certainly don’t need any more white, privileged cowards with fake names who shit on our most vulnerable citizens.

  • Thomas Evans

    The two wrongs make a right argument. See: fallacies employed by clever college freshmen.

  • Thomas Evans

    Julie is nothing and nobody, but sadly, she speaks for a lot of shitty, low human beings who are taking over San Francisco and sucking out its soul (and cultural cachet).

  • Thomas Evans

    I love it when someone who writes at a 4th grade level throws around phrases like ‘history shows.’ That is the funniest sh_t I have seen all day! In point of fact, ‘Kevin Smith,’ history shows that only small and pathetic people pick on those who are weaker than they.

    (Didn’t your mommy teach you any manners?)

  • Thomas Evans

    Let’s hear it for hating on people with abusive pasts and deep psych issues who are neglected by their fellow man–woohoo!!

  • Thomas Evans

    Thanks for sharing, but it looks like she didn’t have the stomach for a fight, and deactivated both her personal FB page and her homeless-hating page. Clearly her convictions don’t run very deep.

  • Thomas Evans

    Wow…talk about an empty threat. If Tim could take his dick out of his sheep for a few minutes maybe he’d have a coherent thought?