TechCrunch Crunchies Awards Attracts Cranky Protestors (And A Charity Angel)

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TechCrunch Crunchies Awards Attracts Cranky Protestors (And A Charity Angel)Date: February 9th, 2014 The scene: Downtown, San Francisco. The venue: Davies Symphony Hall. The occasion: Opening night of “The Crunchies” — The award show and conference for new technology and those bringing it on.

Yet trouble was brewing down the block.

The “Crappies” as they crafted themselves for the occasion, held up signs. The head of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Erin McElroy led the chant of “Ellis Act out, rent control is in — killing our elders is a damn sin”.

After thriving in San Francisco for over four decades, Patricia Kerman piped up and let her story be known that she had been evicted by her landlord. Being one of the “Crappies”, she said “They should be ashamed.”

The “Crappies” tenuous connection to this opening night down the street: Ms. Kerman, again: “We’re protesting here because we don’t think there’s anything to be awarded.”

Not quite.

Theresa Preston-Werner, the founder and CEO of the Omakase Charity took center stage at Davies Symphony Hall and talked about the Tech Cares movement. She asked that those present at the prestigious event, donate $10 — at least. That money is promised to go to a different charity each month.

As the richer get richer and poorer hit rock bottom, it took an event like this to point out the great divide that exists these days.

My advice to the down and out? Go to the library. Learn. Apply yourself.

Rich Casale


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