Michael "Med-O" Whitson and LisaRuth Elliot were flatmates at 1668 Page St. in the Haight. After their building was sold and they initially refused to accept a buy-out settlement, the new owners hired the leading landlord law firm of Fried & Williams to pursue an Ellis Act Eviction in 2013.
Michael has lived 32 years in the Bay Area and 30 of those years in his apartment on Page St. He is a community builder, musician, poet, writer, and activist, which is why he moved to San Francisco in 1982. San Francisco offered opportunities and great support to do those kind of things. It was a breath of fresh air for radical, creative types unlike any other place he had seen in the U.S. His most important collaborations have all been radical and collectively organized, including the Processed World Magazine Collective, 848 Community Space, CounterPULSE, and for the last four years Yuba Libre near Nevada City.