Occupy Wall Street Protest Expands to San Francisco

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Today marks the 12th day of the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City -- and unlike BART protests, there's no sign that this demonstration is dying down. In fact, it's spreading -- all the way to the West Coast, where California is suffering from a staggering 12 percent unemployment rate.

Protesters, which include students, Anonymous organizers, and your average struggling worker, will gather today in the city's Financial District to tell big banks where they can shove their money.

The group, dubbed Make Banks Pay in California, plans to target big banks in downtown, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and probably Chase.

Here's what the Facebook invite says:
Big banks crashed our economy and destroyed our communities. Budget cuts threaten our schools, libraries, and social services. We bailed out the banks. Now they need to pay. It is important for us to remember that Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and other banks broke no laws in not paying any taxes this year. They didn't have to because their lobbyists helped to write the tax laws.
The rally today is only one of many screw-your-bank events this week in the Bay Area. On Monday, protesters met in downtown Oakland for a "divest your money" event, asking people to move their money and investments out of big banks. After that, they went a few blocks south to hold a foreclosure vigil near the Alameda County Courthouse, which they aptly dubbed: "Mourning the American Dream."

After today's march through the Financial District, where more than 1,000 people are expected, the movement will take the cause south to Los Angeles, where they will pay a visit to the homes of Wall Street executives and explain to them how exactly they have ruined America.

That should be an interesting conversation.

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COUNTBILLYBOB
COUNTBILLYBOB

I live in the East Bay and jobs are BOUNTIFUL. Those that are employed DON'T EVEN HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. Seriously, what's the problem here? Did sitting around on your @sses for an extra 2-4 years leeching off your parents while at college turn you all that lazy?

Guest
Guest

Support your Local Occupy Wall street .

And

Someone that cares about justice for the retired American's please occupy Ben bernarke's position.. Ben is allowing Banks to use all the money we saved in CD's for pennies on the dollar I wish .

We are getting pennies on a dollar savings interest we are really getting 1 penny or less on every US dollar we have in savings.

I worked my whole life to make a killing and now my money is worth nothing here in the USA.

America agreements with Countries that give their Citizens a fair return on a dollar will not allow American’s to open a CD unless we have a business in their countries Or they just will not allow it.

The Gov. is forcing us to keep our money in the USA yet big business takes our money oversea and gets huge returns on it and also takes our jobs with our money.

Its about time someone stands up for what is fairIts about time someone stands up for what is fair

Unk SAM
Unk SAM

As I understand, there are still several Wall Streeters who want to ALSO join-forces with the Protesters for the exact same reason that the Protesters are protesting. 

Jade Tapia
Jade Tapia

Is this still happening? If I get there in 3 days will I be to late? Stay strong others will come to support you!!!!!!!!

Windwaternwaves
Windwaternwaves

Wish I could be there, but don't have gas or money to get there...I support you all with all I have left MY FAITH in the American People (the 99%) Rock on Peeps

Jeanette Cave
Jeanette Cave

How can you tell the mainstream media, wall street and the banks that YES, those brave young people in the streets right now do speak for me...and so many of us.  We are sick to death of the fact that you took our money, didn't pay it back, squandered it, gave yourselves raises and bonuses and still have jobs to go to and houses you still own....Yes, they speak for me.  Congress and the House certainly don't speak for me, they've been bought and paid for...it's time for the 99% to have their voices heard.

Lorraine Schmidt
Lorraine Schmidt

The one day I didn't check out Occupy Wall Street news!  I would have been there without a doubt. I've been writing news organizations, and have just canceled a 30-year subscription to NPR/KQED because of their lack of coverage on something so critical; it was the last straw.

Mainstream, and, apparently, NPR, have written this movement off as protest from "a small group of disgruntled young hippies...", not something representative of the VAST majority of Americans of all ages and walks of life who live and struggle outside the 1% bubble, i.e., the real world.

Wall Street/Elected Officials/Media - all who control and are controlled by our Corporatocracy - have just underscored their shameless tactics of silencing, ignoring and marginalizing anyone who doesn't control their paychecks. If this gross lack of attention doesn't wake us up, our doom will just worsen.

Shaktasna999
Shaktasna999

It is interesting when people say: "I'd love to but I have to work".What do you think all of the people that are now laid-off said when it was THEIR neighbor getting laid off?The same thing you are saying. If you take a day off now to protect yourself...you just might have a job next Spring. Might. For those that do not understand the power of the banks...figure out what you'll do when your life savings is devalued to zero dollars. No cash in the bank, no loans to be given, no bailouts for you-and you will still pay your taxes-to bail out the bankers-no matter what.So I guess you can be selfish-until YOU need help-right?Isn't that how it goes?

Keep protesting and I'll keep enabling the protesters.

New San Francisco folk are a disappointment. 

Unk SAM
Unk SAM

Exactly!  You can thank Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, and Maxine Waters for the Dirty Money Foreclosures . . . The Banks now are trying to use the dim-wits who don't even have jobs to try to regain some of their money back that was lost to the fiasco that was started by Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, and Maxine Waters, from the U. S. Congress.  

Scoscia
Scoscia

I am still wondering why somebody has not planted a dirty bomb or employed some other means of removing Wall Street from the planet permanently. That is where the true enemy can be found. Maybe we will get lucky as a nation and something will happen to mitigate the parasite problem that has been the key player in the destruction of the middle class. I would not eat them, however, they could be converted to fertilizer for crops. It might be the only way they would contribute to a better future.

AndrewJ
AndrewJ

As an Australian I would greatly appreciate if you could occupy around the Bechtel corporation head office - call me funny but I really don't like the US funding genocide of my neighbours in West Papua. Bechtel designed and built the world's largest mine in a colony - and what Indonesia did with US blessing in East Timor pales in comparison to what they have done in West Papua since 1963 eliminating indigenous tribal groups to enable the Freeport mining operations.

Unk SAM
Unk SAM

As I understand, it's the Dow, Monsanto, Bechtel, Union Carbide, Alcoa, CEOs who want to join-forces with the protesters here for the exact same reason that they too are protesting.  I can understand that.  Thanks to Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, and Maxine Waters, there are several hundred Billion Dollars in lost Foreclosures right now here in the USA, as well.   So, don't be protesting Bechtel, here in the USA; they are actually protesting too. They are on our side . . .

lautreamont
lautreamont

Occupy San Francisco started 9/17, the same day Occupy Wall Street started. For more info: www.occupysf.com, on twitter: #occupysf

Sarah Page
Sarah Page

Occupy San Francisco actually started on 9/17, the same day as Occupy Wall Street. And it is still going on, every day all day. www.occupysf.com

Ross Wolfe
Ross Wolfe

Certainly the OccupyWallStreet demonstrations have created a lot of buzz and enlisted a lot of leftish celebrities like Chomsky, Michael Moore, Cornell West, and others to support their cause, but I believe that the rather inchoate, generalized discontent expressed by the protestors needs to be given adequate theoretical clarification in order that the participants in this phenomenon might dedicate themselves to a longer-term program of reconstituting the Left. Michael Moore quite transparently wants a return to neo-Fordist Rooseveltian capitalism, Chomsky is a self-proclaimed "anarchist" who voted for John Kerry in 2004, and so on down the line. I therefore offer the following (Marxist) critique of the protests to this point.

Of course, I realize that it is not enough to relentlessly criticize from the sidelines, but it is essential that these protestors be engaged so that their understanding of global capitalism is deepened and their politics radicalized. This means more than waving a few placards with populist slogans and other such theatrics.

Regressive "Resistance" on Wall Street: Notes on the Occupation

Chris
Chris

Bank of America is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.  It moved out of San Francisco some years ago.  555 California is just an ordinary office building now.

good_in_theory
good_in_theory

 An ordinary office building with offices of BofA, Barclays, McKinsey, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, UBS, etc...

penguin_boy
penguin_boy

That's pretty typical of the level of organization and planning I've seen from the "occupy" people. No clue, no plan, and no hope of doing anything but getting laughed at.

You want change? Organize! Plan! Work from both within and outside the system! I'm so impressed that some people are going to wave signs. How many of you will go to Republican districts in other states to work for progressive candidates? Damn few, if I guess right.

Sfg1ant1
Sfg1ant1

What a colossal waste of time.  Don't you folks have anything better to do? You'll be lucky to get 12 people.

Tim Giangiobbe
Tim Giangiobbe

ACTUALLY RIGHT NOW YOU PEGGED IT MORON.There is NOTHING BETTER TO DO !There is no NOBLER cause than the citizen who is brave enough to dissent the wrongs of these titans.There are two types of tyranny when  Aristocrats and Monarchies run amok  and team up then that is a double whammy fool.Well the Apathy has ended !You can join the 99 percent group and cause dissent or you can kiss corporate BUNGHOLIO.and join the one percent group and be pone of their LAP DOGS.DIG IT !

Tim Giangiobbe
Tim Giangiobbe

Love it !!! This is the moment we must SEIZE.So many citizens do not care or realize the truth.I am QUITE EDUCATED SIR and I still struggle like so many BOOMERS at the moment.We are the 99 percent group and there is no way in hell that we are going to allow one percent of the population to leave such a HUGE DEBT to our children and grand kids !!Be on the STRUGGLING SIDE for a moment and you will understand.Especially if you happen to be new to that side !The wealthy Elite have manipulated and pulled strings long enough !!WE must UNITE no matter what our differences and make them PONY UP."WE" need to take the capital we receive from them and pay down debt with half and make jobs with the other half just like FDR did when he created the WPA and the CCC as well as the TVA.The RECENT NEED  for flood projects after RECENT EPIC FLOODING  having appeared and aren't just a MINOR SIGN they are a spiritual sign..A sign  for a NEW DEAL AGAIN.Build America and quit worrying about a debt that is less of the GDP than Japans debt issues and we don't see them panicking yet !What we need to worry about is the New Collateral Debt Obligations that they have created that include the RECENT WORTHLESS IPOs in the Tranches of the Derivatives from hell.The Dodd Frank Bill may be too late the damage is already done AGAINThe New Ticking Time bombs are setBe assured that Goldman Sachs has taken a short position on the upcoming TECH BUBBLE COLLAPSE.That is why we need LEADERSHIP NOW !!!So far the Dodd Grank Bill has whipped Wall Street with a Feather Duster and CLOBBERED the Middle class with a sledge hammerObama needs to be BOLD and TAKE CHARGEhe is the POTUS and HNICHe calls the shots !!His tax proposals are great but the JOB PLAN is WEAKThe Wall Street Elites Wealth is hidden and don't believe for a damn second that the wealthy have been hurt during this recession at all.They have been going on a SHORT SALE BUYING SPREEMy favorite Short Sale quote FROM ME !!"Short sales are booming when Bankruptcy and Foreclosure is looming"I am an Army Veteran and a boomer who is joining the group NOWI LOVE IT The Apathy and INACTION was killing America along with he IGNORANCE of CLOSED MINDSPEACE

Pagescster
Pagescster

Occupy SF was covered in Russia before the SF Weekly, and has been going on since Occupy Wall Street started on 9/17. People are working very hard on this movement, please stop ignoring and belittling us.

http://english.ruvr.ru/search.... 

NewSangwich
NewSangwich

 Foreclose on these crumbs, liquidate their assets and divide the money evenly to all taxpaying citizens.

ESPINACA VERDE
ESPINACA VERDE

Madam, the peasants are revolting:  "Well they certainly are, they are wannabee dilletants living off trust funds which enable then to protest against the rich.

Let them eat tofu. No cake for them.

Tim Giangiobbe
Tim Giangiobbe

Yeah I'm a WANNA be dilletant DON'T THINK SO SENORWhat a trip I suppose you approve of the one percent SCREWING YOU GOOD HUH ?Don't like cake or Tofu NOR YOU SIR !On my way to 555 California !!

PEACE.

NewSangwich
NewSangwich

The banks should give us all back our money they were given and the money they've stolen from us over the past 10 years.

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

The movement is gaining momentum after a week and a half andOccupy movements are popping up all over the country!  Stand up together and use your voice to giveto those without.  Tax the rich and feedthe poor- you are the 99%!  See my OccupyWall Street painting and Anonymous homage on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...where you can also see videos of the protests and police brutality as well asget other sources for coverage of the movement.  

mandude
mandude

Wow, I would love to go, but I gotta work.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Unemployed? Get educated!

What is a "Paid Troller"?People who are paid for posting FUD content (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) at the bottom of online articles in order to discredit the author.

What is a "HoneyPot"?A deceptive website set up as a "false flag" to lure targeted groups of people to post comments and/or register their personal information. The info is

then correlated against other online data to identify those people.

If I post from my home, can my street address be identifed?Yes! All computers have a MAC address that can be tracked down through the supplier who sold you your computer. Also your external IP address (the

ID code used to connect you to the internet) can be correlated to your previous online activity. Google calls it "finding a needle in a haystack." And of

course, the Google Street View cars have already photographed your street front.

How can I safely get involved? MAKE TIME AND PLAN YOUR TRAVELS so you can post from hotel lobby computers or any other non-managed public kiosk that is not near your

home. Public libraries typically require your library card to be swiped and should be avoided. Internet cafes offer no safety unless the computer is public. DON'T WORRY if you've already posted from home because there is a considerable degree of 'security in obscurity.' Just don't make it a habit!

What should I post?Educate your worldwide brothers and sisters on these topics.Do it often and BE CONCISE!!!MOST IMPORTANTLY, have a positive intention, imagine what a peaceful world would be like and conjure a joyful feeling of that already being in place.

What are the Banksters MOST worried about?1) exposure of the operations of the Federal Reserve Bank and fractional lending2) people losing confidence in paper currency and bartering instead3) people avoiding mainstream news media (mainstream news induces fear and generates hopelessness4) positive thinking and self-awareness of individuals5) anonymous mass resistance as described above

Remember that your identity is not important... only your ideas... which can go viral. We love you. Good luck!

Tim Giangiobbe
Tim Giangiobbe

Paid Troller ?I am a Baby Boomer  Army Veteran and Disabled sir.I am homeless half the time.I have been struggling sir !WHAT PAY ?I am on the way to the protest now !The BEAUTIFUL PROTESTERSWho I shall JOIN !!WE are all the 99 percent group and I am INVITING YOU TO THE PROTEST to vent your anger.WE NEED all AMERICANS.WE all have something in common.WE are being screwed by ONE PERCENT of the population SIR !I am on my way and will post my pictures and videos I take on My BlogDogEatDogma.blogspot.comTime to tax the wealthy and PAY DOWN DEBT !!!That's RIGHT !!You would be surprised what we have in common sir !The first being we are all the 99 percent group of Americans being screwed by the ONE PERCENTERS

Kenn AppMaker
Kenn AppMaker

Does Buster Posey make so much money he no longer cares for the fans but instead favors the corporations, like BofA, who pay him? Shame on Buster for his BofA PR stunt today.

StevelImages
StevelImages

I'm on the way to take photos ... since the Chron can't be bothered. Thank you SF Weekly for covering this. However I must say that if 1000 people show up I'll be surprised. The BART protests got a hard core of maybe 10 protesters followed around by dozens of amateur and pro journalists. The OccupySF group numbers about 6-8 hard core overnight campers and at best 30-40 protesters in Union Square last Saturday. I'd like to see more people there, but if they got 100 today it would be a lot ... let alone 1000. 

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

This week:Citibank introduced a $15/month checking FEE if you don't have at least $6,000 at Citibank.BofA introduced a monthly FEE for using your debit card

Time to take your cash out of these banks and put it elsewhere.

Joycebovee
Joycebovee

greedy b*******  i draw all my money out of bank paybills in cash  they are not going to use my money to make money for their endless hunger for money  there is a ghost in tibetian buddhism  hungry one  small mouth and big stomach  one will meet it in the bardo    grew up in berk in the 40's  now am in nm   be careful

blendergasket
blendergasket

You pay for everything. You pay to put your money in, you pay to take your money out. You pay to keep your money there. Vendors pay to accept your money. Death by a thousand cuts. When I get back to SF I will absolutely drop by.

58445844
58445844

I'll be there at about 5:00pm

Hippies
Hippies

Whoop de fucking doo.

Genny Lim
Genny Lim

Meet at Bank of America, 555 California, to unite in solidarity with protesters on Wall Street against Banks and Corporations who tanked our economy!

Genny Lim
Genny Lim

Meet at Bank of America, 555 California St., SF,  to unite in solidarity against Wall Street Bankers and Corporations who brought the economy down!

LittleBiggyGirl
LittleBiggyGirl

the combination of street protests and online activism have made Occupy Wall Street a kind of movement that has not even begun to be understood.  and although most media fail to mention Anonymous in its coverage, they are not only present but leading the way.http://littlebiggy.org/4631847

Anthony Kurtz
Anthony Kurtz

Gotta make sure I get some cash out before I burn down Wells Fargo :)

Ear Marx
Ear Marx

the bristish had it right: "EAT THE BANKERS!"

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