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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Protest Expands to San Francisco

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 8:20 AM

12 days, plus interest
  • 12 days, plus interest

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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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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