Occupy Wall Street comes to SF

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Activists protest on Wall Street on Sept. 24, demonstrations that have spread to San Francisco and other cities.
Marnie Joyce

View our full coverage of the OccupySF movement here.

As the Occupy Wall Street demonstration enters its 12th day in New York City – and as progressive activists protest in cities across the country – Bay Area residents are preparing for a mass mobilization on the streets of San Francisco tomorrow afternoon (Thurs/29), targeting financial institutions and other entities that they blame for the economic plight of the average American.

While the mainstream media has alternatively tried to ignore the uprising or scoffed at its wide range of complaints, the activists involved say it boils down to the powerful doing well at the expense of the powerless, and actively widening that divide. And the manifestations are many: layoffs and employee benefit cuts by profitable corporations, a worsening foreclosure crisis and lack of affordable housing, small businesses that can't get access to capital, political corruption that scuttled real fiscal reforms, deep cuts to government services made worse by the right-wing's refusal to tax rich corporations and individuals, shady corporate tax avoidance schemes, an education system under assault, refusal to seriously address global warming and economic injustice, and a litany of problems created by the same small group of power brokers.

“It's along the lines of saying: Look, these people are screwing us in every way they can,” Alysabeth Alexander, the political director of Servie Employees International Union Local 1021, told us.

That union and many others are part of the broad coalition – a group that includes university students, social service providers, religious leaders, economic justice advocates, the online collective Anonymous, and others – that is organizing tomorrow's protests in San Francisco, which will peak between 3-6 pm at selected targets around the Financial District, such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, and Goldman Sachs.

"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,” organizers wrote in an event invite on Facebook.

One of those organizers is Sarah Page, who has been helping coordinate various Occupy San Francisco events, which begin tomorrow with a 7:30 am “wake-up call” at the “night camp” at Steuart Street near Embarcadero and continue through a 4 pm demonstration outside the Federal Reserve Building and into the evening.

Her group's week of protest began last Saturday with a General Assembly in Union Square and will end with another one there this Saturday at noon. "There's more people camping and they've gotten very organized. Every day it seems like there's more people showing up,” she told us. “There aren't really leaders, the people at the camp are really organizing themselves."

The week of protests, dubbed the Refund California Week of Action, has also been organized and chronicled by the website Make Banks Pay California, which says that this week's protests throughout the Bay Area will be followed up next week by protests in Los Angeles.

Will the protests that began on Wall Street and trickled into cities around the country catch fire in the same way those in the Arab Spring have? I suppose that depends on who shows up and what happens tomorrow. But we at the Guardian will be out on the streets, chronicling the action with words and images here and tweets here or here, so follow along or join the moment.

Yael Chanoff contributed to this report.

 

Comments

Except that the UK Guardian was simply citing a numbers estimate reported by the good old corporate television network ABC, dumbfuck.

You really know how to make yourself look like an idiot, don't you.

Care to try again just to make it official that you are an idiot?

Posted by 'anonymous' on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 9:57 am

some foreign left-wing rag?

Posted by PaulT on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

Isn't it obvious? I used the UK Guardian as the source knowing that you would scoff at it without paying close enough attention to see that the original source was ABC.

You are such an easy lay.

What a dumbfuck...

Posted by 'anonymous' on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

There were quite a few downtown today - I saw and heard them as I left Bloomingdales.

Posted by Right on Sister Snapples on Sep. 29, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

My Plea to Everyone:

Our obligation to this movement is to donate what we can, at all costs. Allowing our fellow revolutionaries to feed themselves, wash themselves, medicate themselves and feel as comfortable as they can in a concrete jungle under constant scrutiny of police and federal agents. We will and can show our love in very unselfish ways, we must.

There is no reason to feel disconnected from this movement - we are them and they are us. We are the 99% of people who are being beaten, thieved, raped, enslaved and manipulated at every turn. Everything is an illusion - all of it. Every single bit of it from the foods we eat, the water we drink, the homes we live in, the paychecks we earn, the taxes we pay, the air we breathe - all of it is an illusion - a made up fairy tale told to us by the 1% . Are you ready for change?

We are not slaves, we are not beaten, we will not lay down and take this any more! We do have the power, we do have a voice, we are human beings and we are the 99%. They will hear us, but we have to speak loud. This is our chance America!

Posted by ANON2012 on Sep. 29, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

There are so many misguided notions that the people occupying Wall Street are a bunch of crazies... But these are the young unemployed, the young with degrees BA and PHDs with huge student loans and no jobs, these are the middle class and middle aged who have lost their jobs, their homes... This is not a group of anarchist getting violent in the streets. If anything it is the police that create the violence... These are not people saying they want communism, marxism or socialism... They want a healthy Democracy. I don't care about the labels myself... We need an overhaul of leadership and governance period. Naomi Wolf spells out 10 steps for a Facist America and crazy as it sounds - these 10 steps are in place today. Right now and have been... Please research her work... Check out this articel... ge http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/apr/24/usa.comment

Posted by Guest on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 12:16 am

Whoa there 'Guest'.

Excellent points, however equating anarchists with violence is -way- off base.

Anarchists do not rely on violence because using violence to get your way is coercion, which anarchists are -expressly- opposed to.

In fact, the core organizers of the Wall Street protests are indeed anarchists, helping people coordinate with eachother by teaching them methods of consensus based, directly democratic decision making, and -nonviolent- civil disobedience tactics.

Keep in mind that almost all of the mayhem stirred up by 'protesters' at events like Seattle, the G-8 etc, is actually instigated by covert police and government infiltrators -posing- as anarchists, to make anarchists appear to be wild and violent, the polar opposite of what they are in reality.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 9:51 am

disruption and trouble caused by "anarchists" is all done by undercover government agents?

Even by your own paranoid standards of right-wing conspiracies, that's a stretch.

Do you live on the same planet as the rest of us?

Posted by PaulT on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 7:51 am

Note here how the troll uses cheap juvenile ploys such as pretending a statement that originally said 'almost all' actually says simply 'all'. The troll does this knowing that the person he is trolling will feel they have to respond to his obvious lie. This is yet another trap that trolls lay for their victims, best not responded to.

However there are times when it is worth it to reply to a troll, if the troll is naively giving you an opportunity to powerfully expand on a previous point you made, which you consider important for readers to understand.

In this case, the troll has given me a perfect opportunity to go much more in depth in showing readers how government infiltrators purposely instigate violence and disrupt nonviolent protesters.

"Better My World" A Film On FBI Infiltration & Disruption Of Protesters Leading To Prison Sentences For Good Activists

To see an excellent example of how slimy and deeply serious such government disruption can be, watch the astounding film "Better My World" at http://www.pbs.org/pov/betterthisworld/full.php
(airs online on POV until Oct 6th)

The key with trolls is that you can turn the tables on them and -use- them to greatly amplify your message to the public as long as you make sure to purposely -ignore- the useless subject that the troll wants you to get stuck endlessly quibbling about, and instead jujitsu the conversation in a direction the -you- want it to go.

In this case the troll has given me a golden opportunity to turn people on to a great film about wrongful government manipulation and imprisonment of grassroots organizers.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 8:48 am

There's not a shred of actual evidence there that Obama has ordered government agents to discredit anarchists. They do it all by themselves.

Posted by PaulT on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:03 am

Note here how the troll uses cheap juvenile ploys such as pretending a statement that originally said one thing actually says something else. The troll does this knowing that the person he is trolling will feel they have to respond to his obvious distortion. This is yet another trap that trolls lay for their victims, best not responded to.

However there are times when it is worth it to reply to a troll, if the troll is naively giving you an opportunity to powerfully expand on a previous point you made, which you consider important for readers to understand.

In this case, the troll has given me a perfect opportunity to go much more in depth in showing readers how government infiltrators purposely instigate violence and disrupt nonviolent protesters.

"Better My World" A Film On FBI Infiltration & Disruption Of Protesters Leading To Prison Sentences For Good Activists

To see an excellent example of how slimy and deeply serious such government disruption can be, watch the astounding film "Better My World" at http://www.pbs.org/pov/betterthisworld/full.php
(airs online on POV until Oct 6th)

The key with trolls is that you can turn the tables on them and -use- them to greatly amplify your message to the public as long as you make sure to purposely -ignore- the useless subject that the troll wants you to get stuck endlessly quibbling about, and instead jujitsu the conversation in a direction the -you- want it to go.

In this case the troll has given me a golden opportunity to turn people on to a great film about wrongful government manipulation and imprisonment of grassroots organizers.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:19 am

Where are the sources that have real integrity and credibility, and that aren't self-serving and biased? Anyone can dig up some fringe organization making absurd claims. But where is the official corroboration? Where's the fact checking? Where's the piece in the NYTimes confirming this? Have there been arrests for this? Charges? Convictions? Admissions? Prison sentences?

None. Just wild allegations and half-assed trumped up claims. I'll gaurantee you that not one person in one hundred believes a word of what you're claiming here. All you achieve here is revealing how bizarrely out of touch you are with anything relating to reality. There are no CIA agents undercover in the SF Green Party - you're just not that important.

Have you encountered any aliens, by any chance?

Posted by PaulT on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:38 am

Clearly you haven't watched the film to which I pointed readers, which is purposely even handed, and simply lays out the facts of the case, leaving it to the viewer to decide.

Why don't you try actually watching it, so you can get a sense of what a fool you just made of yourself.

Here again is the url:

http://www.pbs.org/pov/betterthisworld/full.php

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:51 am

Readers don't need to watch a movie to see you ducked.

Posted by PaulT on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 10:00 am

Note here how the troll uses cheap juvenile ploys such as asking a stream of deceptive accusatory questions which falsely point to his victims as the ones being deceptive and/or deluded. The troll does this knowing that the person he is trolling will feel they have to respond to his deceptions and demonizations. This is yet another trap that trolls lay for their victims. The questions can simply be ignored.

However there are times when it is worth it to reply to a troll, if the troll is naively giving you an opportunity to powerfully expand on a previous point you made, which you consider important for readers to understand.

In this case, the troll has given me a perfect opportunity to go much more in depth in showing readers how government infiltrators purposely instigate violence and disrupt nonviolent protesters.

"Better My World" A Film On FBI Infiltration & Disruption Of Protesters Leading To Prison Sentences For Good Activists

To see an excellent example of how slimy and deeply serious such government disruption can be, watch the astounding film "Better My World" at http://www.pbs.org/pov/betterthisworld/full.php
(airs online on POV until Oct 6th)

The key with trolls is that you can turn the tables on them and -use- them to greatly amplify your message to the public as long as you make sure to purposely -ignore- the useless subject that the troll wants you to get stuck endlessly quibbling about, and instead jujitsu the conversation in a direction the -you- want it to go.

In this case the troll has given me a golden opportunity to turn people on to a great film about wrongful government manipulation and imprisonment of grassroots organizers.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 10:24 am

long list of dubious cites that you know nobody has the time to read, rather than simply answering the questions.

But yes, it's entirely possible that the secret service has infiltrated organizations that represent a credible terrorist threat to the nation. And they absolutely should.

But the idea that they deem a hairy hippie like you a credible threat is, well, not credible. I await your answers but don't expect them.

Posted by PaulT on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

Do you even read these posts before you reply mini Paul?

Exactly what long list of cites are you referring to?

I eagerly await your proof last word boy...

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

you tried to get away with "citing" rather than the credible set of mainstream citations that I clearly asked for.

I asked you very specific questions and you have failed to answer any of them. Readers are therefore entitled to conclude that you are talking out of your backside.

Again, where are the records for arrests, charges, convictions, admissions and sentences for these crimes you allege?

Posted by PaulT on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

Except that I cited only one source and made no other references whatsoever.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 1:56 pm
Posted by PaulT on Oct. 02, 2011 @ 4:50 am
Posted by PaulT on Oct. 02, 2011 @ 4:50 am

These protests should be on the steps of Congress and outside of the whitehouse. They helped cause this economy using Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and have still done nothing about it. Obama must be a one term president.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

Poor americans you'll never understand the way you live.
You are all narrow minded and you can't immagine another kind of world because you were brainwashed for too many years.
I'm very lucky to live in Europe even if you'll never understand the way we live ( much better than yours) . Hope all the best for all you and keep in mind that your "democracy" must be changed for the better. Start changing your system before it is too late.

Good Luck.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

Poor americans you 'll never understand the way you live.
You are all narrow minded and you can't immagine another kind of world because you were brainwashed for too many years.
I'm very lucky to live in Europe even if you'll never understand the way we live (much better than yours) . Hope all the best for all you and keep in mind that your "democracy" must be changed for the better. Start changing your system before it is too late.

Good Luck.

Posted by Brian3467 on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

Inequities are not new, throughout history it has been the same, opportunists taking advantage and duping the majority. Cushy if you can do it. I suspect many people do not have it in them to dupe and lie, so the same kind of persons float to the top like turds in a septic tank.

'Awakening'... sounds apt to me, the populist has been screwed so many ways by the opportunists, .some believe they can become opportunists too. So create ones own corporation sounds like a nice way to become a people too? 'I will believe corporations are people too, when Texas executes one.'

The awakening has my support in spirit and physical support when possible. Silence is the same as support of corruption. People are people too!

Posted by Guest Leefeller Guy on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 4:57 am

Come TODAY to hear what mayoral candidates have to say about our four-legged family members and companions and the proposed closures to our parks and beaches to dogs.

WHAT: DogPAC of SF Mayoral Forum
WHEN: TODAY, October 1, 2011
TIME: 2-4pm
WHERE: Congregation Sha'ar Zahav
290 Dolores St @ 16th St
SF, CA 94103

Note: This location does not allow dogs except service animals.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Posted by DogPAC of SF on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 10:18 am

I don't think there's really any point in trying to differentiate between Democrats and Republicans- or taking a side based on it for that matter. Their actions have progressively become distorted and misaligned with what their affiliations stand for- they've lost their way. I've considered myself a Democrat until recently being drawn to the revolutionary values of a current Republican presidential candidate who is fighting issues that many will not touch.... Abolishing the Federal Reserve, IRS, reforming education, and bringing the troops home.... As well as pointing out that if the hundreds of billions for bank bailouts that never really made it to the American public was given to them instead- it would've accounted for $17,000 for each person in the US. In my perspective, the stances that Ron Paul takes are the most brave ones any Politician has made for us the people (not for corporate interests) in several decades... With risk to his own life.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 10:21 am

A stockbroker and his his thinking on a crisis and what in the most profitable for them ..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC19fEqR5bA&feature=player_embedded

greatings from Slovenia, Europe
<3 <3 <3

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 11:36 am

A stockbroker and his his thinking on a crisis and what in the most profitable for them ..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC19fEqR5bA&feature=player_embedded

greatings from Slovenia, Europe
<3 <3 <3

Posted by David on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 11:39 am

are the arrests, charges, admissions, convictions and sentences of those guilty of these alleged crimes?

Where are the verifiable, fact-checked reports from NYT, WP, WSJ, CNN, FT, BBC?

I know you can do better than Eric the Red. Don't disappoint me.

Posted by PaulT on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

Hopefully the 'predictions' in the above pieces, especially MSNBC, prove to be incorrect.

Posted by Pat Monk.RN. on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government . . .

This country was started with God in the hearts of the Founding Fathers. Until we bring God back, this country is doomed.

Posted by Guest DEB on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

What does your second paragraph have to do with the quote above it?

Posted by 'anonymous' on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

That is why this country and our Government are in the state that they are. They are serving Satan and the greed that comes with that service. Instead of serving God and the Love and Generosity that comes with service to Him.

Posted by Guest DEB on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

If our Government and country would go back to serving God, then His Love and protection would save us from this type of thing. As it is, we are failing as a country, just as Alexander the Great conquered the then know "world," only to be struck down when God's purpose with him was fulfilled. We have served our purpose, and now that we are turning away from supporting Israel, and serving Satan as a nation (government = nation), then all the greed and evil in doing so is befalling us.

Times will only get worse until we are finally overtaken or absorbed into another nation. We are no longer a country of industry, but of services only. We cannot survive financially in this state.

Posted by Guest DEB on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 5:56 pm
Posted by Right On Sister Snapples on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

All posts from 5:52 PM onward, posted under "Right on Sister Snapples" are fake posts created by another commenter who was unable to best Right on Sister Snapples in a direct match, so has resorted to jacking my identity.

From now on I'll be posting under "Guest." You can always email me at lucretia.snapples@gmail.com or Facebook me in order to reach out to me directly.

Thanks fans.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

I suspect it's Mossad.

Or the CIA, FBI, KGB, MI5 . . .

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

We all know what a threat you pose to the powers that be.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

Is it possible that undercover FBI agents are following his every word?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

I am posting this one more time to make sure that you have seen it...

As of January 1, 2011, it is a misdemeanor in California to impersonate another individual online, punishable by fines up to $1,000 and/or up to a year in jail.

Eric Brooks is my real name and I will not hesitate to defend it from criminal online impersonation.

If you continue, I will contact law enforcement, and I will do everything in my power to see to it that you are prosecuted.

I'm dead serious. No joke.

This is the only warning that I am going to give you.

Here's the text of the law:

http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_1401-1450/sb_1411_bill_20100...

Readers please note, the following post was not written by me. (SF Guardian staff, please remove the post. It is illegal. The post url is http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2011/09/28/occupy-wall-street-spreads-san-f... )

"Yeah, me too. I've been hijacked too.

I suspect it's Mossad.

Or the CIA, FBI, KGB, MI5 . . .

reply

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 6:54 pm"

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

As of January 1, 2011, it is a misdemeanor in California to impersonate another individual online, punishable by fines up to $1,000 and/or up to a year in jail.

If you continue, I will contact law enforcement, and I will do everything in my power to see to it that you are prosecuted.

I'm dead serious. No joke.

This is the only warning that I am going to give you.

Here's the text of the law:

http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_1401-1450/sb_1411_bill_20100...

(Readers please note: The post that I am replying to above was not written by me.)

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

The poor sod who's resorted to jacking other's identities is too much of a fool to figure that out. Pity them because it's not hard to match and trace an IP address, at all - and as Eric has mentioned impersonating others online is a crime.

The only answer is to require registration for the comments forums to prevent this kind of chicanery.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

Impersonating a real person's identity can get dangerously out of control (which is exactly why it was just made illegal) and because of that fact, and to protect others from similar dangers, I will pursue, with extreme determination, and with both criminal law and civil action, anyone who continues to impersonate my identity online. I am not fooling around on this one.

Again. The text of the law can be read at:

http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_1401-1450/sb_1411_bill_20100...

Here it is:

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. Section 528.5 is added to the Penal Code, to read:
528.5. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any person
who knowingly and without consent credibly impersonates another
actual person through or on an Internet Web site or by other
electronic means for purposes of harming, intimidating, threatening,
or defrauding another person is guilty of a public offense punishable
pursuant to subdivision (d).
(b) For purposes of this section, an impersonation is credible if
another person would reasonably believe, or did reasonably believe,
that the defendant was or is the person who was impersonated.
(c) For purposes of this section, "electronic means" shall include
opening an e-mail account or an account or profile on a social
networking Internet Web site in another person's name.
(d) A violation of subdivision (a) is punishable by a fine not
exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by imprisonment in a
county jail not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and
imprisonment.
(e) In addition to any other civil remedy available, a person who
suffers damage or loss by reason of a violation of subdivision (a)
may bring a civil action against the violator for compensatory
damages and injunctive relief or other equitable relief pursuant to
paragraphs (1), (2), (4), and (5) of subdivision (e) and subdivision
(g) of Section 502.
(f) This section shall not preclude prosecution under any other
law.
SEC. 2. No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the
Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the
meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
Constitution.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

I am the asshole formerly known as Snapples!
No crime here.
If masquerading as a human being were a crime, PaulT and I would be in prison!
Also, I am a fabulous debater of issues.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

Irritation is the sincerest form of fattening.
Right Guest?

Posted by Right on Sister Snapples on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

now she's commiserating.
This is her:
Maybe all of them Eric
We all know what a threat you pose to the powers that be.
reply
Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

"The poor sod who's resorted to jacking other's identities " and posting as Eric is one of the conservative Trolls, just like you, Snapples.

Posted by PaulT on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:16 pm