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

Also, I wish to admit that I have been posting under the guise of PaulT from time to time.
Also, sometimes I posted as Meatlock.

In sisterly solidarity to my many fans.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

It is my sincere belief that a number of different individuals have used this identity for the purposes of posting here.
Looks like the barista formerly known as Snapples is among the perpetrators of this transgression.

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

Good work, but what about the Fed and the government­? The Fed Reserve Bank (Ben Bernanke) and the Treasury (Paul Hanson) were the ones who came up with TARP which handed trillions of our taxpayers' money to the banks. Both Bush and Obama supported TARP. And the Fed has been printing money and giving them to the banks, devaluing the dollar.

Go to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco at Market Street.

End the Fed.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

Good work, but what about the Fed and the government­? The Fed Reserve Bank (Ben Bernanke) and the Treasury (Paul Hanson) were the ones who came up with TARP which handed trillions of our taxpayers' money to the banks. Both Bush and Obama supported TARP.

Go to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco at Market Street.

End the Fed.

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

To everybody; at the extreme ends of the political spectrum, and working in to the majority in the flabby middle. Don't be to hasty and harsh on those who may feel they are being 'targeted' by 'sinister powers'. We have very little privacy, security, liberty left. I doubt that any of us here are part of the 1%. When you are living in a Brave New World Order, it might be prudent to be a little paranoid. "They" have us all in their sights.

Posted by Pat Monk.RN. on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

Watched this on cable last night.
It's been fun playing devil's advocate here, but ....
"I AM PAUL T".

Posted by Pat Monk.RN. on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

Pat, I sincerely hope that what you have just written is a joke, and that you are not 'PaulT'

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

As in the mea culpa post attributed to me below. Same with some of Sister's posts. And you made the same claim earlier.

We might as well all post as "Guest" since it's impossible to know or trust who is really who anyway.

And since this is a totally anonymous forum, the difference is fairly moot anyway.

Posted by PaulT on Oct. 02, 2011 @ 5:02 am

As in the mea culpa post attributed to me below. Same with some of Sister's posts. And you made the same claim earlier.

We might as well all post as "Guest" since it's impossible to know or trust who is really who anyway.

And since this is a totally anonymous forum, the difference is fairly moot anyway.

Posted by PaulT on Oct. 02, 2011 @ 5:05 am

For once I'm going to post to you straight, as a real person, not a blog opponent, and I expect you to take this with that level of seriousness.

This is not a game. Impersonating real people online, is serious fucking business. It can get -badly- out of control and has in the past led to harassment, real life stalking, assaults, murder, and suicides.

Impersonating real people online is therefore not something to be fucked with in any way shape or form. And because of that I will not mess around on this. If I see anyone impersonating me, or any other real person on this blog site, I will immediately contact the necessary law enforcement agencies to make sure that the impersonator is aggressively prosecuted.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 02, 2011 @ 9:36 am

being done except that it gets harder to follow threads consistently. And it looks like I'm the main target anyway. I have an idea who it is but I'm not going there.

Registration would solve that problem, but it still wouldn't stop people using multiple handles and proxy servers to mask IP's.

But it won't stop me telling my truth here. Feel free to resume normal hostilities at your pleasure.

Posted by PaulT on Oct. 02, 2011 @ 10:19 am

I would like to apologize for many of the opinions I have posted here. I freely admit that I never read or researched any of the many citations that were posted in response to my requests for documentation or substantiation of opposing points of view.

Posted by Paul T on Oct. 01, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

Preferably in simple layman terms, not legalese. If someone choses to use an assumed name, remain Anonymous, etc. How can you 'libel' that unidentifiable individual. The law may be an ass, but this makes no sense to me.

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Oct. 02, 2011 @ 10:27 am

Not even close. And who knows which names here, if any, are real?

Hell, given the lack of site registration, we don't even know whether you're Monk or I'm Paul.

Posted by PaulT on Oct. 02, 2011 @ 10:41 am

A meeting of the minds. I know who I am, I'm out there for all to see; I'm sure you also know who you are, though we don't.
Y'all have fun you hear.

TAKING IT TO THE STREETS.
A couple of tunes for all those exercising their right to protest.
DEMOCRACY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHI9BTpGkp8
HEAVEN HELP US ALL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPMeDoOZ-L8

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Oct. 02, 2011 @ 11:12 am

Gosh, that has to be the shortest honeymoon ever !!
PaulT is constantly asking that his statements be 'refuted' with citations given to dispute his assertations.
He recently denied ever calling 'Brenda' a bum.
HEADLINE: "6 arrested protesting bank foreclosures"
POST: "Correct, guest, Brenda didn't read the terms"
DATE: Sept 29th, 2011 @ 11.50PM
But then maybe that was someone posting using his 'name'.

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Oct. 02, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

It makes no difference if your left, right or center politically. The corporations have hundreds of full time lobbyist for every congressmen and senator. All politician's are puppets for the corporations. Vote don't vote it makes no difference until we remove all of the lobbyist. The U.S. needs campaign finance reform!

Posted by JB on Oct. 03, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
101 MARKET STREET
NOON>?

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Oct. 05, 2011 @ 9:44 am

Contrary to many news stories the occupy movement is not connected to an Tea Party origins
watch this short video: http://www.billionairesteaparty.com/

Posted by Guest StevenF steelanpope@yahoo.com on Oct. 06, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

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?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 11:30 am

Dear moron,

The jobs that you claim are so bountiful don't cover rent, food, clothing, medical needs and other basic necessities. Your bountiful minimum wage jobs won't even cover rent after money is spent for the commute. The fact that you claim the unemployed sit in college for an extra 2-4 years show what a complete idiot you are and you have probably never struggled a day in your life. I don't know where you live but here on earth most poor people don't have the opportunity to go to college. Please keep your idiocy to yourself.

Posted by Rascal on Oct. 14, 2011 @ 1:30 am
Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 9:38 am

Johnny Schenone Lots and lots, thousands and thousands want to show support for the Occupy movement across the U.S.A., but can't or don't go to the marches and or demonstrations. Let me suggest you get some white shoe polish and simply paint "99 %" on the rear window of your automobile. Use your imagination, all the cars on the freeway, all the cars around town, all the cars on the evening news helping to demonstrate the enormity of the movement
4 minutes ago · Like

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2011 @ 4:19 am

If you agree share this

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2011 @ 4:21 am

What American's need to do is reclaim the constitution for themselves and away from the monied interests.We can start by dissolving the existing congress and selecting our own representatives for a new congress with a body selected at random from the general population of a given congressional district.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

What the American people need to do is reclaim the constitution for themselves and away from the monied interests.We can start by dissolving this congress and selecting new representatives at random from the general population in each congressional district for a 1 year term with the process continuing each and every Nov. with new reps. every year.Truly a peoples new representative democracry.

Posted by Guest Earl P. on Oct. 20, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

If you really want to develop some momentum, everyone and I mean everyone, should get some white shoe polish and write into the rear window of their automobiles "99%" . Imagine if you will driving down the roadway being surrounded by all sorts of cars with the same sign. This is a sign of unity and numbers. This also provides folk who are sympathetic to the cause but may not be able to actively participate to demonstrate their support ;e.g., family& jobs commitments, health, etc. The shoe polish comes off easily ; think wedding, "just married".
Get it ?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

If you really want to develop some momentum, everyone and I mean everyone, should get some white shoe polish and write into the rear window of their automobiles "99%" . Imagine if you will driving down the roadway being surrounded by all sorts of cars with the same sign. This is a sign of unity and numbers. This also provides folk who are sympathetic to the cause who may not be able to actively participate to demonstrate their support ;e.g., family & jobs commitments, health, etc. The shoe polish comes off easily ; think wedding, "just married".
Get it ?

Posted by Guest JJS/13 on Oct. 25, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

All of you occupy folks are useless idiots. The government caused the crash y backstopping banks to make bad loans to promote a leftist social agenda of everyone owning a home. Obama sued BofA because they were turning down bad applicants on merits, but ACORN wanted to make it a race issue and so BofA was forced to make bad loans. Spend more time protesting government and less on the banks, you might be closer to the source in the former.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 29, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

PaulT.. There are many of us that agree with your point of view. Unions are the evil -- who is the largest group that gives money to our government --the teachers union. If we look at the people protesting, I believe that money has been extorted from the system., it's called welfare and other non-sensical social programs. Get a friggin job.. If u don't like ur job go to school, get educated (like the rest of us) and get a better paying job., but wait , it's easier to take my money in a social program and chi at occupy xx... Ugh this isn't progression.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 29, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

How can a 'sane' person blame the government for allowing their home to get foreclosed on?? Wait let's go back 5 yrs ago, when your house that you bought ONE YEAR AGO had gone from $500k to $750k.. Oh let's get a new car and boat.. Ugh the market fell apart now my home is worth $500k.. Damn u Bush..

Look people u need to take responsibility for your actions. Not blame other people or agencies..

Posted by Guest on Oct. 29, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

PaulT

I'm so happy to find one spec of light out of this downhill fall the U.S. is taking.
:'D

I love how if you dare disagree with people who stand on the same grounds as the protesters, you're apparently:
Vile
A Troll
Rich
etc

I'm probably a devilish suck-up.
x3

Posted by Guest on Oct. 30, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

Thanks for the update on Occupy Wall Street comes to SF | SF Bay Guardian - Suzie Bishel

Posted by Suzie Bishel on Feb. 19, 2012 @ 12:16 pm