Occupy Wall Street comes to SF: VIDEO

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Sup. John Avalos, a mayoral candidate, has made economic justice central to his platform.
Photo by Steven T. Jones

Guardian City Editor Steven T. Jones is out in the streets this afternoon (9/29) covering the Occupy Wall Street protests that were brought to San Francisco by a coalition of labor and economic justice advocates, and inspired by ongoing demonstrations in New York City. Mayoral candidate Sup. John Avalos was spotted mixing with demonstrators as they flew signs calling for taxes on the rich.

"People are understanding that we've had the wool pulled over our eyes," Avalos said, "and they're fighting back."

Here's footage from the scene shot outside 555 California, a San Francisco skyscraper that was the former Bank of America headquarters and now houses offices for Goldman Sachs and other major financial players.

Video by Steven T. Jones

Comments

555 California has not been the headquarters of Bank of America for years. BofA is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina (perhaps that is a suggestion as to where to hold the next demonstration).

Also, while 555 California does have branch offices for Goldman Sachs, UBS, and a few other financial institutions, one should note that those companies also have branch offices in Tampa, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, etc. In other words, those branch offices are nothing special. Many of the tenants in the building are law and accounting offices (including several solo practitioners who sublease space), who have little or nothing to do with Wall Street. Hardly, "major financial players."

Posted by Chris on Sep. 29, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

left-wing policies of San Francisco that drove our two biggest businesses (BofA and Wells Fargo) to move their HQ's to more business-friendly locations.

You can't begrudge kids having some fun with this, but the idea that SFBG is trying to drum up here that this is anything more than a prank is disingenuous.

Posted by PaulT on Sep. 29, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

A prank? You think it's a prank that inequality and disenchantment with the political system in this country have gotten so bad that people desperately want to show their disapproval? Take a look around the world my friend and you will see how not funny it is.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 29, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

Right on!

Posted by Guest on Sep. 29, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

a great wave of public protest and unrest.

In France, there would have been hundreds of thousands out on the street. Here we do well if 100 show up. Americans really don't do protests meaningfully.

Posted by PaulT on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 12:00 am

Paul T wrote: "left-wing policies of San Francisco that drove our two biggest businesses (BofA and Wells Fargo) to move their HQ's to more business-friendly locations."

And B of A and Wells Fargo were driven out by the "left-wing" politics of San Francisco because....? (Please insert facts, evidence, or substantiated claim here.)

Posted by Michael W. on Sep. 29, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

Wasn't BofA acquired (not merger of equals) by a bank whose headquarters was in North Carolina? Can't quite recall.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 29, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

and WFB merged with Bank One of Ohio.

Both HQ's were moved out of SF, ending a century of history and leaving SF with no major banks based here - something that made perfect sense given the lower taxes and lighter regulations available in more business-friendly locations.

These protests should be in OH and NC. But of course folks there have more sense.

Posted by PaulT on Sep. 30, 2011 @ 12:02 am

was clearly a choice for the two new merged banks to have their HQ in either place:

1) High-tax, over-regulated SF and CA, or
2) Low-tax, business-friendly places like Charlotte, NC

Guess which they chose?

Posted by PaulT on Sep. 29, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

While you all cry about the controlled left and right wing propaganda. There's a real battle going on against the real problem. That battle would be the one against the Private Federal Reserve. That has printed our money, after giving us the money printed, they charge us interest in which all of our taxes go to. INTREST ONLY. not a penny goes toward principle on what we owe this off shore cartel known as the Federal Reserve.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 05, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

While our event today doesn't speak directly to this issue, per se, hearing how mayoral candidates respond about our four-legged companions can help us as voters understand how a new mayor will operate if elected. Check it out.

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 @ 9:06 am

End the Fed. Please go occupy the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That's where trillions of taxpayers' money were siphoned off to the banks, with the support of Obama and Bush. And the Fed has also been printing trillions of dollars and giving them to the banks.

Ron Paul 2012.

Posted by Guest1 on Oct. 02, 2011 @ 7:31 am

End the Fed. Please go occupy the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. That's where trillions of taxpayers' money were siphoned off to the banks, with the support of Obama and Bush. And the Fed has also been printing trillions of dollars and giving them to the banks.

Ron Paul 2012.

Posted by Guest1 on Oct. 02, 2011 @ 7:41 am

IF YOUR A REAL PATRIOT YOU WILL END THE FED!!!!!!!!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 05, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
101 MARKET STREET
NOON>?

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Oct. 05, 2011 @ 9:41 am

I will be there tomorrow. Everyone please show your support to end this criminal organization and come out! Bernanke and Geithner your time is up!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 06, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

I will be there tomorrow. Everyone please show your support to end this criminal organization and come out! Bernanke and Geithner your time is up!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 06, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

I will be there tomorrow. Everyone please show your support to end this criminal organization and come out! Bernanke and Geithner your time is up!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 06, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

WHEN ARE PEOPLE COMING OUT TO PROTEST THE SF FED? SATURDAY OR SUNDAY OR BOTH? NOON? END THE FED!!!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 07, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

Poem: Occupy Wall Street http://jimpinto.com/writings/o...
This was written on October 15, 2011 while the "Occupy Wall Street" movement was just about a month old, and still growing. Many are confused with the message. This poem may help to explain. I'll appreciate your comments and suggestions as I prepare a YouTube video.

Posted by JimPinto on Oct. 15, 2011 @ 11:47 am

@Jim. Link not working.

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Oct. 15, 2011 @ 12:09 pm
Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 15, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

Thanks Jim/Eric. Contemporary Guthrie.

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Oct. 15, 2011 @ 1:59 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 to show it, but may not be able to actively participate for various reasons ;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 @ 6:22 pm