Occupy SF marches on the banks again

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Occupy San Francisco -- the local manifestation of the Occupy Wall Street movement that is spreading across the country -- took to the streets today with a rally numbering in the hundreds. Marching up Market Street and through the heart of the Financial District, protesters met supportive car horns as often as tight-lipped disapproval. Today’s protest followed a similar one last week when six activists were arrested, with no arrests reported this time.

“We are the 99 percent!” was the most resounding chant, one that prompted several onlookers to join in. “We are 99 cents,” replied one man, walking through the crowd as they strode through the Tenderloin. Signs ranged from the plain – “Stop this” – to the hard-hitting: “Greedy Bastards!”

“I saw them on my way to get her immunization record,” related one woman, gesturing at a sleeping toddler in a stroller. “And I had to join in.” Visibly swelling in size throughout the two-hour march and stretching as far as six blocks at a time, the rally stopped in front of Wells Fargo, Chase Bank, and City Hall before ending back at the Federal Reserve Building where it began and where protesters have been camped out.

“Whose streets?” yelled a megaphone-toting activist. “Our streets!” the crowd bellowed back, spilling off the sidewalks and into the roadway. As rain threatened the Financial District, the protesters’ chants and shouts were not dampened.

Photos by Lucy Schiller

Comments

From The East Coast (New Jersey) Thank You For Standing Up To The Greed Machine!

Posted by ThankYouSanFrancisco! on Oct. 05, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

ThankYouSanFranciscoForStandingUpToTheGreedMachine!

Posted by ThankYouSanFrancisco! on Oct. 05, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

Last night, in the early hours of Thursday morning, the SFPD - about 70 cops - lingered for hours and hours around the OCCUPY SF encampment, stressing out everyone and waiting until many people decided to go home. Then they moved in with their trucks and their paddy wagons and took the camping equipment and supplies. Shame on the police! (although I've read that many had tears in their eyes because they didn't want to do it) and shame on the city politicians who allowed this to happen.

I am voting for John Avalos, since he seems to be the only candidate for mayor who has given the activists any support and respect. Ed Lee needs to provide an explanation as to why a peaceful demonstration had to be sabotaged. And the police chief should be sacked. My suggestion is that the OCCUPYSF movement move to City Hall and apply pressure there so that we can get democratic representation instead of corporate and police bullying.

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

We must take this fight to the actual enemy and not back down.

We must create such a powerful moral force and message that City Hall comes to -us- instead!

Posted by 'anonymous' on Oct. 06, 2011 @ 9:11 am

Yep, voting does not work anymore, power has adapted an immune response to it just like it adapted an immune response to protest, petitioning and other forms of action. Power successfully coopted activists into nonprofits where their paychecks are dependent upon abandoning their alleged constituencies and they are prevented from venturing into the land of structural critique.

Any of the ideas that the SFBG parrots every election season or the innumerable "Community Congresses" Cook up are never going to move until City Hall is swarmed with thousands of people who shut down business there until they do the 99%'s bidding.

We've been out adapted and equilibrium is now punctuating. Don't get struck by the exclamation point.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 06, 2011 @ 9:21 am

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