Occupy Oakland shuts down three banks

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Steven T. Jones and Rebecca Bowe are out on the streets of Oakland as Occupy Oakland tries to shut down the city. They're posting live updates on Twitter here.  And there's already some success -- the Oakland branches of Wells Fargo, Citibank and Chase have been shut down by the protesters. There are two sound stages set up downtown, and so far, the cops are holding off on any action.

The Chron reports that 13 percent of Oakland's teachers have joined the general strike and 12 percent of Port workers took the day off from work. Most businesses in downtown Oakland are closed.

It is, our reporters say, "part party, part protest, and an inspiring demonstration of people power."

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have to do with anything? Insofar as any individual was responsible for Wall St. execesses, they certainly wouldn't be seen dead anywhere near Oakland. you need to go to NY or DC, not some crime-infested rathole like Oakland.

And Wells Fargo were actually quite well-behaved during that time, but got railroaded into bailing out Wachovia, which made some bad decisions.

Only 8% joined the strike?

This is an irrelevance and, in your heart, I think you know that.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 10:57 am

Yeah sure.
Thousands of people in the street is "irrelevance".
You are a fucking joke.

Here's a little list of the Occupy Wall Street Camps just in the US:

Alabama
Auburn[127]
Birmingham[128]
Huntsville[129]
Mobile[130]
Montgomery[131]
Tuscaloosa[132]
Alaska
Anchorage[133]
Bethel[134][135][136][137][138][139]
Fairbanks (Began October 15)[140]
Homer[141]
Juneau (Began October 15)[142]
Kenai[143][144]
Arizona
Flagstaff[145]
Phoenix (Began October 14)[146][147]
Prescott[145]
Tempe[145]
Tucson[148]
Arkansas
Conway[149]
Fayetteville[150]
Jonesboro[151]
Little Rock[152]
California
Anaheim[153][154]
Arcata (Discussions began October 11)[155]
Bakersfield (Began October 7)[156]
Berkeley (Began October 8)[157]
Camarillo (Began October 5)[158]
Coachella Valley-Palm Desert area (Began October 11)[159]
Davis[160]
Encinitas (Began October 15)[161]
Eureka (Began October 13)[162]
Fresno (Began October 15)[163]
Irvine (Begins October 15 as 'Occupy Orange County')[164]
Lompoc (Began October 15)[165]
Long Beach (Planned for October 15) [166]
Los Angeles [167]
Merced (Began October 15)[168]
Monterey (Began October 15)[169]
Oakland (Occupy Oakland)[170]
Ojai[171]
Oxnard (Began October 15) [172]
Encinitas (Began October 15)[161]
Palo Alto[173]
Redwood City (Discussion Began October 23 as Occupy San Mateo County and The Peninsula)
Riverside (Began October 15)[174]
Sacramento (Began October 7)[175] (Occupy Sacramento)
Salinas (Began October 15)[169]
San Diego (Began October 8)[176] (Occupy San Diego)
San Fernando Valley (Van Nuys) (Began October 28) [177]
San Francisco (Began October 5)[178] (Occupy San Francisco)
San Jose[179] (Occupy San Jose)
San Luis Obispo (Began October 5) [180]
San Marino (October 5 protest at a Wells Fargo executive's home)[181]
San Rafael ('Occupy Marin')[182]
Santa Ana (Begins on Oct. 22)[183][184]
Santa Barbara (Began October 8)[185][186]
Santa Cruz (Began October 15)[187]
Santa Maria (Began October 15)[188]
Santa Rosa (Began October 15)[189]
Stockton (Began October 15)[190]
Temecula (Began October 15)[191]
Venice (Began October 9)[192]
Ventura (Began October 14)[193]
Colorado
Aspen[194]
Denver[195]
Fort Collins[196]
Colorado Springs[197]
Grand Junction[198]
Pueblo[199]
Connecticut
Branford (Began October 6)[200]
Hartford (Began October 7)[201][202]
New Haven (Began October 8)[201][203]
New London[204]
Delaware
Wilmington [205]
Florida
Daytona Beach[206]
Gainesville[207]
Jacksonville[208]
Lakeland[209]
Miami[210][211]
Orlando[212]
Pensacola [213]
St. Petersburg[214]
Tallahassee [215]
Tampa[216][217][218][219] (Occupy Tampa)
Vero Beach[220]
West Palm Beach[221]
Georgia
Athens[222]
Atlanta[223] (Occupy Atlanta)
Augusta[224]
Savannah[225]
Hawaii
Hilo[226]
Honolulu[227]
Kauaʻi (planned)[228]
Kona[229]
Maui[228]
Idaho
Boise[230]
Idaho Falls[231]
Pocatello[232]
Illinois
Bloomington-Normal[233]
Carbondale[234][235]
Champaign-Urbana[236]
Chicago[237] (Occupy Chicago)
Macomb[238]
Peoria[239]
Rockford[240]
Springfield[citation needed]
Indiana
Bloomington (Began October 9)[241]
Elkhart[242] (Began October 7)
Fort Wayne[243]
Indianapolis[244]
Muncie[245] (Began October 19)
Portage[246] (Began October 22)
South Bend[247] (Began October 7)
Iowa
Cedar Valley (Began October 15) [248]
Des Moines[249][250]
Iowa City[251][252][253]
Kansas
Kansas City[254]
Lawrence[255]
Pittsburg[256]
Wichita[257]
Kentucky
Lexington[258]
Louisville[259]
Louisiana
New Orleans ('Occupy NOLA')[260]
Shreveport, Louisiana[261]
Maine
Augusta[262]
Portland[263]
Maryland
Baltimore[264]
Cumberland[265]
Massachusetts
Amherst[266]
Berkshires [267]
Boston[268] (Occupy Boston)
Images [267]
Lenox [267]
Needham[269]
Northampton[270]
Salem[269]
Springfield[271]
Worcester [272] [8]
Michigan
Ann Arbor[273][274]
Detroit[275][276]
Flint[277]
Grand Rapids[278]
Kalamazoo[279][280]
Lansing[281]
Muskegon[282]
Traverse City[283]
Minnesota
Duluth[284]
Minneapolis[285]
Moorhead [286]
Mississippi
Biloxi (Began October 15} [287]
Jackson[288]
Missouri
Columbia[289]
Kansas City[290]
St. Joseph (Began October 5) [291]
St. Louis[292]
Montana
Bozeman[293]
Butte[294]
Great Falls[294]
Helena[294]
Kalispell[294]
Missoula[294]
Nebraska
Omaha[295]
Lincoln[296]
Nevada
Las Vegas[297] (Occupy Las Vegas)
Reno[298]
New Hampshire
Keene[299]
Manchester[300]
New Jersey
Jersey City[301][302]
Newark[303]
Trenton[304]
New Mexico
Albuquerque[305]
Las Cruces[306]
Santa Fe[307]
Taos[308]
New York
Albany (Began October 21)[309][310][311]
Binghamton[312]
Buffalo (Began October 1)[313][314][315] (Occupy Buffalo)
Cornell University[316]
Ithaca[317]
Ithaca College[318]
Kingston[319]
New Paltz[320]
New York City - location of initial protests (Occupy Wall Street)
Poughkeepsie[321]
Rochester[322]
Saranac Lake[323]
Syracuse (Began October 2) [324] (Occupy Syracuse)
Utica[325][326]
North Carolina
Asheville[327]
Chapel Hill[328]
Charlotte [329]
Durham[330]
Fayetteville[331]
Greensboro[332]
Hendersonville[333]
Raleigh[334]
Wilmington[335]
Winston-Salem[336]
North Dakota
Fargo [286]
Grand Forks[337]
Ohio
Akron[338]
Athens[339]
Canton[340]
Cincinnati[341] (Occupy Cincinnati)
Cleveland (Began October 6)[342]
Columbus [343]
Dayton[344]
Kent State[345]
Toledo[346]
Youngstown[347]
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City[348]
Tulsa[349]
Norman[350]
Oregon
Ashland (Occupy Ashland)
Bend[351]
Eugene (Occupy Eugene)
Medford[352]
Portland[353] (Occupy Portland)
Roseburg[354]
Salem[355] (Occupy Salem)
Pennsylvania
Allentown[356]
Erie [357]
Doylestown[358]
Lancaster[359]
Philadelphia[360] (Occupy Philadelphia}
Pittsburgh[361] (Occupy Pittsburgh}
Wilkes-Barre[362]
University Park[363]
York [364]
Puerto Rico
San Juan[365]
Rhode Island
Providence[366] (Occupy Providence)
South Carolina
Charleston[367]
Columbia [368]
Greenville[333]
Tennessee
Chattanooga[369]
Clarksville[370]
Johnson City (Planned once weekly on Saturdays)[371]
Knoxville[372]
Memphis[373] (Started on October 15)
Nashville[372]
Texas
Amarillo[374]
Austin[375][376] (Occupy Austin)
Corpus Christi[377]
Dallas[378] (Occupy Dallas)
Denton [379]
El Paso[306]
Ft. Worth[380]
Galveston[381]
Houston[382] (Occupy Houston)
Lewisville[383]
Lubbock[384]
Marfa[374]
McAllen[385]
San Angelo[386]
San Antonio[387]
San Marcos[388]
Utah
Ogden[389]
Park City[390]
Provo[391]
Salt Lake City[392]
St. George (Began October 7) [393]
Vermont
Burlington[394]
Virginia
Arlington[395]
Blacksburg[396]
Charlottesville[397]
Norfolk[398]
Richmond[399]
Roanoke[400]
Washington
Bellingham[401]
Olympia[402]
Seattle[403] (Occupy Seattle)
Spokane[404]
Tacoma[405]
Tri-Cities (Richland)[406]>
Vancouver[407]
Washington, D.C.[408]
West Virginia
Fairmont[409]
Huntington[410]
Morgantown[409]
Charleston[409]
Wisconsin
Janesville (Began October 11)[411]
Madison[412]
Milwaukee [413]
Wyoming
Casper[414]
Cheyenne[415]
Jackson Hole[415

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

Which is ironic, dontchathink?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

raving repeatedly on the internet that none of this matters.

Good luck convincing yourself.
No one else is buying it.

Posted by matlock on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

Even the SFBG isn't making that claim.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

What you say has no bearing on the global Occupy Wall Street protests and camps, and there is no truth to be found in any of your rantings.

You are far less than one percent.
Less than a microscopic smudge on a cockroach's ass.
Statistically speaking.

Posted by matlock on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

It's not clear to me how you turn those numbers about.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

Forty-three percent of Americans agree with the views of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll that found a widespread belief that money and wealth should be distributed more evenly in America.

Twenty-seven percent of Americans said they disagree with the movement, which began more than a month ago in lower Manhattan and has since spread across the country and around the world. Thirty percent said they were unsure.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20125515-503544/poll-43-percent-a...

In other news,
Suck it Troll.

Posted by matlock on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

I lived in Oakland for 24 years until I moved to Grass Valley, Ca. It has a most diverse and creative population that is driven by it's proximity to SF and Berkeley. Wells Fargo took billions of tax evasions and bailout money and has not been forthcoming in lending out the money it took from the taxpayers. It is not an "irrelevance" for a population to take a military style attack from the powers that were and bounce back with fierce grace and commendable determination to create a society within Oakland that reflects the values of the world we are all co-creating on this planet.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

more propaganda. almost ALL businesses are closed? come on, in a city as large as oakland, do they REALLY think they closed all the businesses from this?

if you are going to report fact, then report facts and you better have something to back it up, because this is just piss poor reporting.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

It's easy to scoff from your couch or cubicle. Clearly you don't understand what's happening in the streets, Guest. It's the strongest and most diverse demonstration of people power in a generation, a day that will fuel the Occupy movement worldwide.

Posted by Steven T. Jones on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

How would you even know how most people feel about it when you surround yourself only by supporters of it? What specific efforts have you made to understand what the AVERAGE SF'er thinks about it?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 1:16 pm
WSJ

It will be interesting to see more news coverage since the perspectives regarding the size and effectiveness of this strike already seem inconsistent. The WSJ posted an article titled "Call for General Strike in Oakland Fizzles". The post from Jones, above, however says it's "the strongest and most diverse demonstration of people power in a generation." Those views seem completely at variance.

Posted by The Commish on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

That's always the case for these large demonstations, Commish. Typically the more conservative dailies understate the size of the protest. And it's entirely a judgment call whether an event like this is a success or has "fizzled." Clearly it's not a full general strike, since not every union in town endorsed it and not every working person is in the streets. But none of us ever expected that. It is, though, a pretty profound action, and so far it's peaceful, has forced several banks to shut down and is doing what the organizers hoped for.

Posted by tim on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

were out on strike. That's hardly indicates widespread support - indeed, it's about the same percent supporting Avalos for Mayor.

Coincidence? I think not. It merely reflects the percent of the people that are hardline left-wing.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

On any given Friday.

Posted by matlock on Nov. 02, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

That's why I commented that I'd like to see more news coverage. No matter what you think of WSJ, it is a widely-read paper, and I think it makes the protesters' case harder to make when widely-read press reports that a demonstration fizzled. It'll be interesting to see what the NYT reports.

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