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Occupy Santa Cruz Keeps Pressure on Banks
A direct action planned by community members involved with Occupy Santa Cruz drew 6-10 people to the major downtown banks during the morning and early afternoon of Wednesday, October 19. Though the group of demonstrators was small in numbers, all three banks visited, Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo, locked their doors and let customers in and out one by one, as they did with the larger demonstrations held last week.
Shortly before the direct action was scheduled to begin, the county courthouse occupation location was visited by former U.S. State Department official Ann Wright. The former U.S. Army colonel gained fame in 2003 as one of three diplomats who resigned from their positions in protest against the Iraq war. Ann joined the Occupy Santa Cruz demonstrators for their direct action, and she held a picket sign at Bank Of America. So far, Wright has visited 10 occupation locations across the country, including Wall Street's, as she travels on a speaking tour. She also took a look at the San Lorenzo Park camp location of Occupy Santa Cruz, and she commented that it was the nicest occupation location she has seen yet. When asked about her career in the military, and what motivated her eventual resignation from the state department, she said that through all of the 8 presidential administrations she had served under, all included foreign policies that routinely involved plans of invasions followed by occupations, and she had to take a chance and finally get out.
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Ann Wright (on the left)
Chris Doyon shared his "Off with their Heads" sign with Ann Wright.
Coral Reef of FRSC