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Occupy Wall Street West - Wells Fargo and Bank of America Shutdown
Occupy Wall Street West held a day of action to “shut down" the SF Financial District on January 20. Major banks and financial institutions were targeted along with a number of other predatory corporations including Bechtel Corporation. (34 minutes).
This audio piece focuses on the shutdown of a Wells Fargo and a BofA branch about a block away from each other near the corner of Montgomery and California. The majority of the audio is from the first shift, 6 AM to noon when the banks entrances were initially blocked. The last portion is from the third evening shift, after 5PM when day shift workers from both sides of the Bay converged to finish off the action.
At each branch, a number of brave activists locked themselves together with arms in metal pipes in front of the entrance with others surrounding the branch singing and dancing and chanting. The Brass Liberation Orchestra was out playing, on a weekend when they celebrated their 10th year of performing activist music on the streets. Some thought the locked-down activists would be arrested so the banks could open for business, but police surrounding the scene did not intervene. The banks just rolled over and stayed closed, preferring to just give up business rather than expose customers to the hard corrupt truths from the 99%ers.
Specific demands were made for specific homeowners fighting foreclosure. The homeowners cited and a few who spoke at the rally are generally from lower-income communities like the Bayview which are particularly ravaged by foreclosures. The action was very much a success. The audio is useful to hear because all these Occupy actions are much more sensible and successful when you are there and involved than when you see or read about them second-hand edited in the corporate press.