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San Francisco | Environment & Forest Defense | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism

Occupy's 1st Anniversary Was a Party with Politics in San Francisco
by Peter M (streetdemos [at] comcast.net)
Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
A large number of peaceful but rowdy protesters came out on September 17 in San Francisco to mark the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. The street party ended with the symbolic tearing-up of debt papers in front of corporate Wells Fargo offices downtown. At its height, around 5:30, the march filled two city blocks with banners, signs and the Brass Liberation Orchestra. Smaller actions, which fed into the final march, took place earlier in the afternoon.
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The idea of a debt strike, symbolized by the trash can protesters filled with "debt papers" Monday, is one of the trends coming out of Occupy Wall Street that may have a far-reaching effect, according to observers. Fighting foreclosure is another, as are environmental issues, brought to the forefront in the Bay Area recently by an explosion at the Chevron plant in Richmond that blackened the skies of the East Bay. Mainstream television, radio and newspapers were out in full force Monday, affecting surprise Occupy is still alive. However, more large actions are less likely than community-oriented organizing for the time being.
§Keeping up
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§Demonstrator and Cops
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§We are the 99%
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§Holding up a banner on Market Street
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§A message
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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A bold chalk-writer challenges police with an epithet
§Street painting
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§Newsman lectures senior
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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He's trying to get her out of his background
§The Sound Truck
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§Environmental Demo at PG&E
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§In front of PG&E
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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Including Occupy K-9 Patrol
§Bringing up the rear
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§Sign
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§Handing passers-by a leaflet
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§Passing the Stock Exchange
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§At the base of the B of A building
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§A little music
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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§Layers of signs
by Peter M Tuesday Sep 18th, 2012 12:19 AM
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by Insurrectionist -A-
Friday Sep 28th, 2012 12:10 PM
You know you're a conformist when you refer to law abiding non violence as passing for "ROWDY PROTEST"! This isn't the first time INDYMEDIA has helped to redefine "ROWDY" by allowing such posts. I think it is irresponsible and teaches the wrong thing to our viewers because if this passes for "ROWDY" then why not go all the way and say "THERE WAS A RIOT"? This is fucking embarrassing. I feel so ashamed.

Either some is a virgin to violence or this is just another sorry attempt at stealing the meaning of a word that has POWERFUL meaning all around the world. Is this being done deliberately to take away power of the word so that all peaceful protests are now "ROWDY"? What do the Egyptian and Greek rebels think about this ROWDY" protest? And this is not an attempt at dumbing down the already pacified/stupified American political activist who probably lives a comfortable life and has no problem with redefining such words or behaving in a submissive manner during street actions.

The fact that this doesn't help us as a public suffering of mass apathy and pacifism. It just adds insult to injury. We have no pride in our selves. No sense of self worth. No sense of dignity and find it normal to just roll over or bite the bullet every time and this language is very psychologically damaging to people who really know what it means to be rowdy and revolt against the injustice of this system and American society in general. I rail against this fucking site for allowing this shit.

I feel tortured by the system everyday and I have to read this shit while everyone in America already is so laid back. Give us another fucking dose of smiles and relaxation why don't you? Even though we have all the same share of fucking problems of poverty human rights violations they all seem to be happening in a vacuum. People are totally disconnected from one another living totally different lives. That is why some people are not happy. That is why some people are not smiling. I'm not fucking smiling.

It is just outrageous that I'm the only one here attacking this which shows a lot how far we have come to evolve as a nation of dumbed down idiots. We're not just dumb. We're insane because we keep keep buying into the idea that shaming our oppressors into submission will work if we just keep trying. One day they're gona break and let us be free. Liberate us from our shackles. IT IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN! Not your way.

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You may as well put the protest sign down and go back to shovel and start digging shit with a happy face. What's gona happen at the Columbus Day Protest? Another "ROWDY" protest like this one? FUCK YOU AND FUCK YOU FOR redefining ROWDY and FUCK YOU INDYBAY for allowing this to happen with out any critique at all once so ever. I'm out.
by Jack London II
Saturday Sep 29th, 2012 12:15 AM
rowdy |ˈroudē|
adjective ( -dier , -diest )
noisy and disorderly : it was a rowdy but good-natured crowd.