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Occupy's 1st Anniversary Was a Party with Politics in San Francisco, Part II
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.
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.