The first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street was marked Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Various actions were held, converging on an early evening rally, march, dinner and street festival before some camped out. See the video by Eric Louie here.
Once a year, some friends of mine gather in downtown San Francisco and march through the financial district, trying to bring positive energy to a corrupt system.
In 1966, three years before New York’s Stonewall riot, a San Francisco police officer walked into Compton’s Cafeteria responding to a call from the owner complaining of a rowdy customer. The officer roughly grabbed a trans woman, who’d had enough of police harassment and threw her coffee in his face. The customers rioted, pushing the police out into the street and smashing windows. They trashed a police car and set [...]
The Cruz family of Minneapolis fell behind on their mortgage payments to PNC bank when the economy crashed. The bank refused to accept an online payment, demanding a multiple-month payment instead. And when the Cruz family was unable to oblige, the home went into foreclosure. The Cruz’ were working with a nonprofit to secure a loan when, without warning, the bank evicted them. On 21 June 2012, Occupy went to [...]