Thanks for an Amazing Day of Actions!
Thanks to everyone who contributed to such an amazing day of Occupy Wall St West actions yesterday, January 20, 2012. Onward!
Cathedral Hill Hotel Occupied
8:10pm -- More than a hundred protestors have occupied the Cathedral Hill Hotel and are celebrating. Occupy SF General Assembly on the roof of the hotel. Occupy SF secured a vacant hotel to point out the injustice of homelessness while there is a vacant hotel. California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) plans to demolish the building to construct a new hospital and apparently has no plans to treat Medicare patients and the 99% who can't afford skyrocketing medical costs.
Daytime View of Cathedral Hill Hotel
A daytime view of the 600-unit Cathedral Hill Hotel.
Spotted on bank ATM: "A protest a day keeps the corporations away."
Protestors Occupy Cathedral Hill Hotel at Franklin and Geary
7:47pm -- Protestors occupy Cathedral Hill Hotel at Franklin and Geary, which has been vacant and closed for years. Protestors hung a banner which reads "People's Food Bank of America".
Black Bloc Smashes Windows
7:18pm -- Black Bloc protestors smashed at least one window at Bentley luxury car store in violation of Occupy Wall St West action agreement which requires Occupy SF GA and/or Occupy SF Action Council consensus for use of property destruction at today's actions.
Cops Pepper Spray Twelve People, Beat Protestors
UPDATE 8:00pm -- Occupy medics have treated the people who were pepper sprayed. 7:13pm -- Riot cops have apparently sprayed at least twelve people with pepper spray and are beating protestors at Van Ness and Geary. Police reinforcements are arriving.
Riot Police Protecting Van Ness and Geary
7:04pm -- A row of riot cops with barricades behind them are blocking the entire road and thousands of protestors are shouting "Cops go home!".
March Rallies at Bank of America
6:11pm -- Speaker gives a shout out to all the groups represented at the day's actions. Lots of people turned out for a windy, rainy day.
Wells Shutters Third Bank
6:02pm -- Wells Fargo boarded up a third bank at 1 Montgomery St (at Post).
Protestors at Bank of America Unlock With Great Success!
6:00pm -- Occupy SF protestors who locked down to shut down the Bank of America headquarters at 345 Montgomery Street unlocked after bank hours to declare their action an amazing success.
Mass March Rejoins Protestors Locked Down for 9 Hours at BofA HQ
5:55pm -- Occupy SF protestors marched from Bradley Manning (Justin Herman) Plaza to the Bank of America to rejoin protestors engaged in civil disobedience to shut down the bank for the last nine hours.
Police Occupy Bus, Marchers Flood California Street
5:51pm UPDATE Occubus De-arrested! 5:29m -- Police stopped the Occupy Oakland Mobile Party Bus and searched it, then tried to stop and maybe tow the bus and charge the driver with a violation for a missing rear tail-light. The police may cite and detain those on the bus. Occupy SF marchers surrounded the police and the bus to demand that the police go home, then continued down California Street.
Hyatt Fountain Erupts in Support of Occupy
4:52pm -- The anti-labor practices of the Hyatt apparently caused the fountain at the Grand Hyatt at Union Square to spontaneously erupt in rabid bubbles that overwhelmed the hotel's steps. For over 2 1/2 years, Hyatt workers have fought for fair contracts and workers at all three San Francisco Hyatts have called for boycotts of their own hotels.
Storm the Fortress!
4:37pm -- Protestors occupied Fortress Investments today to demand a halt to predatory equity scams where landlords and banks buy apartment buildings intending to remove rent-controlled units from the market so they can replace them with market-rate tenants. Fortress is demolishing over 1,500 rent-controlled apartments in Parkmerced and has evicted hundreds of tenants. The protestors marched around the building and a fake bike messenger snuck in the building to deliver a demand letter to Fortress CEO Daniel Mudd telling him to stop demolition of rent-controlled apartments and halt evictions of tenants.
20+ Arrests So Far!
4:37pm -- According to Occupy Legal, so far at this point in time, the police have arrested a total of approximately 20 people, almost all of whom were cited for misdemeanor trespassing in the morning at all four doors of Wells Fargo Headquarters and released. The police arrested one person for a more serious charge who is apparently already out on bail.
POWER Protestors Occupy Muni to Demand Free Transportation for Youth
4:18pm -- Protestors led by People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER) occupied busses running on Market and Mission Streets to demand free transportation for youth.
Wells Fargo Shutters Headquarters
4:16pm -- Wells Fargo at 1 California (at Drumm) followed the lead of Wells headquarters and built wooden barriers in front of the building that apparently prevent all access to ATMs and the building entrances.
Protestors Have Blocked Bank of America Headquarters for 7+ Hours
4:00pm -- Protestors have succeeded in blocking doors at the Bank of America headquarters at 345 Montgomery Street for more than seven hours!
Citi Apartments Protest
3:45pm -- Protestors led by the Chinese Progressive Association of San Francisco occupied the Citi Apartments to fight for workers' stolen wages!!
Wells Fargo Shutters Headquarters
3:30pm -- Wells Fargo headquarters at 420 Montgomery (at California) built wooden barriers in front of the building that apparently prevent all access to ATMs and the building entrances.
Occupy Bernal Celebrating Halt to Foreclosure Auction
2:00pm -- Occupy Bernal protestors are celebrating at City Hall their success in halting a foreclosure auction of neighbor Maria Davila's property.
Riot Police Advancing on Protestors at Bank of America
2:00pm -- Riot police headed toward protestors at the Bank of America at California and Montgomery.
99%-ers Closing Wells Fargo Account to Support Protestors
1:47pm -- Some Wells Fargo customers, shocked by the treatment of Occupy protestors, decided to close their accounts at a downtown Wells Fargo branch.
Hundreds Protest Deportations and Immigration Policies
1:32pm -- More than three hundred people are at the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office at 630 Sansome to demand that ICE stop tearing families apart, stop deportations and destabilizing communities in the name of "natural security",live video feed
Food Bank of America
1:03pm -- The Occupy SF Autonomous Action Workgroup transformed a bank at 1 Market Street into the People's Food Bank of America and fed hundreds of hungry protestors with nutritious, organic food to show the community what could be there instead of the Bank of America.
Live Video of Occupy the Courts Action
12:55pm -- Live video of Occupy the Courts action.
600+ Protestors Marching From Fannie Mae to Immigration and Customs Enforcement
12:43pm -- More than six hundred protestors are marching from Fannie Mae to the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office at 630 Sansome to demand that ICE stop tearing families apart, stop deportations and destabilizing communities in the name of "natural security".