Thanks to all the photographers and videographers who provided images of the January 20, 2012, Occupy Wall St West day of actions. If you have more photos or videos, please let us know on the comments form of the Workgroups page.
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!
Ways to Support Cathedral Hill Hotel Occupiers 8:33pm — Please join your fellow Occupy SF activists by showing up for a Housewarming party at the Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94109. Please come prepared!
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.
Sticker Pick 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, although slated for conversion into a California Pacific Medical Center hospital. 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 — The march arrived to a phalanx of a hundred or more police near the target site. 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”.
150+ Protestors Occupy the Federal Court 12:30pm — More than a hundred fifty protestors occupied the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals at 95 7th Street to demand a 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution to end corporate personhood.
100+ Protestors Occupy Fannie Mae to Stop Evictions and Foreclosures 12:16pm — More than a hundred protestors occupied Fannie Mae at 55 California Street to stop evictions and foreclosures from predatory loan practices and to demand Fannie Mae turn over empty homes for affordable housing.
Food Bank of America Accepting Deposits and Making Meals 12:07pm — Food Bank of America is serving up meals at their new branch location at 1 Market Street. Bring deposits of canned food or non-perishables or just get fed!
Flash Mob Gathering at 555 California. 12:02pm — A flash mob is gathering at 555 California… check it out!
Human Billboard for Healthcare and Jobs for the 99% 11:21am — Human billboard and about 50 protestors at California Pacific Medical Center action at Van Ness Ave and Geary.
Police Violence and Arrest at California and Montgomery 11:14am — Police hitting with batons and shoving protestors at California and Montgomery. Police arrested videostreamer named Corey out of a crowd of approximately 250 protestors for unknown reason.
Occupy Bernal Pressures Wells Fargo to Postpone Foreclosure Auction
10:58am — Occupy Bernal is celebrating the postponement of an auction of a Wells Fargo home that two Bernal neighbors rent… w00t!
Protestors Re-Occupy Entrance at Wells Fargo Headquarters
10:46am — 10 protestors have returned to block off access to Wells Fargo Headquarters entrance near Montgomery and California, arrests imminent.
Amorphous Black Blob Occupies San Francisco
Mysterious amorphous black blob occupies San Francisco.
Protestors staged an eviction of Citicorp at 1 Sansome Street.
Occupy Bernal Shuts Down Bernal B of A Branch
10:11am — 45 Occupy Bernal protestors led by four families fighting eviction and foreclosure delivered demand letter and shut down Bank of America branch at 3250 Mission and 29th Streets, heading to Wells Fargo branch at 22nd and Mission Streets.
Banner Blocking Downtown Traffic
10:04am — Banner blocking intersection at Montgomery and California.
Protestors Take to the Streets at Bank of America
9:57am — Protestors take to the streets at Bank of America at 345 Montgomery.
20+ Protestors Gather at Bank of America Branch
9:54am — Twenty to twenty-five protestors have gathered at the Bank of America branch at Powell and Market Streets.
Police Commander Confirms Seven Arrests at Wells Fargo Headquarters
9:22am — Police Commander confirms seven arrests so far at Wells Fargo Headquarters entrance at 420 Montgomery.
Police Raid at Wells Fargo Headquarters
9:22am — Police are blocking off access to Wells Fargo Headquarters entrance at 420 Montgomery and cutting protestors out of lock boxes to arrest them.
Foreclosure House Party
9:21am — Foreclosure house party with music and furniture at 7th and Sansome Sts.
Protest Shutting Down Wells Fargo Headquarters
8:50am — 40 protestors and some squids now blocking entrances at Code Pink action at Wells Fargo Headquarters, 420 Montgomery St (at California).
Protestors Start Blockade of Bank of America
8:31am — Six people blocking entrance and five police guarding the ATM at 345 Montgomery Street Bank of America branch, 30 protestors there, need more.
68+ Protestors Lock Down Wells Fargo Headquarters
8:30am — Police and firefighters have assembled intending to cut bolts and chains used to bind together at least 68 protestors performing civil disobedience by blocking entrances to Wells Fargo bank headquarters building at Montgomery and California Streets.
Mobile Party Bus Occupies Wells Fargo
7:39am — Mobile party bus occupies Wells Fargo.
Activists Charge Bechtel
7:29am — Four activists at Bechtel, including Father Louis Vitale, 45 Beale St, are reading a list of charges against the corporation in the building lobby.
Wells Fargo Civil Disobedience
6:53am — About 30 Occupy Wall St West protestors have blocked five entrances of Wells Fargo Bank at 420 Montgomery Street (at California).
Squid Fry at Goldman Sachs
Code Pink welcomes you to fry squid at Goldman Sachs, the corporation Matt Taibbi referred to as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. More info: Action List/Schedule
During the week of January 16th, the California Department of Corrections successfully apprehended, rehabilitated and discharged more than one dozen bus shelter advertisements (see photo below) throughout San Francisco, including the intersection of California and Davis Street, one block from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Activists dropped banners this morning to spread the word about the January 20, 2012, Occupy Wall St West actions.
Two banners, one reading “Liberate SF, January 20th – Occupy the Banks” and one reading “Occupy the Banks, Liberate SF – This Friday” were hung by activists to spread the word about the shutdown of the Financial District this Friday.
Update: Six protestors on the roof were charged with misdemeanor protest and released after a few hours detainment. Montana was also released, but not until later and may face different charges. One other protestor named Blondie SF was cited and released for “walking illegally”.
More than 200 protestors gathered for a rally in the plaza at Mission St and 16th St in San Francisco this afternoon to demand that Wells Fargo Bank immediately stop for-profit evictions and foreclosures. After hearing from several speakers, the group chanted and carried signs to the nearby Wells Fargo branch. Some protestors managed to scale the roof and hang banners protesting evictions and foreclosures, as well as pitching a tent on the bank’s roof. Police responded by calling the fire department, which drove a large fire truck into the bank branch parking lot and extended the truck’s ladder onto the bank’s roof. After negotiations between police and protestors which involved a dialog with the bank branch manager about setting up a meeting with Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, police told protestors they had to leave the roof. Protestors decided to cooperate and police cuffed and arrested at least four protestors.
Protestors marched to the Mission Police Station in solidarity with the arrested protestors, the crowd blocking one lane of traffic on Valencia St. Police unexpectedly arrested at least one more protestor Montana, who plays the drum in the Brass Liberation Orchestra, for an unknown reason (possibly an alleged felony assault on a police officer), leaving two distraught children behind. A friend of the person arrested took care of the children and brought them to the police station downtown to be reunited with the woman who is apparently their mother (hard to confirm the facts for certain). Folks are rallying for her at 12:30pm, Sunday, January 15, 2012, at 850 Bryant Street, San Francisco.
Gradually, most of the protestors left the police station, some to go to the police station downtown in solidarity with those arrested.
More than a hundred protestors today shut down four bank branches in San Francisco’s Excelsior district to protest bank evictions and foreclosures of home owners and renters in the Excelsior and beyond. One protestor, Craig Rouskey, was arrested for refusing to leave the Bank of America branch as security closed the bank. Thanks to ACCE’s Excelsior group, Occupy SF Housing, and Occupy Wall St West for organizing this action.