At around 6 a.m. Friday, Occupy Wall Street West began its day-long, rain-soaked protest, which, if all goes according to plan, will disrupt business as usual in San Francisco’s Financial District. First on the agenda, at least according to the OWSW itinerary, was to fry up some squid in front of Goldman Sachs. Why? Well, as OSW points, “[b]ack in 2009 Matt Taibbi referred to Goldman Sachs as ‘a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.’ ”
Today’s protest, as OWSW notes, “will stop business as usual in the San Francisco Financial District and the Federal Courts that protect corporate interests.”
Other events planned for the day include: a sit-in in front of Bechtel (45 Beale Street), something called a “carnival against capitalism: im/mobile street part” (Market and Drumm), “creative action” at Wells Fargo (420 Montgomery) featuring “street theatre and high energy chanting,” and more. Visit Occupy Wall Street West’s schedule of events for more details.
Alert SF sent out the following message this morning: “Occupy Wall Street West demonstrations will take place throughout the day in the Financial and South of Market Districts; culminating with a march from Justin Herman Plaza to the United Nations Plaza this evening. The San Francisco Police and Sheriff’s Departments will be on-hand to ensure the event is peaceful. It is unknown how many people will take part in the demonstrations. The demonstrators have the potential to disrupt the evening commute along Market Street. Please consider alternate commuting routes.”
If you are at work or at home and cannot attend today’s festivities, please check out SFSU Journalism School professor Justin Beck’s live video stream the Occupy Wall Street West demonstrations. So far we see a band playing, fire trucks and cops, and loads of protesters holding signs and chanting, “We are the 99%” and “We are Occupy, We are never gonna die, Every time you beat us down, We are gonna multiply!”