SF Protesters: We Got Sold Out, They Got Bailed Out


SAN FRANCISCO — Shortly after the Occupy Wall Street protesters marched in New York, the San Francisco offshoot gathered its own occupiers and sympathizers outside the Federal Reserve building to march at the lunch hour.

Several hundred people joined the band of 50 or so actual occupiers who’ve been living in tents on the street since Sept. 17 and marched down Market Street through San Francisco’s financial district.

In the spirit of the egalitarian and leaderless movement, the route and the march protocol was decided on the fly by consensus of all the protesters. A group of occupiers, aided by a megaphone, led a call-and-response chat with the people assembled.

One protester, sporting a fedora adorned with a peacock feather, asked the crowd to decide if the protest would follow the law by staying on the sidewalks or if the protesters should take to the streets. (They abided by the law). When police offered to provide an escort, the crowd chorused a “Thank you.” Another women proposed to alter the route by a block in order to pass a Bank of America (The protesters cheered and adopted the plan).

People from all walks of life converged to march. Representatives from National Nurses United passed out printed signs to suburban moms and working stiffs who had the day off. Stephen Kattlen, 46, a self-professed die-hard Democrat, came to stand up to injustice. “The heart of it is that the income gap between the rich and the poor has never been greater,” he said. “I’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner.”

Occupiers spread the word about the march through old-fashioned flyering and through social media. David Johnson, a 30-year-old flight attendant, saw a flyer in the Castro, then helped recruit friends on Facebook. “I’m sick of corporate greed,” he said. Johnson was inspired by his parents, small business owners in his native Boston, who, he says, pay an exorbitant amount for health insurance. He was also infuriated by the arrests of some 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York.

Another protester described why he’s so furious with the state of our country:

Protesters marched for more than an hour, passing big bank buildings, blocking traffic and chanting “We got sold out! They got bailed out!” Tonight, it’ll be back to normal for the die-hard occupiers. They’ll be sleeping in their makeshift camp and organizing the rest of us until they think the job is done.


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Photo credit: Laura Burge

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Ken W.
Ken W.3 years ago

This is a MUST !!!

Britin J.
Past Member 4 years ago

Keep it up! The movement is growing! Cheers to all of those sleeping out day by day!

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thanks for keeping us informed.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.4 years ago


Jim Gayden
Jim Gayden4 years ago

Karen and Ed O. are right. These protestors really need to be watching out for those who will try to either diffuse, or elevate the protests by underhanded, dirty methods, in an attempt to undermine their worthy cause. Just like the situation that Morgan G. mentions. It probably started out with decent people getting tired of being shafted. But it ended up being assimilated by radicals. So, now we have the radical, right wing tea partiers.

Marie W.
Marie W.4 years ago

US might be waking up.. time will tell.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.4 years ago

This is the most spunk I've seen in the US for a loooong time. It's wonderfully refreshing. The only way this will be effective is to persist - don't stop until something has truly changed. I told you we should be taking notes when Egypt was doing their thing, and we should be aware that promises can be given and not mean doodley squat, so we must also be prepared to do it again and again. Like one commentator said: "We've got nothing to lose - it's already gone!"

Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago

This is starting to take hold I wonder if they are starting to realize that we are serious?

Margaret C.
Margaret C.4 years ago

There are "occupiers" in almost every state now. Just contact them if you want to join in your city. Another thing, maybe the tea partyers did start this way, but I guess the original group "bailed out" when their idea was hijacked by the Repubnants. The "occupiers" are asking for something different, as I see it, they want justice and they want the money they earned and gave in taxes (and soon money from our paychecks in the form of social security/medicare/medicaid, etc.) given back to the people and they want corporations to see they were bailed out, but it wasn't suppose to be for free. It's time they either give back the funds the American people "lent" them, or find a way to get that money we gave them to become jobs for all. We shouldn't have to worry about what's going to happen to us when in essense we are the government, the people on Capitol Hill work for us. Do we need to remind them again?!

Karen and Edwar O.
Karen and Ed O.4 years ago

Special interest groups, namely groups interested in greed, will probably try their dirty tricks on these people and their efforts. Infiltration and pressure on the police to become more violent. And of course we have Mayor Bloomberg.
Keep up your good works, everybody. And don't let them compromise you.