Downtown Santa Rosa's Colorful Protest Against the 1 Percent

Some 2,000 protesters self-identified with the 99 percent excluded from Wall Street wealth showed up to protest, sing, chant and dance

Gathering at 2 p.m. near the Santa Rosa City Hall, some 2,000 protestors demonstrated their support of the today with marches, songs, chants and speeches.

The crowd made a largely orderly march around the nearby financial institutions, including Bank of America and Citibank, carrying their message of frustration to the streets. Traffic was slow through the downtown area but most marchers obeyed the Walk / Don't Walk lights to allow automobiles to continue unhindered.

For more on the demonstration view the accompanying photography. If you have images to add, please feel free to make this a "public gallery" with your input.

G Man October 16, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Precisely as I predicted in an earlier (lost) comment - a bunch of people demanding more free stuff from the people who already give them free stuff. And, of course, another reason for old hippies to dance around banging drums. I'm sure there must have been at least a few rounds of the old, "Hey hey, ho ho, _____ has got to go!" Right? I feel sorry for the lady who's losing her house, but she doesn't own it. Just like the one I'm losing. It doesn't belong to me. I haven't paid for it. The guy wearing the Robin Hood t-shirt tells the whole story behind this movement... steal from those who have earned it and give to those who haven't. Are there some greedy "fat cats" on Wall street? Sure, but they are few compared to the greedy politicians in D.C. Eventually, the Wall street fat cats who may be doing wrong (Madoff) get routed out and sent up the river with lengthy prison terms. Politicians, at worst, get ethics committee hearings that result in wrist slaps. Protesting Wall street is misguided. We should be gathered at both ends if Pennsylvania Ave. That's where the real corruption is.
Marty Loggins October 16, 2011 at 03:28 PM
You must mean K Street. Where congressman and senators go after leaving office - and vice versa.
SooQue October 16, 2011 at 03:49 PM
I don't think money should taken away from people who have it, and given willy-nilly to those who don't, for whatever reason. It is just that people should be paying their fair share in taxes, as most working people do. I don't believe in class warfare; not all successful rich people are crooks. However, many corporations are getting away with not paying their fair share in taxes,own Washington DC politicians and send jobs overseas- actually stealing from us who work for a living, by accepting tax subsidies & cutting work force to save on salaries used to fatten CEO's bank accounts, at the expense of American employment. The economy has a lot to do with the greed on Wall Street, so for the most part, I support these demonstrations. When you mess with honest, working people this is what you get. Wall Street messed with everyone and they are not accepting accountablity. They can dismiss this as a bunch of old hippies acting radical, but many "normal" rational people are catching on to this movement.
Susan October 16, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Hey, G-Man...where are you in this quote, "Fox News rich people pay rich people to get middleclass people to blame poor people".......you have been duped, buddy..
Sandy Murphey October 16, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Anyone can see that America has BIG problems. People in power, whether wealthy corporations or politicians have the power to make changes, but they have no motivation because there's no "benefit" for them. Only when the poor and middle class vote with their pennies or dollars, will the status quo be affected. It really all comes down to economics, and when people in "power" feel the economic pinch, they may take notice. The demonstrations are just a visible way of getting people to join forces, and it's only the beginning. Intentional action must follow....and will. Every choice makes a difference. Make yours count for yourself, your family and beyond.
Sara P. October 16, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Well, G Man, I don't see anyone banging drums. I do, however, see 2 saxophones, 1 clarinet, and 1 trombone.
Daniel October 17, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Ah yes it all boils down to greed and yes it is deeply rooted in this country. We can change if we keep on trying to fragment the problems and remember that we cannot stop until we see great change and even then we must reinforce our ideals. Greed is rooted at every level even in our charities and non profits who have adopted. corporate structure. Buy protest we bring clarity to each issue but we cannot stop now. Its going to take more than few hours. We need unity, tenacity, and most of all perserverence. Must be aware of constant spin from bias groups trying coercion that is lobbied by special interest that do not benefit the people on a whole.
G Man October 18, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Yes,Bob, corporations are people too. Corporations employ lots and lots of people. Most of your neighbors probably go to a job everyday at a corporation or a job that provides something for a corporation. Your reply on this topic was typed on a device made by a corp. Corporations are business entities run at the behest of shareholders (people). Corporations make business decisions that will provide the best return on investment to stockholders. I worked for a major corp here in CA that finally got fed up with all the regulations and taxes and moved out of state. Sure, there are crooks on Wall street just like anywhere else. OWS is supposedly upset that Wall street got bailouts. Well, so am I. But, who bailed them out? That is why I say our dismay must be directed towards D.C. (And K street where the lobbyist do their dirty work). Did you know that our prez was the recipient of more campaign donations from Wall st than any other? I guess he didn't think Wall was so bad then, eh? Oh, and if you really want to knock corporations, start with GE and Jeffrey Immelt. GE paid no taxes on 5B profit, sent thousands and thousands of jobs overseas, yet its CEO sits on the president's council on jobs and competitiveness.
G Man October 18, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Come on, Susan. Debate me on thw points I made, if you can. Btw, theresa reason FOX has been beating all others handily for nearly a decade.
Chris Herrod October 18, 2011 at 04:21 PM
G Man -If you are sincere about learning about the OWS movement's motivations, please see this page: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-wall-street-protesters-are-so-angry-about-2011-10 It will take you a few minutes to look through the charts but they clearly and unemotionally describe the situation that has caused discontent over the behavior of Wall St. and the big corporations.
Matthew Thompson October 19, 2011 at 06:36 AM
Susan October 23, 2011 at 03:22 PM
G man...forgot about you there for awhile...that was easy enough...But, hey - if a corporation is a person, by your definition...then a union is a person, too. Sounds pretty stupid, doesn't it? Btw..I will believe corporations are people as soon as Texas executes one.


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