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99 Percent Rally At Two San Diego Banks

Aired 4/11/12 on KPBS News.

Community activists rallied outside two La Jolla banks Tuesday, hoping to raise awareness about issues facing the 99 Percent. The protesters are upset about the way most people are treated.

— The yellow-shirted protesters were at the office park in La Jolla to be heard. They rallied outside of a Wells Fargo branch, marched across a busy street and did the same inside the lobby of a Bank of America office.

The protesters where hoping to let members of the 1 percent know what the 99 percent is living through everyday.

99 Percent Rally At Two San Diego Banks
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"You know, we worked to deliver petitions. I think we were realistic that they wouldn't necessarily be signed. But I think we're trying to shine a light," said David Lagstein, community organizer.

The petitions were rejected at both locations. Security guards were polite but firm as they ushered the protesters off bank property. That didn't discourage Johnny Gama from taping fliers to every light and utility poll he passed.

"We're putting up some posters so people know about the 1 percent agenda, man," said Gama. "You know, everyone needs to pay their fair share. It's unfair that the community, we work hard, they tax us so much. People that earn a lot more don't get taxed their fair share."

Groups representing the 99 percent are out with a new report that identifies 12 rich Californians, who are stunting the economic recovery. The list includes the leaders of Wells Fargo, Chevron and Hewlett Packard.

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susanbeach11 | April 11, 2012 at 8:18 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I am curious as to why Eric Anderson failed to mention that this group is funded by various labor unions and is not really a spontaneous movement. As was pointed out yesterday in your own noon news show, this is just the latest in a series of protests by labor unions, especially government labor unions, who have a vested in increased tax revenue from any source. Why not do a follow-up report on this group, including who funded the "new report?"

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HarryStreet | April 11, 2012 at 11:06 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

The 1% that control our country are not going to give in because of these peaceful protests. Our country was bought and paid for right under our noses decades ago. The only way we'll get the change we want is through uprisings similar to what we've witnessed in the Middle East. Violence and the threat of violence is the only thing our government leaders know how to respond to. Our laws have been designed to protect the 1% whether we like it or not.

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benz72 | April 11, 2012 at 11:16 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Really David? We are so politically disenfranchised that you think we must violently revolt? Try voting first, that's what it is for.
If you can't convince enough people to attend a discussion of your plans and ideas and then convince them to vote that way, what do you think the chances are that they will actually fight anybody for them?

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Studying_Nomad | April 11, 2012 at 3:48 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Susan - that's the first I’ve heard of that and I've been paying attention. Unions showed up a month after occupy received media attention. I’m not a fan of Unions, but it sounds like some convenient memory going on. It started with some article in an anarchist magazine and unemployed kids. I really can’t imagine that Unions have anything to gain with a destruction of the system as we know it. However, I can see where they would feel under attack and threatened (just listen to the news). Unions are a dying dog and they know it.

Occupy sounded like they had some ground to stand on in the beginning, but then the people that actually "occupied" were just angry homeless kids (at least the ones that I spoke to in SD). The first marches in SD were full of “normal” people. Now (and shortly after the first days) it is full of Ron Paul supporters and Anarchists. The kids have no idea how the political system works. When you question them about their imagined world under their anarchist flag, they end up building up a democratic gov all over again, but with a twisted idea of human behavior. For some reason they believe corps and govs are in collusion and therefore violence is ok, but not against individual people. It’s almost like they think they can “free” the resources of the world and everyone would be ok and that no one has guns or wants those resources for themselves. Guess that’s what happens when you raise a generation of kids to hate government, but teach “tolerance”.

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susanbeach11 | April 11, 2012 at 6:48 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

If you listen to the full 4:29 minutes of Joanne Faryon's interview on Tuesday with the ACCE representative he admits that the it is government unions backing the report, the demonstrations, etc. For some reason KPBS seems to have glossed over that in the written report of the interview and in Eric Anderson's report this morning.

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susanbeach11 | April 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Here is something spooky: I just listened to Joanne Faryon's interview with the ACCE rep and the question about the funding and union backing has been deleted. I will try to track this down.

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susanbeach11 | April 11, 2012 at 7:40 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

It's actually in the full Maureen Cavanaugh piece during the noon show on Tuesday. She also interviews the ACCE rep -- I got my interviews mixed up.

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JohnL | April 11, 2012 at 7:59 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Susanbeatch11 seems to be obsessed on unions and blaming the messenger I suggest she and others that are interested read the the report instead of deflecting and distracting with strawman paranoia ,here is the link

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Studying_Nomad | April 12, 2012 at 11:48 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Ok, I listened to that show again. Neither one of them said that Occupy is/was funded by Unions. A report regarding jobs and tax rates paid by large corps was "largely sponsored" by unions. Based on the description of the report I can’t imagine the research was very expensive.

These kids that are actually “occupying” are dirty, angry, and overall look like they’ve been neglected in life which makes me think that they are not funded by anyone. If they are, they could certainly have a better quality of life working for Walmart. Not to say that wage issues/quality of life issues are not a legitimate discussion. I’m just over the attitude of these kids downtown.

The link John has is the actual report and the "about us" says clearly who is affiliated with this report.

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HarryStreet | April 14, 2012 at 5:01 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Benz72 -

Try voting first? Don't you recall the Gore/Bush ticket? The popular vote elected Gore, but the gov said tough, we want GW.

Prop 187 was approved by vote, but the minority took it to court and said tough.

You can't possibly be naive enough to think voting makes a difference. It only does so long as the special interest groups win. That' won't deter me from voting personally, but it's more out of the hope something better will come of it than believing voting actually counts.

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