99 Percent Rally At Two San Diego Banks
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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.
SAN DIEGO 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.
"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.