Occupy America

Courage is contagious, and the Occupy movement continues to grow. Yesterday there were arrests in Boston and San Francisco:

BOSTON — A group called Occupy Boston took over Dewey Square in Boston Friday night holding a 60s-style sit in.

It doesn’t look like the politicians are serving the people any more,” said John, a protestor who would only give his first name. “They’re serving people with money.”

This is part of nationwide movement that began with a large protest last week on Wall Street.

“We’re talking about government reform. We’re talking about finance reform,” said Nadeem Mazen, from Occupy Boston. “And we’re opening up a national dialogue as part of a really big issue that’s on so many people’s minds.”
A few blocks away a group called Take Back Boston lead hundreds of people marching from Boston Common to the Financial District.

At 100 Federal Street the protesters gathered at both entrances to the Bank of America building shouting “We got sold out.” The crowd included dozens of families facing foreclosure.

“The bank took over my property. Tried to evict everybody,” said Mallerrie McCoy of Dorchester. “They boarded up my windows. They changed our locks. I’m here to say i’m not going anywhere.”

And in San Francisco, protesters went into the belly of the beast:

SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco today to protest Wall Street banks and six were arrested, police said.

The protesters marched along Market Street this afternoon, stopping in front of Bank of America, Charles Schwab and Wells Fargo, organizers from ReFund California said.

Six activists went inside a Chase Bank branch in the 500 block of Market Street with sleeping bags and pillows and prepared to stay, organizers said.

According to police, officers repeatedly warned the protesters they would be arrested if they refused to leave.

The activists refused to leave and were arrested for trespassing, police said.