We got there just moments after the march reached the rendezvous.
Thank you Virginia for taking a lot of these pictures.
After some milling around Penny spoke. She reminded us that everything is connected to everything else. She honored the creator for bringing us together for this march. She thanked us for participating in progress towards a more sustainable future.
Not long after that we started marching.
From my point of view the lockdown of the street in front of Wells Fargo Headquarters was a fait acomplee before I knew anything was going down. They were that efficient about it.
Not only were there people locked together through barrels across the train tracks, there were volunteers using their bodies to be a line in the sand before that.
Front of Wells Fargo Headquarters was an exciting place to be.
At this point the cable cars were stopped and the police were showing up.
Stewards of a more sustainable future were among us. Thank you Victoria for telling us about this event!
Vanessa got up on the soapbox and explained that the cable cars are parked by our blockade and we are going to do street theater to add entertainment value to the passing time. She had a long list of people that wanted to speak, so that would be our order of business. She then reminded us that we were there to fight the people financing evil oil pipelines. Wells Fargo was having their annual meeting in some distant city right now. Hopefully we will hit the same news cycle.
I think this lady was a veteran of Standing Rock.
The guy with the graph was explaining that as Wells Fargo invests more in oil drilling it causes more fires, floods, and population unrest.
By this time we were settled into listening to all the important points people were making.
This guy was introduced as a Supervisor of the City and County of San Francisco. I think he said something like "Thank you for being law abiding citizens." He said San Francisco is looking into moving "our pension plans out of Wells Fargo".
This guy came and went so fast I didn't get a good picture of him. He's from Richmond, and was part of the progressive alliance that ran the show there for years. He to is opposed to the toxic racism. Wells Fargo's lending strategies facilitate that.
Oily Wells was what I can only call a disgusting profit motive disguised as a corporation disguised as a human being. He talked about his joy in finding ways to bilk us.
The Rock Singer got us all going like Freddy Mercury "Stomp, stomp, clap. Stomp, stomp, clap. Stomp, stomp, clap." Then she did her own version of the Queen song: "Bankster your a real bad force seeing your crimes all over the place. See that person with blood on their face? Your greed is a big disgrace! We will, we will stop YOU! We will, we will stop YOU!" She went on for several verses about how we were going to use good citizenship to do a takedown on business as usual for the banksters.
This guy was introduced as the Republican that ran against Nancy Pelosi last year. Turns out he's a good rapper. He rapped out one about how stupid the solutions big banks and big Democrats come up with are.
The cops just watched. They didn't initiate anything and neither did we. Meanwhile, the cable cars were parked on the other side of the intersection, just waiting. By this time the passengers had given up on the ride and the trains weren't planning to move soon. Looked like the waiting game had reached the point where the speakers were starting to sound like more "Blah, blah, blah." The role of the event as a story telling medium had been saturated by my empty belly. Also, Virginia had to get back to work.
I got a chance to share my one minute speech
, just like everybody else that wanted to say something.
We decided it was time to go. No way did we want to out wait the law. We headed for BART. Glad we went, it had been more interesting than most of my lunch breaks!