WASHINGTON, D.C. – So today I woke up in Silver Spring, MD to a text from a friend in the Occupy Movement. It was on. We were going to move a living room in to the lobby of a bank. We had a plant, a rug, a table, some cards, books, chairs and people. We rolled up to McPherson Square at 12 o’clock occupy time, assembled the activists who were around and called a few friends. We moved in to a Bank of America with 12 folks and were met with smiles. People knew what we were there to do. Protest the bank’s role in the foreclosure crisis and their unresponsiveness to the American public in the wake of the federal bailout. (Watch the video here)
We were inspired to do the action because of a youtube video we saw of activists in New York doing something similar. We sat down in our new living room and talked with the folks there before we got bounced from the place. I even left a rug in there and had to run back to get it and one of the bank workers picked up a pair of white framed sunglasses and asked “Are these yours?” They did belong to one of the protesters. These workers are part of the 99%, too bad they work for Bank of America. Emboldened with our first success we moved on to the Wells Fargo down the street. After bantering with us for a few moments over whether Wells Fargo was involved in private prisons through their investment in the GEO Group he said “I’ll give you five minutes.” We were in no mood to see what happened after those five minutes and we scattered back to the park. Two pretty successful actions and now we are ready for more.