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Little Old Ladies Shut Down BofA Branch

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Posted on Jan 7, 2012
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Bank of America staffers in San Francisco shuttered the doors of their branch this week when a group of women aged 69 to 82, bearing signs in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and calling themselves the “wild old women,” approached the building in walkers and wheelchairs to protest high fees, low taxes on banks and foreclosures. No arrests were reported. —ARK

CBS San Francisco:

Tita Caldwell, 80, who led the charge of women with walkers and wheelchairs, said that they’re demanding the bank lower fees, pay higher taxes, and stop foreclosing on, and evicting, homeowners.

”We’re upset about what the banks are doing, particularly in our neighborhood and neighboring areas, in evicting people and foreclosing on their homes,” said Caldwell. “We’re upset because the banks are raising their rates because it really affects seniors who are on a fixed income.”

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By sharonsj, January 9, 2012 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

I am assuming that most of the comments are coming from people who are not little old ladies, and so you don’t know what you’re talking about.

Old folks are not stupid but we do have physical limitations.  I’ve been following the Occupy movement, but I’m waiting for the Spring so I can show up and not have my walker get stuck in the snow.  And if I was 30 years younger, I’d probably be joining the anarchists.

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By OzarkMichael, January 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment

Surfboy, you just corrected yourself and I respect you for that. i take back my harsh words. We might disagree about politics but perhaps we can get along.

Dont mind Leefeller. You might be able to apologize for a mistake but Leefeller cant. He embraces every mistake, lie, and deceit and as long as it propels his side to victory. He hates every insight and criticism that comes from outside his field of vision.

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By NABNYC, January 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment

Of course there were no arrests.  It was in Bernal Heights, a neighborhood known for its laid-back alternative-lifestyle residents.  I’ll bet the B of A employees served brownies and tea to the protesters. 

As for anyone who discounts this, you should read about the Abuelas de los deseparacidos in Argentina.  During their military junta of the 1970s (I believe) the neo-fascists “disappeared” many of their citizens, using the now popular in the U.S. tactic of “extraordinary rendition” to kidnap people out of their homes or off the street, using unmarked cars and goon squads with professional assasins (Halliburton/Blackwater).  These young people who were “disappeared” either turned up dead in a gutter, or simply were never seen again, a mass murder by the government which they of course denied.

Anybody who spoke out could end up with the same fate. 

So it was the grandmothers who took the lead, making picket signs with photos of their children and grandchildren and asking “Where are they.”  They picket in the city squares to embarrass the government.  But what could these neo-fascist thugs do?  Kill grandma?

It was a brilliant tactic.  I salute the 99% protesteers of Bernal Heights for leading the way.  Cheers ladies.

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By Marietjie Luyt, January 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

“Little old ladies” are people just like you and me. One shouldn’t assume that a person of 80 doesn’t have a brain, a legitimate opinion or, for that matter, real wisdom.

An older person has an older body, though, so it’s probably more difficult to get around fast. And that’s it.

I admire these women’s guts. They have the right to be taken seriously.

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By Leefeller, January 8, 2012 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

Actually if one has the ability to comprehend the written word, the raging old ladies were from a retirement home down the street and obviously support the 99 percent. 

As for making shit up, assumptions are nothing more than making shit up, except maybe when some people make assumptions when they do not know the difference between reality and what they must believe?  So fact from friction rears is hind end once again the Raging Grannies are slated by making more shit up with they are just like;.... ‘Occupy kiddies, they are Leftist folks with plenty of money in the bank and plenty of leisure time to spend as activists.’ Actually, my assumptions is the knuckle dragging commenter is making shit up and raising making shit up, but is attempting to engage in a long winded bickering match, between ‘shit pickers!’

Some people actually know how to read, comprehend and assimilate ideas and display them without edgy ignorant bias, unfortunately the number is very low, probably equal to the number of 1 percent shoe shiners!

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By Fibonacci65, January 8, 2012 at 8:39 am Link to this comment

We need more of this, like the Raging Grannies group that started years ago in Vancouver.  These women speak for everyone, for their children, friends, grandchildren, everyone.  Banks are raking enormous, obscene profits while keeping down interest rates.  A small rise in interest rates and rents geared to income would mean a great deal to retirees.  In a country without single payer and where Medicare costs $1200 per year, plus copays, plus extra insurance of about 200-300 per month, etc., every little bit helps.  You will be there some day, so think hard on it.

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By OzarkMichael, January 8, 2012 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

Surfboy, why did you feel the need to make stuff up? The old ladies are just like the Occupy kiddies, they are Leftist folks with plenty of money in the bank and plenty of leisure time to spend as activists.

Surfboy, why did you lie? What a fuqin embarrassment. and the part about putting some people to sleep!!! wtf.

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By afraid to say, January 8, 2012 at 7:22 am Link to this comment
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I just got my youtube account locked for saying tamer things than you find here and lots tamer than what right wingers get away with and lots tamer than what I’m about to say. How long before they start rounding us up and exterminating us?

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By K Craig, January 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment
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“At some point we all have to ask our selves who we serve, Privilege and Power or Justice and Truth. Very few men of privilege and power care about truth and justice.” Chris Hedges

This has been the battle our country has fought from its inception. Truth and Justice for all is a concept of little meaning or import to our Corporate ruling elite. They seek personal wealth and the power it provides, completely unfettered by any notion of democracy, justice, truth, or scruples. K Craig

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By muzz al atesta, January 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment
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well done & maximum respect from across the pond.

i know of at least one grey jewish sister of yours over here who will raise her fist &
smile with joy when i tell her about your “run on the bank”.

http://www.occupyzuerich.ch

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