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Occupy Palo Alto Has Begun

A protest in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement drew over 200 residents.

Patch was first to break the news: .

Over 200 protesters gathered last night in front of a Bank of America near the intersection of El Camino Real and Page Mill Rd "to Picket in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street". The protest was organized by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center (PPJC), and the El Camino Real location was chosen because Bank of America received $45 billion as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, commonly known as the bank bailout.

Picket signs prepared by the PPJC stated "We Are the 99%" and "Tax the Rich" in large bold letters. Protesters' demands included higher taxes on the wealthy, an end to corporate domination of elections, and cutting of miliary spending.

The original Occupy Wall Street protests began in New York City in mid-September and the Occupy Movement has since spread world-wide. Bay Area Occupy protests have already taken place in San Franciso, San Jose, Berkeley, and Oakland.

Occupy Palo Alto and Occupy Stanford organizers are using Meetup and Facebook to organize upcoming protests, the next of which are scheduled to take place this Friday and Saturday.

Occupy Palo Alto Meetup Group

Occupy Palo Alto Facebook Page

Occupy Stanford Facebook Page  

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Andrew Boone October 24, 2011 at 11:08 AM
There was another Occupy Wall Street style protest at the same place on Oct 22, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. I counted about 20 protesters at that one.

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