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Occupy Geriatrics: Seniors in Walkers Shut Down Local Bank of America

Erin Sherbert, San Francisco Weekly
What some healthy and spry Occupy Movements across the nation couldn’t quite accomplish, San Francisco geriatrics have!

KCBS reports that a small group of senior citizens between the ages of 69 and 82 successfully shut down a Bank of America in Bernal Heights on Thursday with nothing more than walkers and oxygen tanks. That’s right: No shouting, chanting, tear gas, or window-smashing.

… the seniors took a seat outside the bank where they explained their demands, which were no different than every other occupiers: They want lower fees, and they want the bank to pay higher taxes and stop the foreclosures.

“We’re upset about what the banks are doing, particularly in our neighborhood and neighboring areas, in evicting people and foreclosing on their homes,” 80-year-old Tita Caldwell told KCBS reporters. “We’re upset because the banks are raising their rates, because it really affects seniors who are on a fixed income.”
(6 January 2012)
An article that is not particularly enlightened about seniors, but it is a good story. -BA

‘Occupy’ Protesters in New Hampshire Seek Visibility Ahead of Primary

Jess Bidgood, New York Times
… “We have events planned to inform, enlighten and engage — not to obstruct,” said Michael Grosse, a 27-year-old multimedia producer from Newmarket, N.H., who has worked with Occupy New Hampshire since last fall. “It gets a lot of people wanting to get involved, rather than when they see people getting arrested.”

But peaceful does not necessarily mean subtle. Earlier this week, Mark Provost, one of the protesters, made headlines when he asked Mitt Romney about his comments equating corporations with people. The group plans to continue questioning candidates at campaign events.

But Mr. Provost said the group is urging its members to stop short of interfering with the vote itself. “We respect the rights of the New Hampshire system and we are not going to interfere with the voting process,” said Mr. Provost.

… One example of that approach takes the form of a wooden elephant, at least 8 feet tall, that group members gingerly wheeled into camp Friday night.

Susi Moore, an accountant from Boston who built the elephant with her husband, said it is the “elephant in the room,” equipped with a monitor to show pictures and video, on which occupiers will write the questions they have for the candidates. “It embodies the voices that are left out of politics as usual,” said Ms. Moore. “Magnificent, isn’t it?”
(6 January 2012)

NY Times reporters look back at OWS
New York Times
2011: Occupy Wall Street

Colin Moynihan, reporter, and Robert Stolarik, photographer look back at the birth of the Occupy Wall Street protests in Downtown Manhattan. Produced by Zena Barakat and Emily B. Hager
(30 December 2011)
Video at original.

First Feature Doc About Occupy Movement, ’99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film,’ to Pre-Screen Online

Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects
With the Occupy movement continually growing and changing, it’s no surprise that films about the nationwide movement are starting to take shape – but it is a (very pleasant) surprise that one of the first announced films is ready to screen some of its preview footage, and in a venue conducive to easy and affordable watching.

99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film is just that – a feature film created by a stunning mass of over 75 independent filmmakers, photographers, videographers and editors across the country. The project was conceived of by filmmakers Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites in the early weeks of the first encampment in Zuccotti Park, New York City. With such a massive collaborative effort, the film features footage from across the country, including some of the more notable encampments in NYC, Los Angeles, and Oakland. The filmmakers have just announced a special online preview screening of footage from the film for January 7, taking place on the nifty in-home viewing platform, Constellation. The preview screening will not only provide a first look at the film as it takes shape, it will also provide a fundraising opportunity for the filmmakers, through their Kickstarter campaign.

Check out the film’s official trailer after the break, along with more information on the Constellation online screening and how it works.
(29 December 2011)