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    Posted May 2, 2012 by
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    San Francisco, California
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Occupy Wall Street

    dinalee and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Occupy Wall Street protests
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    May Day in San Francisco

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     dinalee says the May Day protest in San Francisco was creative. The protesters crafted a large scale wooden puppet of a Wells Fargo executive and put together a political theater where they reenacted skits with politically charged commentary, according to dinalee. She says one of the reasons Wells Fargo was highlighted in this year's May Day protest is because it is the largest bank in the area and currently there are several people who have gone through foreclosures with the bank. "At first I thought it was a little boring at first, but as the day progressed it became more creative and more festive, it was not a typical protest," she says. She says the main highlight of the protest was when people painted a large mural on the street about the rising up of the ninety-nine percent.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    On Tuesday May 1st(MayDay) the groups "Occupy Solidarity Network, Jobs with Justice, Progressive Workers Alliance, OccupySF Action Council, Occupy Education NorCal and SF Labor Council" hosted "The People's Festival" in San Francisco's Financial District. Several main streets in SF were closed as protesters, activists, families, children, workers plus many other disenfranchised and struggling communities held street theatre, flash mobs, music performances, and puppet shows in the intersection of Market and Montgomery streets. Also a huge Rise Up 99% logo was painted on the street. This protest shutdown that area, but after it was over protesters cleared out and facilitated the opening up of the streets that had been closed.
    SEIU, or the Service Employees International Union members entered the Westfield Shopping Center and shouted down the businesses and customers.
    The video are just snippets from the action that day.

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