CNN PRODUCER NOTE dinalee says the mood was 'full of hope,' yet many were still angry as protesters united for the Occupy Wall Street anniversary yesterday in the financial district of San Francisco, California.
Looking back, she said, 'I think the point of the Occupy movement was to make society aware that the Federal government and it's protection of Wall Street, corrupt investor groups, and banks is misdirected and is causing harm to it's people. I also think it is making people aware, the poor, the disenfranchised, and the middle class will not take it anymore and they will stand up for their rights, and they will do what they can to protect their way of life.' What do you think was the point of the Occupy movement? Share your thoughts here.
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
September 17, 2012, Occupiers, protesters, supporters, and victims of the debt and foreclosure crisis took the streets in San Francisco’s Financial District to mark the one year anniversary of the Occupy movement. Many events took place in San Francisco, and all of the events took credit for shutting down many banks in different neighborhoods. And at 5pm there was a mass convergence at 555 California street, which is where many investor groups including Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley are located. At that convergence awards were given to foreclosure fighters, including a 92 year old WW2 veteran, who was or is close to losing his house. After the convergence the protesters and victims of the foreclosure and debt crisis marched through the Financial District thus closing many intersections and streets during rush hour. After the march they stopped in front of the Wells Fargo HQ and held a debt burning demonstration and painted on the streets. This anniversary effectively shutdown many streets in the Financial District and snarled traffic and public transportation all day long. The pics and videos are from the days events.