‘Occupy’ Protests Set For Santa Rosa, San Rafael

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street movement are holding demonstrations in San Rafael and Santa Rosa on Saturday.

Occupy San Rafael plans to picket in front of the Bank of America at 1000 4th St. at noon.

Occupy Santa Rosa will gather at 2 p.m. in from of Santa Rosa City Hall at 100 Santa Rosa Ave.

PHOTOS: Bay Area ‘Occupy’ Protests

“Occupy Together”, the growing “people-powered movement for democracy began Sept. 17 with an encampment in New York City’s financial district, and claimed 1,767 “occupy communities” across the country this week.

“Inspired by the Egyptian Tahir Square (uprising that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak) and Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy,” the Occupy Santa Rosa website states.

The Occupy groups cite an economic disparity between the richest 1 percent of the population and the remaining 99 percent.

The groups’ goals include ending tax cuts for the rich, cutting military spending and improving infrastructure, creating jobs, improving public service and regulating big banks and Wall Street investment firms.

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