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Occupy Houston condemns bailout of banks

Published Nov 10, 2011 6:04 PM

Supporters of Occupy Houston came out on Nov. 4 for a Divestment March that wound its way through downtown Houston’s skyscraper-dominated streets and encouraged the 99% to take their money out of the major financial institutions and put it into small community-owned credit unions.

Chanting, “Banks got bailed out! We got sold out!” the angry protesters visited the buildings housing Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and Amegy bank. At each bank people went inside to close their accounts. Several came out and cut up their bank cards to great cheers from the crowd, declaring they would use community banks instead, out of protest.

A homemade coffin draped with the U.S. flag was carried throughout the march, along with a sign saying, “U.S. Economy — Killed by the Big Banks and War Profiteers!”

Many on the march had lost their jobs. Some were wondering how they could pay back student loans without a job, and others were worried about layoffs. Many took a sick day, and some came with generations of their family. Some were infants while others were seasoned activists in their seventies and eighties.

Occupy Houston began in late September and is located at Tranquility Park, on a square block in between Houston City Hall and the U.S. Courthouse.