The Occupy movement is coming to San Ramon tomorrow, although the current noun for the movement is an action, according to local organizer Ellis Goldberg.
"We're having an action in front of some of the banks right on Crow Canyon Road east. It's the first plaza, the first thing you see on the right," Goldberg said. "What we're planning on is portraying the banks as piggies."
That means logos of the banks on pig bellies, he explained.
"Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Citibank, they all have offices right in that plaza," Goldberg said. The official title of the event is the "Make Wall Street Pay National Day of Action."
The protest will focus on how the organizers say banks have taken advantage of consumers by selling mortgages to the unsuspecting unqualified, bundling those high-risk mortgages with mortgages from the qualified, had the bundle rated as AAA even though they were risky insured them with AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, then bet on them, defaulting and selling the bundle to another bank.
Ultimately, that meant the federal government -- meaning our taxes -- had to cover the losses, according to the event organizers. Goldberg said the mortgage failures led to the recession and cost jobs across the country.
The real crime, he said, is that now people are jobless and homeless or living in cars.
"Even people out here in the suburbs in Danville and San Ramon are really not insulated from this," Goldberg said. "It's criminal and the criminals are the people in those banks and we're encouraging people to take their money out."
A similar group held two days of protests in front of Chevron last month over what they said is oil subsidies that continue even while oil companies are earning record profits.
"We had about 35 people last time, not counting the cops. We're expecting more. The Move On group that is somewhat behind this said they'd get on the phone and call various people," Goldberg said. "It depends on the weather."
Goldberg said he doesn't think the vandalism done in Occupy Oakland will turn people away from coming out tomorrow.
"It's soured some people and it's encouraged some other people. They got 4,500 people out there," he said. "I saw a lot of people I knew and I saw a lot of people in my situation. … They're worried about their grandchildren getting screwed."
The action will be at 3100 Crow Canyon Place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A similar event is set for around the same time in Walnut Creek at the corner of Newell and South Main near Chase Bank and across from Kaiser Hospital.