Report from “Flood Wall Street” by David Solnit

Flood Wall St West: Lively beautiful action today around a dozen arrest from a lockdown inside Bank of the West and a street occupation outside. From the Flood the System announcement: -In the heart of San Francisco is Wall Street of the West, the largest financial district west of the Mississippi. Headquartered in San Francisco is Bank of the West. Bank of the West, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, is the poster child of climate profiteering. BNP Paribas directly profits off of massive investments in the coal industry while greenwashing its investments in the climate crisis by bankrolling the climate talks in Paris.

A little more than a year ago, thousands of us confronted the global financial system in New York City by sitting in and taking direct action at the heart of Wall Street. Wearing blue to represent the sea that surrounds us, we rise in San Francisco’s Financial District, the Wall Street of the West, flooding the area with our bodies in a massive civil disobedience – a collective act of nonviolent civil disobedience – to confront the system that both causes and profits from the crisis that is threatening humanity.

There’s more to come. Flood Wall St. West is the Bay Area kickoff event for ‪#‎FloodTheSystem, a sustained, continent-wide campaign of direct action in the leadup to the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris this fall.

Photos from FLOOD WALL STREET WEST, September 28th



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