Coverage of CODEPINK at Occupy Wall Street West

Bay Area CODEPINK kicked off the January 20th Occupy Wall Street West day of action dressed as giant squids at Goldman Sachs, which Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi refers to as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”  Three CODEPINKers staged an action inside Goldman Sachs.  CODEPINK co-sponsored a massive flashmob, joined Occupy the Courts day of action, and spoke out at a teach-in outside war profiteer Bechtel.  See and read news coverage and YouTubes of CODEPINK participation in Occupy Wall Street West.

Watch these four videos:

Embody the Movement - One People Flash Mob!

CODEPINK activist Nancy Mancias handcuffs herself inside Goldman Sachs building

Goldman Sachs Squid Skit

CODEPINK activist Janet Weil speaks at Bechtel teach-in

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January 23, 2012
Embody the Movement: Dancing for Economic Justice

By Rae Abileah, Sharon Shay Sloan, Eva Lyons and Magalie Bonneau-Marcil, Global Exchange Blog, FireDog Lake, OpEd News

January 23, 2012
Thousands in San Francisco "Occupy Wall Street West"

By Josh Healey, The Progressive

January 21, 2012
Banks targeted for OWS West protest
By Thomas Pendergast, The Examiner

January 23, 2012
Occupy SF Turns The City Into A Theme Park Of Protest
By Kevin Army, Open Salon

January 22, 2012
Occupy San Francisco Takes the Fight to Local Banks in Ambitious Next Step for Movement

By Gary Kamiya, AlterNet and Salon
The last person you would expect to find standing in a bedraggled squid costume in front of a financial district skyscraper at six in the morning would be a 69-year-old retired psychology professor. But the Occupy movement is full of surprises. The human squid, [CODEPINK East Bay Coordinator] Eleanor Levine, said, “I'm out here to bring attention to the irresponsible financial practices of Goldman Sachs. I also want to bring attention to the concept of corporate personhood [which was behind the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United]. Corporations are not people. This company played a role in bringing not just the country but the world to financial ruin. People have to face up to what Goldman Sachs has done. Their CEO made $28 million.” Asked if the dreadful weather had prevented more people from joining the protest, Levine said calmly, “Yes, the rain put a damper on the turnout, but more will come.” Her pink tentacles waving, she walked cheerfully off.

Video: CODEPINK meeting inside of Goldman Sachs

January 21, 2012
Occupy Wall Street West #J20, Bechtel Teach In
By Carleen Pickard, Global Exchange Blog

January 18, 2012
Occupy Wall Street West: New Movement Rises In San Francisco
By Robin Wilkey, Huffington Post

TV Coverage


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An array of the Occupy Wall St. West coverage on TV