SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Hundreds of protesters gathered in Cesar Chavez Park on Thursday to stand in solidarity with the growing nationwide demonstrations aimed at corporate greed, but some members of the peaceful event showed hostility to media members over basic questions about the goals of the protest.

“Occupy Sacramento,” which was portrayed as the local foothold for the rally that has entered its third week in front of Wall Street in New York City, drew impassioned speakers and a wide variety of viewpoints when the rally began Thursday morning, with demonstrations lasting past midnight.

Police warned protesters that they could be subject to citation or arrest by 11:00 p.m., but no arrests had been reported by midnight.

UPDATE: Police Arrest ‘Occupy Sacramento’ Protesters

Organizer Anthony Bondi said he has what he referred to as a “message team” working on the primary goals of the local protests, which he admitted “was kind of vague.”

“That message team will reveal that tomorrow [Friday] morning,” Bondi said.

“So you guys are in the process of forming the reasons why you are here?” asked CBS13 reporter Tony Lopez.

“Exactly correct,” Bondi said.

Other protesters gave clearer reasons for their attendance, saying that wealth disparity and corruption in the business world are causing harm to society.

“I’m here because corporate greed and financial greed are ruining this country,” said a retired educator.

Groups of demonstrators gathered around television cameras periodically and tried to shout down reporters with accusations of manipulating coverage of the protest. Other isolated protesters tried to convince attendees to avoid speaking with the media altogether.

President Barack Obama referenced the nationwide demonstrations Thursday and called them a sign that voters are upset with Republican leadership, who he accused of blocking efforts to spark job growth.

“I think people are frustrated and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works,” Obama said.

Comments (550)
  1. fool in the rain on the corner says:

    where are the homeless going to hang out at and get drunk and pee all over the place? this park is their home.

  2. Anon says:

    probably your yard

    1. Meme says:

      Or yours…ever think of that?

  3. greg wallace says:

    “President Barack Obama referenced the nationwide demonstrations Thursday and called them a sign that voters are upset with Republican leadership, who he accused of blocking efforts to spark job growth”. Yea I’m sure it’s got nothing to do with you mister president, after all your perfect.

  4. Christopher MacDonald says:

    The fact you choice to ignore the majority of people that were there that had concise messages and edited your piece, ignoring the fact that once that girl and her friends acted out We, the assembly responded and removed them. They were disrespectful, Occupy Sacramento acted to protect you and preserve the peace and non-violence. Rather than acknowledge the spirit and respect the general assembly showed you by policing ourselves you chose to paint us in a bias and negative light.

    1. larry burdge says:

      Christopher is a good little comrade. A mush-head looking for a leader.

    2. B says:

      ( I’ll try to rewrite. But this is quite a run on sentence. )

      The fact that you CHOSE to ignore THAT the majority of the people that were there had concise messages and edited your piece, ignoring the fact that once that girl and her friends acted out, we, the assembly, responded and removed them. They were disrespectful, Occupy Sacramento acted to protect you and preserve the peace and non-violence. Rather than acknowledge the spirit and respect the general assembly showed you by policing ourselves you chose to paint us in a BIASED and negative light.

      (Now a re-write)

      The fact is that you CHOSE to ignore THAT the majority of the people that were there had concise messages. You edited your piece ignoring the fact that the assembly responded immediately by removing that disrespectful girl and her friends once they acted out. Occupy Sacramento acted to protect everyone and preserve the peace in our non-violent protest. But rather than acknowledge the spirit and respect demonstrated by the self-policing general assembly, you chose to paint us in a BIASED and negative light.

      ( NOW, my comment )

      I still don’t have any clue as to what the movement is about. It seems that these people are protesting because everyone else is protesting. As someone was quoted while advising younger protesters “It doesn’t matter what you are protesting as long as you are protesting.”

      Now, If you want to know why we are in this economic mess, look toward Washington. Look toward the President. Toward the Democrats who controlled congress since 2006; the Democratic party has veto-proof senate and controlled the house and the White House for two full years 2009, 2010. So they implemented whatever they wanted and we are now reaping the results of their big-spending “stimulus” programs.

      The Democrats, led by Obama and Pelosi, STOLE from eveyone. Notice how Obama’s golf buddies get 500 M loans that we are on the hook for. Notice how Pelosi had a 60% increase in her personal wealth in 2010. Interesting how her husband’s business did so well under new regulations and projects. In fact, just last week, another Solar company received over $700 M in loan guarantees (and it is just a coincidence that Pelosi’s brother-in-law is a partner in the firm).

      1. Bob says:

        I’m protesting. It’s like my First Amendment right and stuff. Who cares if the underlying reasons I’m protesting are absurd. The fact is I know about my right to free speech. Now I’m practically qualified to teach Con Law.

      2. liz fox says:

        That is really funny. I laughed out loud. Love the Con Law reference! We know who taught that and, apparently, you need no qualifications to do so!

      3. BobbyONJ says:

        Liz, I thought the same thing but figured I wouldn’t go there. No expeience necessary! LOL!

    3. steamboat says:

      The truth hurts doesn’t it. Look at the responses here. We all know this is a liberal farce, so tell it to the bartender not us. You’re in the minority – big time. Look at those small number of protests occuring around the country. Mostly college students looking for some kicks. It’s embarassing ! Now go back to watching Sponge Bob.

    4. Massimo Deportado says:

      Idiot punk. No idea how he got there. Has no idea what has occurred on this planet before he was conscious. How can he know where he is going in life, if he doesn’t know from whence he came?

      You’ll go real far with your art degree. NOT. Maybe you can flip burgers or build bicycles.

  5. helpHomeownersNotPoliticians says:

    A bunch of angry hot headed leftists. They are so angry, they don’t know what they are protesting about! LMAO!

    1. DapperDon says:

      They are angry because they were told to be angry. And like the little liberals they are, and since they can’t think for themselves, they obeyed.

  6. ROBERT says:


    1. Retired SOF guy says:

      Seriously? You can’t be that ignorant. “Tax them 100%.” Riiiiiight. Because folks will stay in business to operate at a loss (because recall, you’re also denying them your undefined “out ragious salaries and benifits (sic).” You’re right about securing the borders and the threat is Islam, but based on the rest of your comments I don’t think you’ve spent a lot of time looking at the larger picture, or at least the true picture not presented on MSNBC, et al. If you really want change, vote all the Dems (and a few Reps) out in ’12.

    2. Meme says:

      Robert says, “CORPRATE AMERICA NEEDS TO BRING OUR JOBS BACK,ITS OUR MARKET OUR ECONOMY,IF NOT TAX THEM %100 DUTY ” Now that sounds like a plan…a plan to drive business COMPLETELY out of the US.

      No, my friend, the answer is to REDUCE the highest corporate tax rates in the world, give them as break if they bring their money and their jobs back to the US. As it is now, we cannot compete with countries that have a far friendlier business climate. Business and corporations are not your enemies. They are agnostic and will go where they can make the most money….even Obama’s friend and supporter, Immelt of GE. Jobs gone, plants closed here and gone to China.

    3. B says:

      It seems to me that the only candidates that want to SECURE OUR BORDERS are on the Republican side. I’m for Mr. Cain. I hope you are too.

      To bring our jobs back, corporate America needs to be INCENTIVIZED instead of demonized. Get rid of onerous regulations. Eliminate Dodd bill and Durbin tax. Allow for domestic oil production. And approximate Cain’s 9 + 9+9 plan … it will never pass … but 9 + 18 would work even better.

      In other words. if you want change, VOTE REPUBLICAN ( actually, vote conservative but right now republican will do ).

  7. TxSon says:

    Greed is indeed ruining this country. Greed of the lazy and underachievers thinking they have a right to what others have created and earned.

    1. skidz says:

      Amen! How true how true. Also, these so called protests have Obama’s fingerprints all over them. This is what community organizing looks like.

    2. Galt Girl says:

      AMEN!!! This is how HITLER created the Third Reich. By controlling the ignorant youth and the lazy dead-beats. No wonder Obama supports them. His buddies, e.g. the unions, are sponsoring this. Talk about greed!

  8. don says:

    Isn’t this what Obama was after, “share the wealth”, “redistribution of the money”. Remember Joe, theplumber. Wouldn’t surprise me if Obama’s operatives were behind this .

    1. Meme says:

      Of course they are…, the Unions? What more do you need.

  9. Ron Burgandy says:

    We’re here to protest….something. Tomorrow we’ll have a meeting and find out what our orders are once we get our talking points from Obama and SEIU union reps. Until then, we’re gonna protest our lib hearts out about stuff.

    1. Meme says:

      Anyone notice all those nice pre-printed signs? You know, the kine everyone can make at their home and bring in. And the bullhorns. Now isn’t that real “Grassroots”. I never saw those at the Tea Party Rallies. Oh wait, the Tea Party rallies are not real grassroots, right?????

      Which group is the REAL astroturf?

      1. Massimo Deportado says:

        Pelosi Galore!

  10. Bob says:

    Translation: My life sucks and I need to blame someone. Let me go out and protest corporate “greed”. Then I’ll go home and use all my corporate produced products that make my life easier. Nothing more than useful idiots in the continuation of the socialist instigated class war.

    1. jasmine says:

      No, wait, you left out something…

      When I get bored, I’ll text my mommy and get her to pick me up some fast-food on her way to pick me up. THEN we will go home to my parent’s house, where I will play video games all night.

  11. eternal vigilance says:

    They’re there because Soros told his employee, the Kwisatz Haderach, to ramp it up. This is what was meant by implementing change. They’re using the same script the Bolsheviks used ninety-four years ago this month.

    1. Meme says:

      RIGHT ON!!!! Lenin and Mao, 101…right out of our colleges and universities.

  12. TonyXL says:

    Any corporation that took taxpayer bailout money deserves these stinky protesters.

    1. Bob says:

      Many were compelled to take the money. Which they have paid back. With interest. If only the Federal Government was so careful with the money it takes. Oh that’s right. My Social Security taxes are in that lock box just waiting for me to go get them.

  13. Randy4 says:

    “Why are you here?” “Duh…………..”

    Could it possibly be similar to the late 60’s when (as we now know) about 90% of so-called “war-protesters” were only there for the party. Plus, the guys learned quickly that burning a draft card was a powerful “chick magnet”. Guys were burning them by the dozen.

  14. MoCal says:

    Ahhh the little Marxist puppets. Just waiting to be told what to say..

  15. Toady the Protestor says:

    Rich people bad blah blah blah wealth is bad blah blah blah bad rich people blah blah blah lots of money bad bad bad blah blah …

  16. doug says:

    I find these protests extremely humorous. It is as if one uneployeed twit said “Come on, let’s protest” to which another asks “why” only here. “I don’t know, but we can make up. Reason sometime whilst we sleep and poop on the sidewalk”. Let’s fence them in and make a zoo out of them. How about they expend that energy doing something productive.

  17. JulianusRex says:

    This is Obama’s re-election army on parade. It reminds me of the fascist takeover of Italy in the early twenties.

  18. Naomi says:

    Everyone is to blame except Obama. Of course no one mentions that Van Jones is the ring leader with backing from Soros.

  19. Silhouette says:

    @ ROBERT: Bring our soldiers home….OK, I’m good with that. Secure the borders….uhhh, better talk to the current administration about that one…seems they don’t intend to do that or allow the states to do it either. Corporate needs to bring jobs home…..better talk to the current administration about that one too. Current federal regulation, combined with union demands have DRIVEN corporations to open overseas operatations. You get a job with low housing…? I’m not even sure what that means. How about this: You get an education, then get the best job you can get, go there and do that job and work your way up the ladder to better jobs…buy your own damned house…you don’t GET housing of any kind! State and Federal workers do not get outrageous salaries……that’s apples and oranges. Federal employees are paid and pensioned by the federal government. State employees are treated according to each state’s whims. I happen to work for a state government…been here for 8 years, I got one 5% raise 6 years ago and one COLA. I currently make less than $36K per year….and I am in I.T.! Benefits? I pay for my own damned retirement and insurance! Term limits….I’m good with that one. So, as I see it, your 1st and last requests are reasonable….everything in between is bass ackward. You may want to protest the unions that are standing in the streets with you…they are there for THEIR benefit, not that of all Americans.

  20. stonewall says:

    Yeah greed is a huge problem.

    Greed is trying to take what someone else earned. These people are weapons grade stupid!!

    1. Brian F says:

      Stonewall hit the nail on the head…..
      So if I am following the protestors “logic” I am greedy because I got student loans and jobs for college and grad school, studied hard, got good grades, took non-paying internships, worked hard for years to get a senior level position where I make good money with good benefits. I guess because they got drunk and high all the time in college, dropped out after 2 years, live in their parents basement. got fired from multiple jobs for not showing up on time and play video games all day they deserve what I have. Who’s greedy in that scenario? I think other terms that may apply would be lazy and irresponsible. Get off your azzes, take a long look in the mirror and stop blaming everyone for the problems in your life that YOU created. Grow up and take some responsibility for your own actions.

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