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. Denny says:

    Occupy a Port-a-John

    1. Elroy Jetson says:

      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. This pretty much sums it up as, just another red herring from Obama’s propaganda minister.

  2. AncestralYuba says:

    I drove past this demonstration yesterday.

    It’s the usual street urchins walking with signs provided by “organizers.”

    Typical for Sacramento. They probably got $10 or $20 for their trouble

  3. Beircheart says:

    If these protestors, with their foggy goals and tenuous-at-best grasp of this nations history are the future of America, I weep for my country.

      1. Kyle says:

        Well, its a good point to mention Solyndra. News Media is too busy covering these protests, blowing them up to make them look huge. They are too busy to report on Solyndra, Fast And Furious Operation, and Justice Department Racism (throwing out black panther voter intimidation case). They won’t touch those topics, but they will report on Rick Perry going to hunting camp where the “n” word appeared on a rock. That is relevant news comparatively.. right?

  4. xJonx says:

    You can’t legislate against human nature. You can legislate one part of human nature against another part. But human nature will ALWAYS override legistation.

    Otherwise, we could simply write a law that says, “You must be good” and have done with it.

    The only reason corporations have an incentive to corrupt government is because government has the authority to tilt the mechanisms of capitalism in favor of one corporation over another.

    It then stands to reason that there are two possible solutions; remove capitalism from the equation all together or remove the authority of government to influence the mechanisms of capitalism (or at least curb such influence).

    If we remove capitalism all together, we are left with an oligarchy. History has shown over and over again that the likelyhood of an oligarchy being oppressive is excedingly high. As a matter of fact, that part of human nature that causes corporations to corrupt government in the fist place, the problem we are trying to solve, namely greed, would be consolidated in a select few with absolute power and the problem would actually be worst.

    BUT, this is what the protesters are asking for; A governmennt with SO MUCH authority, the if the government felt like it, it could punish the greedy corporations. The problem of course is that once the government has this authority, what incentive would it have to carry OUT these punishments? If the governmnet had this authority, then corporations would have an even greater incentive to corrupt government. If government can’t keep from being corrupted NOW, what makes these protesters think that with MORE authority, the governmet will be able to avoid it?

    The other solution is to remove the authority of government to influence the mechanisms in favor of any given corporation, thus removing the incentive for corporations to corrupt government. This can’t be done completely of course, but it can be curbed. AND with a smaller government, there are less shells for the government to hide behind.

    Although not a perfect solution, reducing the authority and size of government will actually accomplish what the protesters actually ultimately desire … a more fair playing field so the American dream can be achieved by the greatest number of people.

    1. Normal in NH says:

      You’re assuming this crowd has thoughtfully contemplated the public policy elements…they see larger government as a path to easier attained entitlements. Kids…you have to work your way to middle/upper class, no one hands it to you.

    2. righmostofthetime says:

      Well stated. Anyone who has read Atlas Shrugged understands this process.

  5. Wanderer says:

    The reporter asks a sarcastic question and the protester respond by sayng “Exactly Correct”. This makes the protester hostile to the media? Grow up Tony Lopez and either go back to journalism school or get a job in a field more suited to your skills. You’re certainly not a reporter.

    1. charles says:

      So they did know why they were there and were just feelin’ shy?

    2. rovibe71 says:

      What is your problem? You can’t be that stupid. WATCH THE VIDEO THAT IS ATTACHED TO THE STORY. All kinds of stupid and sarcastic responses from the protestors, but nothing coherent or substantive. The reporter was right, and you’re in denial.

    3. toobad says:

      They don’t know what they’re protesting. They have to be told after the fact. They deserve to be mocked. The stupidity of their protest should be pointed out. We don’t care if you think it “sends the wrong message”. It is the truth.

  6. mike says:

    there’s no crime against being stupid but it sure does bug me these dummies can vote. hopefully they’ll be shopping for new birkenstocks or braiding each other’s underarm hair on election day and forget to vote…

  7. raisingmobs says:

    The most depressing thing about these protests? These are supposedly college grads and students. They haven’t been educated, they’ve been indoctrinated. Not one of them demonstrates any real world knowledge, but they sure are down on the talking points and sound bites. Yet they can’t tell you what they mean until they get their cheat sheets tomorrow. Very depressing.

  8. Moochelle says:

    Obama blaming someone else once again, couldn’t be that people see him as a terrible leader, lousy politician, and no clue what the hell he’s doing —nah that couldn’t be it.

  9. getreal says:

    Occupy a shower. And who is paying your bills while you guys play victim? Grow the eff up.

  10. charles says:

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

    “Exactly correct,” Bondi said.

    –No need to comment on that, except to say it made my day.

  11. KD says:

    DUFUS IS as dufus does ???? Duhhhhhh!!

  12. Barry Hussein says:

    s per the liberal fish wrapper he NYT -for all of you libs thta spout off nonsense about TARP without checking the facts
    Congress authorized the Treasury Department to use up to $700 billion to stabilize financial markets through the program — a step that inspired widespread public outrage, helping to fuel what became the Tea Party Movement, and, in the mind of most economists, one that played a crucial role in pulling the global economy back from the brink.

    The Treasury never tapped the full $700 billion. By the time its authority to spend the money expired on Oct. 2, 2010, it had committed $470 billion and disbursed $387 billion, mostly to hundreds of banks and later to A.I.G., the car industry — Chrysler, General Motors, the G.M. financing company and suppliers — and to what has been, so far, a failed effort to help homeowners avoid foreclosures.

    At that point, the Treasury reckoned that the “overall lifetime cost” to taxpayers of the program will be $50 billion — an estimate that assumes that A.I.G. and the auto companies will remain profitable and that Treasury will get a good price as it sells its corporate shares in coming years. In November, the Congressional Budget Office estimated the final cost at roughly $25 billion, counting another chunk of A.I.G. stock that did not figure in Treasury’s calculations.

    In a report released in October, the administration said it expected a $17 billion loss from its investments in General Motors, Chrysler and the auto finance companies, as well as a $46 billion loss from housing programs like the mortgage modification program known as the Home Affordable Modification Program.

  13. Smitty says:

    Lessee…which party still controls 2 out of 3? ObaMao is no smarter than these whining hoards.

  14. coast2co says:

    Amazing the older man said he was a communist thats why I out here. Yet most had no clue. They look like some where drugged up others were there because???? And heres CBS news they seem to have a message of greed. why doesn’t CBS come out and agree with the older man CBS is pro COMMUNIST… They try to make something out of this stuff when there nothing society rejects at best. But CBS Sacramento has to make a case to some degree for them PLEASE CBS get a life. you stand for nothing

  15. just me says:

    “I think part of people’s frustrations, part of my frustration, was a lot of (lending) practices that should not have been allowed weren’t necessarly against the law, but they had a huge destructive impact” said the president at a midday news conference October 6, 2011.

    But Mr. President was it now you who sued Citibank forcing them to make such bad loans July 6, 1994 under CRA

    Case Name
    … Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Fed. Sav. Bank Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
    Docket / Court 94 C 4094 ( N.D. Ill. ) FH-IL-0011
    Plaintiff’s Lawyers include Obama, Barack H. (Illinois)-co-counsel
    FH-IL-0011-7500 | FH-IL-0011-7501 | FH-IL-0011-9000

    Don’t belive me then feel free to Google, ACORN, OBAMA, CITI-BANK, CRA at the same time.

  16. Stu from Canarsie says:

    Good news is that there will be no lost time from work from these habitual protesters…

  17. Rich R says:

    ONS! Occupy numb skulls…

    I have facebook friend posting photos of the protests. When I posted a link to what seemed to be a mission statement and then a separate link to proposed “demands” (eg. forgive all debt world-wide), both posts were deleted without explanation. Mind you, this person is a doctor with a supposedly complete education. I guess trying to discern the true point of the protest is a bit sensitive. Supposed to just go with the vibe. But I agree with the posters who feel sad for the shovel ready mindset these folks are trying to process the world through. And hopefully we’ll learn how many are paid shills. Unfortunately, most of these folks are probably earnest.

  18. Stu from Canarsie says:

    If these attention-seeking buffoons are simply ignored, they will slink away back to their collective flop houses in no time. Or at least when the welfare checks are in the mail.

  19. Stu from Canarsie says:

    The older gentleman looks like a lab experiment from the 1960s gone bad.

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