SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – About 200 protesters began marching from the foot Market Street in San Francisco’s Financial District Wednesday morning for an anti-Wall Street rally and march to highlight a number of issues including foreclosures and unemployment.
An initial group of marchers headed to California and Montgomery St. where they blocked the entrance to Wells Fargo bank headquarters at 420 Montgomery St.
The group gathered at Market and Drumm streets at 7 a.m. Some protesters held signs reading “Foreclose Wall Street,” “Stop the corporate greed,” and “We are the 99 percent.”
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos, who is running for mayor, was among them and addressed the crowd.
“I welcome your fight and I join you in the effort,” he said.
They began marching shortly after 7:30 a.m.
The march is organized by a number of groups including Causa Justa Just Cause, Unite Here Local 2850, the California Partnership, Young Workers United and the Chinese Progressive Association.
The groups stated in a press release that they want banks to pay their fair share of taxes and be held accountable for their role in causing the economic crisis.
They say they are rallying in solidarity with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, which has sparked protests across the country.
In San Francisco’s version, “Occupy SF,” protesters have been camping out in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco at Market and Spear streets.
As the crowd gathered for the march Wednesday morning, dozens of “Occupy SF” protesters remained in their sleeping bags on the sidewalk, some of them still asleep.