Tax Day Protests at Bank of America in Eureka (& I Didn't Even Get A Lousy T-Shirt But I Did Get Some Good Photos)

Yesterday’s demonstration in front of Eureka’s Bank of America was part of a nationwide effort by MoveOn.org to bring attention to the fact their belief that corporations don’t pay their fair share of the taxes.  It began at 4:30 and lasted roughly an hour.  Protester Bruce Edwards who took these photos said,

It went peacefully, with a count of, I would estimate, at least sixty people, maybe more. Most were gathered right in front of the bank, but some of us went across the street as well, so all four corners had some folks.

Not only were there a large amount of signs but, Edwards explained that a tax bill “…was presented to the bank when the organizer, Susana Munzell went in and handed it to a teller. I didn’t witness that, but she told me that at first he simply ignored her, but with some coaxing, or perhaps shaming, he looked up from his computer screen and accepted it.”  He added, “It should be made clear that the message that was to be delivered through all of these demonstrations throughout the country was that no one was blaming the actual employees for misdeeds– just the CEOs, etc., not to mention our own government, of course….”

Many of the people who drove by honked in support of the message being delivered, along with only a few negative comments or reactions.

The protestors received some media attention.

In the above photo, some of the Richardson Grove Action Now group  joined in with their own protest. Originally, they were at the Caltrans office to protest the project at Richardson Grove.

Edwards described his experience as positive.  It felt “good to be a part of this action- to be speaking our feelings about the injustice which is in the tax shelters and bailouts that our federal government has allowed to these huge corporations.”  As a final act, he says that ‘[a]s I left, I placed an 8&1/2 by 11 tax bill, which I’d downloaded and printed, in the padlock on the front of the metal security gate at the entrance to the bank… .”

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Photos by Bruce Edwards

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8 comments

  • I wish I could have been there as a protester. If I hadn’t been sick for the past two days, I might have at least been able to sneak away long enough to cover it.

  • I wish I could have been there as a protester. If I hadn’t been sick for the past two days, I might have at least been able to sneak away long enough to cover it.

  • You claimed good photos but these are horrible. It’s just a bunch of lousy snapshots of people standing around. You say you were there to protest? That places you in the category of non-journalist. You cannot act as a protester and claim to be reporting news. You are in the league of Fox News, which as we all know is purely opinion with vague allusions to facts tossed in. I knew all along that you weren’t a real news blogger but now everyone knows.
    Get lost, your flashy blog sucks and you suck as a reporter. Go back to writing about pretty animals and piles of dirt sliding off hills. Maybe go jump on Heraldo’s blog and write for him. The two of you seem to have the exact same M.O.

    • Garsh,

      Ouch, perhaps some chocolate to sweeten your mood? I’ve got some homemade cookies behind this flashy blog exterior that I’ll share if you won’t bite.

      Somehow, you missed that I was not at the protest, Mr. Edwards was. He also took what I thought were very informative photos. Perhaps, you could explain what would have been a good report. I thought Mr. Edwards and I did a decent job for unpaid citizen journalists. What could we have done better with my limited financial resources?

  • You claimed good photos but these are horrible. It’s just a bunch of lousy snapshots of people standing around. You say you were there to protest? That places you in the category of non-journalist. You cannot act as a protester and claim to be reporting news. You are in the league of Fox News, which as we all know is purely opinion with vague allusions to facts tossed in. I knew all along that you weren’t a real news blogger but now everyone knows.
    Get lost, your flashy blog sucks and you suck as a reporter. Go back to writing about pretty animals and piles of dirt sliding off hills. Maybe go jump on Heraldo’s blog and write for him. The two of you seem to have the exact same M.O.

    • Garsh,

      Ouch, perhaps some chocolate to sweeten your mood? I’ve got some homemade cookies behind this flashy blog exterior that I’ll share if you won’t bite.

      Somehow, you missed that I was not at the protest, Mr. Edwards was. He also took what I thought were very informative photos. Perhaps, you could explain what would have been a good report. I thought Mr. Edwards and I did a decent job for unpaid citizen journalists. What could we have done better with my limited financial resources?

  • Thanks Bruce for the snaps, and thanks Kym for your tireless work on this blog. Not everybody is having a permanent bad day they want to share.

    This angle of naming it “corporate welfare” and “tax dodging” seems promising, ya nevah know.

  • Thanks Bruce for the snaps, and thanks Kym for your tireless work on this blog. Not everybody is having a permanent bad day they want to share.

    This angle of naming it “corporate welfare” and “tax dodging” seems promising, ya nevah know.

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