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Senior Citizens Protest, Close Down Bank of America

| by Michael Allen

A group of senior citizen activists calling themselves “Wild Old Women” staged a protest at a San Francisco Bank of America branch (in Bernal Heights) this week and succeeded in causing the bank to close its doors temporarily.

KCBS reported that the women were ages 69 to 82 and stood on a sidewalk holding signs that demanded lower fees, higher taxes for the wealthy and a freeze on foreclosures.

The bank locked its doors as soon as they arrived.

“We’re upset about what the banks are doing, particularly in our neighborhood and neighboring areas, in evicting people and foreclosing on their homes,” one of the senior activists said. “We’re upset because the banks are raising their rates because it really affects seniors who are on a fixed income.”