Bank of America Announces End to Debit Card Fees As Occupy Miami Descends
Hours before the announcement this morning, Occupy Miami organized its second march on the city's Bank of America buildings. Riptide was there to check out the parade of dancing, whistle-blowing, and really enthusiastic chanting.
The hundred or so people who took to the streets walked (on the sidewalk, of course) from the Greater Bethel AME Church in Overtown to downtown Miami's BOA. In the end, a smaller group split off toward Brickell to stick it to the bankers there.
That got everyone excited and set off some gyrating, drumming, and grooving to music blasting from portable speakers. What was playing? James Brown. People working at their desks looked on -- plainly horrified -- as protesters jammed out. One lady turned to us and said, "Having a little trouble with their PR?" Shame on you was understandably a big theme.
As they passed through downtown, there were plenty of smiles and waves, even some honks. Some of the marchers were a little obnoxious with their whistles and drums, and at one point, two demonstrators playfully opened the door to Burger King to incite some passion from within. No one came running out to join us.