Updated 10/08/2011 12:04 PM
'Occupy Austin' protestors take their message to Bank of America
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The second day of Occupy Austin saw grassroots activists return to Austin's city hall. They don't call it a protest, but an occupation, taking over the steps of 301 West Second Street.
According to organizers, the movement is about general unhappiness with the "financial corruption of the government."
"We're hoping that it will send a message to Bank of America that you can have a business and make a profit, but you don't need to take advantage of your customers,” event organizer Lauren Welker said.
About 600 people took to the street to march several blocks to the Bank of America location on Congress. The goal was to have account holders close their accounts and switch to a local credit union.
Much of the protesters' frustration with the bank stems from new debit card fees and the bank's acceptance of federal bail out money.
"It's corrupt, it's wrong. I don't want to be a part of it even if it only means my dollar, I’ll take my dollar elsewhere," protest Mabel Cox said.
Bank of America stationed security officers and police at the door. They asked all customers to show their debit or credit card before entering.
YNN's calls to the bank's corporate offices seeking comment were not returned.