Occupy Goes Grey: As Seniors Demonstrate, Bank Shuts Down

With their wisdom and white hair, a group of elderly activists shut down a San Francisco Bank of America branch near Bernal Heights on Mission Street.

Calling themselves “wild old women,” the group of 12 protesters ranged in age from 69 to 82. On Jan. 5, they traveled to the bank with their walkers and wheelchairs from their San Francisco assisted living facility up the street, KCBS reported.

”We’re upset about what the banks are doing, particularly in our neighborhood and neighboring areas, in evicting people and foreclosing on their homes,” Tita Caldwell, 80, told the CBS affiliate.

On the heels of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the San Francisco seniors citizens were taking a stand against the bank, whose high fees and foreclosures deeply impact seniors on a fixed income, including those in assisted living facilities.

Bravo, wild old women, for not letting your age get in the way of exercising your right to free speech. And thank you, Bernalwood, for bringing this story to our attention!

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