In New York on Tuesday, the anti-Wall Street protesters got personal, marching past the homes of some of the wealthiest executives in America jeering, "Tax the rich!" and "Where's my bailout?"
In Washington, D.C., a handful of protesters were arrested after demonstrating inside a U.S. Senate office building.
But in San Jose, they remained polite, shaking hands with police officers even as they were given citations. And in Oakland, a city official has joined their cause to show solidarity.
No matter the prevailing mood, hundreds of members of the growing Occupy Wall Street protest movement around the country and in the Bay Area are staying on message: Corporate greed and social inequality must be reckoned with in a country facing 9.1 percent unemployment and little hope of imminent change.
As the Occupy Wall Street protests have spread, they've become a political issue, with Republicans accusing the demonstrators of waging "class war" and President Barack Obama saying he understands their frustrations.
In Manhattan, protesters paused outside buildings where media mogul Rupert Murdoch, JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon and oil tycoon David Koch have homes, and decried the impending expiration of New York's 2 percent "millionaires' tax" in December.
"I have nothing against these people personally. I just think they should pay their fair share of taxes," said Michael Pollack, an office worker in a law firm. "It's
In D.C., police on Tuesday charged six protesters with unlawful conduct for protesting inside the Hart Senate Office Building, where some senators have offices. Video footage from television news stations shows the demonstrators attempted to unfurl a banner inside the building that said, "Tax the Rich." The banner was grabbed by a police officer.
Cheers in Bay Area
Support for the effort is coming from some notable places.
In San Jose, Mayor Chuck Reed on Tuesday said he hopes the protesters have an impact on the Obama administration's willingness "to do something about the lying, stealing and cheating going on on Wall Street," he said.
"I didn't hear anybody out there complaining about Apple making big profits," he said. "So it's not just corporate greed in general. It's a little more targeted than that."
Like other cities, Reed noted, San Jose has filed suit against some Wall Street investment banks for "ripping us off on some bond issuances."
Since Oct. 2, a few dozen Occupy San Jose protesters have been camping out in the City Hall Plaza, a violation of the city's municipal code. By Tuesday morning, five members of the group had been issued citations for trespassing or camping on city property.
But the city's shrinking Police Department -- reeling from three homicides and an officer-involved fatal shooting in the past few weeks -- has "a lot of things to do" said Reed, who noted that camping violations are not a priority.
Camping out in Oakland's Frank H. Ogawa Plaza also violates city code, but that didn't stop about 50 people from sleeping there Monday night as part of the Occupy Oakland protest, including Councilwoman Desley Brooks.
On Tuesday morning, Brooks was among the protesters emerging from several tents pitched outside City Hall, saying her goal was to show solidarity with the demonstrators. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has allowed the protests while U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, and Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, expressed their support in emails.
"I understand their frustrations," Stark said. "People want to work, they want to make a fair wage, and they don't want to see the out-of-control transfer of wealth that has gone from the middle class to the wealthiest of Americans. It's not right. Hopefully this movement will focus Congress on what should be our top priority -- creating jobs and opportunity for all Americans."
A Monday afternoon demonstration in Oakland drew about 500 people, and followed the Occupy San Francisco demonstration in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco last week.
On Tuesday, another group of East Bay protesters struck similar chords at an oil giant's headquarters.
Chanting "Hey, hey, ho, ho, corporate welfare has to go," several dozen members of the public policy advocacy group MoveOn.org gathered outside Chevron's corporate headquarters in San Ramon to protest government subsidization of Big Oil companies.
The demonstrators, who hailed mostly from the Tri-Valley and other cities in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, included several former and current Chevron employees.
"We're looking at the power of big money and it's controlling our country like it hasn't since 1929," said Sheilah Fish, a retired marriage counselor from Moraga and organizer with MoveOn's Central Contra Costa chapter.
The 13-year-old nonprofit is separate from the Occupy Wall Street movement, but MoveOn's leaders said they wanted to take advantage of the public's growing anger to raise awareness of related concerns -- namely the lobbying power and government subsidization of Big Oil companies.
More protests are scheduled Wednesday in Walnut Creek and Palo Alto, according to organizers in both cities, as well as a protest against banks by the San Jose chapter of People Acting in Community Together.
In Walnut Creek, two groups -- Occupy Walnut Creek and Contra Costa 99 Percent -- plan to protest near a Bank of America branch Wednesday afternoon. Demonstrating in Walnut Creek makes sense, said Mike Veiluva, a member of Contra Costa 99 Percent.
"There is wealth inequality here," Veiluva said. "We have people who are just barely getting by and then we have the 1 percent living in these palatial homes on the hills that surround us."
Sergio Lub of Occupy Walnut Creek said he is protesting because some media outlets portray protesters as young people who don't have jobs and therefore have nothing better to do.
"I am almost 60 and employ a dozen people in my business," he said in an email, "so myself and my neighbors are so removed from the stereotype that corporate media is trying to sell us."
Staff writer Elisabeth Nardi and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact Tracy Seipel at 408 275-0140.