Tax Day justice protest
Close to 100 people assembled on the Plaza on Monday, April 18, - Tax Day - to protest what they described as corporate tax loopholes, exemplified by news reports that Bank of America paid no taxes in 2010 on profits of $4.4 billion, but did receive a $1.9 billion tax credit in 2009. Protesters announced they planned to submit a tax bill to the manager of the Sonoma branch of Bank of America. After massing on the Plaza horseshoe, they circled the square and then stood across from the B of A branch chanting slogans for a few moments before dispersing. No Bank of America representative appeared to interact with the protesters and the bank's corporate headquarters has released a statement saying the bank paid no taxes because it had pre-tax losses of $5.4 billion. Peter Hall, of Boyes Hot Springs, held a sign at the corner of Broadway and West Napa Street, declaring his feelings about the bank as other protesters circled the Plaza.