From all around the Bay Area and beyond they came, a thousand strong - union members proudly displaying their banners, community organizations from neighborhoods wracked by foreclosures and unemployment.
Angry senators grilling Goldman Sachs executives on Capitol Hill fueled a firestorm that could break the GOP's latest filibuster.
The most comprehensive changes in financial regulation since the 1930's are unlikely to clear their first obstacle in the Senate tonight as Republicans try to hold out for a bill more favorable to Wall Street.
In a speech yesterday at New York's Cooper Union college, President Obama, literally in the shadow of the center of world finance, declared that "the crisis was born of a failure of responsibility from Wall Street to Washington."
Labor and progressives warn against the danger of moves on Capitol Hill to weaken finance reform.
The GOP's back room talks with Wall Street began to explode in the faces of Republican senators yesterday.
Big banks appear to be much more worried about a clampdown on their derivatives gambling schemes than they are about a consumer protection agency.
Deputy Treasury Secretary Neil Wolin declared yesterday that "the administration will oppose efforts to provide exemptions for certain kinds of lenders."
The nation's subprime crisis will be in the news from Wednesday to Friday this week as the federal government's Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission begins a new round of hearings.
The nation's labor movement is on target with its point that the risky practices on Wall Street were behind the destruction of 11 million jobs in America.