Today in Boston, over 3000 people met at the Boston Common to march and demonstrate at a number of big corporations and banks, including a huge protest and sit-in at Bank of America. Reports are still coming in, but we do know that there have been arrests at the Bank of America sit-in. Below are some pictures of the action, so far. For the latest updates, follow #takebackboston on Twitter.
Essex and KensingtonConcerned citizens launched a city-wide “art attack” in Boston today, converting a host of bus shelters into Bank of America foreclosures to showcase the devastating results of the financial giant’s predatory practices. Life-size images of boarded houses, squatter occupied bedrooms and empty nurseries now dot high-traffic areas from Hyde Park to Revere – including many of the communities hardest hit by foreclosure and eviction. Each installation includes a large realty sign reading “This foreclosure brought to you by Bank of America.”
Bus shelters wrapped to look like foreclosed homes in Hyde Park, Boston.
Over 1,000 people are expected to take to the streets Friday for a march on Bank of America to rally against Wall Street greed, predatory lending, and skyrocketing foreclosures in urban communities. The march will be led by Boston residents who are facing foreclosure, and will culminate in a confrontational nonviolent sit-in by over 40 people at Bank of America’s Massachusetts headquarters.
Check out these terrific pictures from the Bay Area's week of action, organized by Refund California.
More than four years into the economic crisis caused by Wall Street banks that continues to depress the economy and ravage California neighborhoods, a broad coalition of homeowners, community members, students and activists is organizing a multi-week series of protests and public events to call on banks to fix the housing mess, pay their fair share of taxes and help rebuild hard-hit neighborhoods. In the Bay Area, a week of actions has been filled with plenty of excitement, so far:
Today in the Bay Area of California, activists and concerned citizens organized by Refund California, a state-wide coalition of homeowners, community members, faith leaders and students working to make Wall Street banks pay for destroying jobs and neighborhoods, will launch a week of direct action against Big Banks to demand that they pay their fair share and Pay US Back!
Nevada took a big step toward holding Wells Fargo criminally liable for robo-signing and other crooked lending practices.
Reich, Lerner and powell speak at Minnesota Fair Economy Summit, Urge Escalation in Taking on Big Banks
Earlier this month, the Minnesota Summit for a Fair Economy, hosted by brought economists, policy experts, organizers, and community leaders together to discuss why the economy isn't working for most Americans and start to create a vision and plan for an economy that works for all Americans not just the wealthiest 1%.