Recently, I had a long talk with my six-year-old son to explain why I am spending the whole day in San Francisco next week.
I told him that I am joining hundreds of other people—homeowners, clergy, teachers, and ordinary citizens—to demand that Wells Fargo own up to its actions during its annual shareholders meeting.
This is very personal for my family. Since 2005, I have been fighting Wells Fargo’s loan origination fraud, wrongful foreclosure and fraud on the court since 2005.
But this is about more than just myself and my home. Big banks have a stranglehold on our economy and our state legislature.
I have spent time during the last several years organizing with leaders from CCISCO: Contra Costa Interfaith and ACCE: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. On May 3, these organizations and many others will continue fight for our homes and our communities.
We will remind Wells Fargo that they have admitted to stealing 55,000 homes by building a tent city to reenact how Wells Fargo has tarnished our American dream.We are demanding that Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf meet with us and address our demands, including committing to a foreclosure moratorium until they agree to stabilize our families and communities by stopping the predatory financing schemes that are bankrupting our cities and states.
We also want Wells Fargo to adhere to policies that will create a new bottom line for our country and American families by paying its fair share of taxes, stopping payday loans and by starting to invest in small business lending to create jobs.
On May 3, join me and hundreds of others as we not only protest Wells Fargo, but come together to create an America that works for all of us.
After Tuesday, I hope I can report back to my son that his mommy fought with all her might so other families would not be torn apart.