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:
Monday and Tuesday mornings, protesters visited five banks to present a list of demands that would be faxed to the bank CEOs.
On Monday afternoon, the group protested at an auction and impeded the sale of foreclosed homes to bidders.
On Tuesday, a group of 100 people greeted high-level bank executives, including Janet Lamkin of Bank of America and Perry Pelos of Wells Fargo at an event hosted by the business-backed Bay Area Council. The video above is ACCE member Annie McKenzie greeting the executives as they enter their meeting.
Today we will bring the garbage a bank left behind in the community to their front doorstep and tomorrow is the big march. Don’t forget to join the action Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MakeWallStreetBanksPayCalifornia and follow #HDL22 on Twitter to keep up with the events in California!
The actions are 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 with their greedy, irresponsible and predatory business practices. These events are also part of a 10-city campaign aligned with The New Bottom Line, a nationwide coalition of 1,000 faith-based and community organizations that seek to hold Wall Street accountable.
Check out this list of events across the country to find an action near you!