A week of action in Los Angeles to Make Wall Street Banks Pay comes to a conclusion with a mass mobilization downtown today. The action this week is part of a month-long, ten-city campaign organized by The New Bottom Line for community groups and homeowners to take a stand against big banks and force a conversation on how to create an economy that works for all of us.
This action in L.A. began this week as protests continued to sprout up around the country. At Monday's Teach-In at a JP Morgan Chase branch, over 100 teachers and students decided to "Teach the Banks a Lesson" on how the Wall Street Banks crashed the economy and that they need to start to pay to clean up the mess.
The next day over 100 people from the ReFund California campaign crashed the upscale meeting of the California Bankers Association in Orange County. The group forced its way through the doors, took the stage at the event and told the bankers that “it’s time for them to pay.”
And yesterday, La Puente homeowner Rose Gudiel, who is fighting an eviction by Fannie Mae and One West by refusing to allow the banks to take her house, was arrested, along with her disabled mother and seven supporters. The group was holding a peaceful sit-in at Fannie Mae's offices in Pasadena with over 100 supporters. The group's demands were clear: them to stop Ms. Gudiel's eviction and refinance her loan. The protestors asked to get a decision maker from Fannie Mae on the phone, were denied, and then arrested. Watch Rose and the Fannie Mae 9 stand their ground!
Follow all the action from today's march on Twitter: #makebankspaycalifornia and #occupyLA
Here are some photos from today's march: