JP Morgan & Chase Co. CEO Jamie Dimon had an early birthday surprise last Monday: The bank was closed. The disruption happened not because the birthday of Forbes magazine’s 41st “most powerful person” in the world had finally been declared a national holiday. It was because hundreds of Occupy Atlanta and Take Back the Land activists used their bodies, furniture, poetry, and more to shut down five bank branches in Atlanta in protest of the eviction of the family of Eloise Pittman, who had been sold a predatory loan with an interest rate of more than 10 percent. The action kicked off a national week of action foreclosures.
A few hundred people marched on Wells Fargo Center to crash the U.S. banking giant’s 160th birthday on Tuesday.
The protest was put on by Good Jobs LA, an activist group with ties to the Occupy LA movement. The group called for an end to home foreclosures by Wells Fargo, which they say leads the nation.
Protesters sang “Happy Birthday” at the bank’s front door and chanted slogans that have by now become synonymous with the Occupy movement: “We are the 99 percent,” “Si se puede” and “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.”
***MY FEAR OF 5 DAYS NOTICE TO VACATE HAS ARRIVED AT MY DOOR THE MORNING OF 3/16/12! This morning 3/16/12, the LA Sheriff showed up at my house and posted the 5 Days Notice To Vacate on my door. Both my daughters brought the Notice to me and our hearts sunk as we have no place to go to after 3/21/12 (the last day for us to get out before the sheriffs come to EVICT us). Please join me to help defense my home. Thank you for your support.***
Rachel New and her family—two young daughters, disabled mother, a disabled aunt, and brothers—are threatened with eviction from her home in Signal Hill despite trying for over a year to negotiate a loan modification with her bank.
Rachel came to this country as an immigrant from the killing fields of Cambodia, where she was beaten and starved and saw people shot. She worked hard, graduated from CSU-LB, where she has worked for over 17 years. By the time her dream home was completed, it was underwater.
MORNING RALLY: 9-11am at La Placita Olvera, 1 Olvera St
This rally and march are in honor of Blanca Cardenas, a nursing mother who was deported to Mexico after LAPD arrested her for defending her fraudulently foreclosed home from illegal eviction despite the fact that she is married to a U.S. Citizen and a mother of 2 U.S. Citizen children. We are hoping to get thousands into the streets but we cannot do that without your help. Sign up to volunteer here: http://occupyfightsforeclosures.nationbuilder.com/
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/242254815866967/?notif_t=event_invite