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Viva Occupy Wall St.
As you are getting people out of jail, just sharing more media that is being generated by the weeks of action we are doing against banks – more and more international media happening too…. Clips from Boston Below
Occupy LA had an assembly of 800+ last night, LA Make Banks Pay Week of Action starts kick’s off tomorrow!
Here's what we have so far. It includes coverage in other countries (including Ireland!). The French story is quite goodl
Here are more clips, including from Europe.
We also got mention in the NY Times story about the Brookly Bridge (last paragraph): http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/police-arresting-protesters-on-brooklyn-bridge/
Agence-France Press Wire Story - VERY GOOD
Boston police arrest 24 in US bank Protest http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iHhlXOqrYokey_WrIkJuEM5SiQ5g?docId=CNG.744d16200e5347083eda023b63ff4507.01
Right to the City, the coalition of advocacy groups that organized the demonstration, said the event was held to protest corporate greed and to stop bank foreclosures.
According to organizers, some 3,000 people marched outside the bank. Police did not provide a crowd estimate.
"While the CEOs rake in millions in salary and bonuses, major corporations are laying off thousands of workers each month," Right to the City said on its website. "Enough is enough."
The bank's stock has tumbled in recent months amid doubts about the strength of its capital base and mounting legal costs from its disastrous involvement with subprime mortgages before the 2008 financial crisis.
The Boston protest appeared to dovetail with demonstrations in New York city, where more than 1,000 mainly young activists have been protesting for the past two weeks over the Wall Street bailout and corporate influence in US politics.
International Business Times
Bank of America: 24 People Arrested in Boston Protest
A group called TakeBackBoston (TBB), which was involved in the demonstration, stated before the rally that it “signals a growing popular outrage at the big banks, as the peaceful occupation of Wall Street in New York enters its thirteenth day.”
Presley Obasohan, a homeowner in Dorchester who is fighting foreclosure, told TBB: “I’m sitting-in at Bank of America so that my neighbors, and me, can stay in our homes. So many people have been thrown out of their homes or lost their jobs needlessly because of mistakes made by Wall Street Banks. Yet it’s the banks who are now rewarded with billions in tax refunds.”
TakeBackBoston claims that as of March 2011, Bank of America had more homes in foreclosure than any other bank in Boston, with two-thirds of these in minority neighborhoods.
“Sixty-one percent of Bank of America’s subprime mortgages were concentrated in these same neighborhoods, revealing a pattern of pushing bad loans on people of color and the poor,” the group stated.
Rachel LaForest, executive director of the Right to the City Alliance, who participated in the Boston rally, told TBB: “Across the country, we are seeing the same story: The mortgage bubble created by Wall Street pushed predatory lending on urban communities, and since the bubble burst the fallout has been catastrophic. Unemployment and foreclosures have hit communities of color first and worst. But it is urban communities who are at the forefront of the movement to fight back. We are taking direct action today to demand payback from Bank of America.”
Only Kent (UK)
Backlash Demo Against Bank of America in Boston: Protestors Arrested
Dozens detained in Bank of America rally
Dozens of demonstrators have been arrested during a protest against Bank of America's foreclosure practices in downtown Boston, Press TV reports.
Spanish Wire Service
Las protestas contra Wall Street se extienden en EE.UU.
Ayer la policía en Massachusetts arrestó a dos docenas de personas entre unos 3.000 manifestantes que ocuparon brevemente las oficinas en Boston de Bank of America, el mayor banco del país.
Los protestantes declararon su solidaridad con los cientos de personas que desde hace semanas ocupan un parque en Manhattan con quejas diversas contra los bancos y el sistema político que los ha socorrido tras sus malas inversiones.
A diretora de uma organização civil em Boston, Rachel LaForest, disse que as manifestações são contra "a avareza e os empréstimos usurários dos bancos eo ...
FOX NEWS (HAVEN'T SEEN BROADCAST)
Thousands Protest at Bank of America Offices in Boston
Organizers say about 3,000 people joined the protest.
“We had to set a stand to let Bank of America know they cannot foreclose on families and put them out on the street,” Carolyn Grant one of the protesters said as her cohorts in the holding unit cheered in the background.
Bank of America spokesman T.J. Crawford dismissed the demonstration as a publicity stunt.
Washington Post (AP STORY)
Dozens arrested during anti-foreclosure protest at Bank of America offices in Boston
BofA's Boston Building Draws Protesters; 21 Arrests Are Made
The rally was organized by Right to the City Alliance
ABC NEWS (NATIONAL) -
Haven't seen broadcast - but blog story is great - WITH LINKS!
A march and rally was held in Boston Friday called “Take Back Boston” run by the Right to the City alliance, a national organization that “seeks to create regional and national impacts in the fields of housing, human rights, urban land, community development, civic engagement, criminal justice, environmental justice, and more,” according to its website.
Police estimated about 3,000 people attended the events Friday.
“We are targeting Wall Street, in particular the big banks and corporations,” Rachel Laforest, the executive director of the Right to the City Alliance told ABC News. “The goal is to create a national narrative and have it be known how the states are taking state revenues that are being funneled to banks and corporations and t hen you layer on top of that the fact that they’re not obligated to pay their fair share of taxes, and so that’s billions and billions of dollars that could be put toward job creation and creating solutions to the housing crisis.”
Today’s events in Boston will continue with a “Take Back the Block” festival. At least 1,500 have registered for the festival.
THE DAILY BEAST/NEWSWEEK
24 BoA Protesters Arrested
Two dozen protesters were arrested in Boston Friday night for trespassing in Bank of America's downtown offices as a demonstration against what they say are the bank's unfair foreclosure practices. A crowd of peaceful protesters that started at rush hour grew to 3,000 by nightfall. Boston police said that none of the 24 resisted being hauled off. "They wanted to be arrested, and we obliged," said Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. One of the protesters told the Boston Herald, "We had to set a stand to let Bank of America know they cannot foreclose on families and put them out on the street." A bank spokesman brushed off the event as a public-relations ploy, arguing that the protesters "choose to ignore the facts" and that "Bank of America has a lot to be proud of in Massachusetts."
MY PREDICTION - In newsweek's column on what's up and what's down, BofA will be DOWN!
CNN - covers growing national protest movement
Elsewhere Friday, 11 people were arrested in Boston during a similar demonstration.
Boston police say those protestors -- who call themselves "Take back Boston" -- gathered in front of a Bank of America building after marching through a downtown section of the city.
The group's website says, "The banks took billions of our tax dollars, yet we're the ones being forced out of our homes."
Bank Of America Protests: Dozens Arrested At Company's Boston Offices [WATCH]
ran our video
FINANCE PRESS/BLOGS -
Thousands Protest Against Bank of America
Ran with our release
Banker & Tradesman
Foreclosed Families March On Boston Bank Of America
Ran our release
Bostonians protesting against BofA
Recent groups of protestors that have sprouted up across the city of Boston haven’t been voicing their displeasure with their baseball team’s September collapse, they’re protesting against Bank of America.
Today, over 1,000 people are expected to march in downtown Boston to protest against the bank, and “rally against Wall Street greed, predatory lending, and skyrocketing foreclosures in urban communities,” according to a press release.Take Back Boston, one of the websites that has the latest information on anti- BofA protests and ralliess across the city, says although these protests are happening in Boston, this is a national concern.
BOSTON BLOGS -
Open Media Boston
1000+ Activists March on Bank of America in Protest of Predatory Lending Practices; 24 Arrested
Occupy Boston: Taking Back the City
completely conflates the two groups - what is this site?
POLITICAL BLOGS -
As Movement Grows, Thousands In Boston Protest Against Bank Of America’s Greed
THE DAILY CALLER (DC POLITICS BLOG)
NICE photo of BWA
An estimated 3,000 gathered for Take Back Boston,
BOSTON MARKET -
Herald story is widely cited - quoted in WaPo & elsewhere - with great photos that got picked up by AP
Hub police arrest 24 in protest vs. Bank of America
By John Zaremba
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Nice photos, pretty good story. Jason of Mass Uniting gets the quote
24 arrests at Bank of America protest Demonstrators support those facing foreclosure
The protest was led by a coalition of activist groups called Right to the City Alliance, which wants Bank of America and other lenders to modify loans to more affordable payments by reducing the size of mortgage balances.
Hub police arrest anti-foreclosure protesters outside Bank of America's Boston offices
The group that led the protest -- Right to the City Alliance -- issued a statement claiming it stands for economic justice, noting that the Charlotte, N.C.-based banking giant will next year begin charging a monthly $5 user fee for debit cardholders.
Boston arrests made in anti-foreclosure protest
October 1, 2011
A group called Right to the City Alliance led the campaign. In a news release, the alliance said it stands for economic justice and noted that the protest came as Bank of America announced it would charge debit cardholders $5 a month for the use of their cards, beginning next year.
NECN - 11 pm news 9/30
Rally held outside Bank of America in Boston's financial district
(NECN) - Protestors marched through downtown a short time ago and converged around the Bank of America headquarters on Federal Street, blocking the entrances.
Our reporter on scene tells us it looked like a couple of thousand protestors were there.
Protestors included foreclosed families who are blaming banks for putting them out on the streets.
A few blocks away a group called Take Back Boston lead hundreds of people marching from Boston Common to the Financial District.
At 100 Federal Street the protesters gathered at both entrances to the Bank of America building shouting "We got sold out." The crowd included dozens of families facing foreclosure.
"The bank took over my property. Tried to evict everybody," said Mallerrie McCoy of Dorchester. "They boarded up my windows. They changed our locks. I’m here to say i’m not going anywhere."
Antonio Ennis is facing foreclosure on his Dorchester home.
"All we’re asking for is reduce the principal. It’s what’s right," Ennis said. "They got bailed out by us. We need help now. "
Some 24 protesters were arrested taken from the building in plastic handcuffs as the crowd cheered them on.
MORE GREAT COVERAGE FROM 5
AWESOME_ Coalition Takes Back Foreclosed Home
Group Has Block Party To Educate Residents On Foreclosures
Read more: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/money/29361498/detail.html#ixzz1Za2NEHOV
Back Bay Patch -
ran with our video
Foreclosure protesters want loan modifications to reflect current home values
"The protest organizers would have you believe they speak for all groups, that is not the case," Crawford said, adding that Bank of America mortgage representatives have negotiated 18,000 loan modifications in Massachusetts since 2008.
"The goal for us is to provide a more affordable payment so the borrower can stay in their home. That's the same as a principal reduction," Crawford said.
MORE AP PICK UP -
LACROSSE TRIBUNE - AP STORY
24 Arrested As Protesters Pack Financial District
Foreclosed Families, Supporters March To Bank Of America
LONG ISLAND PRESS AP STORY
Dozens arrested at Bank of America headquarters
By Associated Press on October 1st, 2011
9 & 10 News
Dozens arrested at Bank of America offices
BOSTON (AP) — Organizers say about 3,000 people joined a protest against Bank of America headquarters in Boston. Police say they arrested two dozen protesters for trespassing. A published report says the trespass was an act of civil disobedience to protest the lender's foreclosure practices. No mention was made of new bank card fees.
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