|speaking of the attorney general (bear with me on this story - it's worth reading):|
mary lee ward, in the bed-stuy neighborhood of brooklyn, signed for a home equity loan from a crooked financing company, which tried to withold 85% of the loan in fees. she refused to take the loan. the company was later shut down for fraud, but not until it packaged her loan into a collateralized debt obligation, which was sold from bank to bank. deutch bank eventually foreclosed, and sold the property to wells fargo, which auctioned it off to a real estate speculator, who moved to have ms. ward evicted.
she fought it every step of the way, on her own, without lawyers, and was outgunned. finally, this summer, she approached a public interest law firm called common law. they determined that she was at a dead end in the courts. but they had just helped form a group of activists, calling themselves organizing for occupation (o4o), committed to fighting foreclosure evictions and defending squatting.
o4o did some outreach, and on the day last month when the marshal was due to evict ms. ward, 300 activists and neighbors showed up to say: if you want to kick an 82-year-old woman out of her home of 44 years, you'll have to go through us first.
the speculator and the marshal never came. since then, the eviction notice has expired, religious leaders whom the speculator respects have pressured him to come to terms, ms. ward is still in her home, and attorney general schneiderman has agreed to investigate the foreclosure.
she's not out of the woods yet, and there are countless others like her. but we achieved a small victory because people were willing to put their bodies on the line.
--- On Mon, 9/26/11, Joshua van Praag <email@example.com> wrote:
From: Joshua van Praag <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [september17discuss] Fwd: an idea for artists in support of #occupywallst
Date: Monday, September 26, 2011, 4:02 PM
A thread started by my old friend mark Read --
Joshua van Praag
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>Subject: Re: an idea for artists in support of #occupywallst
Found this article today on Salon, about the NY Attorney General'smission to, to borrow Mark's phrase, end impunity for the perpetratorsof financial crimes: holdhttp://www.salon.com/news/politics/feature/2011/09/25/schneiderman. Nomention of Occupy Wall Street, of course. But we can make it so thatthe next article about this guy HAS to mention occupy wall st. Here isthe contact info for the attorney general's office:http://www.ag.ny.gov/contact.html. We should try to get his attention- spread the word to anyone who's currently occupying wall street!Yes, he works for the state, which is ultimately going to protect itsown interest, but he seems to want some of the same things that OccupyWall Street is pushing for. I'm not sure what this exactly means foroccupy wall st or for the attorney general, but it could be mutuallybeneficial...On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 1:33 PM, mark read <email@example.com> wrote:
From Brian Drolet, Gary Edwards, and myself:
Remember that deck of cards for "most wanted" terrorists?
How about a deck of cards, and wanted posters, for "most wanted" financial
Stick the posters up all over the financial district.
Make citizens arrests (and probably get arrested doing it) and videotape the
WANTED: For financial crimes against the people
Overarching demand: An end to impunity for perpetrators of financial crimes
against the people of the United States of America.
I'll be down there tonight if anyone's down for discussing it.