By now you’ve probably heard about the various “Occupy Wall Street” protests that started on the East Coast and are now taking root in cities across the nation. They’ve garnered support from a lot of our local U.S. reps, saw an Oakland councilwoman join them in their tent city and are starting to pop up in places that usually don’t see very many demonstrations: San Ramon on Tuesday, Walnut Creek on Wednesday and on Friday, MoveOn.org will bring it to the Bank of America near Bayfair Mall in San Leandro. Find the press release after the jump.
Press Advisory For: Friday, October 14, 2011
Local Residents to Protest Outside of Bank of America in San Leandro, Demanding Jobs, Not Cuts
American Dream Movement Protest Friday, October 14, 2011 at 4 PM At
1200 Fairmont Drive, San Leandro
With Washington focused on budget cutting and not the jobs crisis, local residents will gather in front of Bank of America, 1200 Fairmont Drive in San Leandro on Friday, October 14, 2011, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. to demand jobs, not cuts.
Protesters are targeting Bank of America because the giant banks, which caused the recession, are now are using their influence in Washington to impose budget cuts to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. The budget cuts will force more layoffs and make the recession worse. To please their corporate campaign donors, some politicians want to cut social safety net programs, such as Social Security.
“Our community needs jobs, not more cuts,” said David Siegel, a local MoveOn member. “Washington couldn’t be more out of touch. Why should we have our Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cut just so corporations can get a free pass on paying their taxes? The folks in Washington need to get their act together, and start focusing on the jobs crisis that continues to wreak havoc in California.
“Furthermore, why should Bank of America executives make millions of dollars while raising fees for services, laying off thousands of workers and continuing to foreclose on the homes of local residents?” Siegel said.
The protest in San Leandro is being organized by the American Dream Movement, a coalition of MoveOn.org and dozens of other organizations inspired by protests in Wisconsin and fueled by the corporate-backed politicians’ attacks on the middle class and the poor. In July, over 800 rallies were held across the country to protest the debt deal that fails to protect the middle class. The American Dream Movement is fighting to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to find a decent job, afford to go to college, and secure a future for our children and our communities.