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Occupy protest coming to San Leandro on Friday

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.

MoveOn.org

Civic Action

Press Advisory ForFriday, 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.

Eric Kurhi

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    Why isn’t this being held at the B of A in downtown San Leandro on E. 14th St?

  • http://! John Kyle

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    I am reminded of the comic strip “Pogo” in which the main Character often statyed….”We have met the enemy and they is us!”

    Bank of America stsrted it’s decline almost from the time it moved it’s HQ out of SF and went to South Carolina….

    Want real understanding of what happened…. rent from “Netflix” the Documentary “Breaking the Bank”… it is a real insight into what happened.

    Yhe dummiews at the top bought “Country Wide”

    I took early retirement from my APPRAISAL WORK TO ESCAPE THE UNETHICAL ATMOSPHERE……
    wHEN A’LOAN OFFICER’ STANDS AT THE DOOR HANDING OUT MONEY AND IS PAID A ‘COMMISSION’ (RATHER THAN A SALARY) FOR REAL; ESTATE LOAN ‘BOOKED’ THEN YOU KNOW THE ‘SYSTEM’ HAS GONE WRONG…,.IT WAS NOT JUST THE BANK OF AMERICA …..

    gOOD OLD BOYA.P.GIANNINI MOVED INTO SOUTHERN cALIFORNIA IN THE 1920′S AND THROUGH OUT THAT SYSTEM…. AFTER HIS DEATH THINGS WENT FAIRLY WELL UNTIL… THE ‘GOOD OLD BOYS’ FROM sOUTH cAROLINA TOOK CONTROL…. THEN CAME THE DISASTER CALLEDE DERIVATIVES….. GET YOUR HANDS ON THAT ‘FRONTLINE’
    DOCUMENTARY AVAILABLE THROUGH NETFLIX…. LISTEN TO IT TWICE THEN COMPREHEND WHAT ‘STUPIDITY’ REALLY IS !

    o’BAMA IS MY MAN…. HE BAILED OUT THE b OF a WITH A LARGE CASH INFLUX AND SECURED IT WITH b OF a STOCK… A BRILLIANT MOVE ONCDE YOU UINDSERSTAND WHAT HE DID FOR US AND WHY THE FAILURE OF THE BANKS WOULD BRING RUIN TO THE usa !