Exclusive: ‘Make Wall St. Pay’ campaign debuts by occupying bank branch, House speaker’s office

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/03/07/exclusive-make-wall-st-pay-campaign-debuts-by-occupying-bank-branch-house-speakers-office/

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, March 7th, 2011

A new campaign by a national network of activists kicked off Monday morning with a splash as it led over hundreds of fed up homeowners in sit-in protests that brought business to a halt at a major bank and the House speaker’s office.

The National People’s Action network picked Monday to launch the “Make Wall Street Pay” campaign thanks to another show in town: the National Association of Attorneys General’s Convention in Washington, D.C.

But they didn’t stop there.

Moving from the meeting of all 50 Attorneys General, the crowd made their way to a Bank of America branch on Pennsylvania, Ave. While about 300 stood outside, another 300 moved indoors, filling up the lobby and bringing business to a stanstill.

Then, they went to see if Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) was available, filing into his Capitol Hill offices to send an unambiguous message: Wall Street must pay.

“They delivered the message that we have a revenue crisis and that Wall Street must pay its fair share,” George Goehl, executive director of National People’s Action, told Raw Story in an exclusive interview.

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One Response to “Exclusive: ‘Make Wall St. Pay’ campaign debuts by occupying bank branch, House speaker’s office”

  1. Andrea B. Says:

    A good start.

    A baby step in the right direction.

    Now maybe they could consider an adult step.

    Now they need to do the same in every bank in the USA, every office on Wall Street and every building on Pennsylvannia Avenue, without exception.

    They also need to demand and achieve a ban on anyone from Wall Street being allowed to step foot in Washington DC, for any reason, let alone having a job in the White House.

    They need to demand that no media provider be allowed to have more than 10% of the national media market. Any media group that achieves 10% should be immediately be broken up to 1% or less, regardless of market, financial or job consequences.

    Greed in all areas of society, not just Wall Street, needs to be tackled, so as to ensure future financial and market stability.

    A priority should be immediate reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall and associated restrictions on the markets and at the same time they need to reign in the consumer society and ensure at minimum 15% deposits when buying homes as well as limits on personal and commercial credit that reflect actual earnings, not fantasy numbers.

    Only then will they get real change.


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