Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bring Justice to Justice! It’s time for Wall Street to Pay Us Back

Bring Justice to Justice!
It’s time for Wall Street to Pay Us Back
May 20, 2013 - 1:00 pm
Gather: Freedom Plaza, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Ave NW –
 Sponsored by: Home Defenders League – Occupy Our Homes – Campaign for a Fair Settlement - Community and faith leaders
Five years after Wall Street crashed the economy, not one banker has been prosecuted for the reckless and fraudulent practices that cost millions of Americans their jobs, threw our cities and schools into crisis, and left families and communities ravaged by a foreclosure crisis and epidemic of underwater mortgages.
Record profits are back at the bailed-out banks. Meanwhile:
•   Homeowners and communities have lost billions to Wall Street’s foreclosure crisis;
•   Millions more families face foreclosure in the coming months;
•   Communities of color have been impacted the most.
This March, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, testifying before a U.S. Senate committee, admitted that big banks and their executives have escaped prosecution simply because they are too wealthy and powerful. "Too big to fail” banks are officially “too big to jail."
The time is now for Congress and the Obama administration to make Wall Street pay us back:
·         Prosecute Wall Street bankers for stealing our homes, savings and livelihoods;
·         End the foreclosure crisis;
·         Reset mortgages to their current value (“principal reduction”);
·         Restore and rebuild wealth stolen from communities of color hardest hit.
Since the crisis began, Americans from all walks of life have banded together to help each other. Working through community organizations, civil rights groups, the Occupy movement, and community and faith leaders, we have shared our stories, lobbied, petitioned, and even faced arrest for occupying our own homes and demanding justice.
During the Wall Street Accountability Week of Action in Washington, D.C., May 18-23, families on the front line of the foreclosure crisis will travel from around the country to Washington, D.C., to make their voices heard. The week will include community organizing, home-defense training, and non-violence and civil-disobedience training. On Monday, May 20, at 1:30pm, home defenders, as well as faith and community leaders will rally to Bring Justice to Justice – demanding an end to the “too big to jail” policy, and relief for families and communities devastated by the financial crisis and foreclosure epidemic.

Kevin Whelan, Home Defenders League Campaign Director

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