Americans to Wall Street: “Pay US Back”
Thousands of Homeowners, Clergy, Congregants & Unions in 10 Cities Demand That Banks Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes, End the Mortgage Crisis and Create Jobs
(Washington, D.C.) Starting on September 20 in Washington State, everyday people fighting to create good jobs, reverse the foreclosure crisis, and build an economy that works for everyone will engage in a series of direct actions in 10 cities targeting big banks that bankrupted the country and drained wealth from American families. The direct actions primarily target JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo and include taking over bank buildings, meetings of corporate officials, civil disobedience, prayer vigils, mass mobilizations, and more.
The first of 10 direct actions will take place on September 20-21 at Suncadia, a mountain resort near Cle Elum, WA, where The Association of Washington Business (the statewide chamber of commerce) will be holding their annual policy summit. Two hundred low- and middle-income people allied with Washington Community Action Network will demand that banks, corporations and wealthy individuals pay their fair share of taxes. On September 21 from 12-1 p.m., protesters calling for an end to corporate tax loopholes will gather at JPMorgan Chase Bank in Seattle after Phyllis Campbell, Northwest Director of Chase Bank, speaks at Suncadia.
The weeks of rolling actions (schedule below) will also publicly launch The New Bottom Line, a new nationwide coalition representing more than 1,000 faith-based and community organizations that seek to hold Wall Street accountable and find solutions for struggling and middle-class families.