From: Lenore Palladino, MoveOn.org Civic Action [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2011
To: California Teacher
Subject: Make Wall Street Pay in your city
The government bailed out the banks—so it's up to us to call them out. Can you lead a Make Wall Street Pay action on November 5 in your city?
Lead an Action!
Dear MoveOn member,
It's time to Make Wall Street Pay in our communities.
The 99% protesters have brought incredible national attention to Wall Street's greed and the corporate capture of our democracy, and now a campaign to move our money out of the big banks is spreading virally online, with tens of thousands of people joining in.1
So we're going all in with a big day of action on November 5, picketing Wall Street banks at their Main Street branches all across the country. We'll gather at banks across America to let them know that we're moving our money and asking everyone who's part of the 99% to do the same.
Unless the big banks start investing in our communities again, and stop the mass foreclosures, charging of ridiculous new fees, and undercutting of any chance for economic renewal, it's time for us to take our business elsewhere. The government bailed them out—it's up to us to call them out.
We need someone to lead a Make Wall Street Pay action against a local big bank branch in your city on November 5. Can you?
Yes, I can lead a Make Wall Street Pay action against a big bank in your city.
I can't lead this event, but keep me up-to-date on the campaign.
The Wall Street speculation that crashed our economy started with our bank deposits in the Main Street branches of the big banks, which is why we need thousands of people picketing the local big bank branches in their communities.
Instead of investing our money in our communities, the big banks gambled it recklessly, crashed our economy, and got bailed out with our tax dollars. And they're still not done. Through their increased fees, mass foreclosures, and record executive bonuses, the banks have shown no remorse and taken no responsibility for restoring the economy that they destroyed.2
For instance, Bank of America just raised fees on its customers and announced that it's cutting 30,000 jobs, all while pocketing $6.2 billion in third quarter profits.3 That's after receiving a $1.9 billion federal tax refund on their $4.4 billion in profits last year.4
It's an insult to every American taxpayer, and our government has done nothing to hold them accountable. That's why we have to hold them accountable on November 5 in your city.
Click here to lead your friends and neighbors in a Make Wall Street Pay bank action in your city.
I can't make this event, but I want to join in local actions against the big banks.
Thanks for all you do.
–Lenore, Ryan, Joan, Laura, and the rest of the team
P.S. Scott Olsen, a former Marine and two-time Iraq War veteran, sustained a skull fracture and remains hospitalized after being shot in the head with a police projectile while peacefully participating in an Occupy Oakland march. Occupy Oakland and Iraq Veterans Against the War are asking people to stand in solidarity with Scott by posting and sharing the image below, which you can do by clicking here. They are also calling on occupations around the country to hold vigils for Scott tonight, hold him in their thoughts, and pray for his recovery. To find an occupation near you to see if they'll be holding a vigil for Scott tonight, go here: http://www.occupytogether.org.