100s of Actions Include DC, LA, San Francisco, NY, Chicago, Pittsburgh & Philadelphia
WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fueled by mounting frustration over an economic system that rewards corporate executives for their bad decisions while working people struggle to stay afloat, tens of thousands of taxpayers will protest at Bank of America branches across the country on April 28th in advance of Bank of America's Annual Shareholder Meeting.
After accepting $45 billion in bailout funds, taxpayers are one of the largest shareholders of Bank of America. They will join bank employees, consumers and activists to demand that the bank fire CEO Ken Lewis and commit to financial reform that puts consumers and workers ahead of profits.
More than 10,000 Americans have already signed "taxpayer proxies" calling on the bank to: (1) Fire Ken Lewis; (2) Commit to real financial reform; (3) Stop consumer abuses and predatory lending practices that hurt our communities; (4) Provide health insurance to all its employees; and (5) Stop lobbying against pro-worker legislation like the Employee Free Choice Act that would support working families and restore balance to our economy and ensure bank workers have a voice on the job to protect consumers. [See sample proxy pasted below.]
Led by SEIU, MoveOn.org and other community groups, the taxpayer proxies will be delivered to the Bank of America Annual Shareholder Meeting in Charlotte, NC, on April 29.
WHO: SEIU, MoveOn.org, United Students Against Sweatshops, Catholics United, Center for Community Change, TrueMajority.org, Brave New Films, USAction, Women's Voices, and Women Vote Action Fund
WHAT: Taxpayer Protest of Bank of America, Call for Fundamental Reform of bank's profit model that is bad for consumers, bad for taxpayers, bad for employees and dangerous for larger economy
WHERE: Hundreds of locations nationwide, including: Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco
WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 [Contact Kawana Lloyd for specific event times]
The "proxy" includes four questions:
Fire CEO Ken Lewis, who has helped destroy the bank and our overall economy.
Commit to real financial reform.
Stop consumer abuses that hurt our communities, like skyrocketing fees and predatory lending.
Support bank workers' voice on the job to protect consumers and improve living conditions and wages by supporting the Employee Free Choice Act.
Provide affordable quality health care to employees so they do not have to rely on taxpayer-funded public health programs.
SEIU is a total piece of crap. Unions abandon their employees as soon as they finish bleeding the corporation dry and stuffing the dues and pension money in their own pockets. Unions representing employees (as opposed to idealogical unions) should be outlawed from any political maneuvering or support.
Politicians, the president, who are constantly bashing the banks - bail out, bail out, ... with tax payer money, ... BS.
Banks pay interest on those loans so the politicians should just shut up. If they let the banks fail, then thing just going to get worse.
Fix the economy, people got jobs, bank will loan the money again. So instead of going around the country blaming banks, they should do the job that people elected them to the offices.
Who do you think elected Obama to office?
The workers. The ignorant masses.
You have money, you should give it to them.
If you don't, the government will take it from you and give it to them.
Either way, you're screwed.
Enjoy the "change".
The media elected Obama. Along with Oprah. And The Blind Sheep followed close behind...We should enact a law during presidential nominations-media has to take a neutral position. Opinions not welcomed-just report unbiased news events. idiots.