It'd be impossible to cover all the amazing actions people took this week, but there are plenty of highlights. New Bottom Line is a collaboration among community organizers, labor unions, and individuals who are working to challenge big bank interests and close the country's income equality gap. This week they took off with a series of incredible demonstrations around the country.In Boston, they converted bus stops in high traffic areas throughout the city into giant displays of Bank of America home foreclosures. People waited for the bus in life-sized images of houses with boarded windows, accumulated trash, or squatter-occupied bedrooms. Each exhibit had a realtor sign that read "This foreclosure brought to you by Bank of America."
Bank of America wasn't the only bank feeling the heat. In California, residents of Oakland took their own stand against the foreclosure crisis. East Oakland has been among one of the hardest hit communities in California, with dozens of families forced to leave their homes. After East Oaklanders struggled for three decades to build a clean, safe, and stable neighborhood for their children, the banks have left foreclosed property to decay, accumulate trash, and become sources of blight.On Wednesday, residents of East Oakland decided they'd give their local banks a hand and clean up the mess. They delivered bags upon bags of trash back to local branches of Citibank, Chase, and Wells Fargo. The event got plenty of media attention, and within hours banks sent cleaning crews to sweep up the neglected property.
And last but not least, we continue to be amazed by the work of all those occupying Liberty Plaza in NYC and other cities around the country with Occupy Wall St. In case you missed it, Van Jones and Max Berger's op-ed is a must read -
"For everyone who loves this country, for everyone whose heart is breaking for the growing ranks of the poor, for everyone who is seething at the unopposed demolition of America's working and middle class: the time has come to get off the fence."
This week has been groundbreaking and inspiring. A shout out to the thousands of Americans who brought the fight for the American Dream out on the streets - you've made a ruckus in the media and all over country, your voices have been heard, and the message is clear. The fight is just beginning.