[COMM-ORG] LA Homeowners Protest Bank Foreclosures - this Thursday

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Fri Dec 17 17:21:13 CST 2010


  [ed: apologies to Peter and others. Traveling delayed messages this week.]

From: Peter Dreier <dreier at oxy.edu>



Friends and Colleagues:



As the economic continues to hurt working families, and Congress takes 
its orders from corporate America, many people are asking: where’s the 
progressive protest movement that will galvanize public attention, 
challenge the undue influence of the Tea Party, and focus public anger 
on big business?



Throughout American history, progressive protest movements have started 
with local actions and spread to other places as momentum builds, media 
pays attention, and politicians wake up.



This Thursday, December 16, members of the Alliance of Californians for 
Community Empowerment (ACCE) -- a statewide community organizing group 
-- will sponsor a demonstration at a major bank that will include civil 
disobedience and probably arrests.

The Los Angeles action is part of a burgeoning movement to reign in the 
political power of the banking industry -- the corporate sector most 
responsible for the current recession. Along with ACCE, groups such as 
National Peoples Action, the PICO national organizing network, and the 
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are mobilizing actions 
around the country demanding that banks change their practices.



My article in today’s Huffington Post discusses the ACCE protest in LA 
in the context of this growing national movement: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-dreier/los-angeles-homeowners-ta_b_795665.html



If you live in the LA area and want to learn more about the ACCE protest 
(which will begin at 11:30 am on Thursday), contact ACCE organizer Peter 
Kuhns at pkuhns at calorganize.org.



Peter Dreier

_______________________

Peter Dreier

E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics

Chair, Urban & Environmental Policy Program

Occidental College

1600 Campus Road

Los Angeles, CA 90041

Phone: (323) 259-2913

Website: http://employees.oxy.edu/dreier





"The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who in time of crisis 
remain neutral" - Dante


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