[COMM-ORG] LA Homeowners Protest Bank Foreclosures - this Thursday
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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:
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.
E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics
Chair, Urban & Environmental Policy Program
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 259-2913
"The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who in time of crisis
remain neutral" - Dante
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