Phoenix BofA Today
Occupy Phoenix And Living United For Change In Arizona, Or LUCHA, Begin Valley Participation In Occupy Our Homes Initiative
One of the flyers distributed for the Occupy Our Homes Kickoff.
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
March 15, 2012 — Occupy Phoenix is partnering with Living United For Change In Arizona, a non-profit, grassroots advocacy group which seeks to advocate for low and middle income families for a protest aimed at a downtown Phoenix Bank of America location.
The protest is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at 3030 N. Central Ave.
Today’s protest, done in solidarity with more than seven other occupy movements across the country — including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major cities — is targeting Bank Of America for their role in hastening the Great Recession. The event was started by FtheBanks, a group associated with Occuopy Wall Street.
“This spring, the 99% is taking on Bank of America. For too long they’ve preyed on us — but now, we’re turning the tables. Instead of letting the bank foreclose on us, we’re going to foreclose on the bank. On March 15, April 15th and May 15th we will move our money, put our bodies on the line and bring their crimes to light. It time to break up the bank and create real alternatives. Come out for the big days of action and share your everyday local actions on the map below,” according to the FtheBanks website.
On the Occupy Phoenix Facebook page, nearly 92 have said they will be in attendance for the event which also kicks off the beginning of their Occupy Our Homes initiative. Living United For Change In Arizona, or LUCHA, was started by Monica Sandschafer in 2009 and has recently partnered with Occupy Phoenix.
As an impetus for the protests today, a group of Occupy Wall Street supporters entered a Manhattan Bank of America branch recently and set-up furniture in the lobby, telling employees they were now renting the lobby since they had their homes foreclosed by the bank but as taxpayers had helped contribute to the government's bailout.
Occupy Phoenix has called on local Bank of America customers to close their accounts, but the movement and LUCHA have not indicated exactly what form their protest will take this afternoon.
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