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Make Big Banks Pay! May 18, 2011

Posted by organizingforpower in Lisa's Blog.

Spending time in NY in the early part of this year, made it possible for me to continue some of the banking work I have been doing for the past three years.  Working with allies in SEIU, National People’s Action, New York Communities for Change, United for Peace and Justice we gathered one of the more diverse coalitons in recent NY history to challenge first the State Budget Crisis followed by a NYC fightback against Billionaire Mayor Bloomburg budget cuts!

We did some great lead up actions at REBNY – the Real Estate Board of NY, Committee to Save NY and JP Morgan!  This was followed by a State House takeover in Albany.  By early April we were able to get focused and hone in on a plan for a massive Teach-In on Wall Street for May 12th.  20,000 plus joined together in 10 marches – 9 of them unpermitted through the Wall Street area down to Water street with some successful teach-ins but mostly overload by the thousands of people, marching banks, beautiful art and powerful spirit.  It was a great day!  Check out the website   http://onmay12.org/ . Will post more soon!

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