* Ed Donaldson, +1 415-623-7738
* Cheryl Meeker, +1 415-255-0668
ACCE/OCCUPY HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE & DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE ACTION TO STOP FORECLOSURES OF TUSKEGEE AIRMAN'S HOME & OTHERS
Occupy and other social justice organizations call on MLK Day celebrants to "March & Call" to use cell phones to call Wells Fargo to Stop Foreclosures as a MLK Day of service action.
Who: Occupy Bernal, Occupy Noe, ACCE, Foreclosure Fighters, Social Justice Organizations, MLK Day Celebrants, and 99 Percenters everyday law-abiding folks who want to help their neighbors stay in their homes.
What: News Conference and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Action to help beleaguered homeowners save their homes from foreclosures. After a brief news conference, foreclosure fighters will use their phones to call these Wells Fargo Executives to ask that they stop foreclosures and evictions including home of 90 year old disabled Tuskegee Airman, Ben Reed, whose home is scheduled for auction on January 24, 2013. Foreclosure fighters will call:
1. Brenda Wright (Wells Fargo Senior V.P. of Community Relations & MoAD Board Member, +1 415-623-7738)
2. John Stumpf (Wells Fargo CEO, +1 866-878-5865)
When: 11:30 a.m., MLK Day, Monday, January 21, 2013
Where: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAd), 685 Mission Street (@3rd St.), San Francisco, 94105
Why: Occupy, other social justice organizations, foreclosure fighters and people who just want to reclaim the dream of home ownership, gather at MoAD to bring attention to economic injustice and how Wells Fargo Bank uses pennies cast to arts organizations like MoAd, appearing to be a good citizen while robbing people of their homes.
Wells Fargo Bank settled with US Department of Justice on predatory and discriminatory loan practices for $175 million (including Bayview Branch).
Arts organizations like MoAD need all the help they can get, but they should not be used as a Wells Fargo public relations ploy. Wells Fargo Bank gives the appearance of being a good citizen by giving negligible contributions to arts organizations, especially when compared to their enormous profits. These contributions are shameful and should not be touted as an example of good citizenship. This MLK Day Action is not against MoAD!
Why An Action in front of the Museum of the African Diaspora?
To send the message that Wells Fargo Bank is guilty of predatory lending practices that impacted people of color more than any other Americans. Wells Fargo's small contributions to MoAD and other arts organizations, compared to their profits from decimating neighborhoods like the Bayview, should not be used to whitewash their image. Wells Fargo is guilty of bank robbery: Stealing homes from our neighbors!
To send the message that Wells Fargo Bank is number one in San Francisco in foreclosures and related evictions.
To send the message that Wells Fargo, which received billions in taxpayer bailouts right away, must help people in foreclosure right away. Wells Fargo Bank must create a humanitarian solution for the economic crisis they helped to create. Wells Fargo must stop the foreclosure of the home of Tuskegee Airman Ben Reed and others.
To send and repeat the message that the City and County of San Francisco Employee Retirement System Board divest its $48 million dollars and the mayor not reappoint Wells Fargo's Brenda Wright to the board, unless the bank gives real fair deal loan modifications.
To send a message to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that the City of San Francisco should divest from Wells Fargo Bank now until the bank gives real fair deal loan modifications.
To send a message to Wells Fargo account holders to divest and take their money elsewhere until Wells Fargo becomes a real "good citizen" and gives fair loan modifications. For updates, photos, and videos of the event: http://occupytheauctions.org/
Brought to you by ACCE, Occupy Bernal, Occupy Noe, and the Occupy the Auctions / Evictions Campaign.