#HALLOWEEN NIGHT 2014 PRESENTS
#Halloween2014 #LosAngeles #NewYork
"THE GHOSTS OF WALL STREET"
"Nightmare from Wall Street"
On Friday, October 31st a coalition of activists will present the “Ghosts of Wall Street” educational spectacle during the Hollywood Halloween Street Fair. This traditional holiday celebration takes place from dusk to 10 PM along Hollywood Blvd with expected attendance of 50,000 or more. The Ghosts of Wall Street rally will assemble starting at 5PM for a 6:30 PM press conference at Sunset & Vine on Halloween night.
#WallStreet RESPONSIBLE AND INVOLVED IN...
STUDENT DEBT • WARS • TAX DODGERS
CORPORATE & POLITICAL CORRUPTION •
RECIPIENTS OF TAXPAYERS BAILOUT $
INCOME INEQUALITY • PREDATORY LENDING
MORTGAGE FRAUD • HOMELESSNESS •
RENTAL MARKET MANIPULATION • PRIVATIZATION OF PRISONS
The people of Los Angeles are facing universal struggles of rising rents, student loans that can never be written off, continued fraudclosures and financial shenanigans by the big banks, and the corporate control of politics at all levels. #GOWS represents a chance for individuals and organizations to encourage more people to join the movement.
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Contact: Carlos Marroquin 323-592-4663
HOMEOWNERS RESPOND TO RESIGNATION OF U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL
“The Department Of Justice has failed to prosecute the banking executives responsible for the global recession,” notes Occupy Fights Foreclosures
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Los Angeles - United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation today, leaving a legacy of a failure to prosecute any of the banking executives who designed, implemented, and profited from the 2008 global financial crisis.
Despite President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address announcing a renewed push in prosecuting mortgage fraud, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has failed to take any action against the big banks who destroyed our economy. In fact, the Inspector General revealed in a March 2014 report that the Criminal Investigative Division of the FBI “ranked mortgage fraud as the lowest ranked criminal threat in its lowest crime category.” The same report, which examined prosecutions between 2009 and 2011, found that the DOJ had also grossly overstated its own Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force statistics.
Eric Holder testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee in March 2013 that some corporate criminals are too big to jail. “If you do prosecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy,” he said, concluding, “some of these institutions have become too large.”
After serving in the Clinton Administration, Holder worked in private practice for the corporate law firm Covington & Burling, representing such clients as Swiss Bank UBS and Bank of America. As Attorney General under President Obama, Holder has given his friends and clients on Wall Street a free pass for their past crimes. He has drawn headlines for billion-dollar settlements with J.P. Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and other banks. Homeowners point out that mortgage fraud settlements are not justice. These banks have committed trillions, not billions, in a massive fraud in a colossal scale that continues to have lasting repercussions. Civil settlements do nothing to help families who are still losing their homes, six years after the massive financial crimes of the big banks were initially exposed. A settlement is merely a bail-out for those who intentionally broke the law. The national mortgage fraud settlements serve to benefit only the banks (who gain relief from numerous claims by state and federal agencies) and the government (who receives a cash infusion). Little to no money reaches individual victims of mortgage fraud. Settlements reinforce that it will be possible for bankers to pay their way out of future crimes!
We, the People, call on President Obama to nominate an Attorney General who represents real change, not another Wall St. insider. We demand a priority investigation into all the past DOJ mortgage fraud settlements. Nothing has been done to deter the crimes and risky financial practices that created the housing bubble. It is imperative that the Department of Justice seek true justice for the millions of families harmed by evictions, foreclosures, prolonged unemployment, and decline in consumer spending power of the Great Recession.
“Audit of the Department of Justice’s Efforts to Address Mortgage Fraud,” U.S Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, Audit Report 14-12. March 2014.
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Contact: Carlos Marroquin 323-592-4663
HOMEOWNERS OPPOSE BANK OF AMERICA MORTGAGE FRAUD SETTLEMENT
“Mortgage Fraud Settlements are Bailouts for Criminal Wrongdoing,” declares Occupy Fights Foreclosures
August 7, 2014—As Bank of America nears a $17 billion settlement with the United States Justice Department for mortgage securities fraud, homeowners point out that mortgage fraud settlements are not justice. Bank of America has committed trillions, not billions, in a massive fraud in a colossal scale that continues to have lasting repercussions. This settlement does nothing to help families who are still losing their homes, six years after the massive financial crimes of the big banks were initially exposed.
August 1st, 2014
Contact: Carlos Marroquin (323) 592-4663
OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN REGARDING THE $410 MILLION DUE TO STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS FROM THE NATIONAL MORTGAGE FRAUD SETTLEMENT
Homeowners pressure Governor Brown to return the $410 Million he took from the National Mortgage Settlement --$18 billion-- in an attempt to balance the state budget
WHO: Homeowners, Occupy Fights Foreclosures
WHAT: Open Letter to Governor Brown released during a Occupy Fights Foreclosure rally and march in Sacramento CA at a Occupy National Gathering 2014
WHY: $410 Million due to California Struggling Homeowners
WHEN: August 1, 2014
Sacramento, CA — At the opening rally, Occupy Fights Foreclosures issued a open letter and hand delivered the letter to Governor Brown requesting that he give back the money he borrowed from the National Mortgage Settlement—$18 billion—to "balance" the state budget. This settlement money was expressly intended to compensate homeowners defrauded of their homes, and to help homeowners working desperately to save their homes. Instead, this money was used to balance a budget shortfall due to the economic collapse caused by the very banks involved in the settlement!
Contact Carlos Marroquin (323) 592-4663
Occupy Movement National Gathering come to CA State Capitol, Homeowners and Activists Rally and March to Demand Accountability and Help for Struggling Homeowners
1) To pressure Gov. Brown to give back the money he took from the National Mortgage Settlement -- $18 billion -- in an attempt to balance the state budget.
2) To insist that Keep Your Home California adjust their rules to allow more people to qualify for this program.
3) To speak with the head of Kamala Harris' Mortgage Fraud Strike Force to call them to account for their dismal record of prosecutions and waste of taxpayers' money. There will be a rally at 11:00 am on the steps of the Capital. Then the group will march from the State Capital building to Kamala Harris' Sacramento office.
4) To demand accountability of all the mortgage fraud investigations and settlements.
Homeowners fighting foreclosure or who've been defrauded by foreclosure and their supporters will be attending.
Occupy National Gathering 2014 July 31- August 3rd - Rally and March set for August 1st @ 11AM
Whereas: Our country has not experienced a foreclosure epidemic of the magnitude that we Mothers of America are currently experiencing since the Great Depression;
Whereas: The numerous and widespread atrocities committed against our families and our homes by the unconscionable practices of banks and mortgage servicers is well-documented;
Moms Fight Back Against Foreclosures Ahead of Mothers’ Day
GARDENA, CA – On Saturday, May 10th at 10:00 AM several dozen mothers will march from the residence of a homeowner fighting eviction to the local branch of Wells Fargo bank (28350 Western Ave., Gardena 90249) for a “Moms Fight Back” rally against the greed and corruption of the banks that continue to fraudulently foreclose on families across the nation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Contact: Carlos Marroquin 323-592-4663
WHAT: #MayDay2014 March to Wells Fargo, 717 W. Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles to protest the greed, corruption, fraudclosures, and ongoing abuses of Wells Fargo.
WHEN: Thursday, May 1st at 3:00 PM
WHERE: 717 W. Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, corner of Olympic & Figueroa
WHY: In solidarity with the National Day of Action against Wells Fargo (held in the end of April) Occupy Fights Foreclosures calls on allies in Southern California to join this #MayDay2014 protest in downtown Los Angeles. If we do not keep taking to the streets, the big banks will be able to convince everybody that things are just fine. We make the banksters uncomfortable when we show up on their doorstep, and it is important to keep the pressure on and let them know we haven’t forgotten their crimes against the people!
Customers are supposed to be served, not strip-mined.
(written collaboratively by Occupy Fights Foreclosures participants)
President Obama gave his annual state of the union address and, as expected, little to no mention was made of the housing crisis or the massive corporate fraud that created the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930’s.
Who: Attorney Stephen Siringoringo, CA State Bar, Judge Richard Honn, Homeowners
What: Judge Richard Honn reinstates attorney Stephen L. Siringoringo's licence to practice law
When: October 8th, 2013