On Tuesday May 8th, Occupy Fights Foreclosures is going to fraudulently foreclose on Bank of America in Pasadena starting at 4pm. On May 9th, Bank of America is holding its annual shareholders' meeting in Charlotte, NC. The plan is to get media coverage just before their important meeting.
We will highlight Dirma Rodriguez's case and her struggles with a severely disabled daughter and a fraudulent foreclosure by Bank of America:
- An Ugly Foreclosure Story Turns Uglier as Bank of America Attempts High-Pressure Tactics on Family with Severely Disabled Daughter
- An Ugly Foreclosure Story, Starring Bank of America (LA Times article)
This event is followed by an ACLU Pasadena/Foothill discussion panel called "How Homeowners Cope with the Housing Crisis with Experts and Activists Looking at Causes and Solutions." This event is at Neighborhood Church, 301 North Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena from 7 to 9pm.
A bus will take people from Pershing Square in downtown LA to the action in Pasadena. The bus is free and should be large.
The bus will leave Pershing Square at 3pm and arrive at Neighborhood Church at 3:30. The bus will then take us to the Bank of America branch at 145 W. California Blvd.
- 2:30 - meet at Pershing Square (532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA)
- 3:00 - buses leave Pershing Square for Pasadena
- 3:30 - buses leave Neighborhood Church in Pasadena (301 North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103)
- 4:00 - arrive at Bank of America branch (145 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105)
- 6:00 - conclusion of rally, buses head back to Neighborhood Church before returning to Pershing Square
For those meeting us in Pasadena, we strongly encourage you to use the parking lot at the church. The church parking lot is fairly big and it's free and there are no time limits. There is a parking lot at the branch but it's part of a shopping center and you have to be a customer to use it and this lot has a 3-hour limit as well. Parking in the surrounding area is a complicated issue, so we suggest that people meet us at Neighborhood Church before 3:15 to catch a bus to the branch.
If you plan to use public transit people give yourself enough time because there is a surprise element to this event and if you are late you may miss it. You can meet us at Pershing Square by 2:30 or the church by 3:15 or branch by 3:45pm, so that you can be included in all aspects of this event. Please use metro trip planner to help you plan accordingly.
We are planning to have Dirma Rodriguez and her severely disabled daughter, Ingrid Ortiz, with us at the Bank of America action in Pasadena. Ingrid is unable to verbally communicate because of her toxoplasmosis cerebral palsy. The way she communicates is by crying out with a wailing sound. We are asking that everyone who participates in this action to be very mindful of this. We are asking that people remain calm and respectful throughout the entire event to help us keep Ingrid calm. We are asking that people not curse or act aggressively toward anyone, including police officers.
There may even be times when we will remain very quiet to accommodate Ingrid. We really want to raise public awareness about Dirma and Ingrid's situation and we don't want the media or the public to focus on aspects of the demonstration that are not well thought out and executed. We ask that there be no violence, property damage, or vandalism. We ask that we all respect the family that we are fighting for and remain on point and peaceful.
145 W California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
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