Day 6 of the Occupy Philly Wells Fargo 14 trial wrapped up today with still no verdict from the jury. The protesters are on trial from charges stemming from a sit-in they conducted at Wells Fargo in center city in November of 2011. During the action they "foreclosed" upon Wells Fargo, a bank known to engage in racist predatory lending, unjust foreclosures, selling bad loans to the Philadelphia school district and profiting from them, and for playing a significant role in orchestrating the mortgage debt crisis which ultimately contributed to the country's current recession. In going forward with a trial, the defendants hoped to bring light to these abuses and instead put Wells Fargo on trial for their crimes against humanity.
Along with Fight for Philly and many other organizations, Occupy Philly will be participating in the National Day of Action for the 99%. On the eve of high-impact economic recommendations coming out of Congress (due on November 23rd) Philadelphia will rally in solidarity with OWS, Chicago, Boston and many other Occupations to take a stand for the 99%. In the last week, it may seem as if Occupy Philly is more focused on what divides us than what unites us. But we all agree there is an economic emergency for the 99%.
Bank Transfer Day - delivering our break-up letters to the big banks
November 5th, 2011 @ 2pm
Meet at City Hall
Join us for Bank Transfer Day action to share testimonies, march against the banks, and relish in the community of people saying no to the bank's greed!
Since Move Your Money Philly started, inspired by others around the country, national groups have joined the call: MoveOn, Reclaim the Dream, and others. Just recently Philadelphia Federal Credit Union plastered it's front page with info about Bank Transfer Day.
CYBER ACTION: Philadelphia's City Council seems set on passing an outrageous curfew law that violates a number of civil liberties and supports the prison-industrial complex through the caging of Philadelphia children!! Help us tell City Hall "NO!!!" Call City Council NOW - and let us know you did!
This Thursday City Council plans to pass Bill 110633. This law aims to keep African-American youth out of more affluent white neighborhoods, further expands the mayor's ability to avoid the democratic process and create his own laws, and makes it illegal for all adults to take young relatives such as nieces or nephews out to enjoy the City of Brotherly Love.