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News :: Human Rights : Organizing : Social Welfare
Anti-Foreclouser Rally at Bank Convention
18 Oct 2010
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The American Bankers Association began a 5-day conference In Boston on Sunday. The Opening was anything but peaceful as hundreds marched to the Hynes Convention Center demanding a moratorium on Foreclosures.

Act 1 (through megaphone) 12 sec.
“We’re not going to let the bankers do this any more, and then welcome them to our city with open arms, are we guys? No. Are we afraid of the bankers, NO!”

That was Melanie Griffith, a tenant activist with City Life / Vida Urbana, a bi-lingual housing rights organization who sponsored this rally. City Life has also held vigils and even blockades at homes where people are facing evictions.
Grace Ross has been active at the state level, fighting foreclosures.

Act 2 – interview 16 sec.

“We have to ask ourselves what it means to have a society – when they’ve even admitted that they engaged in tens of thousands of fraudulent documents, so they could take people’s homes away. The real question has to be why is there no accountability when they’ve even admitted to what they did.”

Accountability wasn’t the only issue Grace raised, but the shortsightedness of the Bankers themselves.

Grace .1
Hector act

That was Hector, another member of City Life. Reggie Fuller led the march from Copley Plaza to the Hynes Convention Center.

Reggie act

The protesters were not allowed on the grounds of the Hynes Convention Center. Police claimed it was private property – even the sidewalks. So they picked across the street, in full view of those attending the conference.

Steve interview

That was Steve Meacham, tenant-organizing Director with City Life/Vida Urbana. I later asked him….

Steve act 2.

Fred Reigns was visiting from St. Louis. He is a Prof. Emeritus in Economics from Washington University

Fred act

As we were in the face of the pubs and stores across from the Hynes Convention Center, I asked a patron what he thought of the sudden racket thrust upon him.

Nick act

The folks at City Life Vida Urbana plan to be back Tuesday afternoon to demand accountability from the bankers and call for an immediate halt to foreclosures.
For more information about City Life, you can visit them on line at
From outside the Hynes convention center, this is Chuck Rosina for the Boston Community Reporters Project and Open Media Boston.
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