Housing Groups Point to Justice Department as Stonewalling Investigations Into Banks

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 11:43 am

This shift toward Holder, however, deserves scrutiny. There have been plenty of documented stories of reluctance toward investigation from Treasury and the SEC and HUD. This centers all the attention on DoJ, however. It’s not entirely credible that Holder is operating independently to slow-walk an investigation that has been slow-walked by virtually every official in the Obama Administration at one point or another. It feels as if Holder has become the “rotating villain” in this scheme, someone to deflect attention away from the whole policy framework to let the banks off for their crimes. Ultimately, the buck has to stop at the very top, with the President.


Bank Accountability Groups Will Shift From Anti-DeMarco Campaign, Move Into the Streets

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 4:00 pm

Over the next several weeks, these bank accountability leaders told me they will step up their direct efforts against the banks and also the Administration.

New Bottom Line Announces National Bank Divestment Campaign

By: Monday October 31, 2011 1:45 pm

The New Bottom Line, which has been focused on anti-bank actions around foreclosures and Wall Street greed, has launched a “Move Our Money” campaign, which encourages local governments to divest their funds from big banks. In over 50 cities across the country, coalition members will press for legislation to move local government funds. November 5 is move your money day.

Move Your Money Movement Shifts to Forcing Local Divestiture from Big Banks

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 6:28 pm

When ordinary citizens take their savings out of big banks, it has a small effect, but it would take lots and lots of take-up for that to really hurt those behemoth financial institutions which have such market share. By contrast, when a municipality, particularly a large municipality, moves their money out of a big bank, that can have an impact on behavior. This is particularly true if the municipal governments cite specific reasons, like a failure to modify mortgages for their constituents or a failure to maintain dilapidated, foreclosed properties, for moving the funds.

The Rose Mary Gudiel Story: Standing Up to Another Foreclosure Nightmare

By: Thursday September 29, 2011 7:10 pm

Rose Mary Gudiel, a homeowner in Bassett, CA, has just been served with an eviction notice. And as she says in this testimonial, she’s refusing to go. And her neighbors are rallying to her side.

Group that Heckled Romney “Puts Principle Before Party,” Questions Both Parties on Social Safety Net, Making Corporations Pay

By: Friday August 12, 2011 7:05 am

By now the political world has heard about Mitt Romney’s statement to a group of hecklers at the Iowa State Fair yesterday. Explaining why he didn’t want to tax corporations to lower the deficit and pay for social insurance programs, Romney stated that “corporations are people, my friends.” This received the requisite amount of attention from partisans. But who initiated the exchange?

It turns out that the hecklers were a group of about a dozen members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI). They are a grassroots community organization that is part of a broader coalition called The New Bottom Line, which seeks to challenge big bank interests on behalf of everyday communities. And they have a message for members of both parties who visit Iowa during caucus season. I spoke with Dave Goodner, an Iowa CCI organizer who was part of the exchange yesterday.

Ireland And Iceland Can Change Things By Voting; What Can We Do?

By: Sunday May 8, 2011 10:40 am

Other countries get results from voting. We don’t. Here are two things you can do.

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