This hasn't been a very good week for the one percenters, has it? Anti-NATO protesters chanting outside their cozy dinners, bloggers releasing the details of ALEC's latest schemes, people showing up at Timothy Geithner's door to bitch, bitch, bitch! Don't they know who he is - and who his friends are? I guess the National People's Action and National Domestic Workers Alliance don't really care:
Yesterday, more than 1,000 clergy, homeowners, students, family farmers, unemployed workers and community leaders with National People’s Action and National Domestic Workers Alliance went to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner’s home to demand he support a Robin Hood tax and a thorough investigation of the bankers who caused the mortgage crisis.
“We didn’t want to be at Geithner’s house,” Bobby Tolbert of VOCAL-NY, an affiliate of NPA and a leader at the action. “But we want a treasury secretary that stands with people over bankers. Geithner has consistently undermined proposals for a Robin Hood tax and stalled the mortgage fraud task force investigation.”
Barb Kalbach, a family farmer and member of Iowa CCI, an NPA affiliate, said community leaders have met with Geithner before but little progress has been made to ease the crushing impact of the mortgage and financial crisis on the American people.
Geithner must “quit protecting the big banks, write down the mortgages and keep us in our homes and stop the foreclosure crisis around the U.S.,” Kalbach said speaking into a microphone while standing on Geithner’s driveway. “Right now, today, he continues to impede the process of investigating the banks that crashed our economy. And he’s blocking a tiny tax of less than half of one percent. It’s small change for Wall Street, but big change for America.”
A small group of leaders knocked on Geithner’s front door to deliver a letter listing our demands, but he didn’t answer. The community leaders also visited the Chevy Chase home of Peter Scher, chief lobbyist for JPMorgan Chase to demand that CEO Jamie Dimon step down from the New York Federal Reserve and that the bank offer broad principal reduction to underwater homeowners.
Today, NPA and NDWA will make more unannounced visits and actions to continue their push for tax fairness and broad principal reduction.