1,500 OWS protesters on the move in NY

Published: 22 March, 2012, 10:36

Occupy Wall Street protestors react as they are told to remove banners and signs from an area of Union Square Park in New York City by police March 21, 2012

Over a thousand Occupy Wall Street protesters have gathered in NY’s Union Square late on Wednesday, activists say. This follows a violent crackdown on protesters earlier in the day which left one woman injured and at least one person arrested.

The fresh OWS march started from Union Square, spilling into the streets of New York, which the city police were hurriedly trying to block. The Union Square subway station was also closed, organizers said in their live feed, in order to prevent more demonstrators joining the rally.

The protests received popular support with people hanging out their windows along the march’s route, banging pots and chanting. Protesters reported taxis honking their horns in a show of solidarity.

About 500 police officers barricaded the square, where occupiers were chanting “No justice? No peace!” Still, there have been no immediate reports of arrests.

Angered by police brutality towards demonstrators, OWS protesters have announced another rally for March 24, calling for supporters to gather at NYC’s Liberty Square.

A large protest rally is also planned for May 1. Organizers are calling on people to skip their work or school and take to the streets to protest against brutal arrests.

Brad Gana’s Texas Home, Destroyed By Hurricane Ike, Faces Foreclosure

The Huffington Post
Harry Bradford
First Posted: 10/31/11 07:01 PM ET
Updated: 10/31/11 11:22 PM ET

Even those that continue to make payments on a house that no longer exists aren’t immune to foreclosure.

Brad Gana, of Seabrook, Texas is being threatened with foreclosure over a home that hasn’t existed since it was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008, local Houston 2 News reports. Furthermore, after the hurricane, which cost the Texas shoreline an estimated $11 billion in damages, reduced the property to an empty slab of concrete, Gana alleges he continued to make payments.

In the meantime, Bank of America, the mortgage lender, took out a forced homeowner’s policy on the property and raised monthly payments. Gana, however, says he was never notified of the change since his mailbox was destroyed by what’s come to be known as the third-most destructive hurricane ever to hit the United States.

The story is only latest public relations mix-up for the company that recently lost its status as the largest bank in the country. It was reported earlier this month that one family, also living in the Houston area, faces foreclosure due to an untransferred title and in spite of making payments on time.

In another case, Bank of America foreclosed on an elderly couple in Pasco County, Florida, in part because they made a payment too early.

But it’s not just foreclosures that has people angry at the bank. BofA made a $6.2 billion profit last quarter, after announcing in September that it would start charging customers a $5 fee to use debit cards next year.

The consequent backlash, led in part by the Occupy Wall Street movement, has been so widespread that the bank is among those reconsidering its position on the idea, CNN Money reports.

Despite repeated stories of allegedly wrongful foreclosures, it appears not everybody is so sympathetic to the affected homeowners. A New York Times op-ed by Joe Nocera, published last week, detailed an office Halloween party from last year at a “foreclosure mill” firm in which employees mockingly dressed as foreclosure victims. A section of the office also appears decorated as a row of foreclosed homes.

As for Gana, he says he can’t understand why a bank would take out a homeowner’s policy on a house that’s no longer there, then threaten the homeowner with foreclosure.

“I was shocked when they said they were foreclosing on it,” he told Houston 2 News. “Bank of America is ruthless in their incompetency.”

via Brad Gana's Texas Home, Destroyed By Hurricane Ike, Faces Foreclosure [WATCH].

7 of the Nastiest Scams from Wall Street Banksters

This year – we’ve seen well over 5,000 American patriots hauled away in handcuffs for peaceably protesting against the high crimes on Wall Street. Meanwhile – not one bankster has gone to jail for those very same crimes. So – in the hopes that some of these banksters will be held accountable for their crimes NEXT year – we’re going to recap tonight exactly what these guys are guilty of – and how they did such remarkable damage to our nation. To help us with that list – Dave Johnson joins Thom from the Campaign for America’s Future.

via 7 of the Nastiest Scams from Wall Street Banksters – YouTube.

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