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Protest Foreclosed Home Auction!

Posted by terres on March 6, 2009

April 3 & 4: March on Wall Street

Protest a Region-Wide Foreclosed Home Auction!Sunday March 8, 10:00 am
At The Jacob Javits Convention Center Entrance

Between 35th St and 36th St. and 11th Ave. in Manhattan

Stop the Auction!  Sign the Petition at:

  • No more foreclosed home auctions!
  • No more foreclosures and evictions!
  • Demand a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions!

Please join us on Sunday morning at 10:00 am sharp at a demonstration against the biggest auction of foreclosed homes ever in New York City.

The Real Estate Disposition Corporation (REDC), the biggest private auctioneer of foreclosed homes in the country, is auctioning more than 375 foreclosed homes at the Jacob Javits Convention center. This is the biggest auction ever held in NYC. The houses being sold to the highest bidder are the homes of poor and working people who lived in places like Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Newark, Long Island, upstate New York, and Pennslyvania who were forced out of their homes by Citibank, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan-Chase and other banks. These same bankers have received hundreds of billions of dollars of bail out money while they’re throwing working people out of their homes. These foreclosures are illegal.

At a time when an estimated 15,000 families are being evicted from their homes each day and the number of job layoffs per month in the U.S. is rapidly approaching one million a month, we cannot and must not be indifferent about the ugly spectacle of the auctioning of the homes of displaced families.

In the biggest economic crisis since the depression of the 30’s, these auctions should not be taking place; they are a symptom of the cruel and criminal mass eviction campaign that will continue to grow until people unite and say ‘No More!’

Today, the Obama administration announced a $75 billion plan for the federal government to essentially take over the failed mortgage industry. Mortgage companies now have a duty to modify virtually every housing loan before foreclosing.  Until this plan is completely in place and people have a chance to take make use of the process, every single foreclosure now taking place is in violation of Federal Law – 12 USC 5219 and the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA).

But we know that the only force that will stop foreclosures is mass grassroots mobilization. Join us on March 8 to demand an end to the auction.  And then, help us build for the National March on Wall Street on April 3 – when Wall Street is open, continuing on April 4 to demand “Bail Out the People – Not the Banks!” (See to find out how you can get involved.)

  • We call upon the City of New York to stop the March 8 auction and we demand an immediate stop to call foreclosures and evictions.
  • We call upon the Jacob Javits Center and the Real Estate Disposition Corporation (REDC) to cancel the auction, set up to allow financial predators to profit from throwing people out on the street.
  • Sign the petition at:

Support the nationwide campaign for a moratorium on home foreclosures and evictions. Join us at the Javits center on Sunday March 8 to say:

No more foreclosed home auctions!
No more foreclosures and evictions!
Immediate moratorium on foreclosures and evictions!

Stop the Auction!  Sign the Petition at:

Bail Out the People Movement
Solidarity Center
55 W. 17th St. #5C
New York, NY 10011

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Bail Out the People, Not the Banks!

Posted by terres on December 19, 2008

Support Steve Millies
Defend the Right to Demand “Bail Out the People, Not the Banks!”

This Shoe is For Your

Wall Street & MTA: “This Shoe is for You!”

Yesterday, activists from the Bail Out the People Movement attended the MTA board meeting to protest proposed draconian budget cuts and fare hikes.  The increase in subway & bus fares, layoffs, and service cuts are all going to fatten the coffers of Wall Street Bankers – the same bankers who have received hundreds of billions of dollars in bailout money.

Steve Millies, a long time activist, took the podium at the meeting and denounced the MTA as “a collection agency for the biggest banks and insurance companies,” and said that the budget should be “thrown in the garbage can.”

Today’s New York Times reports:

“We don’t need any fare increases and we don’t need our transit system ravaged either,” said Mr. Millies, who said he was an Amtrak signal-tower operator and a member of the Bail Out the People Campaign, a group that has stood up for victims of the economic crisis. He called for the subway and bus fare to be reduced to $1, to help unemployed New Yorkers.

Then, referring to the authority’s chief executive, who was sitting about 15 feet away, he said: “Where is Elliot Sander?” He stooped, slipped off one of his shoes and shouted, “You made $300,000 last year.”

Immediately, authority police officers swarmed him and pushed him out of the room. He was clutching his shoe, a black, thick-soled oxford, in his hand….

“I wanted to show the sole of the shoe as a sign of contempt for someone who makes so much money and yet wants to raise fares on the disabled,” he said. He said that the authority’s plans to more than double the $2 fare for disabled passengers who use the Access-a-Ride service particularly incensed him.

He said the gesture was planned with Muntader al-Zaidi, the Iraqi shoe-thrower, in mind.

“I was very much inspired by that courageous Iraqi journalist who was protesting the occupation of his country by the American and British oil companies and their governments,” Mr. Millies said.

Mr. Millies said the ticket he was given charged him with “intent to cause a public annoyance.”

“What’s the point of having a public hearing,” he said, “unless you allow people to annoy public officials?”

Activists all around the city and country are applauding Steve Millies. He did what millions of New Yorkers, who are paying more for everything while bankers are being bailed out, would love to do.

Millies reported for work yesterday at AMTRAK, where he has been a union worker for 24 years, and was told by his supervisors to go home because of this incident.

Action Alert:

Here’s how you can help:

  • Please call the NYPD Switchboard at 1-646-610-5000 – demand that the false charges against Steve Millies be dropped.
  • Make a donation online at  Help us defend Steve Millies and continue to organize to demand “Bail Out the People Not the Banks!”

Steve Millies will be one of the many activists and community organizers attending the important January 17 Fightback Conference, held on the weekend of the 80th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 80th birthday. This important conference will include skill sharing, workshops, and planning for direct action and peoples’ intervention against fare hikes, tuition and utility increases, evictions and foreclosures, as we continue to mobilize to demand “Bail Out the People – Not the Banks!”  For information on the conference, go to


Youtube – Ch 11

Say Whatever You Want, but No Throwing Shoes (New York Times):

The shoe must go on: MTA adopts ‘miserable’ budget,0,1516669.story

Touching your shoes during conference can land you in jail!

This Shoe’s For You: Emotions Boil At MTA Hearing:

At M.T.A. Hearing, Another Shoe Almost Dropped:

Rider to MTA boss: ‘This shoe is for you!”:,0,5427568.story

This Shoe’s for you, MTA! Protester at board meeting inspired by Iraqi who threw shoes at Bush:

MTA Board Approves Fare Hike, Service Cuts:–service-cuts/Default.aspx

Disgruntled Subway Rider Attempts to Throw Shoe at MTA Boss:

Bail Out The People Movement

55 W. 17th St., 5C, New York, NY 10111

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