Tax Day, April 17, 2pm
Where: Bank of America branch at 175 Federal Street
City Life’s Bank Tenant Association (BTA) plans to protest from 2 pm to 3 pm at the South Station branch at 175 Federal St., linking demands for fair taxes to the group’s historic demands for principal reduction and stopping bank evictions. City Life has staged numerous protests at Bank of America around these demands, most recently with an underwater homeowner rally January 30 featuring life preservers, snorkels, and sea creatures.
The City Life protest at 2 pm will feature homeowners with Bank of America loans. They will deliver letters to the Branch Manager requesting principal reduction. Each homeowner will have their picture taken alongside a puppet representing Brian Moynihan under a banner reading “Bank VS. America”. The group will then take copies of these letters to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, which is monitoring how banks follow through on the terms of the national settlement.
The City Life BTA and other similar formations have formed a network called New England Workers and Residents Organizing Against Displacement (NEW ROAD). Members of this 9-city network will be traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the national Bank of America shareholders meeting May 9 to continue to press their demands as part of a delegation from the Right to the City Alliance that is participating in the nationwide 99 Power Coalition.
Other Actions: A large evening march at 5:30 will be preceded by protests at individual corporate targets such as Bank of America.
Antonio Ennis, City Life/Vida Urbana, 617-524-3541 or cell 617-922-6476
Brandon German, City Life, 617-584-1468
Maria Christina Blanco, City Life, 617-524-3541 x313 or cell 617-372-3022
Steve Meacham, City Life, 617-524-3541 x310 or cell 617-909-6182
Lisette Le, Right to the City Alliance, 1-617-970-0052 (for questions on larger tax day action in Boston at 5:30pm)