For years, Antonio Ennis has been fighting against Bank of America to keep his home. When Bank of America bought Countrywide, he applied for a loan modification. But instead of lowering his payments, Bank of America raised his monthly payments by $1,000. Antonio and his family may lose his home if Bank of America does not approve his principal reduction soon.
That’s why on May 9th, Antonio is going to Charlotte, NC, the Wall Street of the South. Antonio and thousands of others directly impacted by Bank of America’s abusive policies are going to Charlotte to confront face-to-face the bank’s top executives and to share their stories.
But now, just days before the action, the City of Charlotte has declared that there is no room for the 99% in, or even around the Bank of America shareholder meeting.
The City Manager of Charlotte has unilaterally declared the Bank of America shareholder meeting on May 9 an “extraordinary event.” This means that they are restricting free speech and expanding the ability of police and security forces to target and profile the homeowners, workers, community members, students, and immigrants who are coming to Bank of America shareholder’s meeting to demand justice for our communities and our planet.
Can you call or email the Charlotte City Manager, Curt Walton today 704-336-2244 firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him to repeal this restrictive practice?
When you call, tell Curt Walton to:
- Leave the protesters alone and protect free speech during the Bank of America Shareholder meeting on May 9th
- repeal the amendments to Chapter 15 that allow the city manager to declare “extraordinary events” unilaterally and undermine people’s Constitutional right to freedom of speech and association
This will be an extraordinary event. It’s extraordinary because of how many people are coming together to build an economy and a democracy that works for all of us–not just for the 1%.
We are the families who are homeless because of Bank of America’s illegal foreclosures; we are the mothers whose children can’t stop coughing because of pollution from dirty coal plants financed by bank of America, we are the people everywhere who are losing our communities and quality of life in the name of corporate greed and we thank you for standing with us.