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brooklynite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 03:26 PM
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Occupy Wall Street barrages banks with letters
Source: Carin's New York Business

A website that encourages the so-called 99% to write personal letters to 200 top executives and board members from Bank of America Corp., Citigroup, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo & Co. is taking its action from cyberspace to the banks' doors on Friday.

Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters, foreclosured homeowners and labor and community activists are planning to deliver the 6,500 letters to city-based bank executives that occupytheboardroom.org has received since its launch less than two weeks ago.

The protesters will split into two groups and visit the city headquarters of Bank of America, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo before converging on J.P. Morgan Chase headquarters. They plan to fold the letters into paper airplanes and throw them at Bank of America headquarters near Bryant Park and to turn one into a singing telegram at Citigroup's Park Avenue digs. The anti-corporate pranksters, the Yes Men, are involved in the action.

Then, the groups will meet at Chase, where a foreclosed-upon southeast Queens homeowner will read a letter to bank CEO Jamie Dimon, inviting him to tour her neighborhood, one of the hardest hit in the city by foreclosures. Protesters will then spend several minutes hand-writing letters to Mr. Dimon. A separate action is to target Goldman Sachs at a later date.



Read more: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20111026/FINANCE/1...

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I have no objection to letter-writing delivery or of the reading of the letters to their intended recipient as a public show, but paper airplanes and singing telegrams I wouldn't take seriously, and I'm not sure the audience will either.
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onethatcares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 04:06 PM
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1. letters mean a lot, plus
imagine how it would help the postal service if 6 million forever stamps were to be used on one day.

I think I'll write BoA and tell them why they lost my auto loan, then I'll write shitibanc and let them know that I'll never take advantage of their credit card offers, same with chase, not in my wallet.

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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 05:11 PM
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2. When I was a volunteer in Ed Medvinsky's congressional office in
Iowa City we considered any type of contact - letter, call, in person - as equal to 40 other people. Never got a singing telegram though. I do not know if the banksters count the same way we do.
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kcass1954 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 05:40 PM
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4. Banksters only count dollars.
Although I suspect they may be counting pitchforks soon.

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UnrepentantLiberal Donating Member (747 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 05:39 PM
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3. Something tells me this could get ugly.
I'm going to show up with my camera.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 06:15 PM
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5. They plan to fold the letters into paper airplanes and throw them at Bank of America headquarters
That's just dumb.


Just send them in the mail.
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UnrepentantLiberal Donating Member (747 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 07:03 PM
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6. It's a protest. They're making a statement.
If they mailed them B of A would just throw them out.
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brendan120678 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:30 AM
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9. Littering is making a statement?
If we really support the 99%, those letters - all of them - should be sent through the U.S. Mail. Postal employees are facing severe cuts. Sending thousands of pieces of mail at once to a few of those banks would not only inundate the banks with mail, it would provide mail carriers with some work.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:27 AM
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7. I will take an honest clown over the corrupt buffoons that pass for our "leaders" these days.
Would you rather have John Stewart or Perry running the country?
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babydollhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:46 AM
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8. The YES MEN . I like them!
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