Just wanted to share with you the extraordinary events that happened yesterday as National People’s Action, local unions (including SEIU, Chicago Teacher’s Union), Occupy Chicago and more kicked off “Take Back Chicago.” There were 5 different protests/feeeder marches that led to a mass rally with 7,500 people outside of the Art Institute where attendees of Mortgage Banker’s Association Annual Convention and Expo and the Futures and Options Expo were attending a cocktail hour.
NPA (a leading member of The New Bottom Line) organized a kick ass action outside of the annual Mortgage Bankers Association convention, including Robin Hoods in kayaks coming down the Chicago river, a banner drop on a bridge on Michigan avenue, and hundreds of people protesting outside the hyatt.
NPA leaders also also went into the convention and disrupted a panel with the president of Wells Fargo. Reuters reports:
One protester, dressed in a suit, got to a microphone during a panel discussion and asked Michael Heid, president of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, a top national mortgage lender: “How do you sleep at night?”The man asked Heid how could he even visit the Chicago area since so many been affected by foreclosures locally.Heid answered that he felt like he was before a congressional panel with such a tough line of questioning.
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