This week we went to Charlotte to stand with families who are homeless because of Bank of America’s illegal foreclosures; we stood with the mothers whose children can’t stop coughing because of pollution from dirty coal plants financed by Bank of America; and we stood with people from across the country whose communities have been bankrupted by corporate greed.
Four years ago, one of our leaders, a domestic worker named Maria Reyes, lost her house to Bank of America.
In 2005 Maria’s family had finally saved enough to purchase a home — they had finally achieved the American Dream. But in 2008, as the recession deepened, Maria and her sons lost their jobs just as the rate on their adjustable rate mortgage tripled. There was no way that Maria and her family could make the increased payments.
Over and over again, Maria asked the bank to adjust their payments so that they could afford them — but Bank of America's response was always “no.”
Soon after, Bank of America foreclosed on Maria’s home. She and her family lost everything — all of their savings and five years of investment in the home — gone.
That’s why on May 9th, the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance went to Charlotte to stand with nearly 3,000 other representatives from the 99% to speak out against illegal foreclosures, dirty coal, and unchecked corporate greed. It was a day full of hope and love.
And that’s why on May 8th we joined with hundreds of other New Yorkers at Bank of America Tower in New York City where NDWA director Ai-jen Poo was arrested for peacefully protesting the Bank’s illegal and immoral foreclosures.
The past few days are just the beginning of an effort to unite domestic workers, immigrants, parents, children — all of us in a movement to reclaim our democracy, save our communities and protect our environment. Join this exciting movement by following us on twitter @domesticworkers and liking us on Facebook.
With determination and hope,
Maria and Ai-jen
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