For Immediate Release
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NYC rally to demand PNC Bank let Minneapolis family return home
Foreclosed Cruz family travels to PNC Headquarters demanding justice;
Rallies planned in 15+ cities
Activists with OWS and other NY housing advocates will plan to rally in support of a Minneapolis family who are fighting an unjust foreclosure have been battling against an unjust foreclosure by PNC Bank. Siblings Alejandra and David Cruz, along with supporters from Occupy Homes MN, will take their case to PNC bank headquarters in Pittsburgh this week. Supporters will rally in more than fifteen cities nationwide to demand that PNC live up to their word and work with the Cruz family.
THURSDAY 6/21, Multi-City Day of Action Against PNC Bank: As the Cruz family arrives at the PNC bank headquarters in Pittsburgh supporters will rally across the country
- New York, 1pm ET, vibrant rally at PNC Bank branch, 340 Madison Avenue between 43rd and 44th streets
- Pittsburgh, 1pm ET, the Cruz family delegation and local supporters will rally and march to PNC Headquarters at Market Square.
- Minneapolis, 6pm CT, supporters will demonstrate at the Cruz home (4044 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN)
- Rallies in support of the Cruz family are also planned in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Gainesville, Greensboro, Milwaukee, Newark, Philadelphia, St. Louis and others.
“Despite assurances that they are working to resolve the situation, PNC Bank has refused to accept the documents necessary for the loan to be modified. So we are going with Alejandra and David Cruz to make a hand-delivery to PNC’s headquarters,” said Anthony Newby, a community organizer with Occupy Homes MN who will travel with the family.
In the last few weeks, 23 activists with Occupy Homes MN have been arrested defending the Minneapolis home of the Cruz family from 5 separate eviction attempts after the house went into foreclosure because the bank failed to withdraw an online mortgage payment. The eviction attempts cost Minneapolis taxpayers more than $40,000, turning police officers into servants of PNC Bank and mortgage lender Freddie Mac, resulting in widespread local scrutiny of use of public funds. The Cruzes, who have already played a role in a successful movement for justice as DREAM Act activists, say their family can pay the mortgage and want to meet with bank officials to negotiate an agreement that will allow them to return to their home.
“We’re standing in solidarity with cities around the country demanding justice for the Cruz family. There are 12 million homeowners with negative equity fighting against being thrown out of their homes while the banks we bailed out are making record profits,” said Michael Premo, an organizer with OWS and Organizing for Occupation (O4O), a collective of NYC housing activists.
For up-to-date information about events across the country visit: www.occupyhomesmn.org
Video of Alejandra and David Cruz: http://bit.ly/LC7zUe
Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of croney capitalism, the crimes of Wall Street, and a government controlled by monied interests. #OWS is the 99% organizing to end the tyranny of the 1%. For more info www.occupywallst.org
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