Don't petition the White House, Use

Don’t petition the White House, Use

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
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Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
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Community organizer arrested at behest of Bank of America

Marsha Godard, a community leader and board member of Action Now, was arrested today after her attempts to notify Bank of America headquarter of potential vacant lot violations. BofA refused to accept the neighborhood complaints in which Godard refused to leave until they did – instead they called the police and hauled her off to jail.

Godard was released Tuesday evening but vows to return Wednesday morning to close her account and continue putting pressure on the bank.

Action Now, an advocacy organization on Chicago’s southside in the Englewood neighborhood, pushed for legislation requiring banks maintain vacant property they’ve foreclosed on. Englewood and West Englewood neighborhoods have been especially hit hard during the economic downturn. The legislation successfully passed the city council near the end of last month and goes into effect beginning in September.

As a result of city council action on July 28, 2011, banks are now required to maintain the 20,000+ vacant properties in the city of Chicago that are destroying neighborhoods and property values as a result of foreclosure.  In recent weeks, vacant properties have been the scene of thefts, shootings, rapes and drug deals.

Over the weekend an Action Now organizer happened across a fire in a vacant building in the neighborhood. The alert organizer called 911 allowing firefighters to put out the blaze. Unfortunately during the struggle to douse the flames two firefighters were injured.

Two firefighters suffered injuries in the fire, with one of them expected to be hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and the other expected to be treated and released at the scene, he said. The injuries were at least partly heat-related, Curtis said.

A vacant lot that next month is by law the responsibility of the bank that owns it – a novel idea – leads to the injury of two emergency responders. Godard and her organization are trying to take care of their neighborhoods and wanted to alert the bank of potential violations ahead of schedule. Instead they arrest it and refuse to take note.

According to Action Now:

This was not a planned civil disobedience action.  We had no intention of taking arrests.  In fact, we thought we had gone out of our way to do Bank of America a favor by doing the research for them on code violations.

As a result, Godard and other Action Now activists will protest the downtown location of Bank of America the rest of the week. Member of the organization will be closing their accounts and asking others to do the same.

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  • Half Liger Half Wholphin

    Shame on the police officers who arrested Marsha Godard.   If anything, the police should be raiding BOA offices like the real Italian police who raided the offices of Moody’s and S&P in Milan.  However, that being said, this exposes American police officers for who and what they are: tools of oppression and not agents of justice. 

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  • RantingTommy

    if you want justice, become a rich bank, else you get treated like chattel

    welcome to Amerikkka

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  • AaronKrager

    First how is trying to close an account or make a company aware of it’s obligations terrorism?
    Second, is your caps lock button broken?

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  • AaronKrager

    You call her godless. Her last name is Godard. You might want to start by getting a clue.

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  • AaronKrager

    You are an Ann Coulter fan? That just shows me how you are full of hate and ignorance. Good luck with that.

  • Anon

    I work in the building opposite of the BofA and the last three days have been so  annoying.

     Walking in circles chanting useless slogans loud enough that they can be heard 20 stories up? Is that going to help the cause? Being loud enough that people who are actually working cannot hear themselves think? Thats a good strategy.

    You have an entire building looking down on you and laughing.

  • AaronKrager

    Thanks for the comment. As an outside observer I am curious to know what public witness think. Do you think the entire building is laughing at the organization? Do you think it has helped bring positive attention to the vacant lots and that BofA had a customer arrested?

    What do you believe would be a good strategy instead?

  • Anon

    Of course the building is laughing at the organization. Would you appreciate if someone sat outside your office and yelled and yelled for the sole reason of attracting attention? Thats what children do.

    Now lets focus on the tactics. A mere two weeks after the city council passed the ordinance, but yet a month away from its binding obligation,  Ms. Godard walks into a retail banking center to issue BofA a list of properties which will be under the jurisdiction of the new ordinance. Anyone with a moderately functional understanding of banking  understands that a retail banking center does not deal with foreclosure issues, so it is ridiculous for Ms. Godard to expect that the retail banking employees would be able to meet her demands.
    If Ms. Godard really was trying to offer assistance to the bank, she would have taken the time to learn the appropriate division of the bank to speak with and set an appointment. 

    However, that wouldn’t create the opportunity to generate a response that can be spun into indignant outrage. Ms. Godard claims that she was trying to “help” BofA are contradicted by her actions.  A reasonable person sets up an appointment, an unreasonable person walks in with  thirty protestors and camera crew at the ready. Its such obvious feigned good faith, and a premeditated outcome where Ms. Godard purposely positions herself as the victim. The faulty logic is that her perceived victimhood is then transferred to her organization and her cause.

    It is not. Enough people have witnessed these Alinskyite protests to understand that they engineered to create the illusion of a mass movement – do a google search of Ms Godard’s arrest and you’ll find the same outlets relaying the faux-outrage. Look at the above comments on your post – one conflating the US with the Klu Klux Klan, another advocating police action on behalf of subjective “justice”, and another comparing the protestors to terroists. These are hardly the reasonable viewpoints on which an actual solution can be reached.

    …but solutions have never been the goal. Community organizers promote and exploit feelings of victimhood, and once a perceived cause of victimhood is resolved or removed, another one is created. That is why this group came several months before this and were protesting that BofA took their jobs, and took their schools. It is neverending victimhood and the creation of a villain to focus their anger.

    People understand this. So when these methods start to interfere with others ability to work, then of course those tactics are going to backfire.

  • AaronKrager

    Thanks again fro the comment. A couple of things. It is actually a regional headquarters as well. There are thousands of people who work there including the people who are in charge of the lots. Ms. Godard was the only one who entered and there was no camera crew. 

    The comments on the site stay because they do not violate any comment policies. 

    If BofA would have merely accepted the list then there would never have been the additional protests. Mass actions can and have had a positive effect on their communities. Yes it draws attention and can be annoying for people. 

    You raise some interesting points and I appreciate them.

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