Don't petition the White House, Use Change.org

Don’t petition the White House, Use Change.org

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

BofA’s side of story calls Godard a liar

Aug 15, 2011 Aaron Krager No Comments

Action Now continued their call for people to close their accounts with Bank of America over the weekend. The story made it on CBS local newscast:

Last week I wrote about Marsha Godard’s side of the incident. Bank of America finally responded to some of my questions and it only leads to a single conclusion – one side is lying.

Prior to being arrested Godard claimed she entered the headquarters and asked to speak with someone in charge of the foreclosed lots. She said she was a customer and entered the building alone. She did not seek nor create a confrontation and was never asked to leave the building. BofA claims otherwise:

On Tuesday, Ms. Goddard was inside our banking center and creating a disruption. The Chicago Police made the decision to arrest her only after she had been asked at least three times to leave the building and continue her demonstration outside.

Someone is lying.

Ms. Godard said she was unable to deliver the list of properties. BofA says they did accept them:

Contrary to claims by Ms. Goddard and Action Now that have been picked up in published reports, a bank representative did accept a list of vacant properties once all demonstrators were outside, and the bank will review the list to determine property ownership and responsibility.

“Once all demonstrators were outside” is the key part of that statement. Ms. Godard was the only one who entered the building and she only left after she was arrested. The list was “accepted” when an employee must have picked it up after the CPD left with Marsha in handcuffs. In a follow up conversation with Ms. Godard she maintained that she was never asked to leave and merely waiting for assistance. If any commotion was happening it was outside with Action Now peacefully gathering on the sidewalk.

The following day Ms. Godard was threatened with arrest if she tried to enter the Bank of America facility in an attempt to close her account. BofA said the following:

While leading a second demonstration on Wednesday, Ms. Goddard asked to go into the banking center as a customer to conduct personal business. Again, in the interest of security, safety and service to other customers, the bank treats any customer involved in an active demonstration as a demonstrator for the duration of the incident. Although she would not be allowed in the banking center during the demonstration, a Bank of America representative courteously invited Ms. Goddard to accompany her from the demonstration site to another banking center less than two blocks away, where she would be able to conduct her business as a customer, not a protestor; or to call to arrange an appointment at another time. Ms. Goddard declined the offer.

Ms. Godard was adamant she was never offered the appointment nor the accompaniment to another banking center. I tried to speak with Patricia Holden -the local BofA executive- about the incident but was referred to a media relations person instead. Thus BofA’s statements are taken secondhand, at best.

Bank of America stops short of calling Action Now’s board member a liar but they do spell her name incorrectly over and over again. The lack of respect that shows is more than a mere oversight but a slight of hand showing they really do not care.

I am still awaiting more information from Bank of America pertaining to the charges of criminal trespassing against Ms. Godard. Her court date is set for September 22nd.

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