Randy Bernard addressing attendees at the rally. Photo by Jake Frankel.
About 15 people gathered Jan. 19 in Pritchard Park across from the Bank of America and Wells Fargo offices in downtown Asheville to protest Wall Street’s involvement in the foreclosure crisis and to demand that President Barack Obama hold the big banks accountable by ordering a federal investigation into their practices
Referencing the president as he addressed the group, organizer Randy Bernard declared: “We sent you to Washington to fight for the 99 percent, not to coddle the 1 percent!”
The event was part of a national day of action organized by the MoveOn called “Yes He Can,” taking place across the country at Obama for America (OFA) campaign offices in all 50 states and at local offices of some of the biggest banks.
The rallies come “after state attorney generals have temporarily blocked a sweetheart deal that would have given broad immunity to the banks for their role in the housing crisis,” according to a press release by the progressive activist group. “The president now has the power to decide whether or not to move forward with a full federal investigation that would finally hold the banks accountable,” it continues.
Organizers also touted a Jan. 20 rally in the same park to protest the “Citizens United” 2010 Supreme Court decision that has led to unprecedented corporate spending by “Super Pacs” in this year’s GOP presidential primary race. The event will start at 4:30 p.m., they said.