FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT
Jodie Evans, CODEPINK co-founder, 310-621-5635
Jean Stevens, CODEPINK media coordinator, 508-769-2138
Hundreds of Americans and CODEPINK to pile their trash at Wall Street
tomorrow and demand "No Cash for Trash" and "Bail out this, Mr.
WHAT: Say "NO to the Wall Street bailout" trash pile protest!
WHEN: 4 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 25
WHERE: Southern end of Bowling Green Park (in the plaza area), at Broadway and Beaver Streets, New York City
NEW YORK -- Hundreds of everyday Americans will create an enormous pile
of junk down by Wall Street at 4 p.m. tomorrow and demand, "No cash for
trash!" and "Bailout this, Mr. Paulson!", to protest the government's
proposal to use $700 billion of taxpayers' money to bail out banks that
had a central role in creating what has been termed "the worst
financial crisis since the Great Depression."
They'll bring their 8-track tape collection, high-school yearbook,
Grampa's old recliner, and that snow globe from Great Adventure, not to
mention their mortgage statements and student loan invoices, to tell
Secretary Paulson why they deserve a bailout, too!
Their demand for a bail-out on their junk will be much like the 1
trillion dollar blank check -- the biggest financial theft of
taxpayers' dollars in American history -- the White House is now trying
to push through without a snitch of debate. All to save George W.
Bush's cronies on Wall Street, the same people who created America's
financial crisis and helped fund war and violation of rights.
"This is a financial Sept. 11," said Jodie Evans, co-founder of
CODEPINK Women for Peace. "Just like the White House used that moment
of shock to institute abusive surveillance and policing powers under
the Patriot Act, it's trying to use this economic meltdown to lavish
taxpayer money on the same banks that made obscene profits off shady
mortgage industry practices. And true to form, the Bush administration
proposed giving itself vast new powers, this time over the economy,
with absolutely no oversight."
If this bailout passes, America will have little money for
environmental protection, for education, for national health care, and
to counter global warming and to rebuild our decaying infrastructure.
Much of this money was lost to an illegal war that has killed thousands
"We have watched our rights be eroded, the invasion and destruction
of an innocent country," Evans said. "Have we not learned? Are we going
to watch rape in broad daylight of the people of the United States now?"
This action has been organized by nearly a dozen organizations,
including CODEPINK Women for Peace, in an incredible two days of
planning in response to news of the bail-out.
For more information, call Jean Stevens at 508-839-2138 or e-mail email@example.com.