Since the 2008 mortgage crisis, the oldest and most “trustworthy” banks have been found guilty of fraud, deception and predatory practices.
Since its inception, the Occupy Wall Street movement has served as a public whistle blower, pointing out the corrupt actions of the Big Banks that took a taxpayer bailout and then foreclosed on the very customers that saved them.
Now, on the eve of the day that we celebrate the courage and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Big Bank is attempting to commit yet another atrocious act of foreclosure.
Just days away from the MLK holiday, BB&T bank is attempting to foreclose on one of the oldest churches in Dr. King’s old neighborhood — Vine City in Atlanta, Georgia.
The church, Higher Ground Empowerment Center, has been a cornerstone of one of Atlanta’s most historic and under-resourced communities for the past 108 years,” reports Van Jones’ organization Rebuild the Dream. After a tornado ripped through the property in 2008, the church was forced to take out a loan to cover the repairs. It has managed to pick itself up, rebuild, and continue servicing the community.
As we’ve seen before, Banks like BB&T are only concerned with their bottom line, and will continue with this this insensitive, fraudulent behavior until enough Americans are willing to stand up and call them out.
Activists in Occupy Atlanta have done amazing work on the ground to support the church and bring attention to this shameful situation. Thanks to their heroism, BB&T is coming to the negotiating table. Now, let’s make sure we help the church to get a fair deal. Let’s make sure BB&T knows the world is watching.
TAKE ACTION: Tell BB&T To Stop Foreclosing On Atlanta Church!
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