AFL-CIO, OccupyMN Join Growing Coalition to March Today to Rescue Main Street from Wall Street

Momentum builds for “Don’t Foreclose on the American Dream” march

MINNESOTA—(ENEWSPF)—October 13, 2011. Hundreds of Minnesotans will march from Peavey Plaza on Friday, October 14, at 3pm to tell Wells Fargo and the Big Banks “Don’t Foreclose on the American Dream.”

Since the march was first announced by Minnesotans for a Fair Economy and a coalition of faith, labor and community groups, the Occupy Wall Street movement has galvanized attention to inequality and the excessive political clout of Wall Street and the super-rich and the march gained support from a diverse and growing coalition is backing the march, including OccupyMN and the Minnesota AFL-CIO.

WHAT: “Don’t Foreclose on the American Dream” March and Rally

WHEN: Friday, October 14th at 3pm

(A free concert will precede the march, beginning at 11:00 am.)

WHERE: Peavey Plaza, 11 St South and Nicollet Ave S (1111 Nicollet Mall), Minneapolis

WHO:  Minnesotans for a Fair Economy and: Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), the International Brotherhood of Electrician Workers Minnesota State Council (IBEW), ISAIAH, Jobs Now Coalition, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace, Minnesota AFL-CIO, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), OccupyMN, Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), TakeAction Minnesota, United Food & Commercial Workers Local  (UFCW) 1189, and the Welfare Rights Committee.

WHY:  Over the past week delegations of between 50 and 250 citizens delivered letters to USBank, Wells Fargo and other major financial institutions asking their CEOs to meet with community representatives to address their concerns.

“Minnesotans from all walks of life will ask that major banks like Wells Fargo pay their fair share of taxes to protect public services, invest in good jobs and health care for all, and take positive steps to fix the foreclosure crisis,” said the Rev. Grant Stevensen, the Pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, President of ISAIAH and spokesperson for Friday’s march.

The marchers will also demand that Wells Fargo fix the loans of two families who are facing foreclosure or struggling with unaffordable home loans: Malcolm LeFever and his wife Cheryl Downey. The marchers will ask that Wells Fargo meet with the LeFever/Downey family and Sheronda Orridge, a Saint Paul homeowner, to reach an agreement to that will allow them pay their mortgages at a fair rate and keep their homes.

Learn more at: – #mnfaireconomy