Dallas "funeral" protests foreclosures

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DALLAS - Progressive organizations came together to protest home foreclosures with a long march and vigil in North Dallas on Feb. 4. A coffin labeled "RIP American Dream" led a long march up Greenville Street. It was followed by mock mourners, a mock preacher reading from the "Book of Evictions," funeral singers, and several women (and men) dressed in black veils and widow's weeds. At least 90 people were in the march and more awaited them at the rally at Bank of America on Walnut Hill Road.

Longtime peace activists joined the forces of MoveOn.com, Jobs with Justice, and Occupy Dallas in the funeral march. After the funeral ceremony, activists kept their signs up on the sidewalks along both busy streets for a long vigil. Four hours after the beginning of the march, another rally began against proposals for invading Iran.

Media coverage was extensive. The Dallas Sunday newspaper carried a photo of the march.

Photo: Jim Lane/PW

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  • The mock funeral was a great idea. I hope more of the media picked it up.

    Some of you might get a kick out of this direct action protest I took on my own against Bank of America. I called the credit card's customer service line to do some "negotiating." Having a bit of leverage, I thought it presented a great opportunity to mess with them a little without fear of retribution. I made a video of the call and posted it on my blog along with my comments about what happened and a fuller "director's cut" transcript. Pay attention to his response to the classic line "Why does Bank of America hate Christmas?" Enjoy. http://www.ragingwisdom.com/?p=508

    Posted by WiseFather, 02/09/2012 2:47pm (2 years ago)

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