AIG Anger Sees 10,000-Strong Protest – Banks & Firms Protest

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First National Protests Since Bailouts Began Will Call on Congress to Take Action on Employee Free Choice, Health Care, Banking Reform to Build An Economy That Works for Everyone

WASHINGTON, March 18 — With almost daily revelations of abuses by Wall Street giants, some 10,000 Americans will participate in over 100 actions in over 30 states on Thursday, March 19 to push the solutions needed to rebuild the economy on sound, strong footing. The demonstrations will take place at the offices of major banks whose behavior both before and since the government bailout epitomize an era of CEO and corporate excess — at the expense of broader prosperity — that has weakened the economy.

During the first coordinated national public protests since the federal bank bailouts began, working families and a broad coalition of community groups will join together to send a message to Congress that Americans have had enough — and to call for quick action to pass measures that will help build an economy that works for everyone rather than just the few at the top: the Employee Free Choice Act; affordable, quality health care for all; and strong banking reforms.

WHO: National sponsors include SEIU, Change To Win, Partnership for Working Families, Catholics United, Jobs with Justice, United Students Against Sweatshops, in addition to scores of regional sponsors

WHAT: Protest to demand real change to build an economy that works for everyone: the Employee Free Choice Act; affordable, quality health care for all; and strong banking reform

WHEN: Thursday, March 19, 2009

WHERE: More than 100 locations in over 30 states, including:

Chicago: 3:30 p.m. CDT; Bank of America, 231 S. LaSalle, to AIG on Adams

Denver: Noon MDT; Wells Fargo, 1700 Lincoln St., to AIG, 1225 17th St.

Boston: Noon EDT; Bank of America, 100 Federal St.

Portland: 11:45 a.m. PDT; Salmon St. Fountain to Goldman Sachs

Pittsburgh: 3:30 p.m. EDT; Spring Hill Suites, 223 Federal St.

San Francisco: Noon PDT, Wells Fargo, 420 Montgomery, to AIG

Los Angeles: 4:45 p.m. PDT; AIG HQ, 1999 Ave of the Stars, Century City

New York: 4:00 p.m. EDT; Goldman Sachs, 85 Broad, to AIG, 70 Pine St.

Washington, DC: 1:00 p.m. EDT; AIG, 2020 K ST NW.

The March 19th protests will be held in small towns and big cities, and will range in size depending on location. Chicago is expected to draw hundreds at Bank of America.

For more information on actions happening across the country, please visit

With 2 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare, and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts.

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