Homeowners Arrested And Jailed – Fraudulent Bankers Remain Free

A protest and rally took place in front of the U.S. Justice Department on Monday. Approximately 100 demonstrators gathered, from around the country, to ask why Wall Street and Big Bank(ers) were not being prosecuted and jailed for crimes they committed. Ironically, many of the demonstrators were jailed instead. This is common.

Most of the 17 people arrested were homeowners who are either losing, or have lost their homes, to what’s now known to some as the Big Bank Foreclosure Fraud. Police used tasers, batons, and other weapons on the protesting citizens. I wonder if they used any on the bankers who’ve been arrested for breaking federal law?  Oh, yeah right — Big Bankers don’t get arrested these days.

The protest is in sync with Senator Elisabeth Warren‘s campaign to fight the big banks for the people . Warren (D-MA) has continuously pressed the government to release internal records and documents proving the bank fraud, so that citizens affected by the fraud, can take legal action. So far, the Federal Reserve, SEC and other U.S. Government financial institutions have not turned over the information necessary; now the people are getting very impatient.

The demonstration started out on a positive note:

“We’re really excited over the last two and a half days we’ve had residents from around the country who’ve lost their homes or who are fighting to save their homes, come together to commit to training for change, to bring the movement back to their community, to keep fighting for their homes, and also to risk arrest today as we march to the DOJ and refuse to leave until we get a meeting with Eric Holder, until we get a commitment that he’s going to start going after banks,” said Tim Franzen, who works for the Quaker social justice group American Friends Service Committee.

“And it’s not just about jailing bankers, it’s about bringing resources back into our communities. Wealth that has been stolen. Trillions of dollars of wealth has been stolen from our neighborhoods and you can just drive through them and see the consequences. The boarded up homes. People on the street. We are not on a crisis of economic resources, it’s one of priorities. And that’s what we’re here to say today.”

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) now known simply as, ‘Occupy’, has been recording the number of citizen arrests made since their movement for financial justice began. Their website, ‘Occupy Arrests’ reports 7,736 arrests as of May 13. No one seems to be able to get a count — or any evidence as to how many banking executives have been arrested or prosecuted for fraud. Oh, there I go again. I forgot. Big Bankers don’t get arrested.

America is angry. To support the homeowners and Senator Elizabeth Warren in their demand of ‘justice for all‘ (including bankers) you can sign this Progressive Change Petition.

A recent Contributor update reports: that the Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair, Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) issued a statement in support of the protesters:

“I see the devastation of the foreclosure crisis every day in towns across the Minneapolis metro area, and I stand with the millions of struggling homeowners in Minnesota and across the country seeking justice after unfairly being kicked out of their homes. Banks have paid less than half the payments they owe to homeowners since 2008, and have yet to pay a dime of the latest settlement from 2011.

“It’s time we had real accountability for the bankers who deceived the American people and wrecked our economy in 2008.”

Thank you Rep. Keith Ellison, Sen. Warren, and all of the protestors of the ‘too big for trial’ campaign. I think it’s safe to say, that the majority of the country appreciates what you are doing.

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(The author, Leslie Salzillo, is a rape survivor, activist, political commentator, and visual artist. Salzillo often writes diaries in Daily Kos, and began contributing to AddictingInfo.org in March 2013).