While Bank of America’s CEO and shareholders meet in Charlotte, NC, tomorrow, the 99% is took to the streets across the nation to protest BofA. As the economy declined, BofA made millions in profits by dodging taxes and foreclosing on homes, which hit communities of color especially hard.

Bad publicity is like kryptonite to big banks and big corporations—that’s why thousands of people are protesting, marching, and raising our voices in solidarity to draw the media’s attention to BofA’s shameless practices. Nearly 200 communities are standing up to Bank of America this week, and there’s one near you.   More rallies are coming (Much of this text came from an email by Cynthia Hamilton, May 8, 2012).

(Update: Some friendly mention of the 99% movement‘s opposition to big corporations appears at HorsesAss.org.  Goldy and his colleges are all around muckrakers of the muckiest and proponents of good.)

 

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While this may seem like a sudden decision to many, it was probably planned for a month or more by Senator Lisa Brown and her close supporters. Because she is the Senate Majority Leader and Democrats control the State Senate by a narrow margin, her decision not to seek re-election does have consequence.  However, Rep. Andy Billig, a Democrat, has declared that he is running for the open Senate seat in the 3rd Legislative District, and he should be a strong candidate.

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Rich Cowan gained my respect.

Okay.  He already had my respect.    Rich Cowan is an accomplished professional who has brought hundreds of jobs to Spokane through his business North by North West.  Of course I admire that.

This last week he gained my respect in a more significant way.  I now know a bit more about the “stuff from which he is made.”

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Denny Dellwo announces run for the Legislature

This is great news for anyone that holds a fondness for the working class, tolerance of one’s neighbors, restoring the state budget, and the general idea of sanity.  Democrat Denny Dellwo is challenging incumbent John Ahern for the 3rd Legislative District Seat in Spokane.

Denny should be a very strong candidate, and the eccentric Ahern appears vulnerable.  Dellwo was elect to the  Washington State House of Representatives years ago, but then chose not to seek re-election. He instead wanted to go back to the private sector. Now he is eager to return to public service.

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Ben Stuckart off to a great start

Spokane Council President Ben Stuckart has hit the ground running to address the issues on which he campaigned.  Police reform is on the top of his agenda.

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