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Bill Quigley

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October 25th, 2010

Socialism? The Rich Are Winning the US Class War: Facts Show Rich Getting Richer, Everyone Else Poorer

The rich and their paid false prophets are doing a bang up job deceiving the poor and middle class. They have convinced many that an evil socialism is alive in the land and it is taking their fair share. But the deception cannot last – facts say otherwise.Yes, there is ... continue reading

May 17th, 2010

'Anti-K Street' protest snarls traffic in downtown Washington

A few hundred protesters snarled traffic on K Street on Monday and shut down a Bank of America near Capitol Hill as part of an "anti-K Street" protest sponsored by a coalition of community groups and labor unions. In the rain, members of the National People's Action network and an ... continue reading

April 12th, 2010

More Banker Outrage: Protesters Plan Marches on Wall Street Banks

Outrage over bonuses, bailouts and home foreclosures have prompted angry demonstrations at bank office buildings, bank conferences and even bankers' homes since the financial crisis began. With Wall Street reform proposals up for debate in Congress and bank shareholder meetings taking place later this month, protest organizers say they're getting ... continue reading

March 1st, 2010

Goldman board rejects shareholder demands on pay

NEW YORK, March 1 - Goldman Sachs Group Inc's board has rejected several demands from shareholders that it investigate recent compensation awards, recoup excessive compensation and reform pay practices. Wall Street's dominant bank, criticized for paying billions of dollars in bonuses soon after the taxpayer bailout of the industry, reported ... continue reading

February 24th, 2010

After Long Wait and Protests, Laid-Off Quad City Workers Reach Settlement

Quad City Die Casting workers fought hard last summer to try to keep their plant – seemingly still profitable – open in the face of creditor Wells Fargo’s insistence on liquidating.The Moline, Ill., factory near the Mississippi River and the Illinois-Iowa border closed last September, despite a spirited campaign by ... continue reading

February 20th, 2010

Frustrated Owner Bulldozes Home Ahead Of Foreclosure

Like many people, Terry Hoskins has had troubles with his bank. But his solution to foreclosure might be unique.Hoskins said he's been in a struggle with RiverHills Bank over his Clermont County home for nearly a decade, a struggle that was coming to an end as the bank began foreclosure ... continue reading

February 10th, 2010

New Mexico House Passes Sweeping Funds Bill

The clash between banks and credit unions over public fund deposits took an unorthodox twist with community banks and CUs teaming up to pass, 65-0, a milestone bill in the New Mexico House.The bill enables a possible switch of $2-5 billion of state funds into CUs and small banks. If ... continue reading

February 1st, 2010

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein stands to collect $100 million bonus

He's been grilled by Congress and blasted by critics, but the chief executive of Goldman Sachs may soon have $100 million reasons to smile.Lloyd Blankfein, who leads the world's richest investment bank, stands to collect an eye-popping $100 million bonus in defiance of President Obama, according to bankers meeting in ... continue reading

December 23rd, 2009

AIG executives' promises to return bonuses have gone largely unfulfilled

When word spread earlier this year that American International Group had paid more than $165 million in retention bonuses at the division that had precipitated the company's downfall, outrage erupted, with employees getting death threats and President Obama urging that every legal avenue be pursued to block the payments.New York ... continue reading

December 11th, 2009

Mortgage ‘Cram-Down’ Amendment Fails in U.S. House

Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. House rejected a mortgage “cram-down” amendment that would have given federal judges the power to lengthen mortgage terms, cut interest rates and reduce loan balances for homeowners in bankruptcy court. Lawmakers voted 241-188 today against the amendment, which was to be part of broader ... continue reading

October 28th, 2009

Brave New Films Stands Alongside ACORN Against Extending the Defund ACORN Act

CULVER CITY, CA — Brave New Films is pushing to get Congress to vote against extending the Defund ACORN Act.  The House is expected to take up this vote sometime this week, with the Senate to follow in the upcoming month.  Extending the Defund ACORN Act would essentially deprive ACORN ... continue reading

October 27th, 2009

Here Come the Unions

On Tuesday morning, in Chicago, the unions came to town. It was the final day of the rolling protest dubbed The Showdown in Chicago, a confrontation with the American Bankers Association, whose members had gathered for their annual meeting. With a crowd estimated at 5,000, it was without a doubt ... continue reading

October 27th, 2009

5,000 Protest Bank Power, Abuses, as ‘Showdown’ Culminates

CHICAGO – Angenita Tanner faces tough times. Her home-based child care business is threatened by potential Illinois state budget cuts to programs subsidizing care for children of low-income workers. Already her clients have found it hard to pay for her services, leading her to fall behind on her mortgage. But ... continue reading

October 27th, 2009

Protests at US bankers' convention

America's bankers may not agree on much. But on one issue, they are entirely united. They refuse to become humble whipping boys, taking the blame from an angry nation for the global financial crisis.More than 1,500 senior executives from banks across the nation congregated in Chicago this week for what ... continue reading

October 27th, 2009

Bankers and Their Victims

Day two of the Showdown in Chicago, a three-day-long protest against big banks, began a bit dismally for The Nation. An email from American Bankers Association spokesman John Hall informed us that our press credentials had been revoked. The reason? Because we'd arrived early to cover a protest outside the ... continue reading

October 27th, 2009

Protesters Deliver Letter to Goldman Sachs—And Await Response

CHICAGO—After working for 42 years, Erma Hall-Wood thought she had earned a modest but peaceful retirement. Then the financial crisis devastated her savings and the 68-year-old Los Angeles County Department of Health retiree became one of millions of Americans who have lost their homes to foreclosure."I thought I would have ... continue reading

October 26th, 2009

Protests Aimed at Bankers' Convention

Chicago - For five decades, Bonita Williamson called a house at 56th and South Loomis Streets home. She's slated to be evicted from that home on Monday. "Everyone thinks it's a property, it's a building. It's a legacy," Williamson said. "We had five generations grow up in this building." Williamson ... continue reading

October 26th, 2009

Economy Yielding ‘Very Angry’ People, Bankers Told

Oct. 26 -- A top American Bankers Association official defended the group’s members against demonstrators massing in Chicago to protest the industry’s opposition to proposed regulations in response to the financial crisis.“A lot of people lost their jobs, and they are very frustrated and they’re very angry,” Bob Schmermund, executive ... continue reading

October 26th, 2009

South Florida homeowners walking away from underwater mortgages

Andres Duque thought he got a real steal when he paid $125,000 for his Little Haiti condo. But four years later, similar units are selling for $35,000 and even less.And so, faced with the prospect of being underwater on his mortgage — owing more than the unit is worth — ... continue reading

October 23rd, 2009

Bankers sue to save new law that protects them

PHOENIX — Arizona bankers have filed suit to block the state from repealing a new law designed to protect them from some investors who walk away from their mortgages.In legal papers filed at the state Supreme Court, the Arizona Bankers Association claims the repeal was illegal because it was done ... continue reading

October 22nd, 2009

Showdown in Chicago: Creating a "Which Side Are You On" Moment

It would be hard to dream up a story as incredible as this: The same financial institutions that drove a record foreclosure crisis, sent our economy into a deep recession, and needed billions upon billions in taxpayer bailouts are spending money like never before to defeat financial reform that would ... continue reading

October 21st, 2009

The Movement Against the Banks

A massive rally in Chicago next week aims to express public displeasure with the massive bank bailout outside the American Bank Association annual meeting. Protesters will converge at 11:30 on Monday, October 26, at 301 North Water Street, where the meeting is taking place. "The same financial institutions that caused ... continue reading

October 20th, 2009

At rescued banks, perks keep rolling

NEW YORK -- Even as the nation's biggest financial firms were struggling and the federal government was spending hundreds of billions of dollars to save many of them, the companies as a group were boosting the perks and benefits they pay their chief executives. The firms, accounting for more $350 ... continue reading

October 20th, 2009

Goldman Sachs Censors Gawker

It looks like Goldman Sachs is preventing its employees from reading Gawker. It's a precaution any workplace that values productivity might consider, especially an employer who's been targeted by a Gawker investigation.Erin Holland is a vice president and assistant general counsel at Goldman Sachs, which is apparently a really boring ... continue reading

October 20th, 2009

Announcing the Goldman Project

Goldman Sachs raked in billions with taxpayer help while you're still unemployed. The bank announced $3.1 billion in third-quarter profits, and set aside $5.3 billion for bonuses. Help us find out how they spend it.Goldman's third-quarter take is down slightly from its record-breaking $3.4 billion second-quarter earnings, and the amount ... continue reading

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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 7th
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Mar 6th
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Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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