Take Back Springfield

On Monday, October 17th, Springfield residents took to the streets to demand an end to systemic inequality in the U.S. Starting at 8:30 am (and going strong ’til 5:30 pm) several dozen people converged on Court Square in downtown Springfield. With signs such as “We are the 99%”“64 Million in Poverty,” “Hey Bank of America: Suck my Debt,” and “No More Displacement,” among others – students, toddlers, nurses, mothers and fathers, teachers, and community activists joined together to proclaim:

WE’VE HAD ENOUGH! NO MORE CORPORATE GREED! WE ARE TAKING OUR COUNTRY and OUR DEMOCRACY BACK!

At 5:30, we marched to the steps of the City Hall, joining forces with community organizations like Arise for Social Justice and No One Leaves.

Close to 200 people came out to rally to TAKE BACK SPRINGFIELD. There were a few issues on the table: 1) In response to a couple groundbreaking anti-foreclosure ordinances passed by the Springfield City Council in August, Bank of America and the Mass Bankers’ Association are trying to sue the city of Springfield! 2) City Councillor Amaad Rivera is introducing a proposal to enable the city of Springfield to DIVEST all of its assets from Bank of America; and 3) Palmer Renewable Energy is attempting to build an air-polluting bio-mass plant even though the city council revoked their permit in June!

Rallying all day Monday and into the night, Springfield community members made it clear: We will not stand for this disgusting display of corporate greed in our city! Access to housing is a right! Access to clean air is a right! We will not back down!

Please Join us again this Monday, October 24th from 3 pm to 6 pm at Court Square in Springfield to continue growing the movement for justice in this city.

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