by Beth Emmerling, OccupyBaltimore
We had a successful BofA “walk a mile in our shoes” event on International Women’s Day. We marched from the site of our original encampment, McKeldin Square, to the BofA – about two blocks. We had one TV station and two journalists, as well as our own videographer and camera-person. Once we reached the building – which is a Bank of America building (with offices, etc.) the security guard at the bank locked the doors (front doors only way in).
I put the invitation I had for the manager (to walk a mile in our shoes and ask why they had $88 billion in foreclosures) in the door. We chanted for over an hour in front of the door. The employees inside took pictures of us.
One of our chants was “There was an old lady who lived in a shoe, her shoe got foreclosed it could happen to you, Now mother Hubbard has no place to go so now is the time for us to show that Bank of America has got to go.”
The police arrived after an hour. One person was arrested for trespassing. The bank stayed shut the rest of the day. One officer refused to show his entire name.Click here for news coverage of this action.