Protest Jan. 13: Stop Foreclosures, Reclaim Dr. King’s Dream

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Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 510-926-4022; 415-846-7758 (cell)

Press Conference, Protest at Alameda County Superior Court to Feature Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Mock Auction of Goldman Sachs CEO’s $26 Million Manhattan Condo

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan will join struggling homeowners for a protest and press conference this Thursday, Jan. 13 at 11:30 a.m. to call on banks and the government to take concrete action to stem the tide of foreclosures. The event, to take place in front of the courthouse where foreclosed homes are auctioned off, will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s call for economic justice – a part of Dr. King’s dream that is often left out of commemorations of his birthday.

WHAT: Press conference and protest to call for foreclosure relief, with mock auction of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s Manhattan luxury condo.

WHO: Homeowners facing foreclosure; Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan; FAME Corporations President and Chief Operating Officer Denise Hunter; Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County Executive Director Fred Villasenor; Greenlining Institute Community Reinvestment Director Preeti Vissa; other speakers to be announced.

WHERE:Alameda County Superior Court building front steps, 1200 Fallon St., Oakland.

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (press conference at noon)

VISUALS: Enlarged graphs illustrating the foreclosure crisis, blown-up photos of Blankfein’s condo.