One Person Makes a Difference

November 6th, 2009

This week: Banksters and Bailout Bandits. Do individuals have a chance against the mighty banking dragons? We’ll talk people who have taken on the banks and learn how community organizations are networking nationwide to fight for economic justice. We’ll meet an organizer on Chicago’s North Side who’s pushing back against the banks who are pushing people out of their homes. Also, we’ll hear about how thousands of people converged in Chicago last week from across the country to protest the American Bankers’ Association’s national meeting.

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Catherine Austin Fitts, President, Solari; Former Assistant Secretary of Housing
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Catherine Austin Fitts has an unparalleled perspective on the current banking crisis, having witnessed the corruption in the market during the first Bush and Clinton administrations. Since then, she’s become the founder and managing member of Solari Investment Advisory Services, LLC.; and President of Solari, Inc. an online media company focused on ethical investment. She’s also been president of The Hamilton Securities Group, investment bank and financial software developer and an Managing Director and member of the board of Wall Street investment banking firm Dillon Read & Co. Inc. (She writes about her experience there in Dillon Read and the Aristocracy of Stock Profits.)

Jordan Estevao, Director, Save the American Dream Campaign
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Save the American Dream is a campaign of National People’s Action (NPA), a network of metropolitan, regional, and statewide organizations that build grassroots power. Since its founding in 1972, NPA has worked nationally to build and strengthen people’s organizations, to develop indigenous leadership, and to advance campaigns for a more just, equitable, and sustainable society. NPA works to build the field of organizing, create permanent alliances, run national campaigns that strengthen organizations and develop grassroots leadership; and utilize technology and communications to take organizing and alliance building to a new scale.

Holly Krig, Lead Organizer, Northside Action for Justice
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Northside Action for Justice (NA4J) is a grassroots, member-controlled organization that builds power for low and moderate income people in order to advance the cause of economic and social justice on the north side of Chicago and across the globe. Holly explains some of the amazing successes that her organization has achieved without a lot of money but with a lot of community organizing.

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