Protesters picket Pasadena Bank of America over debit card fees
A small group of protesters with MoveOn.org demonstrated outside the Bank of America branch at Colorado Boulevard and Lake Avenue in Pasadena Friday afternoon, joining the wave of street protests around the country criticizing corporate America.
Maddie Gavel-Briggs, an organizer of Friday’s event, said her group targeted the bank because of its recent announcement that it would charge most debit card users $5 per month and because of larger concerns about the roles banks are playing in the political and economic troubles in the country.
“We felt it was time to draw attention to what these banks are trying to get away with and stand in solidarity with Occupy LA,” Gavel-Briggs said.
Occupy LA has been camped at Los Angeles City Hall since Oct. 1, protesting corporate greed and political gridlock in Washington, D.C.
Protester Karen Berger said she stopped doing business with Bank of America last year.
“They were charging me for every little thing,” Berger told the Pasadena Sun. “All banks are the same and even though we bailed them out they don't care. They exist because of us, not the other way around.”
Photo: Protesters with Moveon.org demonstrate at a Bank of America branch at Colorado Boulevard and Lake Avenue in Pasadena. Credit: Adolfo Flores / Pasadena Sun