Hundreds Converge on Goldman Sachs DC Headquarters
This is a press advisory from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Washington, D.C. -- Today, hundreds of workers, clergy members, community leaders, and other taxpayers converged on the Washington, D.C. headquarters of Goldman Sachs to demand the bank put an end to multi-billion dollar bonuses, reject the Too Big To Fail Doctrine, and use their anticipated $23 billion bonus pool to help families facing foreclosure. Taxpayers also called on Congress to take immediate action on real financial reform.
"Lloyd Blankfein and Goldman Sachs have rightfully earned the leading role in the story of 'all that is wrong with Wall Street,'" said George Goehl, Executive Director of the National People's Action. "Now is the time for them to start making amends for past transgressions. A good first step would include showing a little holiday spirit by directing a significant portion of their estimated $23 billion-dollar bonus pool to a fund to prevent foreclosure. It's the least they could do."
Today's demonstration was the latest in a series of national mobilizations launched last month as 5,000 taxpayers from 20 states converged on the American Bankers Association convention in Chicago to demand Wall Street and big banks stop fighting reforms that would protect our families from the next economic crisis.
"Companies like Goldman Sachs seem to love their company more than their country," said Andy Stern, President of the Service Employees International Union. "And in the name of maximizing profits and their huge bonuses, they will foreclose on our homes and take jobs from our families while short selling America without a second thought. The $23 billion dollars Goldman is planning to pay out in bonuses could prevent every single expected foreclosure in America in 2010."
After sharing personal stories illustrating Goldman Sachs' continued refusal to help in America's economic recovery, taxpayers attempted to deliver a letter requesting a meeting with Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein to discuss their demands. This is the third time taxpayers have requested such a meeting and their requests continue to go unanswered as Blankfein continues his media tour preaching his firm's devotion to doing "God's work."