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Tomorrow's Protests at 100s of Bank of Americas Is AlterNet's Top Take Action Campaign of the Week

Join angry citizens who will be protesting across the country, demanding that CEO Ken Lewis be fired and that BOA stop consumer abuses.

Are you angry about corporate executives raking in millions of dollars of bonuses for colossal financial failures from your tax dollars, while working people lose jobs and benefits?

Or how about the predatory lending and the arbitrary raising of interest rates on credit cards by big banks awash in billions of dollars of government payoffs? That probably makes you angry too. And you are not alone.  There are tens of thousands of Americans, and organizations who are with you and are doing something abou it tomorrow. Click here to join the angry citizens who will be protesting at hundreds of Bank of America's around the country, demanding that CEO Ken Lewis be fired, that BOA stop consumer abuses, provide health care to all of its employees and stop lobbying against pro-labor legislation like EFCA. BofA has accepted 45 billion dollars in taxpayer subsidies.

AlterNet's Top Ten Take Action Campaigns

We need more dissent like tomorrow's "Take Back the Economy" rallies protests which are imaginative, broad based, and gets to the heart of the matter -- corporate greed and irresponsibility. To help highlight these campaigns, AlterNet is launching its Top Ten Hottest Take Action campaigns for social change today, and the number one campaign is "Take Back the Economy," sponsored by SEIU, Moveon.org , CCC, US Action, Working Families Party and many more. The second-ranked campaign is an effort to hold Bush administration torturers accountable. The third is the struggling effort to pass the Employee Free Choice Act ( EFCA). A few weeks ago AlterNet helped launch A New Way Forward, another growing effort help organize people around polices that favor banks over people.

To give prominence to campaigns check out our new front page tool (in the upper right-hand corner). The tool allow you to quickly and easily access information about the most important causes, campaigns, and grassroots movements happening right now, and then to take action. Every week we will highlight ten campaigns roughly based on the campaign's vision, the achievability of their goals, the number of people they will benefit, the progressive values they trumpet, and our ability to help them succeed. We will focus on local, national, and even international efforts of people who are working to improve our world. (If you know of an ongoing campaign, grassroots movement, or ongoing political action, please email us at [email protected]. Every week, on Tuesday, we will have new campaigns to highlight, and others will move up and down the list depending on what's happening in the political world at the moment.

Change cannot happen in a vacuum; will you do your part and join the protests? To find the protest happening in your community and to learn more about how you can stand up against Bank of America's greed and corruption go to takebacktheeconomy.org. We know that with so many issues the amount of work that needs to be done can be overwhelming, as is the number of organizations and grassroots movements that are asking for your attention. The 'The Top Ten Hottest Campaigns' feature will help you quickly and easily access many of the most important campaigns taking place right now.

I - Take Back the Economy - Taxpayers Nationwide Protest Bank of America's Corporate Excess

As mentioned above, taxpayers nationwide are organizing to demand Bank of America reform its ways. Led by SEIU, MoveOn.org, and other community groups, thousands will come out on April 28th to demand that Bank of America fire CEO Ken Lewis and change the way they do business. We bailed them out, now they need to listen to us.Will you stand up and demand Bank of America change its way? To learn more click here: //takebacktheeconomy.org/

II - Demand Accountability for Bush-Era Torture

MoveOn.org is gathering signatures to demand Attorney General Eric Holder hold those leaders who broke our laws accountable. Let Holder know that you think "it's time to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute the architects of the Bush-era torture program." It's time to tell Washington that no one is above the law. To learn how to help, click here: //pol.moveon.org/notorture/index.html?rc=homepage

III - Help Get the Employee Free Choice Act Passed

The Employee Free Choice Act is the most important labor legislation in almost 40 years, but it is facing huge, well financed, opposition from greedy corporations. Help cut through the corporate propaganda and show that this bill is about helping WORKERS who are the backbone of our economy. Take action now: //action.americanrightsatwork.org/campaign/efcacampaign/

IV - It Is Time to Rethink Afghanistan

Before we commit more troops and taxpayer dollars to Afghanistan, don't you think we should have a national conversation to address the many questions surrounding this war? Urge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee to hold oversight hearings in order to rethink our policy toward Afghanistan and uphold the nation's system of checks and balances. Make your voice heard, before it's too late: //rethinkafghanistan.com/

V - Healthcare Equality Now

The Healthcare Equality Project (HEP) is a national partnership between nationwide and community-based organizations, working to achieve comprehensive health care reform that will eliminate healthcare disparities once and for all.

Join HEP and demand a just healthcare system that improves the health and well being of ALL Americans: //www.seiu.org/hep/

VI - Help ACORN, Become a Home Defender

ACORN is launching a Homesteading effort as part of their comprehensive foreclosure campaign. ACORN is working with its membership and activists around the country to build "Home Defender Teams." These teams will be prepared to mobilize on short notice to peacefully help defend a family's right to stay in their home.

ACORN is recruiting allies to support their efforts and call for a full and comprehensive solution to this crisis. Will you help them by becoming a "Home Defender" or showing your support for the ACORN Homesteaders? Click here to learn more: //salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/2749/t/3071/signUp.jsp?key=2134

VII - Take Back the Tap

Tap water is a better choice than the bottled brands, for our health, our environment, and our wallets. Tell your elected officials that you are supporting the Take Back the Tap campaign and ask them to kick the bottled water habit with you. Learn more about what you can do here: //www.takebackthetap.org/

VIII - Urge Eric Holder to Impeach Judge Bybee

Jay Bybee, one of the legal architects of the Bush administration Torture Program, is now, incredibly, a federal judge. Join the Center for Constitutional Rights to ensure that this injustice is righted. Write to Rep. John Conyers and the House Judiciary Committee today to demand they hold a hearing concerning Bybee's impeachment: //salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/383/t/4089/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27088

IX - Fix CNBC

CNBC has done nothing more than PR work for Wall Street. They've been so obsessed with getting "access" to failed CEOs that they willfully passed on misinformation to the public for years, helping to get us into the economic crisis we face today. Enough is enough. CNBC needs to clean up its act and do what it always should have been doing: strong, watchdog journalism -- asking tough questions to Wall Street, debunking lies, and reporting the truth. Help the CNBC atone for their past mistakes, join the Fix CNBC campaign today: //fixcnbc.com/

X - A New Way Forward

12 million unemployed. Foreclosures up 81%. Wall Street has taken over. Enough is enough. A New Way Forward is a grassroots movement pushing back, demanding that we break up the banks and never again let them get so big that they distort our politics and take down the economy.

If it's too big to fail, it's too big to exist. Dismantle the power of the financial elite and make policies that keep a new crop from springing up. To learn how you can take action go to: //www.anewwayforward.org/the_idea/

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