PI Original Josh Kalven Wednesday September 23rd, 2009, 4:54pm

Burger, Trumka To Join October Banking Protest In Chicago

Earlier this month, we reported that National People's Action, the SEIU Illinois Council (which sponsors this website), and dozens of other regional progressive organizations are planning a major protest to coincide with the American Bankers Association (ABA) conference in ...

Earlier this month, we reported that National People's Action, the SEIU Illinois Council (which sponsors this website), and dozens of other regional progressive organizations are planning a major protest to coincide with the American Bankers Association (ABA) conference in Chicago in late October. The ABA is being targeted because they serve as a powerful lobbying arm of the financial industry and have fiercely opposed common-sense economic reforms.  For instance, in a June article, Nation editor Chris Hayes referred to them as "the chief obstacle to a proposed bankruptcy reform bill that would let judges modify mortgages" (referring to Sen. Dick Durbin's bill, which may see new life soon). 

The organizers hope the event will garner national attention by drawing concerned activists and citizens from all over the country.  To that end, we learned today that SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and newly-selected AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka are going to appear at the event.

For those not familiar with Burger, here's an interview she gave to TPM earlier this year:

And below is a profile of Trumka released by the AFL-CIO last week:

The three-day protest will begin on October 25.  We'll have more info as the event nears.

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