If ten bucks could help take down the bank you despise the most, would you pay it?
In order to do just that, a family in Washington state has started a crowdfunding campaign over at Kickstarter called “Beating Bank of America.” Love the optimism contained in that headline, and when you talk about defeating BoA, well–you’re totally speaking my language. They want to raise $5,000 by August 14 to help with attorney fees, with a minimum donation of $10.
Here are some details from the site:
“4 years ago, after a year of fighting the bank, on my husband and I’s anniversary our home was foreclosed on. We admit we made mistakes, unfortunately, the biggest was believing the advice the Bank representative gave us. When we applied we were not behind yet, but we knew my husband was getting laid off and that I was ill with what became just the first of many illnesses. They told us that they would not help us until we were 3 months behind, but that then we definitely qualified once we made that mark.
What really happened is that we allowed 3 months to go by only to be told that they would no longer accept payments from us and that foreclosure preceding had started. They consistantly ‘Lost’ our paperwork, and the hours I spent on the phone with them were never noted, we were told we never called or sent in the thousands of papers we had. We didn’t give up, we refused to. So through the pain of pancreatitas and a bad Gall bladder I fought with everything I had. No way was I letting the surgery hold me down. We took the little money we had and invested in the first law firm that specializes is getting Loan modifications. We once again re-submitted every piece of information we had, time and time again because they played the same games on them they did with us of ‘Lost paperwork’ etc. On June 3rd of 2010 they once again denied our loan mod. The catch? We have emails to our lawyers FROM THE BANK that they denied us using our old paperwork, and not the current. They took our home on information that they knew was not accurate. They sold our home the next day, and the very same bank that sold our home illegally BOUGHT our home.”
I don’t want to come across as advertising for Jamie Vos and her family. I don’t know them personally, and I can’t vouch for them at all (but I feel like I know them since their story is soooo familiar). I do not receive a dime from promoting this campaign, nor do I want to.
What I do want to see, however, is Bank of America taken to task. And Wells Fargo. And Chase. And so on.
How the banks will lose—the peaceful revolution
But of course, the economy is in the toilet. People don’t have money to fight these banks. And that’s what the banks are counting on: that we will cower—broke, ashamed, and isolated—and not challenge them.
Ah, but that’s the beauty of a campaign like this–most people could contribute $10 and not even miss it. Get 500 people to do that, and suddenly the bank now has another headache to deal with, another fire to put out. Suddenly their little plan of keeping us isolated and unable to challenge them is, you know, completely spoiled. Ruined. And I love that.
Indeed a campaign like this is a way we could all help each other with the one thing we have the least of and the one thing the banks have an unlimited, free supply of: money. And it gives fuel to the thing we have an unlimited supply of and which they have none of: the fighting spirit of righteous anger.
This type of campaign is something that definitely should be encouraged and replicated. This campaign only has one backer right now, but let’s change that. Let’s take down these criminal banks, $10 at a time!
Share this far and wide—get the word out!