Black Clergy Backing Occupy the Dream Movement


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EDITOR’S COMMENT: While it’s good to see more people involved and also good to see them encouraging transfer money out of the big banks, dilution of the message is frustrating.  Perhaps the organizers can rally to get things focused on point…  or perhaps this is just the first step, to get people out and then get them all pointed in the same direction.
While the politicians and pundits continue to rant about the lack of a clear message of the Occupy movement, the people seem to get the message just fine — income and wealth inequality driven by government laws and policies that favor those who can’t afford to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbyists.
Black Clergy Backing Occupy the Dream Movement
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 6:51 am
By: Jackie Jones,

….. The infusion of support from the black community for the Bay Area Occupy movement is considered critical to keeping it alive.

Rev. Kenneth F. Irby addressed the Occupy Movement.

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” recently addressed the Occupy movement’s lack of poor and people of color in its leadership ranks. In a “report” by one of its correspondents, the show tackled what has become a legitimate issue among the Occupy Wall Street group: That the movement itself has become divided by classism and elitism in its leadership ranks.

The piece said the encampment had been split into “uptown” – led by college-educated white males who have Internet access and meet in the foyer of a Deutsche Bank office building to discuss strategy – while the “others” lived in the “downtown” part of the encampment and were judged to have little interest in setting an agenda and little ability to execute a strategy, even if they had the ideas.

As in most satirical pieces, there is a ring of truth in “The Daily Show’s” observations. One element is that black people have no interest in the Occupy movement, for a whole host of reasons, ranging from “been there, done that all our lives” to the suggestion that black people are too busy struggling to survive to have the “luxury” to take off and demonstrate with a bunch of people who don’t have the interest of black folks in mind anyway.

But it appears all that is about to change.

Previously, several high-profile African-Americans participated in the movement. Scholar Cornel West, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and former NAACP leader Benjamin Chavis visited Occupy encampments and discussed the need to ensure that issues of importance to black Americans were addressed.

Sunday, two dozen prominent black pastors in the San Francisco Bay area amped up the call for participation by launching Occupy the Dream.

The day was marked by a demonstration at the Federal Reserve Bank branch in San Francisco to highlight the growing inequity between rich and poor in the United States.

Occupy Oakland activists have demonstrated at foreclosed properties and have protested at local banks, and many African-Americans have participated in the demonstrations.

But the Rev. Harold Mayberry, pastor of the 2,800-member First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Oakland, said the movement was missing an essential element.

According to the (, Mayberry told his congregation that Occupy Wall Street “had the right ideas, but it was without structure. People ask, ‘Why the church?’ No social movement in this country has succeeded without the involvement of the faith community.”

Referring to Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on the bus to a white man in 1955, “The original Occupy the Dream movement began right there,” Mayberry said. “In a movement, there is no place for wimps.”

“I have addressed the Occupy Movement and its Arab spring origin with my congregation both in Bible Study and from the pulpit,” the Rev. Kenneth F. Irby, senior pastor of Turner Chapel-AME Church in Palmetto, Florida.

“I am more interested in educating them for awareness purposes and not advocating that they actually participate in any particular secular endeavor,” Irby told on Monday. “I am encouraging them to first allow the Holy Spirit to occupy their lives, and then be led by the same Holy Spirit to occupy the needs of the hurting, homeless and hungry in our church, community and country.

“As we celebrate Dr. King’s dream today, on yesterday, I asked everyone that would listen to not use this day a holiday of comfort and convenience but rather to intentionally act as an agent of peace and compassion in this time of challenge and controversy,” said Irby.

Nationally, Occupy the Dream is seeking a moratorium on home foreclosures and billions of dollars for a fund that would create jobs and provide training. …..

“This is a great leap forward to involve local pastors,” James Taylor, an associate professor of political science at the University of San Francisco and an expert in African American studies, told “The general critique of Occupy is that it has lacked a specific agenda. But this could be a sign of maturity for the movement.”

Next month, the pastors will ask their congregants to withdraw a small amount of money – at least $30 – from their bank accounts and deposit it in either a credit union or a minority-owned bank.

The website reported that if that symbolic move doesn’t generate movement among bankers, Occupy the Dream would ask larger African-American-dominated institutions, churches and black professionals to begin transferring greater amounts to credit unions.

11 Responses

  1. @NPV
    “not registered”

    Please advise–not registered where?

  2. @ann, the caption for a trust will typically include the series and year. Obviously that act in the capacity of a Trust and received the loan from JP Morgan Chase, N.A. i would start with EMC since Bear ultimately owned all the loans and set up all the SPV to convey to the trust.

  3. @ Ann, from the looks of the caption, that is an EMC Loan that has been bled out through maiden lane, BONY Mellon is being paid to act as a Trustee for a pool that was probably not registered. in the beginning these guys screwed up, so it pretty simple to fight anything from BONY, Aurora, and MLMI Trusts.

  4. Bank of NY Trust Co., successor to JPMC v. RODGERS | FL 3RD DCA: Dissenting Judge “file contained neither the original note nor the original mortgage” – 2012-01-19 09:51:19-05

    Many original notes and mtges have never been filed as I previously warned about BONY and/or the endorsement page(s) are missing. Especially from Countrywide/ Bank of America/ America’s Wholesale Lender! __________________________________ Q. Okay, as far as the copy of the note is concerned, to your knowledge do you know anybody who held the note whether […]


  5. ON NPV
    I can see you are very insightful–as you note it is not really possible to understand the plights of people who get thrown a curve ball or two—not evil people—maybe unlucky or overly trustful, A lot are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    I am one such–almost everbody that reaches retirement age–which is getting earlier and earlier to cut costs—will sooner or later.

    I happen to think that if a person is eligible for a certain level of SS–they ought least be entitled to a home to live in of some level at 25% of area 2-3 br—smaller space as a minimum—there are houses that HUD and FDIC paid for–FNMA own via [maybe ] ie real MBS, [1st step removed from promissory notes] —-that seems humane use of vacant floorspace—or give em a break, a mod down to FMV if they are responsible and can maintain.

    Or quasi-govt agencies at local level—in our county we have a county development corp—leases commercial property in FTZs in local enterprise zone. Its got a bunch of homes in a floodplain–not marketable but can be leased—old owners lease. Its a good workable model–escheat titles where ownership of notes is in doubt–ie collection agency cant show how it obtained the claim–missing loan schedules etc.

    I fear that the establishment views the collection agencies as a branch of govt–necessary to maintain financial order–as the sheriff does the street use———the assumption the judiciary makes is that the worst are regulated by somebody at the state or fed level. And go with the flow–local banks repo stuff all the time–guys they see at the club. Extend that trust to out of town out of state

    Be a good idea to develop a program. Biggest issue I come up on is cost of repairs—typically the best homeowner cuts back on repais early-on so a lot of dinged up realty

    Bring up to code –15 yr life—furnaces –roofing—cabinets—-windows water heaters–floor coverings–aplliances-panels plumbing—lot of jobs tucked in there,

    Why $$$ from FEd Resrve for Afghanistan or for IMF-to ECB—$1trillion for starters–4 trillion hole in europe–id rather fill holes in roofs

  6. @DCB, the sanctuary in which I have chosen to congregate has made me reflect back on my life in banking. My personal endeavor of being defrauded by the FDIC is what lead me to start helping others.

    I don’t care about race, creed color, political party affiliation, language one speaks. These are all divisional stimulants where they have the media set us upon one another, fund groups to divide us and keep the people bickering about irrelevant issues, while they take everything that hasn’t been prior nailed down.

    We area all of the same origin, the human race. It is time we as a people rise up again and take back what is rightfully ours through our creator. In the end we are nothing more than “One Nation Under God”.

    In the end, life is nothing more than a numerical equation neatly strung together by the theory of people.

  7. Loan personnel were given cash bonuses to lie to the blacks as to why the loans were what they were

    I think we got equal treatment there

  8. DCB- The mortgage lending injustices against blacks in, among other places, Baltimore, are unbelievable. Wells Fargo was the main criminal there. Blacks with the same credit scores as whites, received higher interest rates than did whites, 68% of the time. Blacks with prime credit scores were steered into subprime loans ten times more often than were whites. Loan personnel were given cash bonuses to lie to the blacks as to why the loans were what they were.
    Sickening, and beyond belief. And all the government agencies are dragging their feet- or have their feet up on their desks. No rush to judgment here, nosirree!

  9. Whatever her creed, a person needs to give credit to these organizations for their determination and successes in fighting entrenched interests aligned to screw them–much like any homeowner in foreclosure feels. At a certain point we all get treated like chattels–these folks have no illusions on that point–many of us 99ers just dont realize it.

    To Buffet and Wilbur Ross we all look like same size ants as they fly-over in their corporate jets. And mechanical offering hands without brains when they order food and drink.

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