At an unusual congressional hearing in Brooklyn on Monday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) was interrupted by protesters who claimed he had favored banks over people.
“We want you to go and fight for us!” one woman shouted. “Vote for the people that elected you! It is not right for homeowners to lose their house, and children are homeless on the street.”
“Stop fighting for Wall Street and fight for the people that elected you!” another man yelled.
“Vote for the people! Shame on you!” the demonstrators chanted as security escorted them from the hearing.
“This is democracy at work,” Issa said, attempting to continue as protesters drowned him out with shouts of “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
Executives from Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo were all expected to testify, along with officials from the Federal Reserve and the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
“I wanted to bring this hearing to Brooklyn because residents of Brooklyn have suffered disproportionately from the foreclosure crisis, and New York played a significant role in the settlement,” Rep. Ed Towns (D-NY) explained. “Many of the details of this settlement have yet to be worked out.”
Watch this video from Melissa Gira Grant, uploaded March 19, 2012.
(H/T: Melissa Gira Grant)