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Protesters Tell Congress Not To Approve $700B Bailout Bill

Crowd Chanting: "Not just Wall Street, ave OUR streets."

The group included low income victims of the housing crisis, and housing advocates, who are against the congressional bailout. Mary Keith is Chairperson of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Keith's family lost their Cleveland home to foreclosure, and she blames the climate of lax lending standards that led to the sub-prime crisis.

MARY KEITH: "You need to not worry about saving them companies - you need to save the peoples out here in the streets that needs saving - that's losing their homes!"

ACORN's Kris Harsh tells the story of Sadie Booker, who is currently fighting foreclosure on HER Cleveland home. Harsh says the benefits of the bailout go mainly to Wall Street firms, and Congress should re-examine the plan.

KRIS HARSH: "These are Wall Street companies telling her she's got to get out of her house over $700, while they're asking the taxpayers of this country to foot a $700B bill. And that's why we're out here today, because it's unacceptable that our governments' going to give them $700B, and then ask Ms. Booker to fend for herself."

The group was one of 20 that protested in cities around the country.

Rick Jackson is a senior host and producer at Ideastream Public Media. He hosts the "Sound of Ideas" on WKSU and "NewsDepth" on WVIZ.