Liberated Ads Confront the Foreclosure Crisis

The corrected ads were released just prior to the nonviolent shut down of San Francisco’s Financial District on January 20 by Occupy SF. January 20 also marks the one-year anniversary of the controversial Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which granted First Amendment protection to corporate political expenditures.

by the California Department of Corrections

 

In San Francisco, the California Department of Corrections (CDC) has unveiled a new campaign of bus shelter ads to confront America’s home foreclosure crisis.

During the week of January 16, the CDC successfully apprehended, rehabilitated and discharged more than one dozen bus shelter advertisements throughout San Francisco, including one at the intersection of California and Davis Street, one block from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

The CDC’s red, white and blue advertisements declare: “MORTGAGE IN TROUBLE? OCCUPY THE BANKS” along with listing the website, www.OccupyWallStWest.org. Produced with the assistance of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the corrected advertisements feature the rooftop of an American home set against clear blue skies with the phrase: “Making Home Affordable.”

The corrected ads were released just prior to January 20, in anticipation of a day-long, nonviolent shut down of San Francisco’s Financial District by Occupy SF. January 20 also marks the one-year anniversary of the controversial Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which granted First Amendment protection to corporate political expenditures.

Occupy protesters are demanding a halt to predatory foreclosures and evictions by banks and the end of “corporate personhood.” The demonstrators took their demands directly to the offices of banks and corporations in San Francisco to stop business as usual on January 20.

The rehabilitated advertisements are currently at liberty and seem to have successfully readjusted to public life. However, these ads will remain under surveillance by department staff to prevent recidivism and any potential lapse into prior criminal behavior.

Founded in 1994, the California Department of Corrections is a private correctional facility that protects the public through the secure management, discipline, and rehabilitation of California’s advertising. The department was initiated by individuals who felt that public correctional facilities were insufficiently managing the state’s most criminal elements and that effective care and treatment would improve under the supervision of a private institution.

This ad was doctored by the California Department of Corrections to say: “Mortgage in Trouble? Occupy the Banks.”

 

 

For more information on the operations and programs of the CDC, contact the California Department of Corrections Office of Communications at cdc@revolutionist.com.

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