Acting in response to former Greenwich resident and self-described “bank terrorist” Bruce Mark’s demonstration outside the Riversville Road residence of a financial firm’s CEO yesterday, the National Association Against Poverty Pimps called today for a counter-demonstration in front of Mr. Mark’s mother’s home in Lyon Farm.
“We hate to involve someone who obviously isn’t responsible for her son’s hateful acts,” said Al Sharpton, President of NAAPP, “but in view of Bruce’s tactics, we have no choice. Besides, he’s cutting into my territory here. Me and Jessie, we pioneered this gig, so what’s some white boy doing, getting rich off our sweat?”
Marks has boasted of his pursuit of the children of bankers, as described in the Boston Globe :
Over the years, as part of his permanent campaign to browbeat banks into giving fair loans to low- and moderate-income people, Marks and his yellow-T-shirted followers have swarmed shareholders’ meetings with enough force to shut them down. They have picketed outside the schools attended by the children of bank CEOs, pressing the youngsters in signs and chants to answer for the actions of their daddies. And they even once distributed scandal sheets to every house in one CEO’s neighborhood, detailing the affair he was allegedly having with a subordinate. In time, that CEO, like most of the others that NACA targeted, sat down with Marks and signed a deal.
To those who found his tactics an outrageous invasion of bank executives’ personal lives, Marks refused to acknowledge any line between home and work. “What you do is who you are,” he says. “It’s all personal.”
Marks, who pays himself a salary of $150,000 per year, his wife Marissa another salary and probably his 13-year-old daughter Gabriela yet another one, has come a long way from his poverty-stricken childhood, where he was forced to take piano lessons, attend tennis camp and otherwise associate himself with the rich of Greenwich. A 1974 graduate of Greenwich High, he now complains, “you don’t know what Hell is until you’ve been brought up in Greenwich.”
No exact date for the demonstration has been set by Mr. Sharpton but we’re all looking forward to it.
UPDATE: We’re having trouble finding Mr. Mark’s personal residence (but he did give money to the Boston Ballet, you’ll be glad to know). In the meantime, here’s the name, phone number and a map to the house of another NACA founder,Mary Prussan. If you’re in Hyannis visiting Ted Kennedy (she gave money to him – no evidence of any fondness for ballet) stop by and greet his neighbor.
Another Update: Bruce may still resent the tennis lessons forced on him by Greenwich societal pressure but he’s put his poverty wages to good use on tennis lessons for his 6th grader, Gabriela Marks. She’s a top recruiting prospect, and isn’t that nice?