On Saturday, the Working Families party is organizing a "Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous" bus tour of Connecticut homes belonging to executives from the American International Group's disastrous Financial Products division.
Working Families spokesman Bryan Collinsworth says the people on the bus will not be "stereotypical radical activists" -- just regular folks facing hard times looking to give AIG a piece of their minds.
At each executive's house, the bus will stop and attempt to deliver a letter detailing working people's problems.
AIG, beneficiary of billions in taxpayer dollars after Financial Products precipitated the company's near-failure, has stoked outrage for delivering $165 million in bonuses to the division's employees. The tour comes after a week in which fury at AIG swelled to epic proportions, with politicians calling for industry executives to commit Samurai-style suicide and protests outside local AIG offices across the country. AIG's government-appointed CEO, Edward Liddy, told Congress on Wednesday that death threats had been rolling in; some employees have even stationed guards outside their homes.
Collinsworth says Connecticut police have been notified of the event, and everyone who rides the bus has signed a non-violence pledge. The tour will conclude with a rally outside the Financial Products division headquarters in Wilton.
Working Families shared some of the soon-to-be-delivered letters with the Huffington Post. Here's one, from a woman identified as Faith:
My mother is an 83-year-old single woman suffering from Post Polio Syndrome. She has been waiting for more than one year for payment of the money AIG approved for damage due to a broken pipe that destroyed the first floor of her single family, two-story house in January, 2008. During the past year, AIG has done everything in their power NOT to pay the money due, including subjecting her to a 5+ hour deposition for which she had to hire an attorney. I would like to ask one of the AIG executives who received a $1M+ bonus: would you consider giving my mother a loan while your adjusters and underwriters at AIG continue to delay the payment AIG has already approved? Because right now, she's living on balance transfers and hand-outs from her children -- taxpayers who paid for your bonus. After spending a lifetime at work so that she could afford to pay her homeowner's insurance premium each month, on time, every year for the last 49 years, do you think you could do her this one little favor?