Economy Photo Essay Slide Show: Showdown in Chicago Slide Show: Showdown in Chicago By The NationTwitter October 27, 2009 Facebook Twitter Email Print At the annual American Bankers Association conference in Chicago, protesters faced off against the bankers who refused to extend them credit even after getting bailed out. Susan Smith, 62, of Newburgh, NY waves flags at a protest of the American Bankers Association Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 in Chicago.All images by David Barreda. Thousands of protesters chant their support for a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The American Bankers Association is lobbying fiercely against the CPFA and other proposed reforms.Images by David Barreda. Pastor Clarence George, 48, of Chicago’s South Side, holds up signs protesting the wave of home foreclosures at the head of the march.Images by David Barreda. Rev. Jesse Jackson joins the thousands of protesters. He later offered a closing prayer: “Those who lost jobs, bless them. Those who’ve lost their houses, bless them. Those who die in need of health care in the emergency room, bless them.”Images by David Barreda. Keith Scribner, president of UE Local 1174 in Moline, Ill. (center, in blue hat). He lost his job last month, along with a hundred of his fellow union members, when Quad City Die Casting shut down because Wells Fargo refused to extend the company needed credit.Images by David Barreda. Marching down Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago on day three of the anti-banker protests dubbed The Showdown in Chicago.Images by David Barreda. Chicago resident Henry James, 55, marches with Action Now, a local community organization. James says his house is being foreclosed on and he was recently let go from his job as a substance abuse counselor.Images by David Barreda. Helen Owens, 80, of Chicago. Owens recently had to move out of her home of 16 years to a smaller place because she couldn’t afford to pay her heat and electricity bills.Images by David Barreda. With wary eyes, participants in the American Bankers Association annual meeting watch from outside the Sheraton Hotel as thousands of protesters arrive for a closing rally. Fox Business reporter Jeff Flock listens to speakers rail against Wall Street. Signs held by protesters give the number of foreclosed homes in communities across the Chicago area. Leticia Pescador, an office cleaner, and her daughter Guadalupe, 8, join the crowd at the Showdown. Pescador’s husband, a construction worker, has found very little work in the past year.Images by David Barreda. Tom Balanoff, president of SEUI Local 1, addresses protesters in front of the Chicago Sheraton where the American Bankers Association was holding its annual meeting. “They said they’d bail out all of us, and did that happen? No.”Images by David Barreda. Rickie Coleman, an activist with Sunflower Community Action, a community organization based in Wichita, Kan., holds a sign protesting foreclosures.Images by David Barreda. Richard Trumka, the newly elected president of the AFL-CIO, rouses the crowd of thousands. “We are not going to let bankers rule our lives or our country any more.”Images by David Barreda. The crowd listens as AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka speaks of “the bankers and their treachery.”Images by David Barreda. Nivia Ortiz, one of dozens of garment workers from the Hart Marx apparel factory in Chicago who joined the protest. Hart Marx’s creditor Wells Fargo, the recipient of $25 billion in bailout funds, decided to liquidate the company earlier this year. Protests forced the bank to reverse that decision.Images by David Barreda. More garment workers from Hart Marx, suit maker to President Obama. Images by David Barreda. Beatrice Lumpkin, 91, says there are more than 1,000 boarded up homes in her Chicago neighborhood of South Shore.Images by David Barreda. Members of IBEW Local 21, Donna Couch, left, of Steger, Ill., and Abram Hackman of Chicago, both administrative assistants, pray and cheer at the Showdown.Images by David Barreda. Signs of protest.Images by David Barreda.