Members of the Chicago CRA Coalition, as well as other
organization throughout the country had contacted the Federal Reserve
requesting these public meetings, which are the first meetings held on a major
acquisition since 2004.

Woodstock Institute had strongly advocated for a public
meeting and an extension of the comment period to give interested parties the
chance to critically assess the impact of this acquisition on the customers and
communities served by both financial institutions.   Extending the public comment period will
also give interested parties the opportunity to review both Bank of America’s
and Countrywide Financial’s 2007 lending data, which is available from the financial
institution upon request beginning April 1. 

These hearings will also help shed light on the lending
practices that pushed Countrywide Financial to the brink of bankruptcy and
resulted in several ongoing investigations into Countrywide’s lending practices
initiated by a number of states’ Attorneys General.

The meetings will be held in Los
on Monday, April 28, 2008, and Tuesday, April 29, 2008 and
in Chicago on Tuesday,
April 22, 2008.

Community organizations or individuals wishing to present
testimony at the public meeting to be held in Chicago must submit a written
request to Alicia Williams, Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago,
230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604 (or by fax to 312/913-2626)
no later than April 8, 2008 5:00 p.m. CDT.

For more information visit the Federal Reserve Board
announcement at:

or contact Woodstock Institute.