FRIDAY, MARCH 07, 2008
THE BLOG OF THE RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

Appalachian Blue Grass Band Jams at Bank of America

Our friends at Mountain Justice Spring Break have been busy this week. Perhaps we can get a Blue Grass day of action at Citi and Bank of America branches soon.
"At noon on Wednesday, March 5th, approximately two dozen Mountain Justice activists visited a Bank of America in Boone North Carolina to protest the bank's funding of mountaintop removal coal mining and coal-fired power plants. Today's event was the third bluegrass-themed protest in a week in which Action Jackson, an Appalachian string band from East Tennessee, staged a traditional fiddle and banjo jam inside a BoA branch while others rallied in opposition to Bank of America's investments in coal. During the demonstration, three account-holders already present in the bank chose to close their accounts in protest, informing the branch assistant manager that they would not allow their hard-earned money to destroy Appalachian communities and ecosystems. After a few minutes police arrived on the scene and briefly detained one protestor who was later released without arrest or citation. "So long as Bank of America continues to fund the destruction of Appalachia, Appalachian string bands will have no choice but to bring our music into these banks. For as long as Bank of America is funding coal we're going to keep coming back," promised one of the musicians."

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