Looking to build on the Occupy Wall Street movement, activists say they're turning to corporate shareholder meetings this spring to vent their anger over economic disparity in the United States and to promote an assortment of other causes.
A group called 99% Power -- a reference to those not among the top 1 percent of earners -- says it plans actions at 36 shareholder meetings, with the first big push coming at Tuesday's Wells Fargo & Co gathering in San Francisco.
San Francisco—A thousand-plus people representing the diversity of the 99 percent will converge in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 9 to protest Bank of America policies that are bankrupting our economy and destroying our environment at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Rainforest Action Network, the New Bottom Line, the Pushback Network and a growing number of other national organizations will coordinate with local grassroots efforts for the non-violent mass mobilization.
Today Rainforest Action Network activists traveled to Chevron’s headquarters in San Ramon to issue an arrest warrant for Chevron CEO John Watson for international environmental and human rights crimes. The action came the day that Brazilian prosecutors filed criminal charges against Chevron executives after the company’s drilling operations caused an offshore oil spill that dumped thousands of gallons of oil into a fragile marine ecosystem.
SAN FRANCISCO— Today, Midwest Generation, a subsidiary of Edison International, announced the retirement of the Fisk and Crawford coal plants, two of the oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the country. Agreements signed by Midwest Generation, Chicago’s Clean Power Coalition and the City of Chicago indicate that Fisk will shut down in 2012 and the Crawford coal plant in Little Village will shut down by 2014. The announcement marks a historic victory after a decade-long grassroots campaign designed to protect public health and the environment from the impacts of burning coal.
Weeks after their eviction from several area encampments, anti-Wall Street activists in San Francisco, including a former Pacific Stock Exchange president, are vowing to disrupt the city's financial district on Friday with a series of protests.
Plans for the day include demonstrations at various bank branches starting early in the morning, an attempt to take over an unspecified foreclosed building and a bit of street theater by Iraq war veterans who have embraced the San Francisco spinoff of the Occupy Wall Street movement.