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Holding Bank of America to account

Last week, activists with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) climbed 100ft to suspend a banner on Charlotte's Bank of America stadium, where President Obama is scheduled to make his nomination acceptance speech on 6 September. The banner read "Bank of America" with the word "America" crossed out and replaced with "Coal".

RAN is part of a broad coalition fighting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal. RAN executive director Rebecca Tarbotton told me:

The Guardian
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Six arrested at Bank of America protest

Some groups are calling for a moratorium on foreclosures and an increase in loan principal reduction as effects of the mortgage crisis continue. Others decry the bank’s financing of coal energy projects, and still others seek to end corporate political donations.

Organizers have pledged nonviolence. In fact, many of them have gone through workshops or other training on nonviolent protesting, said Amanda Starbuck of the Rainforest Action Network. But they don’t rule out street and sidewalk blockages that could spur police action.

Charlotte Observer
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Occupy Bank of America: Hundreds protest

"We see Bank of America as the worst of the worst," said Amanda Starbuck, a director at the environmental advocacy group Rainforest Action Network, which organized the protests. "There's a lot of momentum around Bank of America."

CNN Money
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Duke, Bank of America protests will test new city rules

The banner that hung briefly from “Bank of Coal” stadium Wednesday was the first of upcoming protests that, four months before the Democratic National Convention, will test Charlotte’s ability to police waves of demonstrators.

Protesters will welcome Duke Energy shareholders at their annual meeting Thursday morning. Organizers say 1,000 activists will be on hand for Bank of America’s shareholder meeting next Wednesday. Another group vows to “occupy” a conservative legislative summit May 11.

Charlotte Observer
Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bank of America New Environment Initiative: Weak on Coal Means Weak on Climate

Release Date: 
Monday, June 11, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (6.11.2012)—Today, Bank of America announced a new environmental initiative, which includes a commitment to $50 billion over ten years for environmental investments. While the bank is focusing on energy efficiency (largely reducing emissions from its own consumption), renewable energy and energy infrastructure, transportation, and water and waste, the bank does not address its role in financing fossil fuels, like coal, which are the leading cause of climate emissions in the United States.

Bank of America Now Target of Fake Press Release

There is a Brian Moynihan imposter on the loose.

This morning a quite realistic-looking press release said the bank has launched a new campaign — “Your Bank of America.” Dressed in BofA’s famed “flagstaff” logos and color–it’s even the right fonts–the “release” says the bank is on a quest to find out how banking should happen and wants America’s help.

On a related website, yourbofa.com, a letter purporting to be from CEO Brian Moynihan kicks off with “Today, it’s time to acknowledge that our Bank isn’t working anymore.”

Wall Street Journal Blog
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Parody site puts Bank of America in your hands

What would Bank of America look like if it were owned by its customers?

YourBofA.com, a parody site launched this week, lets the crowd take a stab at answering that question. Mimicking the real Bank of America site's look, it takes scathing aim at the bank's missteps and invites visitors to share their ideas about what a taxpayer-owned Bank of America should do. Several thousand contributors have already sent in suggestions.

CNNMoney
Friday, April 20, 2012

Bank vs. America Showdown: Massive Protests at BofA Shareholder's Meeting

Release Date: 
Monday, May 7, 2012

Media Advisory for May 8 and 9, 2012

Daring Action at Bank of America Stadium Leads to Five Arrests

Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

HI-RES PHOTOS: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforestactionnetwork/sets/72157629583424804/

Rainforest Action Network Renames Bank of America Stadium – “Bank of Coal”

Rainforest Action Network Renames Bank of America Stadium – “Bank of Coal”

Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Five Advocates Unfurl 70-Foot Banner Atop Bank Branded Stadium

HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS AVAILABLE ON FLICKR: ran.org/bofaphotos

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