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Occupy movement turning to shareholder meetings

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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Media Advisory for May 8 and 9, 2012

Daring Action at Bank of America Stadium Leads to Five Arrests

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012


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

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

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Five Advocates Unfurl 70-Foot Banner Atop Bank Branded Stadium


US Banks Risk Public Health and Climate by Financing Coal

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

RAN and Sierra Club Detail the “Filthy Five” Banks in third annual “Coal Finance Report Card”

Over 1000 to Protest Bank of America at Shareholder Meeting

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Kerul Dyer, 415.866.0005

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.

Brazil Issues Criminal Charges Against Chevron

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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.

Chicago Coal Plant Closures Point to Energy Source as Risky Investment

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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.

Chevron Paid Thousands to Influence Government Trade Talks

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Friday, February 24, 2012

February 24, 2012

Contact:  Ginger Cassady, Rainforest Action Network, 415-640-7155,

                 Robert Collier, Amazon Watch, 415-298-5726,

San Francisco protesters target financial district on Friday

 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.

Thursday, January 19, 2012