Bill Daley, Head of Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase, is based in Chicago, and they were there to deliver Bill a message.
Twenty people entered the Chase building and lay-down on the ground wearing messages reading “Chase Blows Up Mountains”. Two activists revealed a banner, “Bill Daley – Where’s your MTR policy?”
Others distributed information to Chase employees and customers, explaining the issues surrounding mountaintop removal and Chase bank’s role as the largest US financer of MTR coal mining.
The crew were inside the building for twenty minutes. They were detained by bank security guards who called the police, who arrived promptly and insisted that the peaceful protesters be allowed to leave.
It is clear that Chase are getting frustrated by this campaign. But we’re committed to keep going until the bank releases a public policy detailing their commitment to end financing of mountaintop removal.