- Posted May 4, 2012 by
Bank vs. America: Wednesday in Washington
There's a showdown between the 99% and Bank of America next week. People are protesting at the the BofA shareholders meeting in Charlotte and at solidarity actions nationwide. There's a protest in Washington at 3:30 PM. Can you make it? RSVP for the Protest! Dear MoveOn member, Given recent history, Bank of America should be rebranded "Bank vs. America." While our economy tanked, BofA made billions in profits by dodging taxes, illegally foreclosing on homes, and squeezing customers—hitting communities of color especially hard. 1 But this spring, tens of thousands of people were trained to fight back against Bank of America and big corporations. Next week, at the annual shareholders meeting in Charlotte, NC, local progressives are blending street theatre with protest to get the attention of top BofA executives and the media. BofA's so nervous about bad publicity that the city of Charlotte will enforce a draconian protest law that allows police to search someone for having a bike helmet or magic marker. 2 We know that Bank of America is susceptible to public pressure. (Remember when they tried to hike debit fees?) 3 If we all speak out against BofA on the same day, we can ratchet up the pressure by drawing more media attention and scrutiny to them. That's why, as part of the 99% Spring, progressives are organizing protests at Bank of America branches throughout the country on May 9.