The main action at the East Coast Convergence for Climate action ended with arrests of 5 non-violent protesters against Bank of America. ( http://www.climateconvergence.org/southeast/).
Bank of America and its subsidiaries make up one of the largest corporations in the world and they are funding new coal fired plants and coal mining projects.
Most of which are taking place in the Appalachian Mountains (Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia) where coal companies are leveling entire mountains for coal (about 700 feet of mountain and wildlife for 2 feet of low grade coal seam). They use ammonium nitrate fuel oil to blast the mountain apart and then dump the dirt into the valleys. (Coal companies last year used enough explosive to equal the power of 28 atomic bombs in West Virginia alone). They have covered over 1,000 miles of streams and leveled over 400 mountains in hardest hit West Virginia. Slurry ponds created by the "cleaning" of coal generate huge environmental disasters. The largest slurry pond in the world passed its proposal last year and is scheduled to be built to hold 9 billion gallons of coal slurry including toxic heavy metals, arsenic, mercury, and carcinogenic chemicals in the separation process.
Communities in the Appalachian region are fighting coal companies and the state of West Virginia to relocate a public Marsh Fork Elementary School that is right next to a 2.8 gallon slurry pond and a coal pulverizing silo. Ed Willey is helping to raise 5 billion dollars for a new school with his community. His community happens to be one of the poorest communities in the nation, a poverty rate at about 40%.
There is a nation-wide call to action to protest Bank of America!
Here is link for actions scheduled around the US, post your action if there is not one at your local branch.
We will be at the Hawthorne Blvd Location at
3757 SE Hawthorne Blvd (at the corner of SE 38th Ave.)
Bring signs, bikes, scissors, and bank cards! We will be canceling our accounts and celebrating while educating others waiting in line with their paychecks to maybe cancel their accounts also.
Peace and Solidarity!
See you there!