On May 1st, at the stroke of midnight, ATMs across Santa Cruz, California were put out of their misery. This action is in solidarity with those arrested on May Day in Olympia. They are accused of rioting and throwing rocks through the windows of Bank of America and US Bank. Some of the banks targeted in Santa Cruz include Bank of America and Wells Fargo. While all banks fund destructive, repressive, industrial enterprises, these two are particularly heinous.
Wells Fargo invests in the GEO Group, which owns the ICE Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The Northwest Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, Detention Center is a private immigration prison facility located on the tide flats of Tacoma, Washington. The detention center opened in 2004 under a contract with The US Department of Homeland Security, Though owners have changed over time, the facility is now owned by the GEO Group which operates prison facilities in Australia, The UK, South Africa, the US and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Bank of America and CitiBank fund companies that are responsible for mountaintop removal. Mountaintop removal is the highly destructive mining process that literally explodes the tops off of mountains. It has led to the loss of thousands of square miles of Appalachian forests and mountains and the devastation of Appalachian communities, and yet they continue to bankroll this destruction. Bank of America has financed billions of dollars to companies that practice mountaintop removal, including Massey Energy, Arch Coal, Alpha Natural Resources and many more.
Bank of America has funneled billions to Peabody Energy, the largest coal mining company in the world. For 40 years, Navajo and Hopi communities in Arizona have been ravaged by Peabody Energy's Black Mesa mine, which affects the land rights of thousands of families, drains 2.5 million gallons daily from the only community water supply and has left a toxic legacy along a 273-mile coal slurry pipeline.
Sabotage of the machinery of capital and industry continue in Santa Cruz and across the world. As state repression increases, so too will our resistance!