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EARTH LIBERATION FRONT VANDALIZES BANK OF AMERICA DIRECTOR'S HOME IN North Carolina

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URGENT NEWS ADVISORY
JULY 17, 2009

EARTH LIBERATION FRONT VANDALIZES BANK OF AMERICA DIRECTOR'S HOME IN PROTEST OF THE COMPANY'S FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF MOUNTAIN TOP REMOVAL COAL MINING

NORTH CAROLINA, USA: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) has officially claimed responsibility for vandalizing the home of W. Steve Jones, Director of Compensation for Bank of America on two separate occasions, first on the night of June 21st and additionally on the evening of July 7.

A communiqué sent by the ELF to the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office (NAELFPO) stated, "Steve Jones, ... Bank Of America, the United States' primary investor in mountain top removal coal mining, had his house visited twice during the night recently... On the eve of the Summer Solstice, we visited him the first time, smashing the front window on the cute lamp in his driveway and leaving a sticker on the post to let him know why we'd visited. Also this night we glued the locks and put stickers on a Bank Of America branch in his town."

The E.L.F. is an international underground organization that uses direct action in the form of economic sabotage to stop the systematic exploitation and destruction of the planet. Since its inception in North America in 1996, the ELF has inflicted well over $150 million in damages to corporations and governmental agencies that are profiting from the destruction of the Earth.

In 2008, Bank of America announced plans to phase out financing for companies that practice mountain top removal coal mining. However, B of A did not specify any time schedule in which this is to be accomplished.

"B of A's announcement last year was a slick form of deception designed to distract the public while the company continued to fund disastrous coal extraction," stated Lisa Nesbitt, Press Officer for the NAELFPO. "Until Bank of America completely discontinues funding of companies engaged in mountain top removal coal mining, it can consider itself a target of the earth liberation movement.

Mountain top removal coal mining devastates landscapes and communities and has been under criticism for decades. The process commences with mining companies stripping and clear cutting forests and then literally blasting away the mountain layer by layer to reach the coal. The waste from the mining process is then dumped into streams and valleys. The polluted streams then carry iron, silt and sulfur compounds downstream. In the aftermath, the mine sites are typically left stripped and bare.

The ELF warned of further action against Bank of America, stating, "For the kids, for the bears, for the mountains, for the wolves, for the fish, for our mother, we will be back."

For more information contact:

North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office
Tel: 202.521.1482
 info@elfpressoffice.org
www.elfpressoffice.org
EARTH LIBERATION FRONT COMMUNIQUE
July 16, 2009

"North Carolina:
Steve Jones, a member of the board of directors for Bank Of America, the United States' primary investor in mountain top removal coal mining, had his house visited twice during the night recently.

On the eve of the Summer Solstice, we visited him the first time, smashing the front window on the cute lamp in his driveway and leaving a sticker on the post to let him know why we'd visited. Also on this night we glued the locks and put stickers on a Bank Of America branch in his town. 2 weeks later, on the eve of the full moon we returned to his house and smashed to bits the rest of the lamp and splattered black paint all over the sign with his address/mail box and steps/walkway.

Animal rights activists have long used red paint to mark murderers of many sorts; we chose black paint because it is black like the coal sludge that covers Tennessee, making the earth toxic in a disaster said to be worse than the Exxon Valdez spill. This disaster was uncommon only in that it got press coverage.

It is black like the water that comes out of the taps when people in effected communities turn on their taps for water. And it is black like your heart. For the kids, for the bears, for the mountains, for the wolves, for the fish, for our mother, We will be back. ELF."