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Rainforest Action Network: Eight Arrested During Protest at Bank of America Headquarters

16 Nov

Photo Credit: Rainforest Action Network

Eight people arrested protesting Bank of America’s reckless financing practices, including the banks role as the lead financier of coal. Two people were arrested after unfurling a banner reading “Not with Our Money” from atop two 50-foot flagpoles at the entrance of Bank of America’s headquarters in downtown Charlotte. Six more were arrested below: two while supporting the climbers, and four while blocking the main entrance to the bank’s headquarters.

“As the authorities attempt to evict Occupy protestors from public spaces, they are going to start showing up at Bank of America doorsteps across the country. Bank of America is in the center of the Occupy Movement because of its reckless financial practices that put profit before people and planet,” said Amanda Starbuck, Rainforest Action Network’s Energy and Finance Campaign Director. “If Bank of America would like to regain the trust of the 99 percent, it must adopt sound economic and environmental policies that reflect the values of its customers. Bank of America can start by getting out of bed with the coal industry, and shifting its funding toward renewable energy sources that will have long term benefits for our environment, our health and our economy.”

“Bank of America is foreclosing on our neighbors and it’s foreclosing on our climate. To be honest, I’m embarrassed that I’m still a customer,” said Jamie Trowbridge, an Appalachian State University student who was one of the two climbers arrested at today’s protest. “Coal is dirty at every stage in its lifecycle. No longer will Bank of America fund coal with my money. When I get back to school, I’m going to cut up my BoA debit card, and help other students do the same.”

In the past two years alone, Rainforest Action Network has found that Bank of America has pumped $4.3 billion into the U.S. coal industry; $1.3 billion more than other top banks. With today’s protest, environmentalists have joined the mounting outrage at Bank of America’s reckless financing practices, a critique which has been on display with the Occupy Movement and with the record transfer of customer accounts to credit unions. According to the Credit Union National Association, 700,000 consumers across the nation have joined credit unions since Sept. 29 and credit unions have added $4.5 billion in new savings accounts.

Bank of America funds every sector of the U.S. coal industry, including companies that operate the most controversial coal-fired power plants and the most devastating forms of strip mining, including mountaintop removal coal mining. Today’s action comes only a month after RAN announced its Not One More Dollar for Campaign, which asks Bank of America customers to close their accounts until Bank of America stops subsidizing the coal industry.

The international environmental group has garnered the support of thousands of Bank of America customers, who in the last few weeks have pledged to close their accounts, citing the bank’s insistence on underwriting the coal industry. Coal is responsible for 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and the U.S. is the world’s second largest coal producer. Coal-fired energy generation is responsible for pollutants that damage cardiovascular and respiratory health and threaten healthy child development.

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NYC activists to RAN: “Wake Up! Quit Compromising!”

19 May

We got this in our inbox last night. Should’ve published it sooner, now NYC Indymedia beat us to it by a few hours. It’s still an awesome story! More people should be holding Big Green groups accountable for the steaming crock that is the FSC. RAN originally formed because other Big Green groups were compromising too often, and now they’ve become that which they’ve purported to stand against. This was a great creative direct communication, y’all. Keep up the good work.

Rainforest Action Network stars in “FSC and the City”

Activists Challenge Mainstream Environmental Organization’s Continued Support for Industrial Logging of Old-Growth Forests, Tell RAN “It’s Time for a Divorce” from FSC

by Anais Pagano, 5/16/10

At their 25th anniversary celebration in New York City’s West Village on April 29, a surprise awaited the mainstream environmental organization – the Rainforest Action Network (RAN). Their event was hosted by *Sex and the City *star Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big in both the long-running TV show and recent hit films. Just as Mr. Big was meeting and greeting in front of the gala to benefit RAN, a black car pulled up and out swaggered *another* Mr.Big and two striking-looking activists playing his charming costars, Samantha and Carrie. Continue reading

News Roundup 5/8

8 May

The Big Oil Spill moves inexorably toward shore. Our friends in Tuscon, the Center for Biological Diversity have recently launched an excellent portal for information about it.

The Oiled Wildlife Care Network has an excellent blog about their efforts to mitigate the impacts of the spill on endangered species of the Gulf Coast. They informed us that Google Earth is tracking the spill.

The NY Times also has some great info, featuring interactive graphics and an article on the containment dome, which is an “experimental solution” that is completely bogus.

A good article here about how the feds are collaborating with BP to keep us all in the dark about the extent of the spill and who will pay the costs of cleanup (hint: rhymes with ‘snacksprayers’).

Discover Mag is already thinking about the next big spill.

Here’s a good collection of images from the Nashville Flood.

Comrades at RAN occupied the executive offices at Cargill. Why? Because they’re the nation’s largest importer of palm oil. Photos here.

In vivisection news, mice (and thus, probably other mammals too) can synthesize their own morphine.