BANK OF AMERICA – WHERE IS THE LOVE????
FEB 14 – 12pm to 6pm – NYC – Washington Square Park!!!
Date(s) – Tue. Feb 14 2012
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Washington Square Park
57 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012
Broken Hearts Mended!
Have you had your Dreams crushed? Heart broken? Want to love again, but maybe feel the need to end a bad experience once and for all?
To heal ourselves as a community, to reclaim our capacity to Love and Trust, we are joining together to celebrate one another– and to make our voices heard clearly: we want a system that respects people, plants, animals and the planet itself!
Creative opportunities, music and Gift-Making-Giving will be on site throughout the day. Do you want to express your need to change your relationship with banks, money or want to close an account? Feel free to bring a Valentine or make one on site. There will be food, art-making, performances, music, drums, dancing, presentations and opportunities to reclaim and empower your capacity to Know yourself and to Love yourself (and others!).
Be sure to come at 4pm, where we will complete the offerings and teachings and hear from our sponsors Mountain Justice, Organization for Occupation, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. Then we will march to the nearest Bank and deliver our Blue Valentine’s and finally return to the park to clean up and share dinner.
It sure seems as though Bank of America loves profits more than people. We want out of this abusive relationship. Bank of America has foreclosed on more homes than any other bank in the United States. They are also foreclosing on the planet through their investments in coal and mountaintop removal and the underwriting of loans to the US coal industry.
The watchdog group Public Citizen filed a petition with the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department this week calling for the break up of Bank of America, warning its too-big-to-fail status poses “a grave threat to US financial stability.”
On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, we will break up with Bank of America. Come on down to Washington Square Park and join us!
And any other relationships you need to end– bring bank statements, etc you no longer need or want.
We keep giving and giving and get nothing in return. This is a toxic relationship. And we want out. Anyone who shares our views or wants to know more is welcome to come by and join us.
If you want our love Bank of America you’ll have clean up your act: quit kicking working class, poor and elderly people out of their homes and divest from coal and all forms of fossil fuel.
Bank of America, its over. That’s why we’re meeting in Public, please: don’t make a scene.
Find out more for yourself, sign a petition and get informed:
Bank of America received a public $54 billion dollar TARP bailout, additional loans of nearly a trillion dollars. They received a tax refund of $1.9 billion in 2009, and $1 billion in 2010 after paying $0 in taxes. The excess of their Board of Directors is well-known, and we will highlight these sundry details. The Federal Reserve wants to approve of Bank of America’s transfer of $22 trillion of questionable assets to a publicly-insured FDIC account, against the wishes of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), an independent agency created by the U.S. Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the financial system.
Bank of America executives have not been as generous to America as we have been to them. The bank has continued to foreclose on homes at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, they have pumped $4.3 billion into the US coal industry over the last 2 years—more than any other bank. Yet their website celebrates $45 million in loans for “Energy Efficiency” and has still not moved ahead with a cooperative alternative energy program SolarStrong yet they have invested in greenhouse-gas-emitting companies, including Arch Coal, Patriot Coal, Consol, Peabody Energy and Edison International.
Others have also called to break up with specific companies unless they change their ways, such as the CIW who has highlighted Trader Joe’s as a company that could do better in honoring the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. http://www.ciw-online.org
Taking part in the break up: members of the Occupy Wall Street Environmentalist Solidarity Working Group, which focuses on ecological aspects of the Occupy Movement, Mountain Justice, fighting coal and mountaintop removal in Appalachia and worldwide, NYU4OWS, students and others in the NYU community in Solidarity with OWS, and Organize for Occupation, which organizes communities in New York City to halt foreclosures and moves homeless families into disused bank possessed homes. Song and Sermon will be provided by Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.