A platoon of protestors objecting to UBS’s support for mining operations in Appalachia have descended on the financial giant’s Stamford-based headquarters and unfurled a banner from a downtown construction crane. Following a morning of securing a large construction crane at a 15-story building going up on lower Summer Street, protestors with the group Hands off Appalachia and Capitalism vs. the Climate intruded into the UBS’s Washington Boulevard headquarters and some chained themselves to the outside of the building…The protestors associated with the group Hands off Appalachia and Capitalism vs. the Climate climbed the crane before work began Monday morning on the site of a 15-story building now under construction next to the Majestic Theater on Summer Street. Three people went out on a boom and two began hanging about 200 feet off the ground and unfurled a 40 foot by 60 foot banner protesting UBS’s support of a company involved with the blasting away of tops of mountains for minerals. The activists pulled the banner back in at about 11:30 a.m. after about 2 hours of allowing it to fly directly within view of UBS’s North American headquarters on Washington Boulevard…At about 11 a.m. police found two other people that they believe were associated with the protest that had walkie-talkies, repelling gear and cameras watching from the Bell Street Garage. Fontneau said those two have also been taken into custody. On their web site, Hands Off Appalachia is claiming responsibility for the banner and are displaying pictures on their website. On the website the group says, “To executives at UBS, the devastation of strip-mining might just be another set of numbers on one more piece of paper. To the people of Appalachia, it is a matter of life and death. Today, we are headed once again to Stamford to tell UBS that no one is collateral damage to their profits. Hands Off Appalachia will not rest until UBS stops enabling the destruction of Appalachia and its people and severs their relationship with coal companies that engage in mountaintop removal.” [Stamford Advocate]
If UBS Wants To Support Appalachian Mining, It’s Going To Have To Start Getting Used To These Protesters Chained To The Side Of The Building FirstBy Bess Levin
Back in October, a man who goes by the name of Reverend Billy, AKA Bill Talen, appeared at JP Morgan to protest the bank’s financing of “mountaintop removal, dirty coal, fracking, and other types of fossil fuel extraction.” He did so by entering the building, along with members of his Stop Shopping choir who were dressed as frogs, heading up to the third floor (where wealth management offices are located), and belting out a tune on the subject. The Reverend delivered a sermon about JP Morgan’s role in climate change (via its investments), and his flock passed out informational pamphlets to clients and employees. They exited stage left and shortly thereafter, Billy and his choir director were arrested while waiting for the F train.
This was not the first time Reverend Billy publicly took issue with what JP Morgan does with its money (in June 2010 he put a “holy hex” on the bank), nor was it a first time a man of the cloth paid a visit to the House of Dimon (in March 2011, a church group led by one “Bishop Cush” performed an exorcism on the steps of 270 Park Avenue, sprinkling holy water on the building in an effort to “chase the demons out of Chase”).
But something about this particular exercise struck a chord and now, the Reverend is facing up to 1 year in prison. That’s where you come in. Read more »
What they lack in numbers they make up for in signage, flyers, and to the point demands (“GTFO”…of your investment in a company that wants to mine gold in a Romanian village). Read more »
The line forms to the left! Read more »
Earlier today, we were told that Brian Moynihan’s speech at the Citi Financial Services was interrupted by several protesters chanting “bust up Bank of America before it busts up America.” One did so running down the aisles, one jumped onto the stage and grabbed the mic from Moynihan, and one “jumped on a table in front of the stage and pulled off her top to show the slogan written across her chest,” before being escorted out. Some of, as is your wont, requested visual evidence before you would believe it happened. Here you go. Read more »
NYPD Pretty Sure Video Of Cop Blasting Wall Street Protestors With Pepper Spray Was Edited To Make Him Look BadBy Bess Levin
That, or the camera man had to have been slacking on the job. Read more »