On the tail end of the mid-day rush today, Mountain
Justice activists entered into a Bank of America
branch in downtown Columbia South Carolina to protest
the bank's investments in Mountaintop Removal and
coal-fired power plants. While two protestors played
high-energy traditional fiddle and banjo music,
others, adorned with Mountain Justice stickers,
distributed information to employees and
account-holders while one soap-boxed, explaining that
as BoA continues to fund the destruction of
Appalachia, Appalachian musicians would continue to
arrange renegade performances at BoA locations.
One account-holder expressed to us that she was
already unhappy with BoA's services and thanked us
for sharing our information with her.
The tellers called the cops and we left before they
arrived having already engaged everyone in the branch
and given everyone a flyer. As we left our new friend
who was already unhappy with BoA wished us well.
This action was organized by an autonomous Mountain
Justice affinity group and supported by activists with
the Southern Energy Network and Students Allied for a
Greener Earth at the University of South Carolina.