Watch: Thousands Converge on Bank of America Shareholders Meeting for "Bank vs. America" Protest
Today is the day.
As I write this, thousands of protesters have converged in Charlotte, North Carolina, to make their voices heard at the Bank of America Shareholders meeting. Hundreds more are on their way.
Here are some tweets from this morning's actions:
A shareholder named "Johnny" has been arrested after being refused entry into the #bankofamerica shareholder meeting— jasoncherkis (@jasoncherkis) May 9, 2012
Lots of people of color at #BankvsAmerica. The bankers who destroyed the economy were mostly white. Their victims mostly people of color.— Max Berger (@maxberger) May 9, 2012
Older woman just walked into shareholders meeting with a sign that read BANK OF AMERICA STOLE $500,000 FROM ME #bankvsamerica— CODEPINK (@codepink) May 9, 2012
The 99% Power Coalition that is running the day's events points out the extraordinary pre-emptive policing measures that have been taken:
More than 1,000 people from Charlotte, across North Carolina and around the country have traveled to the shareholder meeting today to share their stories of how Bank of America has harmed them and their communities and to demand the company change its destructive practices.
A large number of 99 percenters are shareholders who have the right to enter the meeting and address CEO Brian Moynihan about the bank’s record of foreclosing on millions of families, investing in dirty coal, dodging its fair share of taxes, and other corporate abuses. 99%Power sent a letter to Moynihan last week demanding that the bank let all shareholders and proxy members into the meeting.
It hasn't dampened turnout. Watch the livestream below and follow the #bankvsamerica hashtag on twitter