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Bank of America meeting "Dominated by Anti-Coal Activists"
May 17, 2013
It's official! According to major finance website thestreet.com, last week's Bank of America shareholder meeting was "dominated by anti-coal activists." PSR was delighted to be part of the anti-coal voice at the shareholder meeting, raising concerns about climate change and health before Bank of America decision-makers, the media, and a teach-in the night before.
A brief recap of what we did:
- PSR’s Barb Gottlieb, director of Environment and Health, was one of four speakers in a press conference in front of a giant mobile billboard, announcing that we were in town to take our message to the top executives and directors of the bank.
- She also participated in a teach-in about the impact of coal on local communities, with members of the Charlotte faith community at St Matthew's Catholic church (the 2nd biggest Catholic ministry in the U.S.). Favorite comment overheard: "The Pope would be on our side."
- She joined over 30 amazing coal and climate activists from communities across the U.S., and as far away as India, attending the Bank of America shareholders’ meeting. Barb was able to deliver to Bank of America’s CEO a statement signed by 2,817 PSR members, raising concerns over the health and climate impacts of the Bank’s coal loans.