Eco-Activists Fighting Climate Criminals Need Help!

Yesterday, police violently arrested five people at a nonviolent direct action at the regional Bank of America headquarters in downtown Asheville.peaceful protester arrested at Bank of America

Despite severe police surveillance and scare tactics during the Southeast Climate Action Convergence and an unprecedented police presence including an estimated 50 in riot gear, the action was completely non-violent. Those arrested were locked down inside the building, while supporters rallied outside wearing polar bear and canary costumes to represent non-human victims of environmental devastation. Reportedly, the Asheville Police Department responded by repeatedly using high voltage electric shock devices (tasers) on the defenseless protesters locked down.

Four of the activists are being held for an undisclosed period of time. Their bail is set at $1000 each, $4000 in total. The four were brutally arrested yesterday during a nonviolent direct action at the regional Bank of America headquarters in downtown Asheville after the Southeast Convergence for Climate Action (for more info click here).

During the demonstration, the four entered the bank to engage with the customers about where Bank of America is investing their money and demand that bank of America stop funding coal projects. Between 2005 and 2007, Bank of America facilitated nearly $1 billion in loans to Massey Energy and Arch Coal, two of the largest companies responsible for the destructive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining.

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6 Responses to “Eco-Activists Fighting Climate Criminals Need Help!”

  1. 1 Phillip Huggan Aug 16th, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    One simple solution is to federally mandate aluminum can deposit levies (5 or 10 cents). This alone would drop *global* GHG emissions by about 0.03% annually.
    Another is to take all the oil tax credits and shift them over to manufacturing wind turbines. Wind turbine blades are aerospace industry products. Seems a natural military-industrial complex bedfellow.
    Now, while the USA still has a huge basic R+D comparitive advantage over the entire developing world, it would make sense to ramp up solid-state hydrogen storage R+D at American Universities and corporate chemistry labs. A solid-state hydrogen storage economy is inevitable if modern civilization is to survive through this century. The USA-centric hedgemony and survival solutions are much preferable to the hedgemony and Roman Empire solutions.

  2. 2 Morgan Goodwin Aug 17th, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    I just sent them $20.

  3. 3 Joy Oct 14th, 2007 at 9:31 am

    I don’t recall this being on any newscasts and I live in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Any videos out there of thess non-violent protestors getting tased? I would be especially interested in looking at them………thx.

  4. 4 a civil servant Nov 1st, 2008 at 3:42 am

    this is dumb, you basically said in your statement exactally what the law defines trespassing as. If they were peacefully protesting, they have no right to do so inside the bank. APD was in the right by arresting them. Your not protesting anything, your terrorizing the people who work at that bank. Tasers aren’t against the law, they’ve been in use by law enforcement for years and are non-lethal. In the cases where they were lethal, there was contributing health factors in those people which lead to their death not the taser. Next time try reporting the facts for a change.

  5. 5 Master of the civil servant Dec 15th, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Arresting trespassers is legitimate, but use of tazers on peaceful protestors is just plain STUPID. “a civil servant” are you one of the stupid ones?

  1. 1 Did Al Gore just tell you off? « It’s Getting Hot In Here Trackback on Aug 16th, 2007 at 3:11 pm
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About Liz

Liz is a North Carolina native who first became involved in college organizing around clean energy.  She cofounded the Energy Action Coalition (EAC) in 2004 and was involved in the youth climate movement through 2008 including helping to start the international youth climate blog: and co-chairing of the EAC Steering Committee from 2006-2008.  She directed the Southern Energy Network, a founding member of EAC, from 2006-09. She has collaborated with a number of community, state, regional and national organizations on fighting new dirty energy facilities and promoting cleaner energy alternatives.  Through her work she became more interested in broader social justice issues, and her involvement with social justice in Knoxville connected her with the Highlander Research and Education Center, where she has been a board member since 2008 ( Currently, she is pursuing a masters degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon, but she hopes to soon return to the South. During the summer of 2013, she co-taught the Cycle the Rockies course with the Wild Rockies Field Institute (

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