On the 29th of September, Occupy activists lauched coordinated protests against every branch of Bank of America in DC that normally opens on Saturday, all 11 of them. All were late to open, some stayed closed an hour or more.
The message at the Georgetown branch of Bank of America was “Due to protest activity we will be delaying opening.” At Dupont Circle, the bank refused out of cowardice to let account holders enter the bank to cash checks because peaceful protesters were outside-at one point just three of them.
The Colombia Heights branch managed to open, but not on time. Anyone entering had to pass through the protest and behind the banner. This greatly reduced business. They were also the focus of a growing crowd when other bank branches closed at noon, as they remain open until one.
At many bank branchs cops made threats of arrest that proved to be bluffs when called. At Columbia Heights, at one point cops threatened to arrest the cheerleaders for a chant deemed “obscene” and were told to put up or shut up. They also made a serious mistake: Several times they tries to order people to clear the sidewalk, and in the end everyone did exactly that, moving the protest to the street. This blocked the intersection of Irving St and 14th st, and the cops were unable to do anything but bluff some more until protesters left the street on their own.
All this was because Bank of America is still trying to foreclose on Rev Vanzant’s home. When he became ill and asked for a loan modification, he was told he had to go behind on his payments to become eligable for a loan modification. When he followed the bank’s advice, they decided to turn around and begin foreclosure proceedings instead! They were refusing even to discuss the issue until an earler protest, and have yet to offer to set things right.
One woman at the Mount Pleasant branch of Bof A closed her account on the spot after hearing about how Bank of America is treating Reverend Vanzant. Bank of America needs to let Reverend Vanzant stay in his home, stop then rest of their crooked and robosigned foreclosures, and return every penny of taxpayer bailout money from 2008 that was spend on things like yachts for senior executives.