On the 1st of December, the Earth Quaker Action Team and Climate First! shut down the branch of PNC Bank at Dupont Circle with a protest against PNC’s investments in mountaintop removal coal mining. PNC bank is one of the top two investors in MTR mines as so many other banks have been driven out of funding this controversial and destructive practice.
December 1 was a national day of action against PNC called by the Earth Quaker Action Team, and Climate First bottom-lined the action here in DC. The original plan was to put four people, two of them account holders, inside the branch asking to speak to the manager. Bank security, however, chose to lock the doors and deny entrance to everyone, including accountholders.
At one point a furious customer, unable to cash a check or transact whatever business he had with the bank, pounded on the windows yelling that he needed to speak with the manager. Customer after customer was turned away by paranoid bank security and their locked doors. Protesters distributed leaflets about PNC’s role in funding mountaintop removal mining but were not in any way aggressive.
Quakers do not use aggressive tactics, yet security turned away the morning’s business. If you don’t care about “Almost Level, West Virginia” and PNC Bank’s role in funding it, maybe you will care enough about that kind of lousy customer service to close your account anyway.