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Shareholder Spring

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Shareholder Spring

This spring I help put together, train and coordinate folks to confront Wells Fargo and Bank of America investors at their annual shareholder meetings in San Francisco and Charlotte NC.  In both cases new and emerging movement relationships keep growing and building trust and experience.  With Occupy being a strong force in each area, blended with the strength of the community-based organizations and labor union skills and resources we successfully impacted both shareholder meetings.  In both places we were able to use multiple marches, giant props, nonviolent civil disobedience and escalating actions in the lead up.  These were part of a larger initiative by a coalition of groups that has been growing for  several years.  Some of this is rooted in the work of the New Bottomline and synergy with Occupy during the fall of 2011 when a Fall campaign of actions was launched in 8 cities at about the same time that Occupy took root. This collaboration has continued to grow and evolve spawning things like Occupy Our Homes and work around debt.