by Ash Lauth, The Vote Solar Initiative
Next Wednesday, earthquakes will rock our world. That's the day student debt surpasses 1 trillion dollars; the same day one of the banks backing it, Bank of America, will find itself besieged by student action across the country. April 25th is a national day of action for students to take back their education and their planet from the clutches of Bank of America. That day, we're moving our money and moving mountains. And we need everyone on board.
April 25th, in the middle of Earth Week, is 1T Day (1 Trillion Day). It's a national day of action against this astonishing, sickening student debt; a day to take colleges and universities back from Wall Street.
April 25th is also the National Day of Student Action on Bank of America. This is a nation-wide push to move our money, petition others to join you, and protest at one of the dirtiest corporations of all. Bank of America is the #1 financer of the U.S. coal industry, the #1 forecloser on American homes, and one of the biggest holders of student loan debt. BofA has a long record of enriching the 1% at the expense of the 99% and the climate. In the lead-up to BoA’s May 9th Shareholder Meeting, environmental and economic justice groups are joining together to demand that BoA stop bankrupting our future.
EAC is specifically partnering up with Rainforest Action Network and students across the US on April 25th to take action on Bank of America with a slew of actions in order to Move Your Money. This is important because as students, we are a MAJOR revenue source for this predatory lender. Students and youth can leverage significant power as potential long-term account holders. Moving our money out of BofA to local credit unions, for example, will not only send a clear message about how we feel about 1 trillion dollars of debt, but how we feel about funding coal and contributing to climate chaos. Check out the action toolkit.
Envision April 25th - the phone of BofA CEO's Brian Moynihan (top Fossil Fool) off the hook with reports of protests at branches all over the US. Imagine students across the nation moving their money out of a bank bent on keeping them perpetually in debt. Visualize youth wielding power to end the financing of dirty, destructive coal. Imagine the energy and strength of youth creating a wave that carries over to a surge of action at Bank of America's shareholder meeting in Charlotte, NC on May 9th.
Just think, you, young people, have the power to do this.
EAC is putting out a call to all students and young people ready to stand up to Bank of America in this important day of action against student debt and climate change. We've put together a toolkit for you to plan and execute an action and will be standing by to give support. We're calling on you to turn out folks and exercise the force of the youth to shout, in undeniable terms, a demand for a just, equitable, and sustainable future.