Quaker “Die-In” Mon. May 7th in Harrisburg During 200 Mile “Green Walk”
Protecting Our Waters Executive Director Iris Marie Bloom will join a Quaker activist group in Harrisburg this coming Monday, May 7th to demand PNC Bank divest from extreme energy extraction industries. The Earth Quaker Action Team’s Advisory is below. Ms. Bloom will speak at the 2pm event.
May 3, 2012
Contact: Zachary Hershman. Earth Quaker Action Team (201.264.2200) firstname.lastname@example.org
QUAKERS STOP IN HARRISBURG DURING 200 MILE “GREEN WALK”
AGAINST PNC BANK’S INVESTMENTS IN CONTROVERSIAL MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL COAL MINING
NONVIOLENT ‘DIE IN’ AT PNC PLANNED FOR MON. MAY 7TH
WHAT – On the morning of Monday, April 30th, Philadelphia-based Quaker environmental organization, the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), began a sixteen-day, 200 mile “Green Walk” from PNC Bank’s regional headquarters in Philadelphia to their national headquarters in Pittsburgh, to raise awareness about the bank’s investments in a dangerous and unregulated form of surface coal mining known as Mountaintop Removal.
On May 7th, EQAT will stop in Harrisburg for two events: a nonviolent “die-in” at the doors of PNC Bank that will bring together PNC customers alongside opponents of mountaintop removal, natural gas hydrofracking (in which PNC is also a major financier), and financial mismanagement. Later that afternoon, a public event, called “Angelic Troublemakers,” about our Walk across Pennsylvania.
WHEN – NONVIOLENT PUBLIC “DIE IN”– Mon. May 7th, 2:00pm, PNC Bank, 2 N. 2nd St.
“ANGELIC TROUBLEMAKERS” EVENT- 5:30pm, Midtown Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St.
WHY – PNC Bank, a descendent of the Quaker Provident Bank, is a leading financier of mountaintop removal in the U.S. This extreme form of strip mining has destroyed 500 mountains and buried over 2000 miles of streams in Appalachia, contaminating the water and increasing the rates of cancer and birth defects for thousands in the region.
Along the route, Earth Quaker Action Team will be collecting “Green Your Money” pledge (www.GreenPNC.org) from PNC customers who are committing to close their accounts if PNC doesn’t end financing for corporations that practice mountaintop removal, and shift it to sustainable industries that will create safer, more numerous jobs for coal communities.
EQAT has given PNC until May 31 to announce a new policy ending their connections to mountaintop removal, when account-holders from across the state will begin to move their money elsewhere – Quakers and PNC customers have already pledged to withdraw over $2 million dollars from the bank.
VISUALS – Colorful Banners, Signs, Faith Communities, Students and Senior Citizens, Street Theater and Public Action
Find out more at GREENPNC.ORG