STOP BANKING THE BOMB, MOVE YOUR MONEY!

STOP BANKING THE BOMB, MOVE YOUR MONEY!

PNC invests in nuclear weapons. Until they agree to stop, don’t bank with PNC!

Here are some resources to help you move your money from banks that invest in nuclear weapons:

Find a Credit Union near you: www.culookup.com

or a Community Development Credit Union: cdcu.coop

On average, credit unions offer higher saving interest rates and lower loan interest rates than regular banks. Credit unions also usually charge lower fees and require lower deposit balances.

Find a Community Bank near you: icba.org

Community banks help drive local economies and create local jobs. Community banks make more than 50 percent of small business loans.

Here is a link to the PDF of our Move Your Money handout to give to your friends.

 

SBTB Protests At PNC Annual Shareholder Meeting

Last Tuesday, the Stop Banking the Bomb crew, the Raging Grannies, and regular people off the downtown bus (literally) made their voices heard with the tenth picket of PNC for investing in nuclear weapons. Inside the shareholders meeting, four members of the campaign questioned PNC CEO William Demchak directly and demanded that PNC sell of these immoral loans in weapons of mass destruction. Demchak told a reporter from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “It’s not something we’d pull back from. They’re good companies.”

Well, we’ll see about that. The Stop Banking the Bomb campaign will continue in its efforts to get PNC to denuclearize, just as the rest of the world has pronounced that these weapons have no place on earth.

Join us! Check out our Facebook page #stopbankingthebomb for upcoming actions.

We will win!

SBtB in Morgantown, West Virginia; New Cities Signing On!

A vibrant crew was present in Morgantown, WV last Saturday to protest PNC Bank’s immoral investments in nuclear weapons manufacturers. After posting the pictures from the event on Facebook, over 2,000 people viewed the protest update with many shares. The West Virginia folk were interested in possibly approaching University officials to get them to drop PNC as the Univerisity’s official bank. Perhaps, Duquesne University students can do the same in Pittsburgh!

The campaign is gaining steam! Look for an action coming soon in the nation’s capital.

Go to our Facebook page for our next event on April 21st in East Liberty: https://www.facebook.com/events/2088915951340494/

Upcoming Events You Can Participate In

March 10, 2017, 12PM: Picket at PNC Bank in the North Hills. We will be assembling in the parking lot across the street from the PNC Bank Branch located at 50 McIntyre Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15237-7301. We have plenty of picket signs and leaflets to hand out to customers.

March 24, 2017, 10:30 PM: Picket at PNC Bank in Oakland. We will be picketing the PNC Branch located in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh: 4600 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

March 25, 2017, 1-3 PM: Stop Banking the Bomb Teach-In. Join us at this teach-in to learn and then discuss openly and honestly the effects these weapons have on our society and how we can prevent their worst possibilities from becoming realized. The location is the Barco Law Building, 3900 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Please visit our Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/StopBankingtheBomb/

 

PNC Bank Anti-Nuke Campaign: Growing and Spreading

Responding to An Imminent Threat

It is now two minutes to nuclear doomsday according to the announcement on January 24th in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Threats of nuclear war by the United States against the DPRK and others are increasing. Our humanity is experiencing a real existential threat not seen in quite some time.

Thus, it is not surprising that the anti-nuke movement is again gaining strength. The Stop Banking the Bomb campaign against PNC Bank is also growing. Our active endorser list now stands at twenty-one organizations, double what it was last month. Our endorsers now include national organizations such as Peace Action, People’s Congress of Resistance, United States Peace Council, and Veterans For Peace.  And we continue to grow with over forty-five people on our coordinating committee—again double our total last month. A website will be launched in February and more direct actions are being planned in the very near future here in the Pittsburgh region.

We are also in consultation with other chapters of our sponsoring organizations in Butler, PA, Morgantown, WV, Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY and Washington, D.C. to organize and execute direct actions against PNC in those cities. We have created a Direct-Action Packet that other groups can use to carry our non-violent direct actions against their local PNC bank branches. Not only are we growing, we are now spreading to wherever PNC Bank is operating.

Second Picket at The PNC Tower

On January 18, 2018 more than twenty-five concerned everyday folks from the Pittsburgh region came out for the second time and braved the cold to protest PNC Bank’s more than one-billion-dollar investment in nuclear weapons manufacturers. Our demands are that PNC Bank sell off these loans and investments and create a binding corporate policy to never invest in nuclear weapons manufacturers again.

Our boisterous picketers handed out over 250 flyers to PNC employees and other workers on their lunch breaks, while five of PNC Bank’s senior executive leadership looked on nervously from inside their finance-capitalist headquarters’ building. PNC Bank broke off negotiations with our team recently and said they would not return to table until we agreed to loosen our demands and cease from our public actions. But we will continue to expand our campaign, increase our public activities and direct-actions, and keep putting on the pressure until PNC realizes that negotiation is the only way forward.

Connecting the Dots

Many people are unaware of how the Military Industrial Complex works. The United States administration, which wants to spend one trillion dollars on new nuclear weapons over the next ten years, does not actually make nuclear weapons. Private corporations and their financiers (banks like PNC) are the actual producers of these weapons and it is in their best interest to have the U.S. government keep purchasing (and using) more and more weapons in order for these capitalists to continue to make even more profits. Through their lobbyists, political contributions, media glorification of U.S. imperialism, the finance-capitalists actually use the U.S. government to achieve their goal of more and more profits. The extremely sad part of this is that it is the everyday worker’s tax dollars which pay for the weapons and our deposits in the banks that finance their manufacture. We need to bring to the attention of the public that these large U.S. bank/corporate monopolies are using our money to finance death and destruction all around the world. These weapons do not make us safer; rather they make us live in constant fear. And we do not have to be a part of it. We have the power; it is our money and we can decide how to use it.

In the near future we will start gathering folk who will begin moving their money out of PNC Bank to community banks and credit unions. Our multi-pronged effort against PNC Bank will become the symbol for other activist groups to follow and for other corporate banks to be put on notice. They are next!

On a positive note, we believe we are presenting PNC Bank an excellent opportunity to side with the people, its depositors, and Stop Banking the Bomb!

For more information or to endorse our campaign, please contact us at stopbankingthebomb@gmail.com or look for upcoming events on our Facebook page @stopbankingthebomb.