Stop Banking the Bomb In Lawrenceville

By Anonymous

Last Saturday, November 10th, the Pittsburgh based Stop Banking the Bomb Campaign held a picket outside a PNC Bank branch in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  Stop Banking the Bomb is a campaign of several activist organizations whose goal is to pressure major financial institutions to divest from nuclear weapons.  The picket was the latest of over 20 demonstrations that the campaign has organized this past year against PNC Bank, the 7th largest retail bank headquartered in Pittsburgh.  And the campaign is currently planning 20 more public demonstrations to take place in Pittsburgh and other cities that have PNC Bank branches.

These actions, however large or small, are revolutionary.  They send a message to finance capitalists that regular people are going to start holding corporate elites accountable for the pain they inflict on the rest of us. And they also tell local patrons, bank managers, and security personnel that it’s time to start picking a side in the class war.  Existential threats like nuclear weapons and climate change do not care about income brackets and white privilege.  They kill without mercy and destroy without regret.  And if financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies continue to prop up this system of death, we will tear them out of our communities’ root and stem.

For more information on how you can get involved in the Stop Banking the Bomb Campaign, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StopBankingtheBomb/ 

 

Profiles in Courage – Bette McDevitt

We are proud to announce our Profiles in Courage feature on our website, where we tell you about supporters of our campaign who close their accounts or choose not to bank with PNC until they Stop Banking the Bomb!

This month we talked with long-time activist Bette McDevitt.

SBtB: “Bette, what made you choose a different bank than PNC?”

Bette: “I would rather a neighborhood bank that reinvests their money in the community.”

SBtB: “What would you like to tell the CEO of PNC Bank and their board about their investment in nuclear weapons?”

Bette: “These investments are immoral; the money is sucked out of the community,  brings no benefits, and only allows the war machine to keep on grinding out weapons of destruction.”

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Please let us know if you are closing your accounts or not using PNC Bank because of their investments in nuclear weapons.

If you would like to move your money out of PNC, please consider these options.

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.