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ATMs Attacked In Solidarity With Olympia Rioters
by Everybody.
Tuesday May 6th, 2008 5:58 PM
On May 1st, at the stroke of midnight, ATMs across Santa Cruz were put out of their misery. This action is in solidarity with those arrested on May Day in Olympia. They are accused of rioting and throwing rocks through the windows of Bank of America and US Bank. Some of the banks targeted in Santa Cruz include Bank of America and Wells Fargo.
On May 1st, at the stroke of midnight, ATMs across Santa Cruz were put out of their misery. This action is in solidarity with those arrested on May Day in Olympia. They are accused of rioting and throwing rocks through the windows of Bank of America and US Bank. Some of the banks targeted in Santa Cruz include Bank of America and Wells Fargo. While all banks fund destructive, repressive, industrial enterprises, these two are particularly heinous.

Wells Fargo invests in the GEO Group, which owns the ICE Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington. The Northwest Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, Detention Center is a private immigration prison facility located on the tide flats of Tacoma, Washington. The detention center opened in 2004 under a contract with The US Department of Homeland Security, Though owners have changed over time, the facility is now owned by the GEO Group which operates prison facilities in Australia, The UK, South Africa, the US and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/01/24/18474641.php

Bank of America and CitiBank fund companies that are responsible for mountaintop removal. Mountaintop removal is the highly destructive mining process that literally explodes the tops off of mountains. It has led to the loss of thousands of square miles of Appalachian forests and mountains and the devastation of Appalachian communities, and yet they continue to bankroll this destruction. Bank of America has financed billions of dollars to companies that practice mountaintop removal, including Massey Energy, Arch Coal, Alpha Natural Resources and many more.

Bank of America has funneled billions to Peabody Energy, the largest coal mining company in the world. For 40 years, Navajo and Hopi communities in Arizona have been ravaged by Peabody Energy's Black Mesa mine, which affects the land rights of thousands of families, drains 2.5 million gallons daily from the only community water supply and has left a toxic legacy along a 273-mile coal slurry pipeline.

Sabotage of the machinery of capital and industry continue in Santa Cruz and across the world. As state repression increases, so too will our resistance!

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by Dave
Wednesday May 7th, 2008 8:16 AM
I hope your website goes down to demise, All of you people should be ashamed of yourselves for engaging in criminal activity, and promoting criminal activity to forward your cause. This is Evil and terroristic. What happened to "make love not war"
by gregor
Wednesday May 7th, 2008 10:33 AM
Ask Wells Fargo
by Goliath
Wednesday May 7th, 2008 4:54 PM
It proved to be an ass-backward antiquated concept that does nothing other than facilitate the status quo. It is more violent to not act out in a criminal manner.

Ha, jk!
by Credit Union Member
Wednesday May 7th, 2008 5:33 PM
Bay Federal Credit Union's ATMs were damaged on May 1st. Bay Federal is owned by the people who live in Santa Cruz County. All deposits are from our member/owners and the funds are provided back to the members/owners in the form of consumer loans. Credit unions are cooperatively owned, not for profit financial institutions. If the damage to the ATMs was caused by people protesting the investments made by large banks, you actually instead damaged the opposite type of financial institution, one that is owned and operated by the people of Santa Cruz. You raised the cost of banking for the local community. And the point was...
by Another Discontent
Friday May 9th, 2008 11:03 AM
Why would anyone target "ethical banks" like Bay Federal, which had two ATM screens smashed? Or the Santa Cruz County Bank, which had its ATM totally destroyed and needed to be replaced? Or Wachovia? Or Washington Mutual? Or CoAmerica, another two ATMS, whose fucked up investments we hadn't researched? Add these to your tally, in addition to the two at Bank of America, and the Wells Fargo and B of A in Quarry Plaza on UCSC campus. 13 in all, if our count is correct--but really, it matters little to us--every smashed ATM is priceless.

It is time to break it to you, all of you poor bankers and saps, that there are those in the world (even in bourgeois Santa Cruz) who are entirely discontent with capitalism. We have had enough of paying rent, of paying mortgages, of paying for anything. We have had enough of waiting in line for welfare, for a paycheck, for loans. We have had enough of a world dominated by money, by numbers, and capital. It is not just the ATM's that need to be put out of their misery, but us, the citizens of capitalism.

BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU SHIT!@
by sickOfYou
Wednesday Jun 18th, 2008 10:46 AM
You have made it more difficult for people on campus to bank. Now we have to travel into town to bank, and if you bust all the ATMs I will no longer have a free account.

Stop vandalizing and messing with stuff that has nothing to do with you! If you want to boycott the banks then go ahead. If you want to educate then post fliers on the ATMS to educate people, but then you'd have to be specific and actually do your homework.