Activists Turn Bank Of America ATMs Into ‘Truth Machines’ Overnight

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Money, People, World

By Brock Keeling
(sfist)

Local rapscallions from the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) turned Bank of America ATMs into temporary political machines of activism overnight. Using non-adhesive stickers designed to look like BoA’s ATM screens. In lieu of offering customers checking, savings, deposit, or withdraw options, the new menus “offered a list of everything BoA customers’ money is being used for, including investment in coal-fired power plants, foreclosure on Americans’ homes, bankrolling of climate change, and paying for fat executive bonuses.”

Pretty sneaky, sis. RAN managed to hit 85 Bank of America ATMs in San Francisco last night. Here’s a map of all the ATMs.

It’s all part of RAN’s new Tumblr, BankruptingAmerica.tumblr.com, which, it seems, will “track all the ways BoA is bankrupting America, hence the name.” If you want to leave Bank of America — which is your call; we don’t bank with them, so we don’t care one way or another — SFist conducted a poll in November 2011 to see which credit union readers preferred. Interested in switching? Take a look.

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