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Above photo: We Are Cove Point and friends at the Bank of America close to Cove Point, November 2015. By Mackenzie McDonald Wilkins.

UPDATE: See photos from today and add yours! CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

On December 16, we are telling Bank of America to stop financing Dominion’s dangerous gas refinery and export terminal in Cove Point with actions throughout the area.

Join an action or organize your own. We’ll help you.

Lusby, Maryland – We Are Cove Point is a coalition of people and organizations that is working together to stop a new liquefied fracked gas export terminal that Dominion Resources is trying to build in the residential community of Cove Point in Lusby, Maryland. This is the first liquefied fracked gas export terminal to be built on the East Coast and the first one to be built adjacent to a densely-populated residential neighborhood. 

Bank of America is a major financier of Dominion. It owns 1.5% of Dominion Resources and is helping to lend the $4 billion needed for the project in Cove Point. Bank of America underwrote $275 million in June 2013 to reduce Dominion’s indebtedness and contribute to capital expenses of the $3.8 billion liquefied natural gas export facility in Cove Point, Maryland.

Dominion Resources is a bad investment. On December 9, 2015, Bank of America Merrill downgraded Dominion Midstream (the portion of the company building the project in Cove Point) to an “Underperform” rating. Dominion Midstream’s stock has fallen almost 32% over the past  200 days, only buoyed by purchases of stock by executives like the CEO Tom Farrell.

This is the perfect time to tell Bank of America to Dump Dominion. Do it for the people in Cove Point who will be poisoned by toxins emitted from the project (22.4 tons a year) and at risk of a flash fire or explosion. Do it for the communities up and down the East who will be endangered from more fracking, pipelines and compressor stations built because of the project in Cove Point. Do it for the planet that cannot bear the Greenhouse Gas load of more fracking and gas infrastructure. The facility at Cove Point alone is the equivalent of 425,000 more cars a year.

Protests are being planned at Bank of America locations. These actions are simple. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Hold signs in front of a Bank of America telling them to “Dump Dominion.”
  2. Hand out fliers to bank customers urging them to change banks. Here’s a flier you can use: Cut the Card flier final
  3. Deliver a letter to the bank manager urging the bank to dump Dominion. Here’s a letter you can use: BoA letter for Drop Dominion actions
  4. Take photos of your action and of people cutting up their Bank of America bank cards. Share those photos with us by sending them to donny@wearecovepoint.
  5. Share your photos on social media using the hashtags #CutTheCard and #DumpDominion. If you tweet, please include @BankofAmerica. Here is a sample tweet:

Hey . Time to . Say no to dirty energy. That’s why I .

To learn more about this specific campaign, visit DumpDominion.org.

Here is a list of actions:

Visit the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1536166536705544/

Maryland

Baltimore:

• Bank of America Center at the corner of W. Pratt and S. Charles Sts at 12 noon

• Bank of America, 3121 St. Paul St. at 12 noon

Contact Margaret at mdpnhp@gmail.com for information.

Virginia

Leesburg:

• 50 Catoctin Cir NE, time TBA

Contact Lee at jlstewct@gmail.com for more information.

Washington, DC

DC:

• Bank of America in Dupont Circle (3 Dupont Cir. NW) at 9 a.m.

• Bank of America in Columbia Heights (3100 14th St. NW, #101) at 11 a.m.

More locations and times may be announced. Contact Donny at donny@wearecovepoint.org for more information.

  • AlanMacDonald

    Dominion is an appropriate name for a corporation — as all corporations are part of the Empire which seeks ‘Dominion’ over the earth and all its people.

    However, a far better name for any and all protests against Dominion, domination, and Empire would be “Dump Empire”, “Occupy the Empire”, or “Revolution against Empire”.

    It continues to literally amaze me that these inane, inept, and just plain stupid; leftish, identity issue, progressive-lite, and supposedly anti-imperialist/anti-corporate groups of fools do not seem to have the brains to use the only explicit and effective wording to engender and ignite true revolutionary (or even just popular resistance) against the Empire which is the central core of hidden cancer that is killing all of them — and just publicly and loudly call-out for a second American Revolution against Empire.

    Oh well, I suppose that they enjoy protesting and screwing around for fun in just humorously protesting against little pissant problems and identity issues like fracking, clubbing seals, and other little distractions — all of which give them some self-assured sense of doing something — but which actually just aid and assist the Empire, like useful idiots, in keeping the attention off of the Empire.

    Well, as the old saying goes, “they can’t see the forest for the trees” or in this case, “they can’t see the Empire for the issues”.

    However, you do have to wonder why supposedly principled progressive web-sites like; Common Dreams, TruthOut, Truthdig, and even Popolar Resistance here, continue to waste and distract efforts from the deadly serious battle of exposing and effectively ‘excising’ the Empire by allowing such distractive narratives about useless little ‘identity issues’ getting in the way of the essential and fast declining chance to actually do anything in the cause of forging solidarity for a true popular Revolution against the singular Disguised Global Capitalist Empire that is killing all of us, our children, and our world while these “useful idiots” run around distracting and DIVIDING any possible efforts against Empire that could achieve anything useful, eh?

    Well the Canadians never did have either the brains nor the balls to Revolt against the British Empire — so I guess, as Bill Murray would say, “At least they got that going for them”

  • kevinzeese

    Alan, you know I am anti-Empire and raise the issue pretty regularly, so I hope you take my comment in a constructive way: this should be classified as an anti-organizing comment, dividing people, name calling those confronting very real problems and completely counterproductive to educating people about how empire connects issues. Have you ever organized anyone to do anything? Seeing this comment I doubt it.

    Please go to Cove Point and try to organize an anti-Empire protest. Maybe then you will understand why your approach will not work.

    The people in Cove Point, just like the people in the countryside of Pennsylvania and so many other states, are confronting very real problems around fracked gas. Their communities are being destroyed. They are mobilized because of pipelines, compressor stations and export terminals — they are not organized because of empire. Empire is not even discussed in the corporate mass media so most Americans do not even know the US is an empire working on behalf of its transnational corporations. People cannot be mobilized or organized when they are not aware of something — so you have a lot of educating to do. It is not even clear that all fracking is related to empire. Your myopic empire analysis gives you a one not solution when in fact there are multiple reasons for the problems we face. While I appreciate your comments on Popular Resistance (most of the time), constantly repeating your mantra here is not going to get you an anti-Empire movement.

    At least “these inane, inept, and just plain stupid; leftish, identity issue, progressive-lite” people (as you call them) are actually organizing — what are you doing other than calling them names? If I were you I’d delete this comment as it is counterproductive to your goals of getting people mobilized around empire. Insults and childish name calling might be fun for you and give you a personal sense of superiority, but I’d rather be in the foxhole with people who are serious about issues they care about or impact by then with a name calling bloviator. Saying they are just having fun protesting is an incredible insult to people working seriously to confront challenging problems.

    You need to rethink how you approach building an anti-Empire movement because it is pretty evident that what you are doing is not working.

    Stop attacking, start unifying; stop name calling and start educating; stop criticizing those actually mobilizing people and mobilize some people yourself.