Charlotte

Coalition letter to DNC: Tell Duke Energy to Dump ALEC!

Today, Greenpeace and the Coalition to March on Wall Street South sent a letter to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, highlighting the DNC’s connection to the American Legislative Exchange Council through Duke Energy.

In May, Duke gave ALEC $50,000 for its meeting in Charlotte, NC and has consistently offered staff support at multiple levels of ALEC operations. Now it’s providing office space and a ten million dollar loan for the Democratic National Convention, also in Charlotte. Beyond acting as a political double-agent, Duke Energy’s heavy support for ALEC’s anti-environmental work goes against its own commitments to take climate change and clean energy seriously.

To read all of this excellent Greenpeace USA article by Connor Gibson and to download the pdf file of the complete letter sent to DWS, please click here.

Protesters Dump Coal at Bank of America

About 30 people – including Beth Henry who spoke about the impact of coal on the environment –  and members of Occupy Charlotte, staged a “bad air day” to protest Bank of America’s financing of the coal industry.  They dumped 500 pounds of coal and then cleaned it up with a “Citizen Clean-Up Crew”.

Bank of America, a member of ALEC, is one of the largest funders of the coal industry–which includes Charlotte based Duke Energy.

You can see photos of this action in our Photo Gallery,

Postal workers organize rallies to protest possible service, job cuts

CHARLOTTE – U.S. postal workers across the nation took to the streets on one of the busiest postal days of the year, to rally for support.

Members of the American Postal Workers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Unions want the public to know about possible changes to service. They said those changes would be detrimental to the customer.

“There is going to be a great loss of service to the public and they don’t realize it, they don’t know it,” said Cindy Foster with the Charlotte APWU.

To read the rest of this article and to watch the embedded video, please click here.