Letters to Bank of America: Copley Square

The projection of Letters to Bank of America in Copley Square, Boston, kicked off a week of actions that culminated in Charlotte, North Carolina. City Life/Vida Urbana, other members of Right to the City National Alliance, and thousands of homeowners gathered at the Bank of America shareholders’ meeting in Charlotte to demand that Wall Street banks reduce principal on underwater loans, end no-fault evictions, and accept rent from families post-foreclosure.

The night before these mass protests, members of the community in Boston staged an action in front of the Copley Square Bank of America offices at John Hancock Plaza. The letters of five homeowners facing foreclosure were projected onto the front facade of the building. The site was chosen both for its strategic location and its symbolic resonance—as the location of one of the earliest colonial banking institutions.