|For Immediate Release: September 16th, 2012|
Two Women Wrongfully Arrested for Standing on Sidewalk Holding Pink Bras in front of Bank of America
CODEPINK Bust Up Big Banks Action Part of Occupy Wall Street Anniversary Weekend
New York City -- On Sunday, September 16, the eve of the Occupy Wall Street one year anniversary, two activists with the CODEPINK contingent of the "Spectra Showdown" march were arrested on the sidewalk outside Bank of America chanting “Bust Up Bank of America!” Rae Abileah, 29 year old co-director of CODEPINK, was standing on the sidewalk holding a bra to symbolize the "bust up" big banks message outside Bank of America's Union Square branch when she was seized by the police without obvious cause or warning. Arrested along with her was Amanda Lodoza, 29, from Houston, Texas, who also held a bra on the sidewalk. CODEPINK strongly condems this unprovoked police action, which is
flagrant violation of our constitutional right to free speech.
“Today I was charged with disorderly conduct for standing on a sidewalk
holding a bra," said Abileah. "Real disorderly
conduct looks like morally bankrupt big bank bailouts, illegal wars, killer
drone attacks, unchecked corporate campaign contributions, and
unethical destruction of the planet and our precious natural resources. Now is the time to prioritize people over profits!"
CODEPINK, founded in 2002, is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into health care, education and other life-affirming activities. www.codepink.org.