Occupy UC Davis peeps have been blockading the entrance to the US Bank on the UC Davis campus for months now. Likely afraid that John Pike might come back from his forced leave of absence and pepper spray the entire building — branch manager and all — thereby rendering it uninhabitable, the authorities refrained from forcefully evicting the Occupiers.
Despite sustained efforts at intimidation by bank managers, private security guards, UC Davis police and administrators, the bank blockade stood its ground, even when faced with arrest threats, student judicial sanctions, and physical confrontations.
AND NOW US BANK HAS GIVEN UP:
On March 12, the parasitic US Bank notified its hosts customers that, as of Feb. 28, it had officially closed its UC Davis branch.
It’s even official. From a letter sent out to its customers, dated March 12th:
On Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 our branch on the University of California Davis campus… was officially closed.
I’m not sure how you officially close an office as of February 28th when it’s already March 12th, but whatever.
What’s the group’s next goal? Seems like they might want to get a credit union to take over that space to serve the UC Davis community, but if they’re thinking of that at all they’ve also got much bigger fish in mind. According to their press release:
We celebrate this victory by planning our next action and restating our intention to remove the chancellor and police from our campus…
That will take some doing. But it seems like they are up for the struggle.