Community activist goes on hunger strike against merger

May 27, 1998
A community activist started a hunger strike Tuesday to protest the proposed merger between NationsBank and BankAmerica, saying the larger bank would be more prone to overlook the needs of low-income, rural areas.
      Stella Adams, executive director of the North Carolina Fair Housing Coalition, said small communities already starved for cash to create businesses will be left out by the merger.
      "This thing is so big that the small communities are being lost in the shuffle," she said. "When you look at what states comprise this new market, a significant part of it is rural and Southern, rural and poor."