Wednesday, November 16, 2011

99% v 1%

the data behind the Occupy movement - animation

"As poverty and inequality reach record levels, how much richer have the rich got? This animation explains what the key data says about the state of America today"

Mariana Santos and Simon Rogers, Wednesday 16 November 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Bank of America Walkout

Bank Transfer Day

Today November 5, 2011 is Bank Transfer Day.

"Pasadena Plein Air" by Alex Schaefer

"If the 80,000 signed up for Bank Transfer Day indeed move their money, they stand to save a combined $4.8 million a year as credit union members save on banking fees, states Bill Cheney, CEO of CUNA. If over 400,000 consumers made the switch, they’d stand to save about $29.8 million just by joining a credit union."
-From Justine Rivero piece in

Bank Transfer Day can turn into something even bigger that will bring about real change, if everyone told their friends and family about the benefits of switching to Credit Unions or small local banks. Maybe next time you want to post a funny picture of an animal, or a photo of your lunch, you can also post a link or info about this for your FB friends. It's an easy contribution that we all can make!

Alex Schaefer

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Bank Transfer Day on Facebook: 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bank Transfer Day (III)

November 5th is Bank Transfer Day. It's meant to make a statement, it's meant to prove that when people come together they can achieve anything. But according to a report that came out yesterday (November 3rd) it seems that there has already been progress.
"The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) reports that a whopping 650,000 Americans have joined credit unions since Sept. 29 — the date that Bank of America announced it would start charging a $5 monthly debit fee, a move it backed down on this week."
- Think Progress

The ironic aspect of moving your money away from big banks is that you will actually save money. Transfer your money, to save money! And if you can't do it by November 5th, it's all right, as long as you make that decision and act on it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Bank Transfer Day (II)

72,736 people have signed up to Bank Transfer Day as of November 2nd.

This is one of the actions that has actually had an effect already.


Together we can ensure that these banking institutions will always remember the 5th of November. If we shift our funds from the for-profit banking institutions in favor of not-for-profit credit unions before this date, we will send a clear message that conscious consumers won't support companies with unethical business practices. It's time to invest in local community growth!

• Research your local credit union options
• Open an account with the one that best suits your needs
• Cancel all automatic withdrawals & deposits
• Transfer your funds to the new account
• Follow your bank's procedures to close your account before 11/05


While the Bank Transfer Day movement acknowledges the enthusiasm from Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street, the Bank Transfer Day movement was neither inspired by, derived from nor organized by Anonymous or the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the Bank Transfer Day movement does not endorse any activities conducted by Anonymous or Occupy Wall Street."

If you like to join up here are a couple of links:
Bank Transfer Day Facebook Page, Website.