Celebrate Bank Transfer Day on Long Island

Bank Transfer Day, November 5th, is on a Saturday. So, if you can get yourself into the city, to gather with the masses at Occupy Wall Street who support this, please do. Though, if you want to stay closer to home, there are also Long Island events. My favorite one is the occupation in Patchogue. -Kimberly Wilder

An Occupy image from NYC

Occupy Patchogue
Bank Transfer Day
Saturday, November 5, 2011

Time: Sat from 12 noon to 3pm*
Location: The square at “Capital One Plaza” in front of Capital One Bank & across from CHASE
(It is also across from the Congregational Church)
*This is an ongoing occupation, with hours every weekday evening and weekend day.

We will be there Saturday from 12-3pm, same spot, in front of Capital One Bank & across from CHASE. We will be trying to engage people in conversations, encouraging them to move their accounts. We have been educating people & handing out info all week. On November 5th, we also will have hand-outs of letters to give to the teller or Customer Service Rep to close your account & the reason why you are doing so. (The letter is coming via Occupy Wall St). – Occupy Patchogue

Occupy Patchogue FaceBook page: here.
A fans FaceBook photos of Occupy Patchogue: here.

For the all-day workshops and opportunities at
Liberty Square in NYC for Nov 5th,
see the OWS calendar item: here.

To celebrate Bank Transfer Day in NYC
with Reverend Billy, see details: here.

Article at The Washington Independent with
tax numbers and what banks give to and take from
the US government: here.

Article at ThinkProgress about 650,000
new credit union members!: here.

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Credit unions are unique because they are not-for-profit, democratically controlled, member-owned cooperatives. -Credit Union National Association

Below are some links to help you find a
credit union or local, community bank near you.
Don’t forget to use your local credit union for
checking, mortgages, and loans!

USA: www.findacreditunion.com
Canada: www.locator.cucentral.com
UK: www.findyourcreditunion.co.uk
Local bank or credit union: www.moveyourmoneyproject.org

For a story about how November 5, 2011 came to be “Bank Transfer Day”, go to CNBC: here.

To follow these movements on Twitter, find the following hashtags: #ows #BankTransferDay #OccupyTheBanks.

Below are some valuable tips from Co-op America on “breaking up with your mega-bank.”

1. Open new checking and savings accounts — Close your old mega-bank accounts, and find a new community development bank or credit union that matches your values better. Find your new community bank or credit union (for either your personal or business accounts) on page 20 of the clickable online version of our Community Investing Guide. Find more options via the Community Development Bankers’ Association (www.cdbanks.org) and the Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (www.cdcu.coop). Remember to tell your old bank why you left.

2. Find a greener credit card — Cut up your mega-bank credit cards and mail them back to the bank with a note about why you’re leaving. Find greener credit card options affiliated with community development banks. The Green America credit card helps support our green economy programs. Other greener credit cards support local permaculture projects, protect thebioregion of the Pacific Northwest, or support carbon offset programs. (Find a list of greener credit cards in this article from the Green American.)

3. Get your faith community involved — If you have influence over how your faith community or other community group does its banking, you can encourage them to also break up with their mega-bank, and shift their institutional banking to a community development institution. Our allies the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing offer a free downloadable toolkit (scroll down the page to find it).

4. Get your alma mater involved — The Responsible Endowment Coalition’s “Move Your Money” Campaign provides resources and a handbook for shifting your college or university toward community development banking and investing.

5. Find a new financial planner — If you use a financial planner that does not offer socially responsible options, investigate your options from more responsible financial networks like First Affirmative Financial Network or Progressive Asset Management. Or search for a financial planner near you at our GreenPages.org.

6. Invest in responsible mutual funds and loan funds — Find options with a special emphasis on strengthening local communities beginning on page 21 of our clickable online Community Investing Guide, or search for other responsible mutual funds at ourGreenPages.org.

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