11/5 Seattleites Break Up with Their Banks
Starting at 1pm on November 5, 2011, Occupy Seattle will host a rally at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle in support of National Bank Transfer Day, the day people around the country close their accounts at commercial banks and take their business to local banks and credit unions. It’s time to hold the big banks accountable for foreclosing on millions of families, cutting back on small business loans that create jobs, and avoiding their fair share of taxes through offshore accounts and loopholes. It’s time to tell the banks; it’s not me, it’s you.
Occupy Seattle believes that we need to support financial institutions, like local banks and credit unions, that invest in our communities, make loans to small businesses, and help create jobs. There is no reason to continue doing business with the Wall Street banks that crashed the economy and have done little to help the nation recover. Every dollar we take back goes towards building a new bottom line that means good jobs and healthy communities.
The performance lineup for the rally includes locally known and internationally revered singer Jim Page, the popular Trip Hop band Surrealized, America’s Got Talent Alumnus Jen Seaman and comedians Travis Simmons and Nigel Larson.
Formed on October 1, 2011, Occupy Seattle is a leaderless movement of concerned Americans who have taken to occupying public spaces in order to focus our nation’s attention on the undue influence of large corporations on our government, elected leaders and our democracy itself. It is inspired by and modeled after the Occupy Wall Street movement.