I’m not usually so bossy. I generally go with the philosophy of stating my opinion and letting people decide for themselves.
This is going to be different. Here’s what to do.
- Decide what you believe in. Do you believe in the people’s right to clean water? Do you believe that we should make good on the deals we make? Do you believe no one should be forced from their home because someone else wants to make money off of the land it’s built on? If you said yes, that’s great. Move on to step 2.
- Make a list of all of your bank accounts. If ANY of them are not a local credit union, local savings bank or community bank, go to step 3.
- Find a local credit union or savings bank. Open an account. Go to step 4.
- Get ready to transfer all of your assets to your new local bank account.
Why do this? National banks are so convenient and secure. Credit unions are secure too, and in all of my experiences with small local banks I have had all of the conveniences of big banks with fewer fees. A lot of small banks and credit unions have networks so you can use ATMs without penalties. With direct and mobile deposit, most banking is accessible remotely. The convenience of going to a branch when you’re on vacation is really a non-issue these days.
But really, why do this? Because big banks are using YOUR MONEY to fund projects that you as a person would never agree with. Community banks and credit unions put that money back into your community.
Ok, so why now? I believe in the power of organizing. Right now, some of the biggest of the big banks are funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The DAPL is unethically driving through sovereign lands that were granted to the Sioux in 1868 through the Treaty of Fort Laramie. As a united people we can send a big message that our money is not to be used to destroy the environment and attack indigenous peoples, American citizens, or any individual.
Let’s take back our world from the 1%. We have always had the power. Let’s use it.