The Express is running the following statement of support in tomorrow's paper:
As the East Bay's independently-owned newspaper, we stand in support of the 99% as they Occupy Everywhere. The time has come to shift the power over our economy back to the people of this country and out of the hands of the small minority. It's time our politicians serve the best interest of their constituents, rather than acting as tools for greedy corporations. It's time for our citizens to take to the streets and demand economic, social, and environmental justice...
To those of you showing up to Occupy with peaceful hearts and passionate determination, thank you!
To those of you moving your money from big corporate banks to local community banks and credit unions, thank you!
To those of you supporting local, independently owned businesses and artists instead of the big box chains, thank you!
To those of you supporting local farmers, organic foods, and water conservation, thank you!
To those of you conserving energy, recycling, composting, and protecting our environment, thank you!
To those of you volunteering your time or money to help others in need in our community, thank you!
To those of you that have let your views be known to your government representatives and sent letters to editors, thank you!
And to those who participate in the November 2 General Strike, we support your peaceful and nonviolent efforts, but please be mindful of small businesses and community banks and credit unions. In fact, this Saturday, November 5, is Bank Transfer Day. Moving your money from big banks to credit unions and community banks is one of the easiest and most tangible actions you can make in support of this movement.
Here are links to more information:
Find a credit union
National Credit Union Administration
Find a community bank
Independent Community Bankers of America