Shaking up the financial sector

03/14/2012 4:30-6:00 PM

At the Vermont Interfaith Action economic training in early December, there was much discussion about what ordinary citizens can do to address the huge economic disparity that exists in our nation today. One way we can make a difference is to tackle the issue of financial sector and banking reform – the issue campaign we call the “New Bottom Line.” There are definitely actions to be taken to demonstrate our displeasure with the “too big to fail” banks and others in the financial sector, and to influence them to be more responsive to the needs of ordinary Americans and more just in their policies.

Possible actions include publicly cutting up credit cards from Chase, Bank of America, or Wells Fargo; researching how to prevent our banks from bundling mortgages and selling them to financial entities that refuse to negotiate with underwater mortgage holders; moving our money from the big three banks and others that have unfair policies and/or have received bail-out money; exploring the possibility of a state bank – to name just a few actions that we could take.

VIA invites you to attend a meeting to discuss moving forward on these in greater depth. This meeting will be held Wed., March 14 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Vermont Interfaith Action office, which is on the grounds of the UU Church, 152 Pearl St., Burlington. As you're facing the church, our office is on the right side in the parking lot, a small white house. We're on the bottom floor.  Feel free to invite others whom you think would be interested and who would be amenable to our disciplined, informed, respectful approach to organizing.

Join us in this important campaign for justice!