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Occupy Mason City backs “Bank Transfer Day”

This news story was published on November 1, 2011.
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MASON CITY – Occupy Mason City is encouraging all North Iowans to close their “big” bank accounts and re-open accounts at local credit unions.

According to their website, located here, “Saturday November 5th is Bank Transfer Day! We encourage everyone to move your money out of big corporate banks and into local banks or credit unions.”

According to its Facebook page, Bank Transfer Day was started this way:

“The Durbin Amendment is an add-on to the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Public Law No. 111-203), signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010. The Act allows the Federal Reserve to regulate debit card interchange fees of banks with over $10 billion in assets. Over the summer, the Fed released the final rule on the matter by limiting debit card interchange fees to a maximum of 21¢ per transaction.

In response, these corporate-level banks have decided that beginning early 2012 any consumer with less than $20,000 in combined accounts will be charged a monthly $3-5 fee if they use their debit card at any point during the month. This new fee clearly targets the impoverished & working class. After endless research, the organizer concluded that her money would be put to better use on the local level through not-for-profit credit unions.

The organizer, Kristen Christian has said, “I started this because I felt like many of you do. I was tired– tired of the fee increases, tired of not being able to access my money when I need to, tired of them using what little money I have to oppress my brothers & sisters. So I stood up. I’ve been shocked at how many people have stood up alongside me. With each person who RSVPs to this event, my heart swells. Me closing my account all on my lonesome wouldn’t have made a difference to these fat cats. But each of YOU standing up with me… they can’t drown out the noise we’ll make.”

Watch video of Occupy Mason City’s Robin McClelland describe the event:

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