Occupy Chicago Events Support World Bank Transfer Day

By Chuck Sudo in News on Nov 5, 2011 6:00PM

Today is National Bank Transfer Day, which advocates people across the nation to transfer their bank accounts from so-called "too big to fail" banks like Bank of America and Chase to local credit unions.

Bank Transfer Day wasn't inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, but they're showing solidarity with a host of events today. At the time this post goes live, Occupy Chicago protesters should be finishing a pro-credit union leaflet flyering at Jackson and LaSalle. Later today Occupy Chicago and the International Society present "Keep Your Children Occupied," a series of events for the kids from 2-5:30 p.m. at Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue. The event is being held to raise awareness that our children will inherit a worse America than the one the previous generation inherited.

Both Occupy Chicago's protest site outside the Federal Reserve Building and the Congress and Michigan location will host lectures from the likes of Reader reporter Ben Joravsky on tax increment financing and Northwestern's Mary Platillo on Public Housing and the Plan for Transformation; Joravsky will be at Grant Park from 4:30-6 p.m. while Platillo will be at the Federal Reserve from 3-6.

The evening will culminate with another march from the Federal Reserve Building to Grant Park at 7 p.m. for an Occupy Chicago general assembly.

But this is Bank transfer Day and, if you're looking for a list of resources, check out I Know Chicago, which has compiled a detailed list of options for those of you who wish to stop having BofA charge you $3 extra for not using one of their ATMs.