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Global Bank Users Strike: Call for Organizers and Participants

category north america / mexico | economy | non-anarchist press author Wednesday December 03, 2008 14:10author by bernasty - Global Bank Users Strike North Americaauthor email bankstrike at riseup dot net Report this post to the editors

North America begins to organize in a global campaign against commercial banks and debt!

As the financial system enters a deeper crisis, people have decided to respond! Commercial banks cannot be trusted with our paychecks and savings. Organizers from North America are joining a global effort to strike against commercial banks. We are coordinating withdrawals from commercial banks, investment in non-capitalist financial institutions, and a global movement against debt. We demand that personal debt be canceled just as Wall St. speculator's loss was bailed-out. Let the crisis be paid for by the richest!

Call for a Global Bank Users Strike

As we all know, the world financial system is in crisis. The line has
been drawn: from predatory lending, to socially and environmentally
destructive development, to demands for bailouts, it's clear that the
banking system considers only a select group of people and ignores or
exploits the rest.

This September Catalonian anti-banking activists put out a call for a
'global bank users strike.' The plan is to develop a worldwide,
coordinated effort to organize withdrawals from the commercial banking
system and debt non-repayment. People can 'pre-register' to participate;
when enough people a signed-up in a given city or region, they can call
a day to withdrawal money from commercial banks and place it in
non-capitalist financial institutions and begin debt non-payment. People
can participate as much or as little as they like: those already living
without the banking system or resisting debt payment can coordinate with
others and give them advice. The idea is to begin--in a public and
collective way--popular resistance to the banking system that can no
long be trusted with out paychecks and savings.

Read the call to action distributed at the G20 counter-summit in
Washington D.C. here:
http://www.bankstrike.net/?q=node/1

The method of this strike will vary by region and people's organizing
efforts. Some ideas are on the strikes methodology are on the European site:

http://www.17-s.info/esborrany-de-metodologia-de-la-vag...steng

Interested?
The North American Bank Strike campaign is looking for people to help
organize this campaign. There are lots of ways to help out...

What we need:
Participants: Join the strike and close your commercial bank account.
Sign up at http://www.17-s.info/en/banks-users-strike-form

Organizers:
People to organize support for this campaign at the local level. See how organizers have been debating at
http://www.17-s.info/en/forum. Contact bankstrike@riseup.net for
organizing materials.

Researchers:
We are hoping to make http://www.bankstrike.net a good source for critical information on the banking system, the financial
crisis, and alternatives to capitalist finance. Contact
bankstrike@riseup.net for more information.

Translators:
This is a global effort; organizing efforts are underway
across the world in multiple languages.

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Contact us:
For more information contact:
bankstrike@riseup.net or info@bankstrike.net in North America
info@17-s.info in Europe

http://www.bankstrike.net/
http://www.17-s.info

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