Voices from the Edge on 10/29/09
At a time when corporations are handing pink slips to innocent individuals, some Portlanders think its time to hand pink slips to the institutions that are culpable. Go Fire Your Bank was created by concerned citizens who believe in local, socially-responsible economies. These Portland-baseed activists are encouraging people to remove their money from big corporate banks and put it into local banks or credit unions, with the idea that a local institution will be more accountable to the community and circulate the money in the local economy.
Jo Ann and Dave talk with Dave Smith, one of the founding members of Go Fire Your Bank, about his organization's efforts to educate Portlanders about the impacts corporate banking is having on our economy and ways in which people can regain control.
Also this week, Jo Ann will talk about her recent experiences as a grassroots activist in the People's Republic of China. Earlier this month, she participated in an international program to engage local Chinese activists and officials in the role of community activism in building a more inclusive society.
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