The Washington Community Action Network held a “sneak attack” on the Chase branch at 23rd and Jackson yesterday. According to a release from the organization, the protest was part of a series of similar events demanding that “Chase give back outdated tax breaks to stop devastating budget cuts to essential services.” From the group’s release:
“Big Wall Street banks caused this recession and they need to share the burden,” said Darasavanh Kommavongsa, Washington CAN member and mother of two, who may lose health care coverage because of budget cuts, “I’m so afraid for my girls – both have severe eczema and asthma and need constant treatments. What will I do if my girls lose their health coverage? We are human beings who deserve to be healthy and sustain our families just like bank CEOs.”
They have posted more photos on Flickr.
In January, the group crashed a Chase event with a megaphone (see video below). They have also held protests similar to the Central District event at Chase and Bank of America branches in Tacoma and Bellevue, all in the past few weeks.
That’ll show ’em.
I have had this offer available for almost a year now… Free dinner at The Twilight Exit if you close your shitty Chase account. Just bring in a closing statement. We’ve only given away a handful of these. I’d like to give away hundreds. Come on people, close that Chase account.
heh, I think I shredded mine but I’ll try to dig it up!
Wha?!? Where was this offer two years ago when I left Chase?
BECU all the way!
Why single out Chase? All the big banks are greedy and corrupt. All of them could care less about the typical checking/savings account holder. They only care about the wealthiest 1% and figuring out new ways to steal from poor and middle class. Chase is no more worse than the rest of them.
“Why single out Chase? All the big banks are greedy and corrupt. All of them could care less about the typical checking/savings account holder.” I agree. All banks are greedy soulless entities. I also never had an account at Chase Bank. I did get screwed by their mortgage department to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. For me their bank branches are just a big fat greedy face to punch and maybe make them feel a bit of pain by convincing people to take their money away from Chase. I also agree with Kate. Close your bank account, any bank account, and go with one of our many fine credit unions.
“Why single out Chase?”
– Because you gotta start somewhere.