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Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., Nov. 17
Occupy San Diego will march from Petco Park to the Bank of America at 10:30 a.m. today in an action dubbed the Big Banks Funeral March, a demonstration of solidarity with National Bank Transfer Day to encourage citizens to switch from large banks (Citigroup, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, and Bank of America) to credit unions.
“TARP bailouts, illegal foreclosures and government bribery are out of control and the Occupation Movement is sending a message that American citizens will not take it any longer,” reads an Occupy San Diego press release dated November 4. “[The] group is asking participants to wear black, bring cardboard coffins with a bank's name on them along with rose petals and candles for the funeral.”
“If we shift our funds from the for-profit banking institutions in favor of not-for-profit credit unions before this date,” says Occupy San Diego media volunteer Kali Katt, “we will send a clear message that conscious consumers won't support companies with unethical business practices. It's time to invest in local community growth.”