Pastor Ryan Bell tells the crowd why the Hollywood Adventist Church is divesting from Bank of America
Yesterday, LA Voice, the coalition of clergy leaders representing 30,000 people from churches, synagogues, and mosques in California pledged to move $2 million and end a collective 200 years of business with Bank of America and Wells Fargo. LA Voice takes regular action for economic and social justice as part of the PICO National Network and The New Bottom Line. Joining LA Voice for the action was Van Jones, co-founder and president of Rebuild the Dream.
Last Friday, I attended an Occupy St. Louis march that included a protest outside of the Bank of America's St. Louis headquarters. Participants included people of different ages, races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and political beliefs. There were students, veterans, union members, toddlers, adults who reminded me of my parents, members of the St. Louis LGBTI community, and countless others. The ever-increasing diversity of the #occupy movement is clear. Now, we must work to harness that diversity in ways that strengthen, rather than fracture, the movement. We must recognize that different people are uniquely poised to affect change in different -- and powerful -- ways.
Big banks are only as powerful as the money we give them. That’s why The New Bottom Line, in partnership with The Other 98%, is launching Move Our Money – a campaign to move $1 billion dollars out of big banks and back into our communities.