Welcome to the webpage of the Alternative Banking group of Occupy Wall Street!
Who we are. We are a group of financial professionals, accountants, technologists, economists, traders, engineers, housewives, househusbands, laborers, professors, students, activists and workers interested in reforming, revolutionizing and improving our financial system. We discuss and act regularly. Everyone is welcome!
How to Find Us. Come to our meetings. We meet from 3-5pm every Sunday at Columbia University’s International Affairs Building on the corner of 118th and Amsterdam in room 402 or room 409. We often go out for dinner afterwards at a nearby restaurant, Amsterdam Tapas. To e-mail us, write to Alt.Banking.OWS@gmailcom
Speaker Series. Beginning Dec. 8, we will be having a speaker series during the hour before our regular meetings, i.e.between 2 and 3pm on Sundays. Find more information here.
Our mission. We’ve been meeting since October 17th, 2011, soon after Zuccotti Park was occupied. We are dedicated to reforming the current financial system to make it work for the 99%. This doesn’t mean we are not asking for radical reform – we are – but that we are trying to work within the system for change. Other Occupy groups are attempting to start new kinds of financial systems. We think it makes sense to do both.
We are dedicated to agitating for reform, and that can only happen if the public is educated about what is not working now. To that end we are extremely invested in educating the public about the current dysfunction.
We recently participated in the New Day New York protests and are continuing to coordinate with that Coalition. Here is the Coalition’s Report.
We are extremely proud to announce the launch of our book, Occupy Finance. Our blog, where we wrote the book in installments, is available here, and you can email us at Alt.Banking.OWS@gmail.com to get more information or to get a copy. We handed out hundreds of copies at Zuccotti Park on Tuesday, September 17th, starting at 10am, after a press conference. The content is now available online and here’s the cover:
Last year we put out an educational and fun set of playing cards called the 52 Shades of Greed, which you can learn more about and buy here. Here’s just a taste:
Some more information on how we run our meetings
We send out topics on Saturday and ask for more topics. To get on the list please email Alt.Banking.OWS@gmail.com and request to be added to the email list for Alt Banking.
- We welcome people, introduce ourselves to new members, and give status reports on ongoing large projects and recent press.
- We list the topics and discuss them briefly to give people an idea of what they are.
- We vote for the topics to see who wants to discuss what.
- The top 4 topics (up to 6) are chosen, and we have two rounds of discussions in which people are free to choose whichever topic they choose.
- People take minutes and when the groups are large enough someone takes stack as well.
- After the two rounds, we have a quick summary of the discussions.
See you there!
If you are press, you are more than welcome to come to our meetings, but please identify yourself before the meeting begins. Also, we don’t allow any recording devices at the meetings, and if you want to quote someone you need their explicit permission for each quote.