In an effort to further the Banktivist movement and encourage financial services providers to act in a respectful and dignified manner Banktivist.com has embarked on a letter-writing campaign.
Below is a sample letter that we ask that you forward to your local, state and Congressional elected officials. You can download a Microsoft Word version of the letter by clicking here: Banktivist Letter to Congress.
Finding the contact information of your elected members of Congress is easy. Just type your address at this Web site (Contacting the Congress). Then all you need to do is type the name and address information on the Word document, print it out, and mail or fax your letter. It’s that simple!
Finding your state and local elected officials will require a little more effort. The best way to find this information is through an Internet search using the terms “find your representative” and your state’s name.
As you can see from the sample letter below, the request to elected officials is simple: identify and recognize Banktivists headquartered in the community. The idea is to provide the positive recognition that will inspire financial services providers to do the right thing and become Banktivists.
Honorable [ELECTED OFFICIAL’S NAME]
[ELECTED OFFICIAL’S ADDRESS]
Honorable [ELECTED OFFICIAL’S NAME]:
Today there are nearly 7,000 FDIC-insured banks in the United States. With this letter I would like to encourage you to identify and recognize Banktivists headquartered within our district in order to demonstrate to the financial services industry and the community, the importance of meeting our financial services needs in a dignified and respectful manner.
Banktivism reflects a specific form of activism. Since the passing of the Community Reinvestment Act, and through the recent 2008 recession, some banks and bankers have chosen to use their influence among their stakeholders to make a difference in the communities they serve by supporting activities aimed at promoting and directing social, political, economic, and/or environmental change.
Banktivists are banks and bankers that participate in activities that support their local communities, or the greater community at-large, in an effort to produce benefit for local residents, small businesses, and the nonprofit community. Banktivists are not the occasional forced/coerced volunteer or supporter – they are the banks and bankers that maintain an honest deep desire or mission to use their role as a member of the community to create “real” outcomes.
Banktivists are bankers at all levels. Banktivists include bank directors, CEOs, branch personnel, and support staff. Banktivists are concerned with maintaining an educated, healthy, vibrant, and bankable community. Banktivists are concerned with ensuring that the needs of the community are met while earning a fair return on investment. Banktivists are concerned with issues important to the community, including but not limited to job creation, living wages, social and economic justice, education, health, and overall community development. Banktivists are concerned with treating the community in a respectful and dignified manner.
As your constituent, and on behalf of the millions of Americans living through the recent financial catastrophe, I strongly urge you to support the bipartisan Banktivist movement introduced at Banktivist.com. I urge you to dedicate resources in our district to identify and recognize Banktivists that have acted as responsible members of our communities. I ask that you recognize these Banktivists in an effort to encourage all financial services providers to act responsibly and to consider the impact their decisions have on our community.
Thank you for your commitment to our community.