Karen Buxcel and her family shop at locally owned stores and eat locally grown food and, like hundreds of thousands of Americans who participated in the Nov. 5 Bank Transfer Day, they now bank locally, too.
Buxcel, a stay-at-home mother of four, and her husband, a heavy equipment operator, moved their accounts from Wells Fargo bank to Highmark Federal Credit Union this summer, a few months ahead of the bank transfer movement but driven by the same principles of local, cooperative ownership
Buxcel and several other local families that have left a big bank for a credit union will march today in a downtown demonstration with the Occupy Rapid City group, which is celebrating what it says was a successful effort last Saturday to urge people to move their money out of large banks and into community banks and credit unions.
Today’s demonstration will start at noon at Main Street Square and move west to Wells Fargo, 825 St. Joseph St., where the group will continue what it calls an awareness campaign concerning “harmful practices that bring negative consequences to the American economy.”
“It will be similar to what we did last Saturday, to walk to Wells Fargo and just make it visible that these people don’t want to support big banks,” organizer Sonny Rivers said.