[UPDATE: This photograph has appeared in this excellent piece by journalist Ian Fraser.]
Following the mysterious appearance of funny posters on RBS ATMs yesterday, OFR representatives joined others outside the RBS conference hall at their Gogarburn HQ today, where their AGM was being held. The poster Carly is holding in the picture above reads:
We are all RBS shareholders.
If the UK Government won’t stop the Robber Baron Syndicate, we will!
Together we are powerful.
It’s easier than you think to:
MOVE YOUR MONEY
(& overdrafts & loans!)
See more photos here!
Getting ready for RBS AGM protest. MoveYourMoneyUK uses OFR design as basis for funny new RBS ATM poster.
On the eve of the Royal Bank of Scotland AGM (outside which Occupy Free Radicals and others will be protesting: RBS HQ, Gogarburn 1.30 to 2 p.m.) MoveYourMoneyUK has unveiled a humorous poster to be stuck on RBS Automatic Teller Machines. They have, with permission, based this on the Occupy Free Radicals design written about by journalist Ian Fraser.
Please send MoveYourMoneyUK photographs of these posters in place on RBS ATMs!
Finally, don’t forget:
The pictures speak for themselves: OFR hit the sunny streets of Stockbridge, stationing ourselves outside the two branches of Scotmid and the local RBS branch. While about 50% of members of the public appeared to ignore us, the other 50% took our flyers and several of these were very enthusiastic. One lady insisted on shaking our hands. She said, ‘So many people are passive these days. Thank you for taking action!’
We were drawing people’s attention to:
- the fact that Scotmid, which claims to be ethical, banks with the Royal Bank of Scotland, a bank that backs projects responsible for appalling human rights and environmental abuses, and
- the fact that RBS teaches kids in Scottish schools about money!
Please click on the links and take action!
Once more Occupy Free Radicals will be taking to the streets to encourage people to bank ethically. This time we shall be focussing on Scotmid, an organisation that prides itself on its ethics but banks with the Royal Bank of Scotland, a bank with an Ethiscore of only 1.5 out of 20! Amongst other things, RBS backs arms companies (including, historically, those producing cluster bombs that maim/kill many children) and the exploitation of tar sands in Canada and Madagascar (harmful to both the environment and local people). In 2011 RBS was named by the Ecologist as one the worst banks involved in financing fossil fuel companies.
If you want to see us (or participate) then make your way to Stockbridge on the afternoon of Friday 25 May. Expect to find us outside the banks and Scotmid branches from around 3 p.m. For further details please email us!
…Why not join the relevant Facebook group?
…Not that we could possibly condone the relatively poor (most of us on the planet) using the limited means at our disposal to make people question what the super-rich want us to think of as essential to our happiness, of course. 😉
Please comment on this and let us know what advertisements could be “improved” and how!
It’s a playground: unexpected events and messages, all things surprising, strange and different! To have impact, both the content but the form of the message are important. Interest, intrigue and tease, don’t lecture. Appeal to people’s intelligence and sense of humour
We support the Move your Money campaign, that aims to encourage people to change their banks for the better. If enough people move their money to banks that are better for them (and for the world in general), bad banks will have to reform or shut down. If your relationship with your bank is dysfunctional, leave it! Have a look at their website for all the info about why, where, when and how.