first_imgOccupy Vancouver organizers plan to ask the city of Vancouver Monday evening to withdraw some of its money from the Bank of America and deposit it in a community bank.Organizer Dan Walker said five or six members of the movement “are going to raise the question of whether or not there is a possibility of moving city funds from the Bank of America to a local bank” to make an anti-Wall Street statement.“It’s actually something that was brought up at some of our general assembly meetings, that the city does not bank locally,” Walker said. “As a group we decided it would be something we would all be pursuing.”Occupy Vancouver protesters first raised the issue on Nov. 5, dubbed “Bank Transfer Day,” when consumers nationally mounted a revolt against big national banks by transferring their money to local credit unions and community banks. About 20 protesters demonstrated in front of Vancouver City Hall that day to demand that the city stop doing business with Bank of America.Lloyd Tyler, the city’s chief financial officer, issued a memo on Nov.1 stating that in June 2010, the city, Clark County and the Port of Vancouver issued a joint request for proposals for financial services to 14 full-service financial institutions. Four national banks and no local banks responded, he said. Both the city and the county ranked Bank of American the highest of the national banks on a series of evaluation criteria.last_img