LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Local religious leaders are joining civil rights activists in an effort to get customers to take their cash out of the nation’s biggest banks in response to what they claim is unethical behavior.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports a former official from the Obama administration is among those rallying the public ahead.

Former White House environmental adviser Van Jones with “Rebuild The Dream” protested on Tuesday alongside a large group of rabbis, priests, nuns, ministers and imams outside a Bank of America branch in downtown Los Angeles.

The rally comes ahead of “Move Your Money Day” this Saturday, an effort that looks to punish banks like BofA despite its recent decision to drop a $5 monthly fee for debit card use.

Jones said there are credit unions and community banks that can offer better customer service than the big ones.

“If I say I’m going to commit an act of highway robbery, and then say, ‘Well, now I’m not going to,’ that doesn’t make me a good person,” said Jones. “It’s too little, too late.”

Jones was fired in Sept. 2009 from his role as the president’s “green” jobs czar over controversial comments he made suggesting the U.S. government may have had a role in plotting the 9/11 attacks and calling former President George W. Bush a “crackhead”.

Protester Shakeel Sayeed with the Southern California Islamic Council said at least one Southland population is beginning to heed the call to punish the banks.

“We already have instructed our community members and our mosques to move their money,” said Sayeed.

Comments (8)
  1. mojo says:

    I don’t buy the rhetoric. You can’t trust what this communist says. I am putting MORE money into BofA and Chase just to spite them. Socialism and Communism won’t work and never will. They can dream of overthrowing the US as much as they want but it WILL NEVER HAPPEN

    1. Ron says:

      Mojo, Jojo and Ray, are you 3 employees of B of A, Chase or some other bank???

      People DON’T do the transfers to CREDIT UNIONS for Van Jones, DO IT FOR YOURSELF. DO NOT reward the banks with your money. Credit unions provide better service and do not nickel and dime you with all those fees. Don’t think that the banks will not start charging you other fees, as soon as they can.

  2. Jojo says:

    Van Jones is a discredited, anti-American, racist, Communist fool. The idea that anyone listens to him or gives him any public forum to speak is crazy.

  3. Ray says:

    Van Jones is the most racist person on earth he is also a communist thug.

  4. American Citizen says:

    These people are crazy!!!
    I love the USA and people should be happy to live here even with all the problems and racist police and people. It is still a great country because it is more good then bad here.
    God Bless America.

  5. Donna says:

    PEOPLE!!! Our Government bailed out the banks using billions of our tax dollars! Now B of A has the nerve to charge extra fees? In free enterprise,like we are supposed to be,- you swim or sinkl on your own. The Government won’t bail you or I out of bad business mistakes! I hope enough people bail that it really hurts them. They NEVER should have used our tax money to save them to begin with!! (Yet,instead of being grateful-the banks add salt to the injury!)

  6. cntrlfrk says:

    Typical Obama buddy, doing his best to bring down America any way possible.

    What a waste of skin.

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