WASHINGTON (9/24/13)--A national virtual rally--where credit union members and advocates from across the country will light up social media in support of the "Don't Tax My Credit Union" campaign via Twitter and Facebook--has been announced by the Credit Union National Association for Oct. 2.
There will be an accompanying physical rally at Credit Union House in Washington, D.C., between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (ET), and that event will be live streamed at www.DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org and on The Hill newspaper website.
CUNA is expecting tens of thousands of supporters to be in virtual attendance. "Rather than rallying supporters at the National Mall--like so many campaigns do--this movement will rally tens of thousands of credit union members nationwide online," said Bill Cheney, president/CEO of CUNA. CUNA and the state credit union leagues launched the Don't Tax My Credit Union Advocacy campaign in May, across the backdrop of national political debate on revising the country's tax code.
Participants will be encouraged to use the various Take Action tools at www.DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org to show their support via tweets, pictures, vine videos, and e-mails to their members of Congress, all with the #DontTaxMyCU hashtag. The physical rally at Credit Union House will feature several speakers, including Steve Pociask of the American Consumer Institute.
The event will be moderated by Paul Berry, an award-winning journalist and radio and television personality in the Washington, D.C., area--and long-time Govermental Affairs Conference MC--and also will feature remarks by Cheney, Paul Gentile, Bill Hampel, John Magill, and Ryan Donovan of CUNA. Other participants, speakers and interviews from all over the country will join in remotely using video conferencing.
The initiative urges lawmakers as part of any final tax reform plan to preserve the federal tax exemption credit unions receive as not-for-profit, member-owned cooperatives. To date, the campaign has generated over 900,000 messages to members of Congress--15,000 of which have come via social media.