WASHINGTON (10/2/13)--Portions of the national mall remain barricaded as a result of the federal government shutdown, but those barriers won't matter when tens of thousands of credit union supporters take their "Don't Tax My Credit Union" message to members of the U.S. Congress during today's national virtual "Don't Tax My Credit Union" rally.
"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 and CEO of the Credit Union National Association. "Our digital engagement has been a tremendous success this year, and we hope that support will culminate with our virtual rally."
During the national virtual rally, 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. Advocates will also be asked to use the "Tweet Congress" tool on the site to tweet their lawmakers--and ask that lawmakers tweet back with a response showing their support of credit unions.
The online rally will also be supported by an accompanying physical rally at Credit Union House in Washington, D.C., between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (ET). The credit union house event will be live streamed at www.DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org.
The event will be moderated by Paul Berry, and 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.
League and credit union representatives from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Ohio are also joining in the fight by hiking Capitol Hill this week. (See Sept. 27 News Now story: State Leagues Add 'Boots' Presence To Virtual CU Tax Rally.)