Occupy CSUN to celebrate Halloween demonstrating in front of local banks

Brandon Hensley

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Occupy CSUN is leaving the campus and taking its protests to the banks, inviting people to “Trick or Treat with the 99%.”

The movement will meet at 1p.m. Monday in front the Oviatt Library before marching to Chase and Wells Fargo banks on the corner of Nordhoff Street and Reseda Boulevard at 3:30 p.m.

The protest is in conjunction with the Nov. 5 Bank Transfer Day, a nationwide movement encouraging people to transfer their funds from big banks to credit unions. Although Bank Transfer Day is later in the week, student organizer Edy Alvarez said playing with the Halloween theme was too good to pass up.

“We wanted to make it on Halloween because the banks are tricking us,” Alvarez said.  “That’s the theme of the whole protest. We also wanted to encourage people to take money out of big banks and put them into small credit unions.”

Ashley Luke, another student organizer, echoed Alvarez’s thoughts.

“It’s a transition of power, from mega banks to the local community,” she said about the movement. “A lot of people nowadays, they’re facing home foreclosures, they’re going out business and accumulating debt from practices that stem from these financial institutions. It basically disengages citizens.”

Dressing up in costume and wearing masks is encouraged, Luke said, to have fun with the Halloween theme.

Alvarez and Luke have been working for the past week to gather students and professors to speak in front of the library before the march begins. Luke said they will have a PA system for at least an hour starting at 1 p.m. and that all students and professors are welcome to join the rally.

“It came from the collective mind of students, activists and professors coming together in solidarity,” Luke said. “School administration, as well as campus police are extremely supportive of what students are trying to do.”