NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement have come up with a new way for the 99% to make their voices heard without having to march in the streets.
A group of protesters collected contact information for dozens of executives from the country’s biggest financial institutions and are encouraging consumers to speak their mind by emailing these executives through the Web site Occupy the Board Room. Let’s just call it a letter-writing campaign for those in the 99% with day jobs.
The protesters who organized the site do not actually display the email addresses of these executives, noting that doing so would violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Instead, users can click on the name of an executive listed on the site to open up a window where they can type out their message. The Web site will take care of sending it. To be sure, it’s a bit of an act of faith to hope the message ends up in front of the right person and gets read, but if nothing else, the exercise should prove cathartic for many disenfranchised Americans.
Even if you don’t want to join the movement, chances are there is at least one financial institution out there that has made you frustrated at some point, so here’s your chance to offer them your two cents.
Don’t like Bank of America’s (Stock Quote: BAC) plan for a $5 monthly debit card fee? You can use the contact info on the site to email any of the 30 executives and board members at the company, including CEO Brian Moynihan. Do you think Goldman Sachs (Stock Quote: GS) got off too easy for selling subprime mortgage funds to investors? Tell your thoughts to some of the 24 executives from Goldman Sachs listed on the site. (Sadly, the not-so-fabulous Fabrice Tourre is not one of them, but CEO Lloyd Blankfein is there.)
If you can’t think of something to complain about right away, the site includes some wonderful statistics for each financial institution to get you fired up, including bonuses paid out to executives, the CEO’s compensation and the number of offshore tax havens.
For those who prefer something a little more intimate than an email, Occupy the Board Room also offers alternative suggestions for how to make your voice heard, whether it’s by trying to find the executives at an upcoming conference or, as some did in the video above, by attaching letters to a batch of 99 red balloons.
After all, what consumer doesn’t like to complain from time to time?
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