Almost 1,000 people signed the White House Petition calling for NCUA board members who support cooperative values in the past 24 hours. Credit union CEOs, employees and most excitingly MEMBERS from all states except one (what’s up Mississippi?) have engaged in the process of democracy at its best.
Here’s a map of where the first 2,400 people signed. Arizona is leading the way (see the member email below from Dave Doss and his Board Chairman). This morning, Tennessee is joining the cause with dozens streaming in to push us over 2,500 as of 11:15 eastern.
It’s been a good 24 hours. Let’s make the next 17 days GREAT ones.
Yesterday, I heard from CEOs at huge credit unions in Indiana, Illinois, California, and Arizona. They are all going to ask their members to participate. I heard from a $120M credit union in Wisconsin; a $60M in Illinois; two corporates; a national association and two vendors that focus on credit unions.
We met with a Congressional aide for a district with $41 billion in credit union assets and more than 3 million members.
The trades are writing about it, if not always in a supportive tone. But that’s the point of a free press — to allow for a free discussion of differences of opinion.
We’ve got momentum. I’m not naïve to think this is going to be easy. But I’m also not going to let people count us out until we put up the good fight. And leaders are signing on.
But asking once isn’t going to be enough. So I’m asking again. Please circulate the petition. We’ve updated Coops4Change.org with examples of employee communications, member communications and tweets that are flowing in from across the country. Check it out. Share your own. Together, we can get to 100,000 by March 26th.