'Occupy The Boardroom' Website Allows People To Directly Email Wall Street Executives
As protesters continue to camp out in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park and other locations around the world, some activists have found a new venue to occupy: inboxes.
Protesters affiliated with Occupy Wall Street launched a website called Occupy the Boardroom, which allows disgruntled consumers to directly message big bank executives, the Guardian reports. Demonstrators plan to print off nearly 7,000 executive emails -- which include foreclosure victims, students trying to pay off loan debts, and others -- and deliver them to the bank heads in a march on Friday.
When visitors come to the site, they can click on executives and board members from a myriad of different banks and an e-mail form pops up with instructions including: "Give your message a relevant, passionate title" and "Remember, be polite!" In a note at the bottom of the site, the activists behind the site write that they have the contact information for the bank execs, but that they can't share it due to legal constraints.
The site is just the latest in a slew of clashes between the protesters and big banks and their executives. The protesters marched on JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon's house as well as the company's headquarters earlier this month.
Goldman Sachs pulled out of a fundraiser for a New York City-based credit union after learning that Occupy Wall Street was listed as one of the honorees. The investment bank's CEO Lloyd Blankfein also backed out of an appearance at Barnard College after activists associated with Occupy Wall Street tweeted that they might protest the talk, according to The New York Times.
More than 20 protesters were arrested at a New York City Citibank earlier this month after they tried to close their accounts, according to the New York Observer. Despite the scuffle, Citgroup's CEO Vikram Pandit said during an interview with Fortune Magazine that the protesters' sentiments are "completely understandable," saying he'd "be happy to talk to them anytime."
But some think the protesters should lay off the big bank officials. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- a billionaire himself -- chided the protesters for picking on Dimon after they marched on his home, the Observer reported.
The Occupy Wall Street movement, which started in Zuccotti Park on September 17, aims to protest income inequality and corporate greed among other things. The protests have spread across the country and around the world.