Avaaz has launched Community Petitions, an exciting new platform for anyone, anywhere to create a campaign, share it with friends, and impact the world. (If you don't wish to add your voice to this issue....simply delete this email.)
Let’s amplify our impact by urging the main political groups in the European Parliament to support tougher laws against market abuse and related crimes. They need to stay strong against the banking lobby if we are to get the effective law European citizens want.
By signing this Petition we are sending a message to the key political groups in the European Parliament encouraging them to support the law. The banking industry needs to be dismantled in order for the new financial system (including debt forgiveness) to be implemented. We, the people, stand strong together.
Big banks have been caught in a massive scam to rig global interest rates, ripping off millions of people on their mortgages, student loans and more! We'd go to jail for this, but Barclays bank has only been fined, and just a fraction of their profits! Outrage is mounting -- this is our chance to finally turn the tide of the banks' reign over our democracies.
The EU finance regulator, Michel Barnier is standing up to the powerful bank lobby and championing reform that would put bankers behind bars for fraud like this. If the EU goes first, accountability could quickly spread across the globe. But the banks are lobbying hard against it, and we need a massive surge of people power to drive these reforms through.
If we can get 1 million people to stand with Barnier in the next 3 days, it will give him momentum to face down the banking lobby and push governments to bring reform.
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The full scale of the scandal is still unknown, but what we know is breathtaking: "Several" unnamed major banks were involved, and the rigging of the LIBOR interest rate, the rate on which many of the world's interest rates are based, affected the value of literally hundreds of trillions of dollars in investments. Barclays alone has admitted to committing this fraud "hundreds" of times.
For too long, our governments have been cowed by powerful banks who threatened to move elsewhere if challenged. For too long, banks have manipulated our market economies, tilting the playing field in their favour, and engaging in reckless risk-taking, secure in the knowledge that they could force governments to hand them our taxpayer money when they got into trouble.
The system is rigged, and that's a crime. It's time to put the criminals behind bars for it. It starts in Europe -- let's make it happen:
There may never have been a time in modern history when the big banks didn't have excessive and extraordinary power that they regularly abused. But democracy is on the march -- we've seen this march overcome tyrants across the world, and together, we'll help end the reign of the banks as well.
Ricken, Iain, Alex, Antonia, Giulia, Luis, and the entire Avaaz team
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