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  1. It seems to me that there’s good evidence Chase has been a leader in steering investments AWAY from fossil fuels in recent years. According to sources like the Sierra Club, Chase has halted all funding of arctic drilling, coal mining, and/or coal powered plants. And there’s reason to believe that these pledges by Chase inspired Wells Fargo to make similar declamations.

    Chase is also a leader in helping historically disinvested communities. I worked in community banking on the South Side of Chicago (South Shore) for 6 years at ShoreBank (now Providence Bank and Trust). No bank gives more loans to minority-owned small businesses, or to African-American first time home buyers in Chicagoland, than does Chase. As our competitor, it was impossible not to notice this.

    Everyone needs to work to make the world more just, equitable, and sustainable. Yet I remain genuinely perplexed as to why Chase is so often the punching bag for activists when they are taking progressive strides that other financial services companies are often not. When you get an idea into your head, you find it in everything.

    1. It is too bad the Manager of the bank didn’t come out and say what Mr. Kenamore has stated. Instead, he hid behind the teller and had another staff member come to the door to tell the bank customer contingent that they would call the police.