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Activist Brian McKeown, right, says his group's goal is to charter a large community development credit union.

Occupy movement activists in San Francisco first announced plans for People’s Reserve Credit Union, an in-the-works cooperative designed to serve local communities and take a stand against the city’s for-profit banks, in November 2011. The project is now well under way, with board and advisory committee meetings taking place and fundraising initiatives scheduled, said Brian McKeown, an Occupy leader who is spearheading the People’s Reserve CU project.

Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as managing editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 13 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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