Tacoma Action Figure: Jamie Chase, Credit Union Iron Air Marshal A++++

posted Dec 13, 2011
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inspired by famous comic book Illustrator Jamie  Hernandez's depiction of Penny Century in the first Love and Rockets comic book "Music for Mechanics" The Tacomic reveals the second LIVING FEMINIST ACTION FIGURE: JAMIE CHASE!  A community organizer with an intoxicating passion for direct action against the headless demons of wall-street bank swindlers.  They say the easiest way to rob a bank is to own one, but you can't say that about Credit Unions!  Don't take my word for it though, here is Jamie Chase in her own words via Jack Cameron's 5 question Friday blog.

You can catch a clip of Jamie Chase turning to a group of Occupy Tacoma rag tag Freedom Fighters and shouting things about credit unions at them (2 min 30 sec mark). I love that about her!     

Jamie Chase schooled me too about Credit Unions back in the day. I moved my money out of the doomed Venture Bank into Tapco Credit Union a few years ago. Best thing I ever did. Eventually I'll get my Mortgage away from Wells Fargo and into a Credit Union too.  

Check out her business. Connect with Jamie Chase on Facebook

by KevinFreitas on 12/13/2011 @ 6:47am
Nice work this week RR. She's a true powerhouse and gem of a woman -- Tacoma's lucky to have her!

by NineInchNachos on 12/13/2011 @ 9:10am
Thanks! I am happy how this one turned out. It matches my vision! 

by NineInchNachos on 12/13/2011 @ 9:10am
also....   SOLD!

by Chase on 12/13/2011 @ 9:30am
My favorite thing about your work is the smart nuances that roast the action figures. You brought a little tear to my eye today.

by NineInchNachos on 12/13/2011 @ 9:33am
No rosting in this one!!! 

by Erik on 12/13/2011 @ 10:13am
Tacomic of red hair awesomeness!

by NineInchNachos on 12/13/2011 @ 10:52am

4. For Tacomans, what credit union(s) would you recommend?

My top recommendation is BECU. It has the best rates and along with Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union (SMCU) is the most philosophical for consumers that love the cooperative principles.

Harborstone offers the best small business services. TAPCO has the friendliest head teller, Cindy, but they are not part of the shared banking network. Heather at Sound Credit Union’s 38th Street and Pacific Ave. location is one of the best tellers in the state.

Express Credit Union and TULIP Cooperative Credit Union serve low income consumers with poor credit scores. If your friends can’t open an account at a mainstream credit union, these credit unions have a special mission to help out.

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by jenyum on 12/13/2011 @ 11:57am
I can't say enough good things about BECU.  They've been wonderful, my bank account is chronically empty and they never let me accidentally go negative on a debit card charge or charge me unexpected fees.  The same can definitely not be said of any bank I have dealt with in the past 10 years.

by morgan on 12/13/2011 @ 12:06pm
Where's the like button? LIKE!

by NineInchNachos on 12/13/2011 @ 12:09pm
I wish Tapco was on the shared banking thing. 

by NineInchNachos on 12/13/2011 @ 12:10pm

from facebook:

Redorblack Nigelbottom: LOL, way to go Jamie... you are probably lucky RR didn't know about your secret power of shooting rainbows out your ass when people start chanting to "Get a Credit Union"

Jamie Chase: OMG...I don't recognize Redorblack but clearly it's someone that knows me. Those rainbows do come shooting out when people start chanting "Get a Credit Union." I am a freak for credit unions.

by KevinFreitas on 12/13/2011 @ 12:43pm
@morgan (it's the little heart at the top) :)

@Chase: Any traction with CU's on my idea to help move people's mortgages away from banks?

by NineInchNachos on 12/13/2011 @ 12:48pm
+1 on kevin's idea for people moving!

by Chase on 12/13/2011 @ 2:10pm
@RR Tapco has a new CEO. Big, positive changes. They are joining the free ATM network now and will be rolling out shared branching in the near future. Anything else you desire Mr. Member Owner?

by Chase on 12/13/2011 @ 2:11pm
RR love the no rosting! You make imperfection beautiful. 

by Maria on 12/13/2011 @ 9:47pm
I love the corrugated edge on the box. It's the little details that separate the great illustrators from the amateurs.

Thanks for the reminder to switch to a credit union. The full-page Bank of America ads in the TNT these days are only reminding me that they (and many of our largest financial institutions) are desperate for positive PR in the face of irresponsible behavior that's helped cripple our economy.

BTW--has anyone started using Dwolla? It's a very interesting concept--bypassing traditional banks (and huge transaction fees) by setting up a new system to handle credit card payments. Basically they started their own independent payment network outside the standard bank system, but working in conjunction with banks. They're already moving around $30 million a month after three years of operation.

From the Business Insider:

There's a tiny 12-person startup churning out of Des Moines, Iowa.

Dwolla was founded by 28-year-old Ben Milne; it's an innovative online payment system that sidesteps credit cards completely.

Milne has no finance background, yet his little operation is moving between $30 and $50 million per month; it's on track to move more than $350 million in the next year.

Unlike PayPal, Dwolla doesn't take a percentage of the transaction. It only asks for $0.25  whether it's moving $1 or $1,000.

by NineInchNachos on 12/14/2011 @ 8:11am
Thanks Maria!  BOA is probably paying for those trib ads with bail out money too.  How awesome is that?   I heard about Dwolla!  

by Dave_L on 12/14/2011 @ 11:03am

Thing 1 and Thing 2 – I like it.

This morning I locked-in a low rate with my hyper-local  CU on my refi. 
Should be done with B of A by February.

by NineInchNachos on 12/14/2011 @ 11:11am
I need to do that too Dave L ! 

by KevinFreitas on 12/14/2011 @ 11:35am
Congrats @Dave! Still hoping @Chase will come through and convince CU's to slash their up-front re-fi fees (for transfers from banks) to like 10% of what they currently are to take closing costs down from the thousands to the hundreds. THAT would rock the financial (and, thus, the entire) world in my opinion. It would only take one CU doing it then others would quickly follow suit. If you think about it, those up-front fees are nothing compared to the interest they'd earn over time if they had gobs of new mortgages.