Christmas is the perfect time to ask Barclays to clean up their act on tax havens in Africa. In a few weeks time Santa could be paying Barclays a visit - but have they been naughty or nice this year? You can help ask Barclays staff this question and join in the fun by ordering one of our special Christmas cards for your local branch.
We've had an amazing response to our campaign with over 6,500 emails already sent to Barclays' CEO. But the bank continues to promote tax havens to businesses operating in Africa - and we know that developing countries lose three times more to tax havens than they receive in aid each year. This is money that should be being spent on schools, medicine, basic infrastructure.
We want to be sure of really getting the attention of Barclays staff across the country. So we've designed a Christmas card with a picture of their CEO on the front. However much time you have, you can get involved with our campaign by delivering one of our cards to a branch of Barclays near you.
Come to a hand in event
Staff and supporters are organising hand in events across the UK. If you have some spare time on Saturday 7th December in London, you can join campaigners like Sophie (pictured) to deliver a huge Christmas card to Barclays on 14 Upper Street at 10:30am, or later at 1pm to the Barclays at 16-17 Tottenham Court Road. We'll be asking the public to sign our card and creating a festive atmosphere with fancy dress and tax themed carols.
Further events are being planned in Chester, Chiswick, Oxford, Margate and Twickenham, with possible activities in Brighton, Nottingham and Cardiff. If you live in any of these places, or if you'd like to organise an event of your own, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or just order a card
You can order a card online. Then once you've collected some signatures to show local support, you can post it in to your local branch or hand it in to a member of staff. You can find your local branch online here.
We've tried to make this action really easy, so anyone can get involved. We hope our Christmas cards will get Barclays staff all over the country talking about our campaign, making it harder for them to ignore our calls for the company to clean up its act. Please get involved if you can.