Campaigners across the country have taken the message of tax justice to their local Barclays branches... by delivering giant Christmas cards asking the bank to stop promoting tax havens in Africa. It's not too late to take part if you'd like to order a card for your local branch.
Santa and ActionAid campaigners tell Barclays to behave
Zambian tax justice activist Andrew Masiye outside Barclays
Tax Justice Christmas Carols
A member of the public signs the Christmas card to Barclays boss
More Christmas Carolling
Santa holds up a Clean Up Barclays bar or soap
The giant Christmas card
Signing the Christmas card to Barclays' Boss
We've had a great response to our Christmas card action, with hundreds of campaigners ordering cards to send in to their local Barclays branches. Many of our Community Campaigners and University groups have been taking the action even further by organsing hand in events, delivering cards to branches in Bexhill, Chiswick, Chester, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leicester, Newcastle and London.
In Islington campaigners joined forces with Zambian Activista Andrew Masiye and Santa. They talked to Christmas shoppers about Barclays' promotion of tax havens before delivering a giant Christmas card asking Barclays to be a good bank in Africa this Christmas. The stunt got picked up by the Islington Gazette.
Community Campaigner David Watkinson dressed as Father Christmas for the occasion, and gave out free soap which urged Barclays to clean up on tax havens in Africa. Mr Watkinson said: "I got involved with the campaign because I think it's wholly wrong that Barclays bank is facilitating tax dodging by promoting the use of tax havens by companies in Africa. Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins has said he wants Barclays to be a "force for good" in Africa. If Barclays wants to help companies invest in Africa it should do so responsibly and not by facilitating tax dodging"
It's not just the UK campaigning - ActionAid Zambia have already launched the Clean up Barclays campaign, and they're planning to deliver their own Christmas cards this week. The campaign has the bank's attention - Barclays has already responded, but they're dodging our call to close down their Offshore Corporate division.
The Christmas cards have had a pretty good reception overall - staff in branches have been friendly and we know cards have already made their way to Barclays' head office. But it's important that we keep the pressure on! If you can stick and extra card in the post there's still time to order one for a Barclays branch near you.