Key players in the Occupy movement have announced innovative plans. A small co-op is being formed to potentially offer low cost prepaid payment cards. The potential credit union link is explored in this Credit Union Times article. The occupy movement still thinks in both national and local terms, and continues to encourage credit union membership and democratic control models.
Notably, Canadian 'prepaid' payment cards are criticized in the Vancouver Sun today because of the excessive fees charged by many financial institutions. These kinds of cards are evolving into more than gift cards. Social assistance payments and other transfers are being processed using these cards; particularly to those who do not have bank or credit union accounts. As noted in the Vancouver Sun piece, the added costs are potentially borne by those who can least afford it. CCEC is researching such a card offering but has no definite plans at this time.