The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (Expose On Chase NOT Following Federal Rules On Bank Closing Starts At 1:18:38 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). When banks apply to close a bank branch there are series of rules and procedures they must follow set out by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), a Division of the Treasury Department. One of those rules is that a bank doing business in several states that plans to close a branch in a “low or moderate income” neighborhood, must post a Closing Notice inside that to-be-closed bank that gives the address where customers and the community can register their objections to the closings. That Notice must be posted 30 days before the bank branch closes. Afternoons with Amos went into the Chase Bank at 38th & Washington Blvd this morning (Tuesday, July 28th) around 10:10am to see if that notice had been posted. After looking around for several minutes, I pointed out that violation of the Federal OCC Rules to the on duty manager. After being told to wait, a Chase Area Manager arrived. After showing the Area Manager the Rules from the OCC about posting such a notice in the bank, the Area Manager had no answer. Later that morning, I wrote to Chase Banks’ Area PR person, Christine Holevas based in Chicago, about the apparent violation of one of the OCC’s Bank Closing rules. Her response to me, read on Afternoons with Amos was as follows: “I do not have a definitive answer regarding the language required for the in-branch posting (guidelines, law, joint policies are factors). While we have signs up at the teller line and the check desk that inform customers that the branch is consolidating, gives the date, and the North Meridian branch, we do want to ensure that customers have the contact information for feedback. Therefore we are posting a copy of the letter that we sent to all customers regarding the consolidation that provides an address to regulators for feedback in the branches.” The non-answer answer from Chase’s Holevas admits that they didn’t follow the OCC’s rules and were playing catch-up. Afternoons with Amos showed that the biggest bank in the country doesn’t know how to follow simple rules from regulators. Which may explain other problems Chase has had recently following banking regulators rules and policies. Also on Tuesday’s PODCAST: (At 1:02:40 Mark) Amos reveals the schedule of Candidate Tuesdays Interviews this fall as every candidate running for Indianapolis City-County Council is being invited to appear to talk about the issues and what they’d do if elected. The interviews start Tuesday, September 1st and every Tuesday through Tuesday, October 28th. (At PODCAST 04:23 Mark). Hampton University professor Dr. Shonda Buchanan was in Indianapolis to appear Wednesday, July 29 at the Eiteljorg Museum as part of a program reading her book of poetry titled Who’s Afraid of Black Indians?; poetry about Blacks and their Native American or American Indiana heritage. The interview covers the complex relationship between Blacks in America and their African heritage and their heritage as members of Indian tribes. (At 20:27 Mark) Debbie Adebayo of the ministry Singles Pleasing the Lord talked about their August 1st conference where they minister to singles about how they can have a fulfilling life as Christians and single. (At The 31:52 Mark) In the aftermath of the Double 8 Stores crisis and the huge new food desert created in northern Center Township, Joyce Moore from an organization UrbanPatch.Org appeared on Afternoons with Amos to talk about alternatives the community might explore to fill the gap because of the stores’ closing. With Joyce Moore and her husband John was Matthew Easley of Easley Foods. Matthew is a bit unusual. He’ a Black Farmer in Rushville, Indiana, a community just an hour southeast of Indianapolis. Easley talked about his farm, an outgrowth of a farm started by his dad and he’s continuing the family tradition. They grow home grown produce along with raising chickens for their eggs. Esaley is an option Blacks haven’t thought of – growing their own food or relying of local farmers like himself. For info on Easley Farms call 317-702-4378. (At 45:17 Mark) Light of the World Senior Pastor Dr. David Hampton stopped by to tell the community about an opportunity Wednesday, July 29th for Indianapolis residents looking for a job and career to look at the building construction trades. The church is hosting representatives from the Indiana Plan which trains men and women for apprenticeship positions in the building trades. Devin Doss of the Indiana Plan and a former union construction worker David Collins of International Masonry Institute joined Pastor Hampton in a discussion with Afternoons with Amos listeners about the opportunities in the building trades. Devon Doss confirmed some good news, that ex-offenders are eligible to participate in the Indiana Plan. It doesn’t disqualify you. For more info on the Indiana Plan call 317-639-4661. The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Runs 104 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.