Today a coalition of Portland area activists demanded Wells Fargo put an end to profiting from the private prison industry. The protesters also called for Wells Fargo to abandon its role in the nation's rapidly expanding for-profit immigrant detention system.
Community activists joined with We Are Oregon and the Portland Central American Solidarity Committee to draw attention to Wells Fargo's support for legislation that criminalizes the immigrant communities in order to fill jail cells and make money.
Today's action, one of several nationwide targeting Wells Fargo and other corporate tax dodgers, coincides with the GAIM USA conference, the largest annual gathering of hedge fund managers. Last week, Occupy Wall Street activists shut down Wells Fargo's corporate headquarters in San Francisco.
Update: Photos from today's national day of action on Flickr.