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UnOccupy the Prisons: Targeting Wells Fargo

category north america / mexico | crime prison and punishment | link to video author Wednesday March 27, 2013 17:30author by Shane Burley Report this post to the editors

A video looking back at an Occupy Rochester and Occupy Together protest focusing on the private prison industry.


UnOccupy the Prisons: Targeting Wells Fargo


Wells Fargo currently has four million shares in the GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America, which are private prison companies that directly profit from the mass incarceration we see in our communities today. As we lock up more people than in any other industrialized nation, our communities of color seem most intimately affected as mass imprisonment has been a tool used to create a permanent underclass. The objections to the private prison system may seem obvious: they profit in having people locked up, and therefore their interest is in creating and enforcing laws that do so. Therefore companies like these have become major opponents in the loosening of drug laws and an end to the "War on Drugs," which disproportionately targets poor communities of color. Major companies like Wells Fargo refuse to cut ties with them, but if pressured to do so would level a major blow to their public holdings.

This video shows a recent protest action coordinated by Occupy Rochester and the traveling Occupy Together bus, targeting a local branch of Wells Fargo to bring up the issues of the growing prison industrial complex.

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