South Bay Occupy Activists Rally Against Bank’s Unethical Practices

Activists demand banks to let people keep their homes and stop their investment in immigrant detention centers and anti-immigrant politicians

What: Rally, march and bank delegation. Action in solidarity with the West Coast Port Shutdown

When: Monday, December 12, 4-6 p.m.

Where: In front of the Wells Fargo Bank located at Cityview Plaza
121 Park Center Plaza, San Jose,95113

Who: Organized by Occupy San Jose Ad-Hoc Unity Group.

Endorsed by Occupy San Jose, San Jose Peace and Justice Center, South Bay Labor Council, SEIU USWW, SEIU 521 Latino Caucus, UFCW 5, Voluntarios de la Comunidad, MAIZ, CHAM, Pilipino Association of Workers and Imm/ migrants (PAWIS), MEChA at SJSU & De Anza, Students for Justice at De Anza, 50/50 Collective, Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), Silicon Valley Alliance for Immigration Reform (SVAIR), Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE) at SJSU, I.M.A.S.S. at De Anza, People Acting in Community Together (PACT), Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE).

Why: Families have been struggling while the big Wall Street banks that destroyed the economy are raking in record profits. Banks have been profiting by their unethical practices that have caused great grief to our families and communities. We want banks to stop investing in detention centers. Bank of America and Wells Fargo have invested millions of dollars on companies, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and Geo Group, that manage detention centers and profiting from the separation and incarceration of immigrants. CCA and Geo Group lobby through American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for stricter criminal sentencing guidelines and cruel immigration policies.

We want banks to let families keep their homes. 6.2 million families have already lost their homes; another 4.2 million are soon to be put out on the street. An additional estimated 3.5 million families are to be foreclosed by the end of next year, 2012.

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