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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

#FamiliesBelongTogether Demand Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase Stop Financing For-Profit Prison Companies Benefiting from Family Separation

July 16, 2018

#FamiliesBelongTogether Demand Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase Stop Financing For-Profit Prison Companies Benefiting from Family Separation

Today, the #FamiliesBelongTogether coalition is calling on Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase to stop financing and investing in two large for-profit private prison corporations -- CoreCivic and GEO Group -- which operate immigration detention centers where separated families are being held against their will. Both JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo are leading financiers in both CoreCivic and Geo Group, which operate immigrant detention facilities notorious for human rights abuses across the United States.

More than 70 organizations, which are part of the #FamiliesBelongTogether coalition, including Presente.org, ACLU, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MomsRising, MoveOn, In The Public Interest, Little Sis, ACRE, Color of Change, Make the Road New York, AVAAZ, Enlace, the Center for Popular Democracy in collaboration with Freedom Cities, ROC United, Candide Group, and others, are demanding that Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase stop financing prison corporations that directly profit from family separation, detention, and incarceration. This is particularly crucial at a time when the number of immigrants held in private detention centers is expected to increase dramatically based on Trump’s “zero-tolerance, or rather, zero-humanity policy.

“The private prison industry emboldens the Administration’s cruel immigration policies while making a killing from caging children and families. Private prisons run a morally bankrupt business model, causing great harm to our communities. No one should be in the torture-for-profit business," said Matt Nelson, Executive Director of Presente.org. “We must deter private companies from investing, stop banks from financing, and eliminate the practice of elected officials granting contracts to this inhumane profit model.”

“ICE should be abolished, and if you end the financial and political incentives that support the caging of immigrant families, as experts have said, the whole racket will fall on itself,” Nelson added.

Cutting off the debt financing from banks would make it harder for CoreCivic and GEO Group to conduct day-to-day business operations, finance new facilities, and acquire smaller companies, all of which hurts immigrant families. An analysis of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings over the past 10 years shows that Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase have played a leading role in financing these debts. JPMorgan Chase is the single largest financier to Geo and CoreCivic, holding 62% more debt than the second biggest lender to these two corporations.

The #FamilesBelongTogether coalition calls on Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase to end this complicity and immediately stop their financial support for organizations that are profiting from mass incarceration and the criminalization of immigration.

View the petition here: http://act.presente.org/sign/wellsfargo/

Participating organizations in the rapidly growing coalition include:

270 Strategies
Action Together Massachusetts
Action Together Network
Advancement Project
American Federation of Teachers
America’s Voice
Al Otro Lado
Alliance for Justice
Alliance for Youth Action
American Constitution Society
American Ethical Union
American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA)
Amnesty International USA
Anti-Defamation League
Arab American Institute
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) at the Urban Justice Center
Asylum Seeker Assistance Project
Bend the Arc
Beyond the Bomb
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
Center for Popular Democracy
Center for Victims of Torture
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.
Chicago Women Take Action
Children's Defense Fund-Texas
Church World Service
Coalition on Human Needs
Color of Change
Congregational UCC Greensboro
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
Constitutional Accountability Center
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Daily Kos
DC Immigration Hub
DC Teens Action
Dulles Justice Coalition
End Rape on Campus
Equal Voice Action
Every Voice
Families Belong Together
Families USA
Feminist Majority Foundation
Foreign Policy for America
Friends of the Earth
Global Fund for Children
Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network
Health Care Voter
Hispanic Federation
Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights First
Immigration Hub
In The Public Interest
Japanese American Citizens League
Jewish Voice for Peace
Latin America Working Group
Latino Victory Foundation
Lawyers for Good Government
Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
LGBTQ Task Force
Little Lobbyists
Little Sis
Make The Road New York
Muslim Advocates
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)
National Iranian American Council
National Justice for Our Neighbors
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Network to End Domestic Violence
National Nurses United
National Organization of Concerned Black Men
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Women’s Law Center
National Domestic Workers Alliance
National Education Association
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Network of Spiritual Progressives
NextGen America
One Billion Rising
Organizing for Action
Oxfam America
Pantsuit Nation
People For the American Way
People's Action
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Positive Women's Network-USA
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Priorities USA
Public Citizen
Race Forward
Rainforest Action Network
Really American
Resistance Labs
Sanctuary for Families
Sierra Club
Sister District Action Network
South Asian Americans Leading Together
Southern Poverty Law Center
Stand Up America
Tax March
The Leadership Conference
The Workmen’s Circle
Together We Will Contra Costa
Truman National Security Project
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ)
United State of Women
United We Dream
Voto Latino
Win Without War
Women's March
Women’s March Foundation Los Angeles
Women's Refugee Commission
Youth Caucus of America


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