On the 9th of March, activists showed up outside the Wells Fargo bank
branch at Ga Ave and T street to give out fliers. Every Friday there are protests or outreach sessions outside Wells Fargo branches as a project of Occupy DC's Criminal Justice project.
At about 6 PM, a
police "jump out squad" started searching three men about a block away,
then over a dozen cop cars responded to a fight that may have been a
diversion to protect the original targets of the police.
The fliers given out emphasized the role of Wells Fargo in investing in
the GEO Group's private prisons. The folks giving out the fliers warned
that depositor's money would be diverted into paying billions in fines
Wells Fargo is paying for illegal foreclosures.
People were also told face to face that Wells Fargo, by paying to lock
up Black and Brown men and women, is literally investing in slavery,
getting about $30,000 per head for each prisoner from DC. One woman
complained that Wells Fargo took her home, so she's suing them.
The police who showed up at about 6PM to search and detain people for
what appeared to be beer, were deemed to be recruiters for Wells Fargo's
GEO Group investments. In this sense, they occupy the exact same
position in creating Wells Fargo's investments that slave hunters/buyers
had in creating the Plantations.
A few minutes into what appeared to be searches of people who had NOT at
the time been placed under arrest, two teenage women started fighting
on the other side of busy 7th street. Some of the jumpouts diverted to
the fight, but not all of them. Instead, backup police cars started
arriving like flies on a horse dropping. One of the original protesters
estimated 12 carloads of cops for a fight between two people at 7th and T
No matter who wins the fight, if anyone is arrested and catches a felony
charge, Wells Fargo wins. Wells Fargo, though GEO Group, will get
$30,000 for each person convicted of a felony and shipped off to Rivers
Correctional facility or any of the other GEO Group prisons used by the
Therefore, anyone with an account in Wells Fargo is being asked to move
their money, as one depositor told protesters she was in the process of
doing right now.
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