SEIU protests Wells Fargo over political contributions, immigration [PHOTOS]
|SEIU protested political contributions, anti-immigrant politics at Wells Fargo.|
The event's organizers argue that Wells Fargo invites immigrants into its banks with Spanish-language marketing campaigns but betrays them by giving money to anti-immigrant politicians and owning stock in private prison companies.
"Let's call them what they are," said Gerardo Cajamarca, a janitor. "We're standing here in front of the hypocrites."
SEIU signed a letter last month addressed to Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf and Wells Fargo Minnesota CEO David Kvamme asking them for a meeting to discuss Wells Fargo's policies.
The letter asked that Wells Fargo stop contributing to anti-immigrant politicians, divest from CCA and The GEO Group, another leading private prison company, and give more loan modifications to working immigrants, which the SEIU says is a major constituency for Wells Fargo.
|Minneapolis police officers were on hand to keep the scene under control.|
"Immigrants in Minnesota have trusted Wells Fargo for decades but rather than help us build strong communities Wells Fargo has supported anti-immigrant politicians like Michele Bachmann and [Congressman] John Kline," said Zenon Delgado, a Bolivian-born maintenance worker.
The group was calm and orderly, and dispersed after about half an hour.
|Zenon Delgado says Michele Bachmann doesn't deserve Wells Fargo's money.|
|Gerardo Cajamarca says Wells Fargo is hypocritical.|