By National Domestic Workers Alliance and Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network
National Domestic Workers Alliance, along with ally Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, shared the following update highlighting the Families Belong Together coalition’s September 26th National Day of Action, calling on JP Morgan Chase Bank and Wells Fargo to stop financing two large for-profit private prison corporations that operate immigration detention centers where separated families are being held.
Children and their families in New York, Columbus and San Francisco participate in National Day of Action for immigrant families
NATIONAL – On Wednesday, September 26th, moms and children with songs, bubbles, and artwork will deliver thousands of petitions from around the country to JP Morgan Chase Bank’s corporate headquarters in Columbus, Ohio and New York City, and at the Wells Fargo headquarters in San Francisco. The protests are part of a National Day of Action to call on the banks to stop financing two large for-profit private prison corporations, CoreCivic and GEO Group, which operate immigration detention centers where separated families are being held. Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase are leading financiers of CoreCivic and GEO Group.
In advance of this day of action, families will lead neighborhood #MoveYourMoneyPlaydates at various Chase and Wells Fargo branches throughout the country. Children will accompany their parents delivering pledges to close their accounts unless the banks divest immediately from CoreCivic and GEO Group. They will also sing songs and draw pictures with supportive messages to immigrant children.
The September 26th National Day of Action with the Families Belong Together coalition is the pinnacle of a weeks-long, nationwide campaign that has seen ordinary citizens planning protests and account closures at their local branches.
“We have to do something,” says Tara Polansky, a mother of 3-year old daughter Alena and a co-organizer of the Columbus action. “I can’t imagine being separated from my daughter. I can’t be silent as this country dehumanizes and cages human beings.”
Protest organizers say that 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 hurt immigrant families. An analysis of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fillings over the past ten 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 Group and CoreCivic, holding 62 percent more debt more than the second biggest lender to these two corporations.
The action comes on the heels of the news that the Trump Administration has overspent its budget for detention by millions, including $10 million designated for FEMA.
National Domestic Workers Alliance organizes domestic workers in the United States for respect, recognition and labor standards. The Alliance, formed in 2007 at the US Social Forum, currently represents more than 60 affiliates in 26 cities and 18 states nationally.
Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network is a national network of employers of nannies, housecleaners and home attendants who are grounded in the conviction that dignified and respectful working conditions benefit worker and employer alike.