Monday, March 19th was Wells Fargo’s 160th birthday!
To celebrate their proud history of economic exploitation and their bold new strategy of investing in private, for-profit prisons and immigrant detention centers, PCASC joined forces with our friends at We Are Oregon to deliver a special birthday message.
We put together a boisterous cadre of clowns and prisoners, and invited ourselves to Wells Fargo’s birthday celebration at the Wells Fargo museum, housed in their massive tower in downtown Portland. Their small birthday celebration of cake and balloons was nicely complemented by our clowning, confetti, bubble-blowing, noise-making, and a spirited speech about their history of empire-building and their current investments in racial profiling and criminalizing communities of color. Our departing birthday wish was that Wells Fargo divest from the private prison industry. After leaving the Wells Fargo museum, we visited two other Wells Fargo branches and brought the same revelry there, making a scene and passing out information to passers-by. A festive time was had by all.