|ONE DC Protests Wells Fargo's Investment|
|Wednesday, 25 January 2012 18:43|
On December 2, ONE DC members and staff joined with Occupy DC on the corner of 7th and T Streets, NW, to protest Wells Fargo's investment in the GEO Group, Inc., a large, private prison company and owner of the Rivers Correctional Institution in Winton, NC. Rivers houses many DC prisoners-all of whom are, because DC's lacks official "state" status, under federal control. Seven members of ONE DC -- Ron, Kwasi, Linda, Chi Chi, N'ya, Abby, and Dominic -- assembled with the other protesters on the sidewalk outside the bank and urged passers-by to move their money out of Wells Fargo and stop subsidizing the incarceration of DC residents in a for-profit institution.
The prison-industrial complex cuts to the core of social, economic, and racial justice. The December 2 action represents one of the most recent in a series of efforts by ONE DC to engage the Occupy DC movement in a campaign to "Liberate DC" -- a campaign that is inclusive of people of color and long-term residents of Washington, DC. The Liberate DC movement seeks responsive action to the needs and demands of those residents most affected by unemployment, poverty, lack of access to resources, and displacement.