On August 10th, jabarrie* and I wandered up to the Wells Fargo store on MLK, to witness the protest going on there. Community members are calling out WF for being an investor in the for-profit prison industry, a menace that is warping our justice system in the name of profits. For-profit prisons also carry the shame of repeated violations of prisoner rights (though government-run prisons are a disaster in this area, as well), with oversight by any outside agency difficult.
I have been extremely supportive of the work that PCASC (the Portland Central American Solidarity Committee) has been doing on behalf of folks here and abroad. To read more about their role in organizing this protest and the on-going campaign against Wells Fargo, visit here.
Another org in town that has really worked – on a statewide level, primarily – on criminal justice reform is the Partnership for Safety & Justice.
*You can see jabarrie’s impressive goatee in one of these photos.