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Occupy Santa Rosa & Immigrant Rights Advocates withdraw support & shut down Wells Fargo Bank!

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Published on Jan 14, 2012

On Friday, January 6th a group numbering in the hundreds of the 99% united with Occupy Santa Rosa supporters and local Latino activists marched from west Santa Rosa to Old Courthouse Square to protest financial ties between Wells Fargo Bank and two large companies that operate correctional facilities and immigration detention centers.
The march, which began around noon in Roseland, one of the city's largest Latino neighborhoods, was the first event to bring together Occupy supporters and local immigrant rights activists. "It's really a wonderful thing to see the Occupy movement reaching out and embracing the immigrant rights movement," said Richard Coshnear, a Santa Rosa immigration attorney and a member of the Committee for Immigrant Rights.

Jesus Guzman, one of the main organizers of the march, said the event marked a "defining moment" for both movements and "it's about time." The performances blasted Wells Fargo for its business relationship with both the GEO Group and Corrections Corp. of America, which operate correctional facilities and detention centers where illegal immigrants are kept. Activists also criticized the bank for home foreclosures they said have devastated families.

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