Erik McGregor is a New York City based artist, photographer and activist. Erik is a member of the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street and co-writer of the Occupy Wall Street’s Declaration of the Occupation of New York City. As a published freelance photographer, he has documented activist groups actions in NYC since 2011.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
“Taken From Us”: Immigrants and Activists to Protest JPMorgan Chase Nationwide Across the Country for Financing the Immigrant Detention of Family Members and Backing Trump
NEW YORK — On August 2, 2017; hundreds of immigrants and allies in New York City protested outside JPMorgan Chase offices, calling on its complicity in Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, particularly through its financing of private immigrant detention centers run by the GEO Group and CoreCivic. The “Taken From Us” protest featured powerful visual illustrations of the families separated by private immigrant detention centers, with empty pairs of shoes collected and displayed to symbolize missing relatives, friends, and loved ones.
Marches and rallies were held outside of the corporate headquarters of JPMorgan Chase in New York City, and other JPMorgan Chase locations around the country, including New Jersey, Connecticut, and North Carolina. Organizations behind these actions include Make the Road, Center for Popular Democracy and SumOfUs.
JPMorgan Chase is one of the companies exposed by the recently launched “Corporate Backers of Hate” campaign, which has exposed how nine major corporations stand to profit off Trump’s anti-immigrant, -Muslim, -refugee, and worker agenda and, in many cases, are cozying up to the Trump administration.
Earlier this spring, more than 500 New Yorkers marched against JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, with 12 facing arrest after participating in a civil disobedience at the JPMorgan Chase headquarters. Hundreds also marched to the company’s annual shareholder meeting and confronted CEO Jamie Dimon for his company’s financing of private immigrant detention and his role on Trump’s Business Council. Local and state lawmakers in New York, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and TK have also expressed concern to the company and vowed to explore legislative action. And thousands of people across the country have written to Jamie Dimon and the company’s Board to echo the campaign’s demands via the Corporate Backers of Hate website.