New York lawmakers joined anti-Trump protestors, vowing to introduce a bill to cut pension funds of companies that support President Trump’s stance on immigration at a press conference on Thursday.
The “Corporate Backers of Hate” campaign took place outside of JPMorgan Chase headquarters in Midtown and was led by dozens of demonstrators including members of the Churches United For Fair Housing and members of the Make the Road New York organization. The campaign began at the start of the month after speaking out on the profits nine companies earn by supporting the Trump administration’s immigration and worker’s rights policy.
State Senator, Gustavo Rivera stated, “We’re going to be watching you. The actions of this administration and the attacks on vulnerable populations are going to be resisted by the people here and the by the people all across this country that have already been resistant.” Rivera continued, “But, If you profit from these actions we are going to be watching you and the repercussions are going to be real.”
Signs translated to, “No more Deportations” along with wanted signs featuring a photo of JP Morgan Chase chairman, James Dimon’s face. Chase was accused of investing in Immigration detention centers and private prisons in recent years by Make the Road New York executive director Javier Valdes.
“I am extremely embarrassed of what’s going on in our federal government,” added assemblywoman, Nily Rozac.
“There’s only one way we can get answers to our questions and that is through our resistance and through our actions.” Rozac continued, “And it’s also through legislation that would implore companies and make them understand that if you want to do business with the federal government, if you want to condone their anti-immigrant, anti-women agenda than you cannot do business in New York.”
A JPMorgan Chase representative declined to comment.