MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Protestors gathered Tuesday morning outside the Minneapolis Convention Center, where shareholders of the Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank were scheduled to start their annual meeting.
The group — Minnesotans For a Fair Economy — is using Tax Day to underscore the demand that big banks do more to help the “99 percent.”
Kevin Wayland, with the group, says a number of Americans are unhappy with how rich corporate America and politicians have gotten away with creating economic turmoil.
“People are going to rally outside here of the U.S. Bank shareholders’ meeting, and they will then march down to the Wells Fargo headquarters and ask that the banks that got billions in bailouts start paying their fair share of taxes and stop lobbying for loopholes and tax breaks for CEO’s and big, bailed-out banks,” said Wayland.
He said the group’s demand is that banks like U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo stop lobbying for the interests of the so-called “1 percent” and begin to act on behalf of the communities that they serve.