Activists deliver populist message to Wells Fargo on bank's 160th birthday

Wells Fargo celebrated its 160th birthday today, and to mark the occasion, a dozen activists organized by the group Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, descended on the bank's Minneapolis regional headquarters and unfurled black balloons carrying populist messages. The activists gathered in the lobby and sang "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, you don’t pay your taxes, and foreclose on us, too." "Birthday cards" tied to the balloons bore the messages: "To: Wells Fargo, From: The 99% $43 Billion Bailout", "To: Wells Fargo, From: The 99% $17.5 Billion Worth of Foreclosed Homes" and "To: Wells Fargo, From: The 99% $17.96 Billion in dodged taxes". “With cuts to our schools and so many people struggling to get by, people are looking at corporate tax dodgers as the culprits, and bailed out banks more than anyone ought to be paying their fair share,” said Terri Buttleman, a paraprofessional in the West Saint Paul schools who attended the rally. “If corporations like Wells Fargo were paying their fair share school boards would not have to make cuts that hurt the kids who need help to succeed.”

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