Week-long Portland protest targets 'ICE profiteers'
A planned week-long protest to "shut down ICE profiteers" began late Monday morning, July 8, in downtown Portland.
The protest began at Bank of the West, 810 S.W. Broadway, and last about an hour before they march to the Microsoft retail outlet at 300 S.W. Yamhill, KOIN 6 News reports.
Organizers announced the week long action against "profiteers" of Immigration and Custom Enforcement and the Customs and Border Protection. They encouraged protesters to "bring signs and your bodies."
They claim migrant detentions and deportations are big business for corporations, financial institutions and and private prisons.
"It's time to follow the money and effect the bottom line of entities that profit from the criminalization of migration," organizers said in a statement.
"This bank has been an agent to a loan to private prisons and to the ICE organization, so they're basically private prison profiteers," an organizer told KOIN 6 News. "We're against that. We think people should divest from this bank."
They're protesting Microsoft "because they've provided facial recognition technology to the ICE organization."
KOIN 6 News is a media partner of the Portland Tribune.