MORRISTOWN, NJ - Over 75 people met in front of Chase Bank on 225 South Street at 11am on Wednesday August 16 chanting "Chase Funds Deportation". Holding signs that said "We are here to stay" and "Keep Families Together", protesters gathered to demand that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon withdraw from Trump's business council. According to Daniel Coates, The Make the Road New Jersey chose JPMorgan Chase because they have been a key financier of the deportation movement.
What the protesters didn't expect was that a few hours later, at 1:14 pm, President Trump tweeted that he was ending the Manufacturing Council as well as the Strategy & Policy Forum. He sited pressure placed on those individuals and their companies.
"We were not surprised", said Sara Cullinane, State Director for Make the Road New Jersey.
"We have been fighting corporate backers of hate for months and this is an important step", Cullinane said. "It shows that Trump's agenda is destructive for our country. JPMorgan Chase funds private detention centers and we are going to keep fighting them until they pull out their money."
Members of the group attended a shareholders meeting in May of this year to raise concerns and asked Dimon to look into the bank's relationship with these detention centers. According to Coates, Dimon had agreed to looking into the funding of the prisons.
When asked why the group protested outside of a Chase Bank in Morristown, Coates responded that today was "a public display which continues to call for the bank to disassociate itself from the president".
Dimon posted a response on Twitter stating "today the members of the President's Strategic and Policy Forum agreed to disband. The group put out its own statement. But I also wanted you to understand why I personally supported this decision and how strongly I feel about these issues. I'm very proud of the 250,000 people working here at JPMorgan Chase, I see your values every day - in how you treat your clients, your communities and each other. I am proud to see so many of you leading by example and not losing sight of the core principles which made our country great. I stand with you."