Wells Fargo: Use Your Influence to Stop Animal Cruelty
Chances are, you or someone you know has a bank account with Wells Fargo. It’s one of the largest banks in the world and almost everyone is familiar with this company. But most people don’t know about Wells Fargo’s close relationship with the nation’s biggest fast-food chain: McDonald’s. Not only is Wells Fargo/Wells Fargo Advisors a top institutional holder of McDonald’s stock, it also has a special financing program for McDonald’s franchise operators, and until recently the companies even shared 2 board members.Wells Fargo’s close relationship with McDonald’s is bad business because it means working with a company that supports extreme animal cruelty.Right now, McDonald’s is the subject of a nationwide boycott because of its outdated and ineffective animal welfare policies. The restaurant refuses to enact standards that would prevent some of the cruelest factory farming practices, despite the fact that many of its competitors, including Subway, Starbucks, and Burger King have already vowed to stop supporting these abuses. And yet, Wells Fargo has continued to invest in McDonald’s and its franchisees. It is unethical for Wells Fargo to continue to do business with a company that is complacent with widespread animal abuse and neglect.As consumers, we have the choice to support businesses that we feel are socially responsible and avoid businesses that don’t align with our morals. That’s why so many consumers are boycotting McDonald’s. Companies like Wells Fargo have this same choice and Wells Fargo has chosen to continue doing business with McDonald’s despite the unnecessary and outdated animal cruelty in the restaurant’s supply chain. Join us in asking Wells Fargo to either use its influence for good by urging McDonald’s to adopt meaningful animal welfare standards, or to end its relationship with McDonald’s.
Tell the Big Banks to Stop Funding Climate Change
$115 billion. That’s how much the world’s biggest banks pumped into “extreme fossil fuel” projects in 2017 alone.* Here’s the kicker: those are your dollars directly fueling climate change. Big Banks finance fossil fuel companies through loans and investments using the money we trust them to hold—projects like the Dakota Pipeline (DAPL) or offshore/Arctic drilling couldn’t happen without it. The list of top offenders includes Chase, Citi, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Wells Fargo. Any of those names sound familiar? We can and must do better! Let’s commit to break that destructive cycle by voting with our feet—we’ll move our money to green banking and investing options. Today we’re asking you to take the #MovetoGreen pledge: I commit to start moving my money into fossil fuel-free banking and investments that are sustainable—so my money will help, not hurt, the planet and people. Imagine: together, we will get 1 million Americans to commit to move to green banking and investment by Earth Day 2019—ourselves, our friends, our families—and we will make a real difference in the fight against climate change this year. There is a growing movement toward moving money away from fossil fuels, including steps taken by cities like Kansas City and New York City, organizations like the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Funds, and colleges across the country. We can’t wait any longer. Since 2001, we’ve seen 17 of the 18 hottest years on record. Doing nothing is no longer an option. Now it’s time for all of us to step up and join the green revolution in banking and investing. Sign the pledge and share it widely, because tomorrow’s planet depends on what we do today. We do have the power to change things. Together we can finally take on the fossil fuel industry, and win. *"Banking on Climate Change: Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card," March 28, 2018
Sign the #WeAreOneAmerica Petition: CEOs/Corporate America – Call to Action for Fortune 500 CEOs to pledge $50MM USD or more towards decreasing the disproportionate number of Black Americans killed by law enforcement. Nike, Gucci, Fenty, and others have got us started. Our corporations can do more! Read below... The Washington Post published an article in August 2019, “What we’ve learned about police shootings 5 years after Ferguson,” which 1.)illustrates the disproportional data on Black Americans being killed by law enforcement,and 2.) that unarmed Black men are killed 4x more often than any other race (#georgefloyd). Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/08/09/what-weve-learned-about-police-shootings-years-after-ferguson/?arc404=true We need real and measurable change! Call to Action: #WeAreOneAmerica Petition (for $50MM USD CEO Fortune 500 Pledge – see below) #WeAreOneAmerica Pledge: $50MM USD ($100K/per Fortune 500 Company). Funding goes towards NAACP Legal Defense Fund to lobby/drive measurable improvements in the two findings sited above. Actions:1.)Fortune 500 Employees: Sign the Petition. Share this w/your colleagues, organizational executives, and C-Suite. Start the conversation. Ask your organization to pledge $100K by signing the petition. 2.)CEOs: Fund $100K or more towards #WeAreOneAmerica Pledge. 3.)NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Lobby/direct initiatives that improve the findings sited above for ALL people of color. Drive results! Together, we can do more! #WeAreOneAmerica. Please, support/sign this petition! #georgefloyd NAACP Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Color Of Change #fortune500 National Urban League Obama Foundation #thexecutiveleadershipcouncil @CEOAction
Wells Fargo/McDonald's: Sign The Petition! Stop Animal Cruelty!
Chances are, you or someone you know has a bank account with Wells Fargo. It’s one of the largest banks in the world and almost everyone is familiar with this company. But most people don’t know about Wells Fargo’s close relationship with the nation’s biggest fast-food chain: McDonald’s. Not only is Wells Fargo/Wells Fargo Advisors a top institutional holder of McDonald’s stock, it also has a special financing program for McDonald’s franchise operators, and until recently the companies even shared 2 board members. Wells Fargo’s close relationship with McDonald’s is bad business because it means working with a company that supports extreme animal cruelty. Right now, McDonald’s is the subject of a nationwide boycott because of its outdated and ineffective animal welfare policies. The restaurant refuses to enact standards that would prevent some of the cruelest factory farming practices, despite the fact that many of its competitors, including Subway, Starbucks, and Burger King have already vowed to stop supporting these abuses. And yet, Wells Fargo has continued to invest in McDonald’s and its franchisees. It is unethical for Wells Fargo to continue to do business with a company that is complacent with widespread animal abuse and neglect. As consumers, we have the choice to support businesses that we feel are socially responsible and avoid businesses that don’t align with our morals. That’s why so many consumers are boycotting McDonald’s. Companies like Wells Fargo have this same choice and Wells Fargo has chosen to continue doing business with McDonald’s despite the unnecessary and outdated animal cruelty in the restaurant’s supply chain. Join us in asking Wells Fargo to either use its influence for good by urging McDonald’s to adopt meaningful animal welfare standards, or to end its relationship with McDonald’s. An important question I received: "with due respect, I'm feeling like these signatures aren't going to change the entire meat industry? do you think you could elaborate on this petition's impact?" Answer: (The goal of 100 signatures is just a default number. The more signatures I receive, the higher the goal gets) Just like votes, protests, donations, lobbying or any other political action, online petitions can rarely claim "full credit" for change. However, petitions are major factors in big decisions. Making a difference is the result of many steps and many influences and petitions are an important piece.
Proposed solutions for the Dakota Access Pipeline Period 1
By some, the Dakota Access Pipeline is viewed as the safest and most environmentally sensitive way to transport oil. By others, it is viewed as a risky and hazardous pipeline that could cause all water supply to be contaminated. The DAPL is a long series of connected pipes, that stretches across four states; North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. This $3.8 billion project travels beneath the Missouri River, and has been causing chaos within a half-mile of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation river. The pipeline could decrease the reliance on foreign oil, but it could also contaminate the water supply and disturb sacred tribal sites. As a result this has caused havoc amongst worrisome Indian protesters wanting to protect their burial sites. With that being said, is there a compromise? Life as a Native American started strong, especially before Europeans colonized America. Once the Europeans landed in the new world, they spread diseases and eliminated many of the remaining Native American tribes. Between the 18th-20th century, the US has been persecuting Native Americans by removing their land, isolating them, and building projects on Native American soil. DAPL(Dakota Access Pipeline), has been a topic of conversation in 2016-2017 and probably for future years to come. Native American groups such as the Sioux Tribe have argued against the government in the building of the project. However, due to the advancement in technology and cruciality in world relationships, the government has a reasonable response that is proved just in their point of view. The DAPL can prove to have many benefits yet, also have consequences that will affect each side’s opinion and perspective of the situation. While the government sees the pipeline as a way to transport oil and raise the economic status of the country, the various opposing sides disapprove this act because it could bring potential harm to the environment. Although this may decrease the U.S.’s dependency on foreign oil, this will affect other countries since trade relations between the countries will be disrupted. Even though each benefit is backed with a negative and vice versa, this isn’t necessarily a win-lose situation, because to prevent this deepening struggle, a compromise solution is possible to support both causes. For the government, deciding whether or not to discontinue the building of the pipeline is a difficult decision. They have invested over $3.8 billion in the construction of the DAPL and if they decide to stop it, they will become independent from the countries that supply oil all over the world but they will lose all the money. And if they decide to continue with the project, the government will access a vast amount of oil; jobs, gasoline, economical challenges will be gained and saved with this progressive project. With a goal of transporting crude oil to refining markets across the continental United States, proponents of DAPL believe that it will make transportation of oil safe and cost-effective. Ignoring the significant protests and the cruciality of the environment, they thought of their country’s benefits first before anything else. The environment is a large factor that is being most affected by the pipeline access. It has been in increasing danger from the hands of people, which is becoming more of a threat, because of the oil production and transportation throughout the country borders. People that support nature’s well-being protest against the usage of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Evidence of their investigations support their sayings, “The Missouri River is the tribe's only source of water. If this leaks, it is going to spill into the river. So the tribe's legal stance — that they were not adequately consulted, that there are potential water issues here — their legal concerns are strong," Devashree Saha, a senior policy associate at Brookings Institution, told Business Insider. If leaks of the pipe occur, the harmful crude oil would enter the water and contaminate it, meaning the tribes will have no clean water to drink. Additionally, farmers and other landowners are displeased because the DAPL could drown their lands with oil, leading to an unbalanced economy in the United States. It is not a win-lose situation because there is a solution that may please both sides. Completing the pipeline project will rejoice the company's side of profit, but both will equally face environmental challenges. Additionally, preventing DAPL will lead the protesters to reclaim their homes, however, both of the sides will endure the lack of oil and U.S. independence. There is a compromise solution that is deemed fair and equitable for both sides, for example, to continue the project for oil, they can go around the Native American sacred sites and lakes, which could protect historical places as well as the water sources. Furthermore, if they are persistent in keeping the placement of the pipeline, they may do so however at the expense of providing the Native Americans more land for their reservations. Both solutions are just for the cruciality of U.S. connections with other nations and self-producing oil, and supporting the environmental safety of the United States and preventing harm for the historical and sacred sites of the Native Americans. By using this compromising solution, many conflicts can be rectified. The oil processing company can profit from the oil, protesters can be satisfied and return to the comfort of their homes, and the Native American Reservations will remain undisturbed. The United States of America will prosper from trade because now, thanks to the pipeline compromise, it has the upper hand in oil. Gas prices will plummet, and many people will benefit from this. However, the group that would benefit the most would be the Native Americans. This is because it is only fair that what you take is what you return, meaning that if you return some land to the Native Americans to make up for the ones withdrawn, then there won’t be any loss. By putting this proposal into action, the government, the citizens, and the Native Americans will all benefit. An anonymous person once said “The worst feeling is regretting not having done something when you had the chance.” Similar to this quote, we can all learn from our terrible mistakes and hope that we learn from them and spread our message. Please support our petition through social media in the hope that we can all reach a common agreement about this crucial situation. “I am a human not a robot. I need water, not oil." -Chloe a 3 year old in Utah, Paiute
Stealing my children's home
In 2002, my two young daughters, my mother and I moved to Tennessee. We found a beautiful home in a great family-oriented neighborhood where my kids could grow up with lots of friends and room to roam. When we purchased the house, we got a better interest rate with Wells Fargo Bank by putting the mortgage in only my mother’s name because I am self-employed, and lenders don’t usually like that. We were both on the deed as co-owners, and the down payment funds came from the sale of my old home. We settled in our new home and enjoyed living in the beautiful state of Tennessee. My mother died rather unexpectedly in November 2011. My kids and I were devastated - she was very close to us, a major part of our daily lives. When she passed, I sent Wells Fargo a death certificate to notify them of her death but that I would be continuing to make the mortgage payments like I always had. No response…but they started sending my payments back, marked “unable to locate account with information provided”. I sent them letters with names, property address, even both of our social security numbers… but they kept returning payments. I requested that a separate account be set up, like an escrow account, that I could make payments into until this got straightened out. They refused. I asked repeatedly to be put on the account as “successor in interest”. According to FEDERAL LAW (it is part of the Mortgage Servicing Rights and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act/RESPA), a family member who has a legal interest in the property (which obviously I did, I was the co-owner) has the legal right to be named “successor-in-interest”. This would allow me to discuss the account and basically have all the same rights as the original borrower (my mom). Wells Fargo was LEGALLY REQUIRED to do this – yet they would not, no explanation. In short, they refused to recognize my rights as the owner of the house, and they wouldn’t take my money. I have spent EIGHT YEARS going back and forth with them – phone calls, emails, writing letters that they occasionally responded to. Several times, I actually convinced someone to investigate: that would set off a series of letters from a Wells Fargo representative stating “our investigation has taken longer than expected, here is the new date when we expect to have answers for you”. That new date was usually three weeks later – but on that date, I would get ANOTHER letter with another new date about three weeks in the future, and so on. After a few months of that, I’d get a letter telling me that I am not authorized to have any information about the account…and that they hope that answers my questions! Honestly, I should post all those letters because they are really kind of funny, in a pathetic sort of way. I never could get any resolution – any they still wouldn’t accept payments from me. At one point, Wells Fargo informed me in writing that they would no longer be responding to my letters or communicating with me because they consider the case closed. The stress of all of this has been horrible - the nightmares I have had are like low-budget horror movies. I’ve been treated for anxiety and depression and turned into a very cranky person whom I do not like. But wait! It gets better. Wells Fargo is apparently able to communicate with the dead! In 2013, the address and contact information on the account was changed to some stranger’s address in Oak Ridge: neither Mom or I knew the owner of the property (just a small, private home) and I was pretty sure Mom had not recently relocated. Wells Fargo refused to correct this error, so every letter, statement, and holiday card regarding the account – with confidential information - was being mailed to this stranger’s house – yet they wouldn’t send me anything. The loan was transferred to Caliber Home Loans for servicing in 2016 – they also refused to correct the information, stating that they HAD to go by the information that Wells Fargo gave them. Wells Fargo claims (and yes, I have this in writing) that the only way this information could have been changed on the account was by my mother – and this would have taken place two years AFTER she died. A miracle, no doubt. Fast forward to December 2018: I received notice that Wells Fargo is foreclosing on the house. They had refused for eight years to let me refinance it or simply buy it out, and they still would not allow me to “catch up” the mortgage because they did not recognize me as an owner. I did have an attorney working on this for me – he completely dropped the ball and didn’t get an injunction filed in time, so our house went up on the auction block in January 2019. In February, they started the eviction process and got their order in June. I immediately appealed the eviction in Circuit Court (cost me over $11,000 to file that appeal, but that’s a different story) The hearing on my appeal is scheduled for this Monday, March 9. Barring a miracle, my six children and I will be evicted from our home Monday and given ten days to relocate. Apart from this situation, it’s been a busy eight years for my little family and me. I became a foster parent (always been a dream of mine). My girls and I started fostering two little boys in 2013 and adopted them in 2015. We added another to our family two years later. All three of these little guys were born drug-exposed (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, if you care to do some reading) and are special needs, with mental, emotional, developmental, behavioral, sensory and physical issues. They all had very traumatic beginnings. We do a LOT of therapy. All three are homeschooled due to their special needs. We have also been lucky enough to foster another adorable little guy whom I brought home from the NICU summer of 2018: we expect to finalize his adoption in April. I wouldn’t share so many details about the boys if it wasn’t important: these boys ALL have sensory issues, and one is severely autistic. This home is their safe place: the only stable, secure home they’ve ever known. Having to move will be devastating to them: much of the progress that they have made over the past few years will likely be wiped out, and we will be forced to start all over again. When I adopted these little guys, I promised to provide them a stable home where they would be safe, with a family who loves them more than anything. I committed to taking care of them 24/7. Now, thanks to the negligence and illegal practices of Wells Fargo and Caliber Home Loans, that stability and security is being taken away from them. (As a side note: as a proud mama of six, I would LOVE to be able to share pictures of my babies. Due to the circumstances of their backgrounds, I can’t do that for their own personal safety and security. Take my word for it, they are all beautiful!) I have contacted everyone I can think of. (Even wrote to my hero, Erin Brockovich, but she didn’t answer either – probably busy getting much-needed clean water for Michigan residents!) The same government agencies that create these laws, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or the Justice Department, will do nothing to enforce them. Government representatives refer us to those same inactive government agencies, with the incorrect assumption that action will be taken. The answer is always “hire an attorney”. I have spoken to or contacted upwards of eighty ( yes, 80) attorneys, and as soon as they hear the name “Wells Fargo”, they claim conflict of interest. There are THOUSANDS of people in this country who are in similar situations of wrongful foreclosure, and very few can find an attorney who isn’t afraid to go up against the big banks: we are told that doing so would be the equivalent of “career suicide”. So….I am representing myself. Did I mention that I went to school for social work, not law school? That I am a single mom trying to raise six children and meet all their various needs as well as working to support them? IF we can find a suitable rental home that is big enough for all of us and all the therapy equipment and supplies we require, it’s going to cost me THREE TIMES what the mortgage payment was. I am not independently wealthy by any means, so it's going to be next to impossible. That's our story. NO, I did not just stop paying my mortgage. This has never been about the money, or the lack thereof (although paying atrocious attorney’s fees to an attorney who did NOTHING was a bit of a bite) I have pleaded with them to allow me to resume the mortgage. By losing our home, I will be losing about $150,000 in equity – more than half the value of our home. I am fifty years old with four kids under nine, plus two to put through college. I worked VERY hard to get to where I am, completely on my own. My financial future is shot, and I am terrified for us. If you are still reading at this point, PLEASE help us get our home back. I am asking that the foreclosure sale of our home on January 10, 2019 be declared invalid due to the fraudulent actions of Wells Fargo Bank and Caliber Home Loans. YES, it is very definitely possible to reverse a foreclosure – particularly since we still live here (at least for a few more days). I would love nothing more than to start making normal mortgage payments on this house again and would happily refinance the balance left on the mortgage – or just assume the original loan, with the mortgage and deed in my name. My kids deserve to grow up in our home, in our Mayberry-like neighborhood – they should not have to suffer because of the illegal and unethical actions of these big banks. Please sign my petition and SHARE it with everyone you know. My children and I greatly appreciate your support. God Bless.
Be inclusive, not dismissive of the Arts Community
Wells Fargo has recently promoted an ad for "Teen Day" on September 17th that is incredibly harmful and disparaging to the Arts Community. The ads proclaim: "A ballerina yesterday. An engineer today," with an image of a young woman and "An actor yesterday. A botanist today." Accompanying both photos is the sentence: "Let's get them ready for tomorrow." Millions of people are employed by the Arts - as singers, actors, dancers, performers, photographers, writers, instrumentalists, and musicians. The often unsung heroes - the stage and technical crews, production and artistic designers, teachers, trainers, coaches, accompanists, copy writers, film and recording editors, marking and PR staff, research and development are crucial to the arts and boundless in number. We are all "ready for tomorrow," Wells Fargo, because we are the today and have already been the yesterday. As a community, we are asking you to think about why you would run such a dismissive and false advertisement. To dismiss a career in the Arts is to dismiss millions of hard working people and even more millions of patrons who enjoy the work we produce every single day. As an organization who has provided grants and has a history of supporting the Arts, we are confused why you decided to create these ads. Consequently, we are asking you to re-adjust your campaign to be inclusive and not dismissive of the arts community.
Wells Fargo: Denounce Rep. Steve King’s racist comments
*We need a passionate signer like you to take ownership of this petition. Fill out this form to learn more* “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” “The idea of multiculturalism, that every culture is equal — that’s not objectively true.” This is Iowa Representative Steve King. He is essentially a self-proclaimed racist and divisive figure who has a long history of insulting racial minorities. In November, right before his re-election, a number of companies withdrew support from Steve King’s campaign by announcing that they will no longer be donating to his future campaigns. These companies include dairy company Land O’Lakes and AT&T. This was following King’s announced support of a white nationalist candidate in Canada and his ties to the far right Austria Freedom Party, which has historic ties to Nazism. This man has been in office for nine terms. He has held this platform for nine terms that has allowed him to spew hatred. People have to be held accountable for their words — especially when those words are as offensive as King’s. One way to hold politicians accountable is for groups who have contributed to his campaigns to: 1. Denounce his words. Stop hiding and hoping that no one will notice your donations. Make clear that your organization does not stand for this kind of hate speech. 2. Announce that your organization will no longer be contributing to future campaigns. Money is power and selecting donors carefully will mean a lot more than words. Wells Fargo donated $2,500 to Steve King’s 2018 re-election campaign, tied with Land O’Lakes’ contribution. While AT&T and Land O’Lakes came out and rejected King’s statements (and announced that they will no longer be donating to his campaigns), Wells Fargo has remained silent on the subject. Wells Fargo: stand up and call out a wrongdoing when you see one. Denounce Steve King’s statements and promise that you will no longer donate to his campaigns.
Cancel massive gatherings in Philadelphia before Covid-19 spreads
Please let's demand cancellation of the Billie Eilish concert at Wells Fargo in Philadelphia this March 13! New Jersey, the Delaware Valley, and Philadelphia suburbs have all reported cases of Coronavirus. Major universities are moving to on-line classes and numerous institutions are curtailing large events. Reliable media outlets have insisted that the best course of action is to preemptively avoid large gatherings before symptoms manifest in people. Minimizing contact with big groups and massive events is the most effective remedy against quick spread. Yascha Mounk, Professor at John Hopkins University and author of The People vs. Democracy writes for The Atlantic: Cancel Everything (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/coronavirus-cancel-everything/607675/ The Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, has urged to avoid big groups as well but has fallen short of imposing proper measures. Why on earth is Wells Fargo moving ahead with a Billie Eilish concert that will reunite thousands and thousands of people under a nowhere-to-go situation? Is money really the only driving forth in our society? Parents, under pressure from kids and after spending hundreds of dollars on tickets, will feel compelled to take the blind fans. Please Billie, please Wells Fargo, please Mayor Kenney: cancel this concert before is too late!