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Wells Fargo CEO gets an earful at NC State

Jeremy Sprinkle
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Mic check! Mic check!

Occupy NCSU and Occupy Raleigh organized a welcome party Wednesday for John Stumpf, the CEO of Wells Fargo, who, with a salary of $19 million, is the highest paid bank executive in the country. Wells Fargo took over Wachovia during the 2008 banking crisis to become one of the four largest banks in the United States and ranks 23rd in the Forbes 500. Stumpf's bank sponsors the lecture series at which he was invited to speak.

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Demonstrators - including students, community, and union members - stod outside carrying signs that read "Honk if you're tired of big banks robbing U.S.", "Get banks out of government", "America wants to work", and one highlighting the 20,000 military families who faced foreclosure from banks like Wells Fargo last year.

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Occupy supporters were also prepared to bring their protest inside the lecture hall, which was open to students and the public. About 30 minutes into Stumpf's speech, they started their "mic check" (a group speech where the crowd repeats one speakers' words to amplify the message).

The mic check was a scathing indictment of Wells Fargo's greedy, unethical, and even criminal business practices - including illegal foreclosures, high-interest student loans, and investments in for-profit prisons.

Protester at Embargo Wells Fargo.

The following is a transcript of the mic check (which was also videotaped), and we think it's worth reading in full.
Mic Check! Mic Check! John Stumpf We won't take your home but we will take a minute of your time. Your leadership has led to the death of the American Dream. Wells Fargo is guilty of widespread predatory lending And holds over 5.7 billion in student debt. Wells Fargo targets people of color And the poor for high interest student loans, urging loan officers to misreport income and forge documents. Wells Fargo foreclosed On hundreds of thousands of homes last year, Many of them illegally. Wells Fargo has been fined 85 Million dollars for its crimes, You have issued no admission Of guilt or apology. Wells Fargo took 25 billion In taxpayer dollars, The larges bailout in bank history, Yet reaped 4.1 billion last year While paying no federal income tax. You yourself made 19 million last year Making you the highest paid bank CEO in America. Furthermore you invested nearly 100 million dollars In racist for-profit prisons While lobbying for harsher anti-immigrant legislation. You are what is wrong with the culture of Wall Street. A culture that values corporations More than rights of "people" with hearts and minds. A culture that buys politicians And corrupts our democracy. A culture that exploits the dreams Of working class and middle class Americans. For the benefit of the 1 percent. John Stumpf Have you no shame?