about Take On Wall Street
We come together to build a financial system for working families, white, Black, and brown, not big Wall Street banks. Our mission is to envision a better financial system together, train activists, cultivate political champions, and deliver policy change to restore the financial sector to its rightful place in service of the real economy. Click here to find out how we do that.
The Take on Wall Street campaign was launched in the spring of 2016 out of a broad consensus among community organizations, labor unions, consumer activists, and faith groups that while the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms put in place after the financial crisis were critically important, they simply didn’t go far enough. So we decided to work together to address the predatory economic power of big Wall Street banks and billionaires and build a financial system for all of us. We are now a coalition of over 50 groups hosted by Americans for Financial Reform. While they may not endorse or prioritize every issue, Take On Wall Street members share the goal of building a financial system that works for everyone.
ACCE Action, AFL-CIO, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers, Agenda Project, American Family Voices, American Federation of Government Employees, American Federation of Teachers, Americans for Financial Reform, American Postal Workers Union, Beneficial State Foundation, Campaign for America’s Future, California Reinvestment Coalition, Catholics in Alliance, Center for Popular Democracy Action, Communications Workers of America, Consumer Action, Consumers Union, Courage Campaign, Center for Popular Democracy, CREDO, Communications Workers of America, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Democracy for America, Economic Policy Institute, Franciscan Action Network, Friends of the Earth US, Hedge Clippers, Institute for Policy Studies, Jubilee USA, Main Street Alliance, Media Voices for Children, MO Jobs with Justice, MomsRising, MoveOn, The Nation, National Education Association, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, New York Communities for Change, Citizen Action of New York (CANY), The Other 98%, Patriotic Millionaires, People for the American Way, People’s Action, Presente.org, Public Citizen, RootStrikers, SEIU, Strong Economy for All Coalition, UNITE HERE, United Auto Workers, United Food and Commercial Workers, and Working Families Party.
Porter McConnell is the Take on Wall Street Campaign Director. She previously ran the Financial Transparency Coalition, a global network of civil society, governments, and experts working to stop illicit financial flows out of developing countries. She has advocated on foreign aid policy and domestic resource mobilization at Oxfam America and the ONE Campaign. Before coming to Washington, Porter was based in Bogotá, Colombia, where she created a network of Latin American NGOs implementing social enterprise activities. Prior to her international work, she was a legislative aide for a Massachusetts State Senator and a program analyst for a small foundation making grants in education and climate change. She has lived in Central America and the Caribbean and traveled in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Williams College. She has contributed policy analysis to media outlets including National Public Radio, The Guardian, Reuters AlertNet, Daily Nation Kenya, EU Observer, Fusion, and Voice of America.
Luísa Abbott Galvão is the Take on Wall Street Campaign Coordinator. Prior to joining, she was the Climate Colonialism campaigner for Friends of the Earth US, focused on the United States’ role in international climate negotiations and trade policy, and then worked as a campaigner for homicide reduction in Brazil (her home country). But what brought Luisa into campaign work was her early experience working directly with survivors of sexual assault at a rape crisis center in North Carolina. This inspired her to do a Master’s in gender and development at the London School of Economics, and to work initially as a researcher on violence against women for the Inter-American Development Bank, and for a global family planning initiative with the United Nations Foundation. In her free time, Luisa has organized remotely around democracy, and truth and justice issues in Brazil.