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, Groundwork Collaborative, 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.
Stephanie Apollon is the Save the USPS Campaigner for Take on Wall Street. She works with coalitions and stakeholders to advocate for the post office and reimagine its role with services like postal banking. Prior to AFR, Stephanie was a grant and financial associate for an advocacy organization. In college, she worked on the Massachusetts ballot measure for transgender rights in public accommodations, and was part of a unionization campaign where she translated for Haitian-Creole dining hall workers during meetings and rallies and contributed to a successful unionization vote. Stephanie also interned for Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge, and with the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education. She has a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) and a B.A. in Political Science & International Affairs.
Mandla Deskins is the Advocacy Coordinator for Take on Wall Street. Prior to joining, Mandla held advocacy and organizing positions at national, state and local non-profit organizations, working with grasstops and grassroots leaders on education, criminal justice, and various other civil rights issues. Mandla holds a B.A. in Journalism from Florida A & M University and is a proud father of three young scholars.
Porter McConnell is the Campaign Director for Take on Wall Street. 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. At Oxfam America, she advocated for the reform of U.S. foreign aid to promote developing country ownership of aid decisions, as well as advocating for a robust foreign aid budget at the ONE Campaign. Before coming to Washington, Porter was based in Bogotá, Colombia, where she built a network of Latin American NGOs implementing income generating activities to fund their missions. 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 Hispanic 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 Vox, National Public Radio, MarketWatch, The Guardian, American Banker, Reuters AlertNet, Daily Nation Kenya, EU Observer, and Fusion TV.
Ericka Taylor is the Popular Education Manager for Take on Wall Street. Immediately prior, she served as a Co-Director of DC Working Families Party, a state chapter of the national organization working to build progressive political power in communities across the country. Ericka has spent the bulk of her career in organizing and advocacy, including positions with Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC (ONE DC), DC ACORN, and Tenants and Workers Support Committee. She has also worked as a program officer with the Public Welfare Foundation and trained young people and youth organizers as the Southeast Regional Program Coordinator for YouthAction. Ericka earned her BA in English from Cornell University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She has served on the boards of Western States Center, National Priorities Project, and La Clínica del Pueblo, and she currently sits on the board of Jews United for Justice.