Campaign Updates

ENLACE-POSTER_outline_campaign11x85The Prison Divestment Campaign began in 2011 from the need to launch a comprehensive strategy to decriminalize immigrants and demilitarize the border. It was not only Politicians that we needed to target, but also Private Prisons and Wall Street who were the other powerful force behind mass incarceration, immigrant detention, and deportation. The Campaign has since expanded, looking at how the private prison industry works to divide communities of color. We are building strong multiracial coalitions, emphasizing Black and Brown unity, to combat mass incarceration and immigration enforcement. Enlace brings together organizations working on immigrant rights, criminal justice, another social justice groups to end mass incarceration and achieve legalization for all immigrants. For additional information visit Enlace’s webpage

National Convening to End Mass Incarceration, Deportations & Detention

Hundreds came together having seen that all of our communities are being criminalized, killed, deported, and incarcerated. We demonstrated our unity in a collectively-led action outside the headquarters of GEO Group, a corporation that globally collaborates with governments to advance criminalization, deportation, and incarceration of communities of color and immigrants.

In 16 workshops and 6 strategy sessions, youth leaders, immigrant leaders, formerly incarcerated leaders, Black leaders, LGBTQ leaders, and labor leaders shared strategies that they are using to weaken the prison industry and fight for liberation. The Advancement Project developed amazing graphics on the impact of the prison industry lobby on mass incarceration and on GEO Group’s role in the passage of leglislation to increase immigrant detention. Check out photos from the workshops and the strategy session of this historic movement building moment.

New York Teachers Take Stand to End Immigrant Detention

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Following powerful calls to end detention by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and by the New York Times editorial board, the New York State United Teachers have taken a significant step for the Labor Movement for immigrant rights.

The New York State United Teachers Representative Assembly (NYSUT RA) adopted a resolution to investigate current pension investments in prisons and to move immediately to divest from prisons.

Recent reports have revealed the role of the prison lobby in expanding immigrant detention. Many union pensions invest in the Million Shares Club, a select few financial institutions with more than a million shares that drives the prison industry’s lobby to successfully increase incarceration and detention. Continue reading

Video: #EndImmigrantDetention & #EndMassIncarceration

On May 3- 5, together, we made history. Black, Brown, Asian, LGBTQ, youth, labor, faith, and immigrant communities convened in Boca Raton, Florida. This is #OurTime.

Hundreds came together having seen that all of our communities are being criminalized, killed, deported, and incarcerated. We demonstrated our unity in a collectively-led action outside the headquarters of GEO Group, a corporation that globally collaborates with governments to advance criminalization, deportation, and incarceration of communities of color and immigrants. Our struggle against this company represents the struggle at the intersection of criminal justice and immigrant rights. This company represents the dangerous collaboration between the private sector and the government that is eroding our freedom and our democracy, as both entities collude to expand violence and control over our lives.

During our 3-day convening, keynote panelist Desmond Meade said that “MLK was assassinated the moment he began to work for black and brown unity, and began talking about economic justice and the war abroad.” Check out the amazing video of our action below.

#EndFamilyDetention Legal Brigade Converges on Dilley Family Residential Center

Law students from across the country converge to fight for the freedom of mothers the week of Mother’s Day

DILLEY, Tex. – For the week of Mother’s Day, one of the largest volunteer legal brigades arrives in Dilley, Texas to defend the rights of children and their mothers detained in the nation’s largest immigrant detention center. More than 25 law student volunteers from Lewis & Clark Law School, Columbia University Law School and Yale Law School converge on the South Texas Family Residential Center to provide legal support to work for the freedom of the hundreds of children and their mothers currently detained at the facility. They are volunteers with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project.

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Immigrant Rights Organizations Condemn Killing of Terrence Kellom Sr. and Express Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement

A coalition of national immigrant rights organizations stands in solidarity with the people of Baltimore and Detroit by honoring the life of 20-year-old Terrence Kellom Sr. who was shot and killed on April 27th, 2015 in his family home by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent. ICE officer Mitchell Quinn was serving as part of the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team (D-FAT) which includes members of the Detroit Police and the U.S. Marshals. The ICE agent was deputized by the U.S. Marshals’ office in order to serve Mr. Kellom with a warrant for his arrest and instead shot the unarmed man ten times. This killing is a tragedy and a violation of Terrence Kellom’s fundamental human rights. Sadly, this is just one of the most recent examples of the national epidemic of state violence and murder attacking Black communities.  We  demand an end to government-sanctioned violence in all  communities and to law enforcement practices that encourage and incentivize profiling and its deadly results with impunity.

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Black & Brown Communities Unite to Protest GEO Group’s Shareholder Meeting

GEO Group responsible for policies and laws criminalizing people of color and immigrants

 Boca Raton, FL – Today, over 100 people from across the country joined a protest outside the GEO Group’s annual shareholder meeting at the Boca Resort and Club. GEO, a private company, bills itself as the “largest provider of correctional services in the world.” Groups participating in the protest included Florida Immigrant Coalition, Dream Defenders, Florida New Majority, Power U Center for Social Change, Responsible Endowments Coalition, Grassroots Leadership, Enlace and others.

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Natl Convening to End Mass Incarceration, Deportations & Detention

Early Registration ends March 6th. Register todaynatlconv2

The Prison Divestment Campaign aims to stop the lobbying power of the private prison industry so that humane and common sense reforms are possible in criminal and immigration policy.

Join us May 3-5 in Miami, Florida to strategize next steps to combat the criminalization of immigrant communities and people of color.

We are also accepting workshop proposals, visit the event webpage for more info.

Early Registration ends March 6th. Register today!

 

 

 

University Students Campaign against Private Prison Industry in U.S.

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 | University students push for prison divestment| Campaigns form against private prison industry in U.S.

Only a few years ago did the growing clout of the U.S.’s for-profit prison industry come into sharp relief. 2011 and 2012 saw a flurry of investigative journalism documenting the industry’s political influence, combined with its steadily increasing prison expansion over the course of several decades.

Less apparent in the media landscape, though, are the financial holdings that keep the system of private incarceration running. The two largest for-profit prison companies in the U.S. – the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group – are publicly traded. Investors range from cities, to investment firms, to mainstream banking institutions and hedge funds.

And perhaps unexpectedly, mixed into the fray of investors in these companies’ portfolios, there are universities. Students at some American universities have found concrete evidence of their schools’ investments in the prison industry, and there are certainly others where the investment portfolios have yet to be revealed.

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