The Prison Divestment Campaign began in 2011 from the need to launch a comprehensive strategy to decriminalize immigrants and people of color, end detention, end mass incarceration, 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, the police state, 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.