No Tax Breaks for Gentrification & Mass incarceration

For Immediate Release | June 9, 2015

Prison Divestment Campaign Condemns Tax-Breaks for Private Prisons & Million Shares Club at REIT Conference
Multi-racial Protest Demands No Tax Breaks for Gentrification & Mass incarceration

NEW YORK, NY – A coalition of prison divestment and housing advocates will protest the REITWeek 2015: NAREIT’s Investor Forum, demanding End Tax Breaks for Prison Profiteers and Slumlords! June 9th to 11th hundreds of investors will participate in the REIT Conference, including the Million Shares Club and CEOs of GEO and CCA. The coalition demands that Private Prisons & Million Shares Club stop displacing people from their homes and locking them up for profit.

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Youth Lead Fight Against Mass Incarceration, Detention and Deportation

This past month youth led a powerful action against the GEO Group in Florida during a historic national convening on mass incarceration & detention. Now, local prison divestment campaigns are blooming in cities such as Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, and New York City.

To continue building youth-led movements, the Prison Divestment Campaign is hosting the 2nd Annual Prison Divestment Youth Retreat in Los Angeles on August 6-9th. The retreat brings together youth organizers from across the country who recognize that in order to address the criminalization of communities of color and the systemic harassment of immigrants, we must confront the private interests supporting racist, anti-immigrant and pro-incarceration policies.

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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.

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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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