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