Campaign Updates

ENLACE-POSTER_outline_campaign11x85The 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 the For-Profit Prison Industry and Wall Street who were the other powerful force behind mass incarceration, the police state, immigrant detention, and deportation. The Campaign has since become a national movement bringing together Black, Brown, and LGBTQ communities to end mass incarceration and immigration enforcement. The movement is working to divest from criminalization and incarceration, and demand reparations and reinvestment in our communities!

Enlace builds alliances among 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

Campaign to End Mass Incarceration, Deportations & Detention

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The Prison Divestment Movement is part of a larger movement called #FreedomCities that is redefining what Safety and Freedom mean for our communities.

These Cities Might Just Save the Country

Via The Nation

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In other excellent news, New York has become the first major city to fully divest its public pension funds from the private prison companies that profit from the racism, violence, and corruption of this country’s criminal-justice system. In an announcement on June 8, City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced that New York had sold more than $48 million in stocks and bonds from three different companies—G4S, GEO Group, and CoreCivic. Besides private prisons, the latter two companies also operate for-profit immigration detention facilities. The move comes after multiple media investigations, including several by The Nation, as well as a series of federal audits, found a pattern of human-rights abuses and gross ineptitude across the industry.

“With Donald Trump in the White House, we’re seeing more and more industries try to profit from backwards policies at the expense of immigrants and communities of color,” Stringer said in a statement, when announcing the divestment action. “But because of this major new step, we are demonstrating that we will not be complicit. We are standing up for what’s right.”

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the City Council voted unanimously on June 27 to begin taking steps toward divesting $40 million from its holdings in Wells Fargo, which has come under fire in recent years for defrauding consumers, funding the Dakota Access pipeline, financing private prison corporations, and otherwise engaging in disreputable practices. Los Angeles joins numerous other cities, from Seattle, Washington, to Missoula, Montana, that have announced their intentions to cut ties with the banking behemoth.

A New Divestment Movement Against Trump Gears Up

Immigration Divestment CampaignVia City Lab

New York City has pledged to divest its pension holdings from companies involved in the private prison industry. But the ultimate goal is to help build a mass movement against the White House.

NYC Pension Funds Made a $48 Million Statement About Private Prisons

Via Next City

With $175 billion in investments, NYC’s pension funds are collectively the fifth-largest retirement plan in the entire United States. Of that, $58 billion is invested in the stock market. As of last week, those stock market investments no longer included shares in private prison companies. With the sell-off, NYC’s public pension system became the first in the country to divest from private prison companies, selling off $48 million in shares.

PPPD petition met with little response from University

Via The Daily Princetonian

“We feel that we have more than satisfied the required procedures for divestment,” Belcher said. “The incredible organizing by the PPPD over the past two years and this letter signed by a quarter of the Princeton community demonstrates a never-before-seen level of campus consensus. Now, instead of being able to put this issue behind us and move on to the many other urgent issues before us, we will waste another year or two of student time proving what we already know: campus consensus.”

City Council unanimously passes Wells Fargo divestment plan

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Berkeley City Council unanimously passed a plan to divest from Wells Fargo at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Wells Fargo is criticized in the item for allegedly opening about 1.5 million potentially fraudulent deposit accounts, purportedly transferring funds without client’s knowledge or consent, and financing the private prison industrial complex and the Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL.

The LGBTQ community finally starts holding corporate ‘ally’ feet to the fire

Via LGBTQ Nation

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LGBTQ rights advocates have long pointed to the problematic nature of tying the fight for equality with corporations, who provide needed funds but can come with political and social baggage that increasingly cannot be ignored.

In an article published Wednesday by the Washington Blade on confronting racism in the LGBTQ community, Russell Roybal, deputy executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, said Wells Fargo would no longer be a corporate sponsor.

Angela Peoples, the executive director of GetEqual, said the organization had called on the Task Force, and the Creating Change conference they run, to “divest from Wells Fargo because of their relationship with the Dakota Access Pipeline and to private prisons.”

Rattling the Bars: MIT Students Demand Divestment From Prison Profiteering Corporations

Via Real News Network

Eddie Conway speaks with two graduate student organizers who are working with the Ordinary People’s Society to take on Aramark, a company that has faced many human rights complaints in prisons