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 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. We are working to divest from criminalization and incarceration, and demand reparations and reinvestment in our communities.

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

Campaign to End Mass Incarceration, Deportations & Detention

2016 Week of Action

Click here for a listing of all the actions this week and to sign the petition to End Tax Breaks for Prisons

Join DWN for the Day of the Dead Days of Action Oct. 26 – Nov. 4


Since 2003, 164 people have died in immigrant detention, including 10 deaths in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody this year alone. From October 26 to Novemeber 4, DWN members and allies will mark the Latin American Holiday, Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, with national days of action.
The Day of the Dead Days of Action aims to honor the lives of those who have died in immigrant detention, as recent investigations into deaths in detention have found that inadequate medical care has contributed to numerous deaths. Our goal is to have at least 10 cities across the country participate in the actions to highlight the 10 untimely deaths that have occurred this year, while amplifying the voices of those who have been directly-impacted by the immigration detention system.
Our Demands:
An immediate review of the 10 deaths in ICE custody this fiscal year, and publication of these reviews by January 30, 2017.
The immediate shut down of LaSalle Detention Center, where three of this year’s deaths have occurred.

Take Action in Your Community! Host an Event:
If interested in hosting an event that will amplify detention center deaths, please contact for support.

Support for your Event. The DWN Action Guide:
DWN has created a Day of the Dead Action Guide, to support members and allies in making their event a success.

Take Action Online. Join our Thunderclap:
To amplify our message, we need your support for our Thunderclap. Thunderclap is a social media tool that allows a single message to be mass shared at the same time via your Facebook and/or Twitter account. We need 100 supporters in total, so please share widely amongst your networks!

Call to Action! Help Push Prison Divestment in Portland!

2016 02 PDXFor the month of October, the City is taking public comment to advise them on their process of implementing our Socially Responsible Investment policy. Before October 31st, we ask that each of you take time to submit public comment on behalf of your organization urging the City to add prison profiteers to the Do-Not-Buy list.

Effective public comment could include:
1. A brief description of your organization’s mission and constituency (who and how many)

2. An ask to accept the Socially Responsible Investment Committee’s recommendations to add 10 corporations to the City’s Do-Not-Buy list, including prison profiteers Wells Fargo, Bank of New York Mellon, JP Morgan Chase, and HSBC

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Society’s Parasite: A Look Inside The Treatment Industrial Complex

“Bloodsucking TIC”: New Video Reveals Ugly Truth Behind For-Profit Prison Industry’s Embrace of Treatment, Rehabilitation, and “Alternatives”

A new video exposes the ways in which for-profit prison corporations are adapting to the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security’s announcements to phase out private prisons and historic reductions in state prison populations by seeking out new markets previously served by non-profit behavioral health and treatment-oriented agencies.

For-profit prison companies like Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group are rebranding themselves to market a repackaged product, promoting their business as providing humane treatment and rehabilitation. This new move has been dubbed the Treatment Industrial Complex, or TIC.

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Which Side Are You On? 15th Annual National Conference


The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is excited to announce that their  conference will be happening October 14-17 in Arlington, VA!

The conference is an opportunity for US Campaign member groups, supporters, and Palestinian rights activists to gather to network around how we can all strengthen our work for freedom, justice, and equality. This year’s conference will include plenaries featuring Enlace’s Jamie Trinkle, workshops, a lobby day, and a performance by musician and composer Simon Shaheen!

The conference will take place at the Westin Arlington Gateway (801 North Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203). It will start around 6pm on Friday, October 14 and end around 6:30pm on Sunday, October 16. There will be a lobby day on Monday, October 17. 

Register Today for the Conference!

Forum on the State of Black Immigrants


The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), is proud to invite you to our community forum on the State of Black Immigrants taking place Thursday, Oct 13th 6 – 8pm at  Fordham University. The event will highlight our recently published report with NYU Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic that is a first of its kind overview of this vulnerable population. We’ve attached the report for your review before the event. It can also be downloaded here.

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SOA Watch Convergence at the Border

encuentroenlafrontera1Enlace is endorsing the SOA Watch Convergence at the Border and we encourage you to join the October 7-10 vigils, protests and workshops at the Eloy Detention Center, in Tucson, and in Nogales, Arizona/ Sonora at the border wall. Visit the convergence webpage for more information:

It is important that we have a strong showing of activists from throughout the U.S. and Mexico in the lead-up to the November elections. We are going to take a stand for justice and demand fundamental change in US policies that goes beyond elections. Come out and amplify the demands of the convergence:

  • An end to the destructive U.S. military, economic, and political interventions in the Americas.
  • De-militarization of the borders. We need to build bridges with our neighbors, not walls.
  • The dismantling of the racist and sexist systems that steal from, criminalize, and kill migrants, refugees, natives, gender non-conforming people, communities of color, and others throughout the hemisphere.
  • Respect, dignity, justice and self-determination for all communities, especially the poor and most vulnerable
  • No more profits over people! Private military, prison, oil, mining, and other corporations should not determine our future or that of the earth, the people should.

For the full schedule of October 7-10 events, visit

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