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.

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BAJI Denounces DHS’ Inhumane Decision to Terminate Program for Haitian Earthquake Survivors

Washington, DC – The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) denounces the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) inhumane decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 60,000 Haitian immigrants who are undoubtedly rooted in the United States.

This evening DHS announced that it would terminate TPS for Haitian nationals effective July 22, 2019. TPS was first granted to Haitian immigrants in 2010 following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the island, killing 230,000 residents and displacing nearly 3 million. Conditions on the island were exacerbated by a cholera outbreak caused by United Nations officers and more recently, a category 5 hurricane. But despite bipartisan calls to renew the program from prominent lawmakers such as Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Mia Love (R-UT), the administration determined that conditions in Haiti had improved such that TPS beneficiaries could return to the country.

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Immigrants and allies voice opposition to detention center plan

5a10c0eed168a.imageVia Goshen News | By Aimee Ambrose

GOSHEN — Potential plans for a new immigration detention facility drew protesters and activists to the steps of the Elkhart County Courthouse Saturday afternoon.

A few hundred people — pressed under a phalanx of umbrellas, hoods and ponchos against the rain — attended a cultural rally where several speakers expressed opposition to the possibility that Nashville-based CoreCivic intends to acquire property along C.R. 7, across from the Elkhart County Landfill. The company operates detention centers for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and also operates correctional facilities across the country.

“We believe that stopping this prison will help our immigrant brothers and sisters,” Richard Aguirre, founder of Elkhart County HOPE, told the diverse crowd.

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THESE WALL STREET COMPANIES ARE READY TO CASH IN ON TRUMP’S BORDER WALL

donald-trump-mexico-border-wall-1510849229-article-header.jpgVia The Intercept | By Alice Speri

MUCH OF THE discussion on President Donald Trump’s border wall has focused on its cost and impracticality, as well as the anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric it embodies. Little attention, however, has been paid to who specifically might profit from building the structure.

Earlier this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection chose six companies to build prototypes for the wall in both concrete and “other materials” — and last month they unveiled eight different proposals, the closest this administration has come to fulfilling its signature campaign promise. All but one of the companies that built prototypes are privately held, but a close look at Sterling Construction Company, a publicly traded company based in Texas, suggests that even investors who have distanced themselves from the president’s immigration policies are eager to cash in should the wall actually come to pass.

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Wall Street Stands to Make a Killing From Building Trump’s Border Wall: Report

shutterstock_320672876_1.jpgVia Alternet | By Ilana Novick

The border wall with Mexico, Donald Trump’s proposed monument to nativism and bigotry is, according to an October story from NBC News, at least 10 months away from “meaningful construction.” It currently has no funding from Congress nor from Mexico, contrary to reports from Trump’s fever dreams. This reality hasn’t dimmed the visions of dollar signs in the eyes of America’s largest corporations, which, according to a new report from Make the Road New York, the Center for Popular Democracy, New York Communities for Change, and the Partnership for Working Families, are behind a company making one of the wall prototypes and stand to benefit handsomely.

The report, “Wall Street’s Border Wall,” reveals that far-right billionaire Robert Mercer’s firm Renaissance Technologies, BlackRock, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo are all invested in Sterling Construction, the largest U.S.-based company building a prototype of the wall.

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Building #FreedomCities

Jacqueline Bediako of the Million Hoodies NYC chapter speaks at a rally before the Brooklyn March against gentrification and police violence in October 2017. (Photo courtesy of Million Hoodies for Justice)

Via BillMoyers.Com | By Dante Barry

With the election of Donald Trump as president, there has been an alarming increase in the rate of targeted attacks on the country’s most vulnerable communities including immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ, black people, women and the poor. Around the country, states are consolidating power, increasing police budgets and ICE enforcement. Meanwhile, the federal government is working on repealing policies that have historically provided mobility and protection for communities of color — the most basic, undermining public education.

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Professor asks Student Association to support pledge of divestment from companies that serve private prisons

SAmeeting-11Via The Daily Orange | By Catherine Leffert

The founder of a campus movement on Monday asked members of Syracuse University’s Student Association to support a resolution that pushes SU officials to pledge not to buy stocks in companies that provide services to private prisons.

Janice Dowell, an SU philosophy professor, presented information at SA’s meeting about “Divest Syracuse,” a part of a broader national movement that aims to keep colleges from investing in companies that provide goods or services to private prisons.

“As members of the Syracuse community, we have the ability to fight back,” said Dowell, the movement’s founder.

Dowell has asked SU to publicly pledge not to buy stocks from any companies that provide goods and services to private prisons.

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State Audit Highlights Staffing Shortages and Other Failures at CoreCivic Prisons

Via Nashville Scene | By Steve Hale

A new state audit confirms what inmates, their families, activists and news reports have been saying for years: Prison facilities run by CoreCivic — formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America — are short-staffed and poorly run.

The Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of State Audit released the report this morning, highlighting issues at three CoreCivic facilities in particular: Trousdale Turner Correctional Center, Whiteville Correctional Facility and Hardeman County Correctional Center.

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