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

5 things black students say will end racism on college campuses

Check out this amazing article, #PrisonDivest is number 5 on the list

Via Fusion| Symone Jackson | April 25, 2016

My first experience of racism at college was ironically, off campus. I was a freshman attending my first house party at the primarily white Santa Clara University, a private college near San Jose, Calif. When I got there, the party was packed. But before I could walk in the door, I was asked by a white student who physically stood between my path and the entrance to the party, “Do you even go here?”

As I took out my student ID card to show her, I said, “Yes, I go here. Are you asking me because I’m black?” She was mortified, mumbled something and walked back to her friends.

This was one of many microagressions (unintentional insults made by people who are unaware of the hidden messages they are communicating) my black classmates and I experienced while attending college. As a black student, I noticed a huge difference in how I was treated and how my white classmates were treated by each other, by faculty and even by parents when they attended events on campus.

Justice for David Felix!

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NJ Prison Divest Launch! Rally at Geo Group Halfway House

NJprisondivestNew Jersey Prison Divest is a coalition of student, advocacy, and grassroots organizations coming together to fight mass incarceration and criminalization through the tactic of prison divestment.

We will be officially launching our coalition with a rally at the Newark Residential Reentry Center – a halfway house opened in 2014 by Geo Group, one of the biggest private prison corporations in the country. Until at least 2012, NJ state law prohibited for-profit companies from contracting with the state for halfway house services. We demand to know how Geo Group is able to open a residential re-entry center in New Jersey and demand that Geo Group get out of our communities.

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Students at University of Connecticut Demand #PrisonDivest

USG wants proof UConn Foundation is not investing in private prisons
Via Daily News | By Christopher McDermott | April 20, 2016

Legislation passed last Wednesday by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) requests that the UConn Foundation submit a statement detailing any holdings it might have in private prisons.

“The corporations profiting from private prisons have a financial incentive to promote the political and economic agendas of mass incarceration,” commuter senator Haddiyyah Ali writes in the statement of position.

The UConn Foundation is the University of Connecticut’s fundraising organization. It manages a $383 million endowment, annually receives $8 million in public funds and is explicitly exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), according to the Harford Courant.

Ali wrote that private prisons violate universal human rights, particularly those to life, liberty, security of person, privacy, family, home, ownership of property and to not be arbitrarily deprived of property.

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End Tax Breaks to Prisons – Portland Day of Action

pdxreitThe Portland Prison Divestment Coalition invites you to a canvass and educational event as part of the 2016 National Week of Action for Prison Divestment (April 17th to 23rd).

The Week of Action launches a national campaign to end to tax breaks for for-profit prisons. Private prison companies Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group evaded a combined $113 million in 2015 due to their recent classification at Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).

The Congressional Joint Tax Committee has the power to revoke REIT status from private prisons, and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is the ranking Democrat on that committee. The Prison Divestment Coalition will be calling on Senator Wyden to step up and lead efforts in Congress to end tax breaks for prison corporations.

The Portland action will take place Thursday April 21st at Holladay Park, beginning with a training and canvass to raise awareness of the issue at 11:00am, and a brief speaking event at 12:30pm.

#PrisonDivest Twitter Town Hall

Join us to discuss #prisondivest strategy and movement building during our Twitter Townhall Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm ET. RSVP at tinyurl.com/Tweet4PrisonDivest

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Remove CCA from AZ Chamber of Commerce

Via Not1More

TELL THE ARIZONA CHAMBER TO REMOVE PRIVATE PRISON COMPANY, CCA, FROM ITS MEMBERSHIP

ccaAZIn recent months, Trump’s campaign has inspired Arizona legislators to propose a new set of SB1070-style laws. Given the impact of SB1070 on our state and the negative economic impact of the bills proposed, you’d expect the Arizona Chamber of Commerce to stand against them, but not when one of the country’s largest private prison companies, CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) is one of its core members.

Governor Doug Ducey signed HB2451 into law on March 30th 2016. The new law ensures undocumented people stay in jail longer and is expected to cost $17,000,000.00 to Arizona taxpayers according to the Arizona Department of Corrections.1 Continue reading