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

New York City kicks off the National Week of Action

dwnNYC Dia de Los Muertos: Funeral to honor those that died in ICE custody

New York City – On Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, in response to the ongoing deaths of noncitizens in immigration detention facilities across the country, immigrant rights advocates, faith-based groups, immigration detention abolitionists, prison abolitionists and community members will gather to hold a public funeral for  Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, to honor those that have died in ICE immigration detention custody.

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NYC Dia de Los Muertos

The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project will kick off the week of action by holding a public funeral to honor of the two people who have just died at Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey and Orange County Detention Center in New York. We will stage a direct action to make the violence of immigration detention centers visible to the public and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees of Federal Plaza.

Wednesday, October 26 at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Federal Plaza – Ny Immigration Court
26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York 10278

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2016-10-22-largest-canvassThis morning the Bazta Arpaio campaign kicked off the largest canvass against Sheriff Arpaio ever.

The people Arpaio has targeted are now targeting him and are knocking thousands of doors to take him out of office. With just over two weeks left before election day, hundreds from Los Angeles, New Orleans, Tucson, Austin, Chicago, Atlanta, Albuquerque showed up as reinforcements. Read more on

A Second Chance at Life


On October 21, the LA Federation of Labor graduated their  inaugural class of 20 formerly incarcerated individuals from the newly launched Los Angeles Reentry Workforce Collaborative. Now that the graduates have completed this 12-week program, they will be placed in union apprenticeships to not only have jobs, but real and lasting careers.

Los Angeles is home to the largest formerly incarcerated population in California, with tens of thousands of individuals released in the County each year. Formerly incarcerated individuals experience severe barriers to employment, and finding good jobs for these Angelenos is absolutely critical. Without opportunity, the chances of returning to jail or prison are significantly higher.

The Collaborative is a joint undertaking between five core partners: the LA Fed, the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. By earning certifications, employment experience, and transferable skills, this is meant to be a game changer in the lives of these participants.

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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