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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#SchoolsNotPrisons: Adelanto

DMIZySjVwAALs-bThe Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective, Inland Coalition for Immigrant JusticeCIVICRevolve ImpactThe California Wellness Foundation and The California Endowment present #SchoolsNotPrisons Adelanto.

On Friday, October 20, 2017, the #SchoolsNotPrisons arts and music festival will travel to Adelanto. About an hour and a half northeast of Los Angeles, Adelanto is home to California’s largest immigrant prison, where more than 1,600 people are incarcerated.

Artists and advocates will join forces to raise awareness about the immigrant prison system, share the stories of people harmed by inhumane prison conditions, and advocate for prisons to be replaced by community-based solutions that allow people to remain healthy and safe, with their families, while awaiting the outcome of their immigration cases.

Musical Performances By: Los RakasCeci Bastida, BuyepongoDJ LiviaLos Jornaleros del Norte, DJ Antiq and special guests!

All-Ages Event: This is an all-ages peaceful community event. It is a tobacco-free, alcohol and drug-free zone.

Entrance: FREE entrance with RSVP

Get Social: Join the conversation – use the #SchoolsNotPrisons hashtag to share your vision of community safety and follow us on Twitter & Instagram, or Facebook.com/SchoolsNotPrisons

 

Students push back on prison divestment decision with banner at homecoming game

NEW.101617.PrisonDivestVia Stanford Daily | Julia Ingram

“STANFORD: DIVEST FROM 4-PROFIT PRISONS.” Those were the words painted on a banner that a group of students dropped at the Stanford Stadium during Saturday’s homecoming football game.

The act was in response to the Stanford Board of Trustees’ recent decision not to ask corporations that benefit from or participate in the funding or operations of private prisons to cut their ties with the prison industry or lose Stanford’s investments.

“We dropped the banner to signal that Stanford has no choice but to listen,” a coalition of student activists identifying themselves only as “concerned students” stated in a joint press release. “We will continue to resist mass incarceration and the exploitative, violent criminal justice system and argue, ‘Stanford tells us we can change the world for the better, but doing so funds our education with investments that hurt the communities we come from.’”

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Reps. Adam Smith and Pramila Jayapal Are Back in Seattle to Talk About Ending Private Immigration Prisons

Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old father and DACA recipient, was detained in a private immigration prison for a month and a half after a sweep targeting his father.

The House of Representatives isn’t in session this week, so Reps. Adam Smith and Pramila Jayapal are back in Seattle today to talk about a major piece of legislation introduced at the top of the month.

The “Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act” would phase out the use of private prisons for immigrant detainees.

The bill, introduced by Congressman Adam Smith on October 3, does much more than that, too. It promises an overhaul of the nation’s immigration detention system. For example, the bill ends the policy of mandatory detention, whereby immigrants are automatically taken into custody if they have a criminal conviction—as are asylum seekers if they arrive without the proper paperwork. The American Civil Liberties Union has repeatedly challenged the practice of mandatory detention, which they say has greatly expanded immigrant detention and often sweeps up legal residents who have successfully been living in the US for decades after already serving sentences for offenses like drug possession. While immigrants today are subject to long periods of detention while awaiting bond hearings as a matter of policy (see the case of formerly detained DACA Dreamer Daniel Ramirez Medina in Seattle earlier this year), Smith’s bill would institute a practice of immediate custody determinations in court, based on probable cause.

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Activists plan Adelanto concert to call for immigration detention center shutdowns

Via Victor Valley Daily Press

ADELANTO — Immigration activists are planning a free community Schools Not Prisons concert Friday at Adelanto Stadium to call for the closures of immigrant detention centers, including the private-run facility here.

The music festival is also meant to advocate for fair treatment of detainees as they await decisions on requests to remain in the U.S.

The concert will bring artists, advocates and community members together for a “historical event,” according to event organizers, “creating a unique platform to advocate for the closure of immigrant prisons and shine a light on the many ways for-profit immigrant prisons harm California communities.”

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Government Transparency Against Private Prison Corporations

Highest Court Rejects Private Prisons’ Petition to Limit Release of Government Documents

October 10, 2017, New York, NY – Today, the Supreme Court denied a petition by private prison corporations seeking to block the release of government documents about their immigration detention practices. In a case brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Detention Watch Network (DWN), under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a federal district court ruled in July 2016, that the government must release details of its contracts with private prison corporations. The government chose not to appeal; instead, the country’s two largest private prison corporations, GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), recently rebranded as “CoreCivic,” intervened to appeal the decision to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which dismissed their petition in February. GEO then petitioned the Supreme Court for a full review of the case, asking for the right to prevent the government from releasing information under the FOIA.

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Dignity Not Detention, Quick Breakdown

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UC Students launch campaign for Police Campus Accountability

Via Daily Nexus | By Anjalie Tandon

The campaigns are created by students across the 10 UC campuses, and each year one campaign is voted on and selected at the UC Student Organizing Summit. Each campaign lasts two years. As a result, each year typically sees one returning campaign and one newly elected one.

This year, however, UCSA will support three campaigns due to a tie in votes between UCSOS and reIGNITE, UC Santa Barbara representative on the UCSA Board of Directors Kristin Hsu said. These campaigns were selected by the UCSA Board of Directors, which is composed of student representatives from the different UC campuses.

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