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.

#EndBrokenWindows & Demand #FreedomCities

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Join the Coalition to End Broken Windows, the New York Worker Center Federation, Enlace, 5 Boro Defenders and the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) on the steps of City Hall before the City Council’s Public Safety Committee budget hearing to rally against more funding for the NYPD and to demand NYC #EndBrokenWindows.
Join us March 30th at 9am in front of City Hall, RSVP on Facebook

As part of our continued demand for #SafetyBeyondPolicing and our support for the #FreedomCities movement, our communities don’t want our money going to the continued enhancement of police power. We want community centers opened, our schools properly funded, free or reduced fares for poor New Yorkers and so many more of our most pressing needs met.

Divest from policing and invest in our communities! We want a Freedom City!

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NYU Prison Divest demands NYU drop Aramark

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A petition circulating the NYU community is asking the university to divest from Aramark Corporation — a food provider that has serviced 16 locations across NYU’s New York City campuses for over 20 years — due to concerns about the company’s practices.

The petition, which was created by NYU Prison Divest, has been supported and signed by several hundred students and alumni, according to the group. In a statement to WSN, NYU Prison Divest said that the university should use more ethical and responsible food sources, and has made recommendations to the university accordingly.

The petition states that its goal is to end the relationship between Aramark and NYU, citing allegations published in a PBS article as reasons why the university should disassociate itself from Aramark. Prisoners in sites serviced by Aramark have reported finding maggots and rocks in their food. The company has also been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by Aramark employees toward inmates and an employee smuggling drugs into prisons.

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Walkout for Princeton Prison Divestment disrupts CPUC meeting

march27Via The Daily Princetonian | By Audrey Spensley

Princeton Private Prison Divestment held a walkout and rally today at the Council of the Princeton University Community meeting. The protest was in response to the CPUC Resource Committee’s announcement of their decision to reject PPPD’s proposal that the University divest from private prisons.

The 22-page divestment proposal stated that the University “has clear reasons to move forward with divesting and disassociating from corporations that draw profit from incarceration, drug control and immigrant deportation policies.” It included a list of corporations from which the University should divest.

Yet, the University Resources Committee decided in a March 10 meeting that “the proposal, in its current form, did not meet the high bar to recommend action,” according to the committee chair, University Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Michael Littman.

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Urgent Action Today: Supporting Princeton Prison Divestment

Via the Daily Princetonian | March 26, 2017

Today, the University announces its decision to continue funding for-profit prisons and immigrant detention centers. The University thus defends its complicity in institutional violence against the nation’s most marginalized communities.

At the meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community at 4:30 p.m. today in Friend Center 101, the CPUC Resources Committee will publicly announce its decision to reject the Princeton Private Prison Divest coalition’s proposal to divest from 11 companies operating or exclusively contracting with private prisons and immigrant detention centers. We ask all Princeton students and residents to come to Friend 101 at 4:00 p.m. in order to demonstrate that our community stands unified against investments that disproportionately perpetrate violence upon people of color and undocumented individuals.

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PDX Divest–From Amazon, Caterpillar, Nestle, and Wells Fargo. Stand Up for Human Rights!

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Oppose the City’s plan to turn our investments over to Wall Street! Support keeping our Socially Responsible Investments policy and the Socially Responsible Investments Committee! We’re asking the City to add these four companies to the Do-Not-Buy list because of their environmental, labor, indigenous rights, immigrant rights, and human rights violations from Portland to Standing Rock to Palestine. RSVP on Facebook!

Wednesday, April 5th at 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
Portland Building (1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204)

Georgetown Committee Urges Against Private Prison Investments

CISR urges board of directors against private prison investments

CISR Urges Board Of Directors Against Private Prison Investments

The Committee on Investment and Social Responsibility (CISR) recommended the university board of directors not invest directly in private prison companies and avoid commingled funds with investments in private prison companies “to the maximum extent possible,” according to a memo released March 2.

CISR advised the board’s finance and administration committee to establish the policy of not directly investing in private prisons in response to a proposal from Eman Abdelfadeel (COL ‘17), Sophie Bauerschmidt Sweeney (COL ‘17), and Salma Khamis (SFS ‘17)recommending that Georgetown divest from all companies that profit from or sustain private prisons and the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

“It is inconsistent with Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit values to hold investments in companies that profit from the incarceration of human beings,” the committee wrote in the memo. In making its recommendation, CISR cited a Department of Justice report that highlighted the harmful conditions many prisoners in private facilities face, and it also noted a statement from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop questioning the private prison system.

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Princeton prison investments: bankrolling Trump’s racist agenda

Via the Daily Princetonian | By Max Grear

Today, more than ever before, private prison and immigrant detention corporations are key players in a mounting wave of institutional violence against communities of color. Princeton’s investments in this industry make it an active participant in this violence.

Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department will continue its use of private prisons. While hardly unexpected, this reversal makes clear the shared interests between private prison corporations and a demonstrated racist like Sessions. Both actors hope to escalate rates of incarceration, and both have an enormous supply of financial and political capital to achieve this goal.

At this moment, Sessions and President Trump are the political allies of our institution’s short-term and socially irresponsible financial interest in returns on private prison investments. It’s important, then, that we understand exactly who these unsavory allies of ours are and what they plan to do. Such an honest appraisal may help us grasp the degree to which we, as a university, currently stand on the wrong side of history.

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