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.

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, March 29 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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Tacoma approves interim rule to block expansion of immigration detention center

Movement Building: Prison Divest & DAPL Divestment Campaigns

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Mar 7, 2017 8:00 PM EST Register to attend here.

This call will bring together organizers from successful and ongoing divestment campaigns, including leaders from the Seattle Wells Fargo Divestment Campaign. It will feature intersectional campaigns that center Indigenous sovereignty and prison abolition, among other issues. There will also be speakers who have faced foreclosure or been abused frontline bank workers. The speakers will share skills and resources that you can use in your cities or institutions and will include information on how to connect DAPL divestment to local divestment initiatives. Enlace will speak on how Portland efforts collaborated with #NoDAPL, #PrisonDivest, and #FreePalestine divestment movements.

Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws

Tens of thousands of immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were forced to work for $1 day, or for nothing at all — a violation of federal anti-slavery laws — a lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit, filed in 2014 against one of the largest private prison companies in the country, reached class-action status this week after a federal judge’s ruling. That means the case could involve as many as 60,000 immigrants who have been detained.

It’s the first time a class-action lawsuit accusing a private U.S. prison company of forced labor has been allowed to move forward.

“That’s obviously a big deal; it’s recognizing the possibility that a government contractor could be engaging in forced labor,” said Nina DiSalvo, executive director of Towards Justice, a Colorado-based nonprofit group that represents low-wage workers, including undocumented immigrants. “Certification of the class is perhaps the only mechanism by which these vulnerable individuals who were dispersed across the country and across the world would ever be able to vindicate their rights.”

At the heart of the dispute is the Denver Contract Detention Facility, a 1,500-bed center in Aurora, Colo., owned and operated by GEO Group under a contract with ICE. The Florida-based corporation runs facilities to house immigrants who are awaiting their turn in court.

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