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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Hunger Strike Victory- Washington State files suit against GEO Group, private prison company that owns Northwest Detention Center

Tacoma, WA – The Attorney General of Washington announced a lawsuit today against the private prison profiteers, GEO Group, who own and run the Tacoma, Washington immigration prison, the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC). The lawsuit is a direct result of over three years of hunger strikes and work stoppages by people detained at the facility. This year alone, there have been five hunger strikes, and whistle-blowers have faced repression from both Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and GEO Group, in the form of solitary confinement, threats of force-feeding, and retaliatory transfers to different facilities across the country. Today’s lawsuit by the Attorney General represents a victory for hunger strikers, whose heroic efforts to bring light to the abuses of immigration detention despite repression have led the state of Washington to take action.

The lawsuit takes on one of the most consistent demands of people on hunger strike  – the abuses of the $1/day “volunteer” work program. People detained carry out nearly all of the work of the facility, from cleaning to laundry to painting to routine maintenance, including waxing the floors. Hunger strikers have described receiving no training, no protective gear, and to suffering workplace injuries that go untreated. One recent communication from a detained person stated, “We worked until three this morning. We were painting the detention center.” Another stated, “This week folks were offered chips or a soup for several nights of waxing the floors, so not even $1/day.”

NWDC Resistance has been documenting the immigrant-led resistance against ICE and GEO Group at the Tacoma facility. An 11-minute documentary on the recent hunger-strikes which led to the filing of the Attorney General’s lawsuit was released today. It is available at https://www.youtube..com/watch?v=VGG8b7bB1to&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop , and features hunger strikers.  “The people most affected by the Northwest Detention Center – those detained – have been leading the resistance against it. We are glad to see the Attorney General stepping up to join their fight,” said Maru Mora Villalpando of NWDC Resistance. She pointed out that the federal government must be held accountable as well: “The federal government set the $1/day rate, and ICE continues to round up and cage people at the GEO-run facilities, and ignore GEO’s abuses.”

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Take Action: Support #AdelantoHungerStrikers Demand Justice and Freedom

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In June, Adelanto detainees began making headlines by going on three hunger strikes against impossibly high bonds and inhumane living conditions that include physical abuse and medical neglect. Nine Central American and 20 Haitians refugees came together to protest these conditions, many faced extreme violence from GEO guards! 

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How JPMorgan Chase Is Cashing in on Private Prisons

Via Alternet | By Hannah Lownsbrough

Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, speaks at the JPMorgan Healthcare Investment Conference on January 8, 2013.
Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

JPMorgan Chase, like so many corporations, is trying to have its cake and eat it under the Trump administration. In the last few weeks, it has invested time, public relations’ efforts and money in presenting itself as a defender of human rights. But the $2 million Chase pledged to fight racism is a drop in the ocean compared to the potential yield from its massive investment in the private prison system: one of the starkest manifestations of racial injustice in the U.S. today, profiting primarily from the detention of immigrants seeking a new life in the U.S. The DACA cancellation last week will only further boost the huge profit to be made from keeping yet more people under lock and key.

Now Trump has canceled DACA, JPMorgan Chase must decide how serious it really is about this newly discovered sense of social consciousness. For its stance on human rights to have real meaning, the corporation must divest from the private prison system. Taking a real public position might hurt profits, but may help convince critics that the company means business when it comes to standing up for racial justice.

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These Organizations Are Pushing For More Safe Spaces For Black Women, Girls And Gender Nonconforming People #FreedomCities

 

Via Blavity

Recently, we urged everyone to remember to include black immigrants in the DACA/Dreamers conversation.

Thankfully, two organizations are doing the work to ensure just that … and beyond.

Nonprofit public foundation, Ms. Foundation for Women and nonprofit organization National Black Women’s Justice Institute have drafted a report calling for including black women, girls and gender non-conforming people in the conversation surrounding sanctuary cities: “Centering Black Women, Girls, Gender Nonconforming People and Fem(me)s In Campaigns For Expanded Sanctuary And Freedom Cities.”

“In recent decades, as anti-immigrant rhetoric has intensified and policing, detention and deportations of immigrants have dramatically increased, social movements have responded with calls for the creation of sanctuary spaces, institutions and cities offering protections to immigrants,” authors Monique W. Morris and Andrea J. Ritchie write in the report. “In response, a growing number of municipalities have declared themselves ‘sanctuary cities’ by enacting administrative policies and legislation limiting collaboration with federal immigration authorities to varying degrees.”

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Nov 9 – Global Action: World without Walls – Mundo Sin Muros

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From Israel’s apartheid Wall on Palestinian land to the US Wall of Shame on indigenous land at the border with Mexico – Walls are monuments of expulsion, exclusion, oppression, discrimination and exploitation. As people affected by these walls and as movements that pose justice, freedom and equality as our tools to resolve the problems of this planet. Join the GLOBAL CALL FOR ACTION for the 9th of November as a Day of Action for a #WorldwithoutWalls!
More information: https://www.stopthewall.org/2017/06/19/november-9-global-day-action-world-without-walls

Renter Week of Action & Assemblies

Banner_Revised_BiLingualFrom September 18th – 23rd join thousands of renters for bold and powerful actions across the country to stand up for our communities, defend our homes and fight for a world where all people have dignified and affordable homes!

Every day millions of us are struggling to find affordable housing, facing enormous rent increases and being forced from our homes by unjust evictions. Every day we experience the violent impacts of gentrification as we see our neighbors displaced, the grocery store on the corner turned into luxury lofts, and our communities and cultures disregarded. As federal authorities threaten to cut almost $7 billion from Housing & Urban Development, corporate and Wall Street landlords get government subsidies to buy up our communities for pennies on the dollar.

Join Homes For All for the Renter Week of Action & Assemblies Today!

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WA State Demands Info on ICE Raids

ndsep12This Tuesday We Tell ICE: Show us YOUR Papers!

We are not taking ICE officials at their word over this week’s announcement that ICE is scrapping “Operation Mega,” its plan to target and detain nearly 10,000 immigrants over a five-day span beginning September 16. Join us this Tuesday, September 12 at 11:30 am to deliver a Freedom of Information Act request to the local ICE office and hold a press conference. Our demand: information into the detailed plans for “Operation Mega” and any potential future plans to implement mass immigration raids and fill the Northwest Detention Center with our community members. RSVP on Facebook

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