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

PROTEST Corrections Corporation of America’s Annual Shareholder’s Meeting

CCA 2016 ShareholderCORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA (CCA) is the largest private, for-profit prison operator in the United States, and it is headquartered right here in Nashville, Tennessee just outside of the Green Hills area.

On May 12, like-minded people will gather to PROTEST at CCA’s 2016 Annual Shareholder’s meeting. Several groups have expressed interest in sending members to the protest, and we hope you will join us.

Prison Legal News Managing Editor Alex Friedmann, a Nashville resident and former CCA prisoner, will attend the closed meeting as an activist shareholder.

The protest will start promptly on May 12 at 9:30am at CCA’s office, at 10 Burton Hills Blvd., Nashville, just outside of Green Hills. The protest is limited to the sidewalk areas around the building.

All who are interested can show up to show their displeasure with the nation’s largest for-profit prison firm! This is a BYOS event (bring your own sign). Follow the Facebook event page for up-to-the minute details! Don’t be left out!

Divest UW’s Endowment from Prisons & Reinvest in Survivors of Incarceration

As part of a larger effort to push for racial equity at the University of Washington, we the students and community members demand that the University of Washington divest from prisons by the end of Spring 2017. We also demand that the University of Washington reinvest the amount it has profited from prison labor in students and community members who have survived incarceration.

For-profit prisons perpetuate mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline, and run counter to the University’s mission and values. Help us reinvest!


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Divest University of Houston

Protest Wells Fargo for their role in Mass Incarceration & Criminalization of People of Color


5 things black students say will end racism on college campuses

Check out this amazing article, #PrisonDivest is number 5 on the list

Via Fusion| Symone Jackson | April 25, 2016

My first experience of racism at college was ironically, off campus. I was a freshman attending my first house party at the primarily white Santa Clara University, a private college near San Jose, Calif. When I got there, the party was packed. But before I could walk in the door, I was asked by a white student who physically stood between my path and the entrance to the party, “Do you even go here?”

As I took out my student ID card to show her, I said, “Yes, I go here. Are you asking me because I’m black?” She was mortified, mumbled something and walked back to her friends.

This was one of many microagressions (unintentional insults made by people who are unaware of the hidden messages they are communicating) my black classmates and I experienced while attending college. As a black student, I noticed a huge difference in how I was treated and how my white classmates were treated by each other, by faculty and even by parents when they attended events on campus.

Justice for David Felix!


NJ Prison Divest Launch! Rally at Geo Group Halfway House

NJprisondivestNew Jersey Prison Divest is a coalition of student, advocacy, and grassroots organizations coming together to fight mass incarceration and criminalization through the tactic of prison divestment.

We will be officially launching our coalition with a rally at the Newark Residential Reentry Center – a halfway house opened in 2014 by Geo Group, one of the biggest private prison corporations in the country. Until at least 2012, NJ state law prohibited for-profit companies from contracting with the state for halfway house services. We demand to know how Geo Group is able to open a residential re-entry center in New Jersey and demand that Geo Group get out of our communities.

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