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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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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4 Big Blows to Private Prisons

For-profit prisons were dealt 3 big blows in the last week because of grassroots organizing and awareness fostered by frontline communities and the National Prison Divestment Campaign.

  1. Responding to years of organizing by immigrant communities, California Governor Brown signed into law SB 29, the Dignity Not Detention Bill. The Dignity Not Detention Bill is a critical step towards ending for-profit immigrant detention in California, and provides a model for other states to follow.
  2. Washington Representatives and 50 co-sponsors introduced the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act that would phase out private detention centers over a three-year period, and increase transparency and oversight of immigrant detention facilities.
  3. The Philly Board of Pensions is moving to divest $1.2 million of its portfolio out of private prison companies.
  4. After advocacy by students and faculty, Georgetown University will not invest in private prison companies.

These efforts to cut our city, state, and federal ties to for-profit are possible because of the bold and fearless leadership of impacted communities, and are part of the path towards ending the criminalization of all immigrant, Muslim, people of color and queer and trans communities. Through the Freedom Cities movement, we are building to replace criminalization with our visions of collective liberation.

Stanford Board of Trustees responds to Prison Divestment

Via Stanford News

One of the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees is oversight of Stanford’s endowment. As part of that oversight, the Board considers requests from the university community for divestment from particular companies.

Stanford has a process for reviewing investment responsibility requests. The Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing (APIRL), a community panel of students, faculty, staff and alumni, analyzes the issues and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees. A policy document, the Statement on Investment Responsibility, guides the deliberations. The Board of Trustees has responsibility for final decisions.

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Breaking: Georgetown to Avoid Investing in Private Prisons

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Georgetown will not investing in private prison companies in keeping with the university’s Socially Responsible Investing Policy, the university announced yesterday.

The board’s Committee on Finance and Administration, which oversees the university’s management of financial resources, accepted the recommendation of the Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility, announced in March, for the university to avoid investments in private prison companies. CISR makes recommendations to the board on ethical investment policies and consists of 12 members, including faculty, administrators and three students.

The university will “encourage” its external investment managers to “avoid investing in the companies,” according to a university news release Thursday, which said the decision continues an existing practice.

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