Protest the For Profit Prison Industry in Columbia Heights #Jan24DIVEST

Who: YOU! And many others calling for the end of mass incarceration, and the beginning of true social justice.

What: Protest against the private prison industry

Where: Wells Fargo bank in Tivoli Square, Columbia Heights, Washington DC (between Park Road and Monroe Street off of 14th)

When: January 24, 2012, 5:00 pm
• Because the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of  the world’s prison population.
• Because the private prison industry wrote the laws that keep 2.3 million people behind bars each day, nearly 60% people of color.
• Because nearly 50% of all immigrants incarcerated by ICE are held in private prisons.
• Because it costs an average of $40,000 a year to imprison a
person – more than tuition at most universities, more than the
median household income of American families.
• Because we will never start investing in communities when there is so much money to be made imprisoning communities.

Because Wells Fargo is the major financier of the GEO Group, the corporation that owns and runs the Rivers Prison in North Carolina, where thousands of District residents are abused

Please join other DWN members and allies, along with friends from OccupyDC, to protest the private prison corporations who are driving the mass incarceration of people of color in the United States, including nearly 370,000 immigrants every year.

The action will take place Tuesday January 24 at 5:00pm at the Wells Fargo branch in Tivoli Square(between Park Road and Monroe Street off of 14th in Columbia Heights ). If you are interested in helping with the last stages of planning for the action, please send me an email. There will be a poster making party this weekend at the DWN offices. We are also looking for singers and musicians to help liven things up on what will likely be a cold night, so if you or someone you know has some talent that they would be willing to lend to the occasion, please get in touch! Click here for the DWN Website for more information

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