Immigrant and Prisoner Solidarity Advocates to Join Forces at Occupy Wall Street Protest
Protesters Team Up to Highlight Increasing Role of Immigrant Detention Centers in the For-Profit Prison Industry
New York, NY – Organizers with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Immigrant Worker Justice working group are joining with the OWS Prisoner Solidarity working group to protest the connection between investment in private prisons and the mass incarceration of prisoners and immigrant detainees. Protestors will highlight the role private prison companies have played in supporting anti-immigrant policies, leading to record detention and deportation rates. The protest is part of a national day of action on which over 15 cities are holding protests in solidarity with the ongoing hunger strike at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, with communities dispossessed by the criminal injustice system, and with political prisoners everywhere.
The rally will begin in front of the Lincoln Correction Facility in Harlem, one of New York City’s many African-American neighborhoods devastated by the explosive growth in prisons over the past few decades. From there, protesters will march to a branch of Wells Fargo bank, a major investor in two private prison companies, the GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). Both GEO and the CCA have extensively lobbied state and federal governments to pass laws, like Arizona’s SB1070 and Alabama’s HB56, that place greater numbers of non-U.S. citizens in the immigrant detention and deportation system. As a result of these efforts, GEO and CCA made $2.9 billion in profits in 2010.
What: Rally and march featuring speeches from those directly affected by the criminal and immigration prison systems, as well as from advocates. The rally will start at 31 West 110th Street in Harlem, march to a Wells Fargo bank in Harlem, and then conclude at the Harlem State Office Building.
When: Monday, February 20th at 2:00pm (Lincoln Correctional); 2:45pm (Wells Fargo); 3:30pm (Harlem State Office Building).
Where: Lincoln Correctional Facility, 31 West 110th Street, for rally; march to Wells Fargo, Lenox Avenue and 117th Street; Harlem State Office Building, 7th Avenue and 125th Street.
Contact: Mariano Muñoz (718) 714-8630 (English, Spanish) E. Tammy Kim (646) 431-9076 (English, Korean)