The Portland Prison Divestment Coalition invites you to a canvass and educational event as part of the 2016 National Week of Action for Prison Divestment (April 17th to 23rd).
The Week of Action launches a national campaign to end to tax breaks for for-profit prisons. Private prison companies Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group evaded a combined $113 million in 2015 due to their recent classification at Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).
The Congressional Joint Tax Committee has the power to revoke REIT status from private prisons, and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is the ranking Democrat on that committee. The Prison Divestment Coalition will be calling on Senator Wyden to step up and lead efforts in Congress to end tax breaks for prison corporations.
The Portland action will take place Thursday April 21st at Holladay Park, beginning with a training and canvass to raise awareness of the issue at 11:00am, and a brief speaking event at 12:30pm.