UC to divest from Wells Fargo after Afrikan Black Coalition advocacy

Via The Daily Californian | By Revati Thatte

The University of California will terminate $475 million worth of contracts with Wells Fargo after repeated criticism from the Afrikan Black Coalition, or ABC, over its ties to private correctional facilities.

ABC alleged in a press release that Wells Fargo finances CoreCivic, a company that owns private prisons and detention centers. Additionally, in 2012, Wells Fargo settled with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations of discrimination against African-American and Hispanic borrowers.

The university terminated a $25 million commercial paper contract with Wells Fargo in November 2016. According to the ABC press release, the university will end its $150 million interest reset contract by April 1. Two-thirds of the $300 million line of credit will be terminated by February, with the remaining $100 million to be terminated as soon as a replacement bank is found.

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Princeton Moving Forward with #PrisonDivest

Over the past year, Princeton Private Prison Divest (PPPD) has been working on a campaign to advocate Princeton’s divestiture and disassociation from corporations that draw profit from incarceration, drug control, and immigrant deportation policies. PPPD, led by Princeton’s Students for Prison Education and Reform, is a coalition of eight student groups on campus that have united under a common cause. We believe that to be associated with, or derive profit from investments in these companies in any way is fundamentally at odds with the University’s commitment to acting in the nation’s service and the service of humanity, and promoting individual human rights.

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#HateFreeZone Launch in Brooklyn

As Trump Administration Announces Muslim Bans, Border Walls, and Attacks on Sanctuary Cities, Diverse Communities in Brooklyn Hold Press Conference to Launch A Hate-Free Zone
January 25, 2017 – There are strong reports that the administration will sign executive orders (today and tomorrow) that will expand the border wall, target sanctuary cities, and create some version of “Muslim travel ban” on immigration and refugees from certain Muslim majority countries, along with increasing surveillance
On Wednesday, January 25 at 5:00PM EST, immigrant communities are rallying to launch a community defense and “hate-free zone” in Kensington, Brooklyn, New York City. Neighborhood-based groups, community members, local businesses, faith institutions, elected officials will come together to publicly take a stand against hate, marginalization, criminalization and violence by individuals and government policies. Groups will hold a press conference and march through Kensington, Brooklyn to show that our own communities can defend and protect ourselves. As frontline communities who are looking for ways to come together to defend ourselves and gain mutual support in light of increased racism, xenophobia, and bigotry ushered in by Trump’s inauguration and the executive orders issued in last few days, this action is part of a national movement and modeled after the “Hate-Free Zone” declared in Queens, New York City on December 2nd, 2016, and another in Mid-Hudson Valley on January 14, 2017.

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#SafetyIs #FreedomCities

 On Friday January 20th we launched #FreedomCities in New York City. This campaign redefines what safety and freedom truly means for our communities. We dream of a city where our entire community can live freely with safety and in their full dignity.  Our communities can’t wait and neither can our freedom.

 Take the pledge to add your city to the #FreedomCities Movement!

 FreedomCitiesNYC is centered around platform which is grounded in our allies across movements, especially within the movement for black lives. Demands include: Worker Rights, Safety Beyond Policing, Hate Free Zones, Community Control, Invest in Humanity, and Political Power.

 Our resistance goes beyond demanding that our municipalities end collaborating with immigration. When we demand an end to ICE-Police collaboration, we are also demanding the dismantling of the entire system of mass incarceration and systematic police brutality. When we demand safety for immigrants we are also unequivocally demanding safety for all people of color, for women, for queer and trans people, for gender nonconforming people, for muslims and for all oppressed people.

 Our movement will not stop here. It will spread because now more than ever we need to organize together. We need to reach out not only in solidarity, but working together for one long term goal. We must engage in transformational movement building.

Freedom Cities protest outside Trump hotel

Via the Daily Orange | By Kathryn Krawczyk

Some in New York City on Friday protested Donald Trump's inauguration. In Washington, Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

Some in New York City on Friday protested Donald Trump’s inauguration. In Washington, Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

Basma Eid helped organize the Freedom Cities protest outside Trump hotel as a part of Enlace, the New York Worker Center Federation. She protested for the rights of workers, from street vendors to construction workers.

Some protesters’ signs made their intents clear, especially at Freedom Cities. Their posters featured their definition of safety, whether that was free healthcare, the right to organize or divesting from police and prisons.

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Loyola Divests from Private Prisons

After a semester of delay, Divest Loyno is making strides toward stopping the school from profiting from coal, fossil fuels and private prisons

Jose Torres was suffering from a fever for 11 days in prison, but said he was denied medicine for refusing to sign his deportation papers.

Instead, he said, guards told him they were sending him to “el pozo” — “the pit” — where detainees who started fights were sent.

“They were taking me there because I asked for help. I said that they could take me there, but I needed medicine first. He didn’t do it. When he came back, I told him, ‘Hey, we’re human beings, not animals.’”

Torres was detained in Pine Prairie Correctional Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. The prison is owned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement but operated by GEO Group, one of the largest private prison companies in America.

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Yale Prison divestment talks proceed

Via Yale Daily News | By Ishaan Srivastava

Leaders of a campus organization advocating for Yale’s divestment from the private prison industry met with members of the University’s Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility Tuesday evening.

The groups met to discuss demands that the Yale Corporation sell any current investments in private prisons, publicly denounce the industry, and not invest in private prisons in the future. The meeting marks the latest development in a yearlong campaign led by the Yale Students for Prison Divestment that has seen the organization circulate an open letter last spring, lead a public meeting detailing their stance and release a 22-page report in December.

“Investments in the private prison industry promote an industry broadly engaged in cost cutting at the expense of human lives,” the YSPD report noted. “The time to act was yesterday.”

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