Students at University of Connecticut Demand #PrisonDivest

USG wants proof UConn Foundation is not investing in private prisons
Via Daily News | By Christopher McDermott | April 20, 2016

Legislation passed last Wednesday by the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) requests that the UConn Foundation submit a statement detailing any holdings it might have in private prisons.

“The corporations profiting from private prisons have a financial incentive to promote the political and economic agendas of mass incarceration,” commuter senator Haddiyyah Ali writes in the statement of position.

The UConn Foundation is the University of Connecticut’s fundraising organization. It manages a $383 million endowment, annually receives $8 million in public funds and is explicitly exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), according to the Harford Courant.

Ali wrote that private prisons violate universal human rights, particularly those to life, liberty, security of person, privacy, family, home, ownership of property and to not be arbitrarily deprived of property.

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End Tax Breaks to Prisons – Portland Day of Action

pdxreitThe 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.

#PrisonDivest Twitter Town Hall

Join us to discuss #prisondivest strategy and movement building during our Twitter Townhall Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm ET. RSVP at tinyurl.com/Tweet4PrisonDivest

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Remove CCA from AZ Chamber of Commerce

Via Not1More

TELL THE ARIZONA CHAMBER TO REMOVE PRIVATE PRISON COMPANY, CCA, FROM ITS MEMBERSHIP

ccaAZIn recent months, Trump’s campaign has inspired Arizona legislators to propose a new set of SB1070-style laws. Given the impact of SB1070 on our state and the negative economic impact of the bills proposed, you’d expect the Arizona Chamber of Commerce to stand against them, but not when one of the country’s largest private prison companies, CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) is one of its core members.

Governor Doug Ducey signed HB2451 into law on March 30th 2016. The new law ensures undocumented people stay in jail longer and is expected to cost $17,000,000.00 to Arizona taxpayers according to the Arizona Department of Corrections.1 Continue reading

New G4S Website Launched Highlighting Human Rights Violations

As Palestinians prepare to mark Prisoners’ Day on April 17, a day to be in solidarity with thousands of Palestinian political prisoners by demanding their freedom from Israeli jails, we are excited to announce the launch of a new website highlighting the various injustices perpetrated by G4S, the world’s largest private security company, in the United States, Palestine, and beyond.

G4SFacts.org documents the various abuses of the company ranging from its complicity in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians to its transportation of undocumented immigrants in the United States, a service it brands as “The Bus No One Wants to Catch – The End of the Road for Illegal Immigrants.” It is co-hosted by groups working on a range of issues related to G4S such as prison divestment and immigrant rights including Dream Defenders, Enlace, Hands Up United, and Palestinian Youth Movement.

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Vote & Demand Princeton Divest from Prisons!

From Monday April 17th until Wednesday April 19th at noon, the Undergraduate Student Government has opened a referendum to divest from private prisons+service providers that was put together by Princeton Private Prison Divest – PPPD.

The link for princeton students to vote is : https://princeton.heliosvoting.org/

We need a majority of 1/3 of the undergraduate student body to pass it and show a measure of campus consensus to the committee in charge of considering divestment!
Our fact sheet is here:
Please take a minute and vote yes on the Princeton Private Prison Divest – PPPD referendum to divest from private prisons + service providers! These companies exist exclusively for the sake of exploiting incarcerated people + detained immigrants, and they really shouldn’t even exist — let alone be associated with Princeton

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Rutgers University: Divest from Private Prison Companies

America has the largest prison population in the world, a consequence of policies including the War on Drugs. Black and Brown communities are the first to face over-policing, ripples in family ties, and emotional turmoil as a result of intense criminalization. The status quo is one that has created an apartheid-like set of realities in the United States. One that seeks to end this apartheid, and another is blind to it. At Rutgers, we are trying to bridge this gap and do our part to ensure that our university is not complicit in the prison-industrial complex.
Rutgers University has a profound history of upholding moral principles of social justice, but it was once also complicit in slavery. The institution has two competing legacies, and we want to appeal to the better one. A legacy that includes divesting from South African Apartheid, and acknowledges investing in private prison companies which profit off increasing the prison population is morally reprehensible.

SIGN PETITION: DEMAND RUTGERS DIVEST FROM PRISONS!

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