Hunger strike at Northwest Detention Center

Immigrants held at Northwest Detention Center Launch Hunger Strike

 to Protest their Conditions

Supporters Rally Outside Facility as Over 100 Immigrants Begin Refusing Meals  

Tacoma, WA – At noon today over 100 immigrants incarcerated at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) refused their lunch, launching a hunger strike to protest their treatment inside the immigration prison. The Tacoma, Washington facility, located on a superfund site, is the largest immigrant detention center on the West Coast, caging over 1500 immigrants who are facing civil deportation proceedings. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts with the GEO Group, a multinational private prison corporations, to run the facility, and hunger strikers aimed their demands at both the federal government and the private contractor. The NWDC has been a frequent target of immigrant activists since a March 2014 hunger strike involving 1200 detainees first brought international notoriety to the immigration prison.

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How a private prisons corporation is creeping into Alabama

22437711-mmmainVia AL.Com | By Connor Sheets Private prison companies have planted their flags proudly in states across the Southeast. Every state sharing a border with Alabama is home to at least one privately operated prison.

Alabama has long been a regional outlier, with stalwart political opposition to corporate prisons keeping them from being established in the state.

But a series of recent moves demonstrates that at least one major national private prison conglomerate is finding creative ways to make inroads into Alabama.

The creep of GEO Group – the nation’s second-largest private prison corporation – into the state has gone largely unheralded. But the company’s purchase Wednesday of a correctional facility in Shelby County is the latest sign of a growing trend of corporate incursions into the state’s prison-industrial complex.

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Portland Votes to Divest from All Corporations

wells-fargo-portland-040717Via Colorlines | By Yessenia Funes

Portland City Council passed an amendment Wednesday (April 5) with a unanimous vote to end new investments in corporate securities in stocks and private bonds, including the Dakota Access Pipeline, President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, corporations complicit in prisons and the occupation of Palestine.

For years, Portland residents have been pressuring the city council to take its investments from corporations that didn’t meet these standards. Wells Fargo has been a target since at least 2011 when it faced controversy over its funding of private prison company Geo Group Inc. The pressure started growing in December when opponents to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline again targeted the bank over its involvement in the $3.8 billion project.

Local media outlets reported that the hearing included hours of testimony from the public, many of whom didn’t want their dollars supporting such issues. In order not to debate which corporations to choose, the city decided to end investments in all corporations.

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Portland City Council votes to End All Corporate Investments

April 6 – Portland City Council voted yesterday to end investing in all corporate securities, after broad community pressure to end investments in corporations complicit in prison expansion, the occupation of Palestine, the building of Trump’s “wall,” construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and climate change.

This vote supersedes Portland’s Socially Responsible Investments Committee (SRIC) process, which engaged a citizen committee to make recommendations on corporate investments based on human rights and other criteria.

The vote came at the end of an over 3-hour hearing attended by over 100 Portlanders, who unanimously spoke out against investing in corporations proven to violate human rights standards.

“In this age of Trump, we see our movements coming together internationally to push back against a corporate agenda that seeks profit over investment in people and the planet,” said Amanda Aguilar Shank, Interim Director of Enlace, convener of the National Prison Divestment Campaign. “In Portland and nationally, our communities are demanding that our cities become Freedom Cities, sites of resistance and also sites of visionary advances, like what we have seen in Portland today.” Continue reading

Breaking: Portland #FreedomCities Victory, Divestment from Mass Incarceration!

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#EndBrokenWindows & Demand #FreedomCities

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Join the Coalition to End Broken Windows, the New York Worker Center Federation, Enlace, 5 Boro Defenders and the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) on the steps of City Hall before the City Council’s Public Safety Committee budget hearing to rally against more funding for the NYPD and to demand NYC #EndBrokenWindows.
Join us March 30th at 9am in front of City Hall, RSVP on Facebook

As part of our continued demand for #SafetyBeyondPolicing and our support for the #FreedomCities movement, our communities don’t want our money going to the continued enhancement of police power. We want community centers opened, our schools properly funded, free or reduced fares for poor New Yorkers and so many more of our most pressing needs met.

Divest from policing and invest in our communities! We want a Freedom City!

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NYU Prison Divest demands NYU drop Aramark

nyuVia Washington Square News | By Htoo Min

A petition circulating the NYU community is asking the university to divest from Aramark Corporation — a food provider that has serviced 16 locations across NYU’s New York City campuses for over 20 years — due to concerns about the company’s practices.

The petition, which was created by NYU Prison Divest, has been supported and signed by several hundred students and alumni, according to the group. In a statement to WSN, NYU Prison Divest said that the university should use more ethical and responsible food sources, and has made recommendations to the university accordingly.

The petition states that its goal is to end the relationship between Aramark and NYU, citing allegations published in a PBS article as reasons why the university should disassociate itself from Aramark. Prisoners in sites serviced by Aramark have reported finding maggots and rocks in their food. The company has also been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by Aramark employees toward inmates and an employee smuggling drugs into prisons.

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