Campaign Updates

ENLACE-POSTER_outline_campaign11x85The Prison Divestment Campaign began in 2011 from the need to launch a comprehensive strategy to decriminalize immigrants and demilitarize the border. It was not only Politicians that we needed to target, but also Private Prisons and Wall Street who were the other powerful force behind immigrant detention and deportation.
The Campaign has since expanded, looking at how the private prison industry works to divide communities of color. We are building strong multiracial coalitions, emphasizing Black and Brown unity, to combat mass incarceration and immigration enforcement.

Enlace brings together organizations working on immigrant rights, criminal justice, another social justice groups to end mass incarceration and achieve legalization for all immigrants.
For additional information visit Enlace’s webpage

Free All Immigrants in Detention and Abolish All Prisons!

cropped-enlace-ppdc-logo.pngEnlace‘s Prison Divestment Campaign is part of a larger effort pushing to free all political prisoners and detained immigrants. We are strengthening the movement to abolish all prisons and demilitarize communities and the border. Join us in coming gathering and strategy sessions to continue building Black and Brown unity and strategically taking on the for profit prison industry. For more information about the Prison Divestment Campaign and coming events please contact us.

Join us for coming events in continuing to build multiracial movement!

Cali Prison Divest Statewide Meeting: Friday November 14th from 9:00am- 6:00pm

Join us in South LA for a day of workshops and strategy to take on CA institutions that are enabling the expansion of criminalization and incarceration of Black and Brown communities. Click here to RSVP.

Northeast Gathering on Prison Abolition: Saturday November 15th from 2:00pm- 6:00pm

Join us in New York City for a gathering of students and community organizations who are working to stop mass incarceration and mass deportation. We will explore how to continue moving forward at the intersection of immigration and criminal systems. Click here to RSVP.

Black Lives Matter National Week of Action October 20th-26th

black lives matterEnlace endorses the National Week of Action. We need to continue to build Black and Brown unity to combat state violence, the militarization of communities of color, and mass incarceration.

Participate in a national mobilization against state sanctioned violence! Folks across the country will be developing actions, events, workshops, and community healing spaces for the #BlackLivesMatter National Week of Action. Continue reading

#PrisonDivest Bay Area

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Thursday, October 16th • 6:30-9:00pm
Dwinelle 79, UC Berkeley
Please RSVP!

Join Enlace, CIYJA, and ABC for a Prison Divestment Campaign meeting in the Bay Area. We will bring together Black and Brown youth to continue movement building against mass incarceration and immigration enforcement.

We’re launching into a year of intense organizing against private prison investments in California–join us Thursday and help us hold California investors accountable for their active profiting from private companies that exist to jail, abuse, and deport black and brown bodies. For more info contact Jamie Trinkle.

Building Black and Brown Unity!

la foto (1)We are building strong multiracial coalitions, emphasizing Black and Brown unity, to combat mass incarceration and immigration enforcement. The private prison industry is working to divide communities of color and pit them against each other.

Join us for coming events in continuing to build multiracial movement.

Bay Area Campaign Meeting Thursday October 16th from 6:30pm- 9:00pm

Join Black and Brown youth from the Bay Area in a prison divestment campaign meeting and strengthening Black and Brown coalitions.

California Campaign Youth Training Friday November 14th from 9:00am- 6:00pm

Join us in Los Angeles, CA for a day of training and strategy on how to build the movement against mass incarceration and immigration enforcement. This is a continuation of the work from the National Youth Retreat that brought together Black and Brown youth from around the country.

Did the Private Prison Lobby Kill Immigration Reform?

via Colorlines by Aura BogadoICE Holds Immigrants At Adelanto Detention Facility

President Obama is poised to make a sweeping decision on immigration soon. Although details of another executive action on immigration are still unclear, it’s likely to benefit millions of people. But not all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. will be protected from deportation. The president has made clear that because Congress hasn’t moved forward on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR), he must.

The Senate passed a CIR bill last year. Despite excitement, however, it never made it through the House—which just recently passed two anti-immigration bills, which will also not move forward. Theories abound as to why CIR never made it through the Senate. Among those is the idea that private prison lobbyists killed the reform.

I talked to Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, the executive director of Enlace, which is the convening organization of the Prison Divestment Campaign. He recently published an article in AlterNet outlining how the private prison lobby, handled by the GEO Group and the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), played a big hand in CIR.  Continue reading

National Youth Gathering to End the For-Profit Prison Industry

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We are building a powerful movement for a prison-free, immigrant-friendly world, and we need your help.

Every year more and more low income and youth of color are pushed out of school and into cages. The criminal and immigration systems are destroying the lives of youth by separating families and destroying our communities. 

This August, youth from around the country are coming together in Miami to take a stand. The very schools that youth of color attend are also financing the expansion of the prison industrial complex. When a student or a member of our community is detained, deported, or incarcerated,  these schools reap profits!

We need your help to bring everyone together! 
Tax dollars, pension funds, and university endowment funds are being invested in the racist prison industry. This money is used by private prison companies like CCA and GEO to build new prisons and lobby politicians to support laws that increase incarceration. Campaigns led by youth across the country are demanding schools divest from prisons and invest in humanity. We need you to invest in these students, support education not incarceration. Donate now to make this national convening possible.

With your support, we will be able to subsidize travel costs for 40 youth participants, provide lodging, print materials, and provide 3 days of meals. The youth retreat is being organized by youth for youth. All donations will go directly to cover youth retreat costs. 

We need you to stand by youth of color and our communities. Invest in humanity! 

Education Not Incarceration!

Free undocumented immigrants from incarceration: Stop the corporate prison industry’s influence on politics

How the For-Profit Corporate Prison Lobby Killed Immigration Reform

To free undocumented immigrants from the threat of incarceration, the focus has to be on reducing the corporate prison industry’s influence on Congress.

Most national leaders are telling their constituencies that bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform is not a possibility this year. Acts of civil disobedience and militant, grassroots efforts to stop deportations are spreading across the country. Missing in the strategy is the power of the for-profit corporate prison industry. To win, the immigration reform movement has to weaken the private prison corporate lobby.

The immigrant rights movement made major headway in the fight for human rights and equal justice in 2013. Worker centers and several key unions stepped up their efforts by organizing popular support to pressure Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE and local sheriffs to free detained immigrants. The movement also mobilized constituents to pressure reluctant Congressmen to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform, CIR. More people than ever in the social justice and economic justice movements began to see that immigration policy is the nation’s labor policy. When 2013 began, a majority of Americans opposed legal status for undocumented immigrants. But by the fall of 2013, a growing majority switched to favoring a path to citizenship for the same people. While persuading the hearts and minds of the American majority is progress, there’s less and less correlation between what Americans want and what Congress does. The Dream Act had overwhelming support, and, despite this support, died in the US in 2010. Continue reading