Father’s Day Shame on Schumer: Stop deporting New York families! #EndTheQuota

2014FFF_flyer copyFather’s Day Shame on Schumer:

Stop deportation complex that tears New York families apart!

Why: A quick review of U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s record reveals he has built a public persona as an immigrant rights advocate while turning his back on immigrants and specifically his fellow New Yorkers whose best interest and voices he was elected to represent.

When: June 13 @ 12 pm to 1:30 pm

Where: In front of Schumer’s office: 780 3rd Ave (between 48th and 49th Street) New York, NY 10017

Who: Families for Freedom and directly affected families in partnership with Detention Watch Network, Enlace and Migrant Power Alliance.

Schumer’s Shameful Record:

As the lead Senate Democrat working immigration, he was part of the failed Gang of 8 – which drove an enforcement-heavy reform agenda.

Out of sync with momentum nationwide in the movement to stop all deportations – Schumer recently voiced opposition to President Obama reviewing the devastating deportation system and providing immediate relief. http://bzfd.it/1lmsbEH

He’s taken over $100,000 in campaign contributions from the private prison industry and pushed for billions more dollars spent on increased enforcement and detention of immigrants. http://bit.ly/1in05Vi

At least 7K of the people from NY in the past 5 years who got deported have US citizen children.ICE’s detention and deportation policies are breaking apart New York City families and neighborhoods. From October 2005 through December 2010, the parents of 13,521 U.S. citizen children were apprehended in New York. This data is often not obtained from ICE, so the actual number is likely much higher.

NY deportation number source:

NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic; Immigrant Defense Project; Families for Freedom. Report: “Insecure Communities, Devastated Families, New Data on Immigrant Detention and Deportation Practices in New York.” July 23, 2012.bit.ly/1hKbgpv

Prison Divestment in the West!

Breaking News in the Private Prison Divestment Campaign

Recognizing that we all have ties to the for-profit private prison industry, labor councils and cities are working to cut those ties.In the Pacific Northwest, home of GEO Group’s notorious Northwest Detention Center, city divestment resolutions are moving forward in Seattle and Portland. Last week, the Human Rights Commissions of both cities endorsed resolutions calling on their cities to divest from private prisons and their major investors.

Major investors in private prisons provide the support for the private prison industry to lobby for policies that unjustly imprison immigrants and people of color in out-sourced facilities where sexual abuse and other atrocities are rampant.

Live in Portland? Sign the petition demanding that your city stop supporting for-profit immigrant prisons!

Live in Seattle? Sign the petition demanding that your city and US Senators stop supporting outsourced immigrant prisons!

Last month, the Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO passed a resolution calling on all public institutions to divest their holdings in private prisons. The two largest pensions in California, CalPERS and CalSTRS, own millions in the powerful CCA and GEO prison corporations. The Labor Council’s resolution also called on California’s US Senators to stop federal contracting with private prisons. Read the resolution, and learn how to start your public pension divestment in our new toolkit, Unload Your Pension.

Million Shares Club: 36 Major Private Prison Investors

There are 36 U.S.-based major financial investors that own over one million shares of CCA and GEO combined. The following companies each own over 1 million shares of CCA and GEO, and collectively own over two-thirds of CCA and GEO: Continue reading

34 Days to #EndTheQuota

PrintThe next 34 days are critical in our collective efforts to end the 34,000 immigrant detention quota. Sign-up today to get involved during the 34 Days to End The Quota.

During the month of June, the House of Representatives will be voting on the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bill, which includes the detention bed quota. In the meantime, 34,000 immigrants continue to be locked-up at any given time in detention and thousands of families and communities continue to be torn apart. Now is the time to ADVOCATE, EDUCATE and ORGANIZE to #EndTheQuota.

Here are 6 things you can do during the 34 Days to End The Quota:

1 Join DWN’s End The Quota webinar, this Thursday, June 12th at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Register here.

2 Hold educational events, community forums or teach-ins about the immigration detention system and the impact of the 34,000 detention bed quota on our communities. For educational materials and resources go here.

3 Call and/or visit your members of Congress and ask them to eliminate the immigration detention bed quota from the FY 2015 appropriations bill. Ask your Representative to vote for the Deutch-Foster amendment that strikes the quota language from the bill. For End The Quota advocacy materials go here.

4 Organize an action, or vigil outside a detention center, ICE office or congressional member’s office. Contact Catalina Nieto cnieto@detentionwatchnetwork.org for support.

5 Write an op-ed or letter to the editor about the impact of the quota in your community. For sample talking points go here.

6 Share End The Quota action alerts, videos, infographs, posters, and fact sheets via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and blogs.

Pension Divestment Toolkit

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Too many public pensions are directly invested in the private prison industry. The future financial security of teachers and public employees should not depend on separating families and locking up our community members. Read Unlock your Pension and learn how to start divesting today!

The following public pensions are directly invested in CCA and GEO:

 ARIZONA STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEM
CALIFORNIA STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM
CALIFORNIA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION OF COLORADO
STATE BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION OF FLORIDA RETIREMENT SYSTEM
TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF THE STATE OF KENTUCKY
LOUISIANA STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM
MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF MICHIGAN
NEW YORK STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM
NEW YORK STATE COMMON RETIREMENT FUND
STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF OHIO
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF OHIO
OREGON PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT FUND
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLS RETRMT SYS
TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF TEXAS
UTAH RETIREMENT SYSTEMS

Youth Organizing Prison Divestment at Universities and Schools

Join youth from around the US in a call to discuss organizing efforts against incarceration, deportation,  and detention. The call is organized by the National Prison Divestment Campaign, which has been organizing to build a movement against incarceration, deportation, and detention. Students have been engaged in the campaign since its inception and more recently students on various campuses have launched prison divestment campaigns on their campus.

Student Organizing Call
Friday May 23rd at 4pm PST/ 7pm EST

Call Number 712-432-1601     Code 1092213

Join the call to hear about the coming National Youth Convergence this August 2014. The convergence will be a space for youth to connect and strategize on next steps to fight incarceration, deportation and detention. For more information please contact Jamie@enlaceintl.org

Urge @ThePrincipal to #divest from PrincipalPrisons.org

Join us and our friends at @ColorOfChange in turning up the pressure on @ThePrincipalFinancialGroup, a company that claims to be “one of the most ethical in the world” yet supports the private prison system with a $106 million investment.

Today is The Principal’s annual shareholder meeting and advocates all over the country are working to make sure the company’s shameful support of for-profit prisons doesn’t get swept under the rug.

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TAKE ACTION

Facebook

Can you take a moment to write on @ThePrincipalsFinancialGroup’s Facebook page and demand divestment? Together we have the power to hold this company accountable and stand up for a more humane and fair criminal justice system.

https://www.facebook.com/PrincipalFinancial?fref=ts

Twitter

No excuse. @ThePrincipal has the power to #divest. Demand end of $105M #PrivatePrisons support: PrincipalPrisons.org #PrincipalPrisons

Join #PrincipalPrisons Day of Action! During annual shareholder meeting urge @ThePrincipal to #divest from PrincipalPrisons.org