SOA Watch Days of Action

We continue to push forward our demands for the closing of the SOA/WHINSEC and an end to U.S. militarization in the Americas. We return to the streets of DC, ready to train, lobby, engage in civil disobedience and celebrate the resistance! Now, it is more important than ever to get anti-militarization on the national agenda and create a broad alliance of social justice activists to change the culture of militarization!

We hope that you will be a part of the activities, and mobilize your networks.

Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, April 11 – Friday, April 13: Direct Action Training Camp in the lead up to the Days of Action – come and learn the skills you’ll need to make election year exciting and get the SOA and militarization on the national agenda!

Saturday, April 14 and Sunday April 15: Strategy Sessions – learn about other struggles, the SOA Watch movement and put heads together to see where we are headed, and how we are going to do it!

Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 17: Lobbying on Capitol Hill and street actions. Take what you’ve learned and get your Congress member to cosponsor HR 3368! And don’t forget lively parades in the street, and who doesn’t want to get arrested speaking out for justice??!

Art, culture and music will be an integral part of the mobilization. Visit http://www.SOAW.org/ for more information and updates to the schedule!

PCASC members in Oregon visit Wells Fargo offices in Oregon

Monday, March 19th was Wells Fargo’s 160th birthday!

By PCASC

To celebrate their proud history of economic exploitation and their bold new strategy of investing in private, for-profit prisons and immigrant detention centers,  PCASC  joined forces with our friends at We Are Oregon to deliver a special birthday message.

Photo by Jerry Atkin

We put together a boisterous cadre of clowns and prisoners, and invited ourselves to Wells Fargo’s birthday celebration at the Wells Fargo museum, housed in their massive tower in downtown Portland. Their small birthday celebration of cake and balloons was nicely complemented by our clowning, confetti, bubble-blowing, noise-making, and a spirited speech about their history of empire-building and their current investments in racial profiling and criminalizing communities of color. Our departing birthday wish was that Wells Fargo divest from the private prison industry. After leaving the Wells Fargo museum, we visited two other Wells Fargo branches and brought the same revelry there, making a scene and passing out information to passers-by. A festive time was had by all.

Speak to the Board of Supervisors on Closing Youth Prisons

SHUT DOWN CYA / DJJ??!!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13 at 10 AM at the Board of Supervisors

500 West Temple, downtown L.A. the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion raised by probation Chief Powers and passed by the County’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to oppose the governor’s plan to close the state’s remaining youth prisons AKA DJJ (formerly CYA).

The YJC is calling on the country to create a local alternative to DJJ so families can stay involved and programming can be more consistent.  Please come to the hearing and raise your voice.

Celebrate Intl Women’s Day and Protest Wells Fargo

Come to celebrate with us the International Women’s Day!!

What: International Women’s Day Celebration

When: March 8th

4:30pm Movie “The Help”

6:45pm Vigil “Keep our families together”

Where: Movie: 91N Franklin St. Suite 207, Hempstead, NY

Vigil: Wells Fargo Bank,145 Fulton Avenue Hempstead.

To commemorate those who gave their lives in the struggle for the recognition of our rigths, will be presenting the film “The Help”. At the end we will have comments from the members of the House Cleaners Unity Cooperative.

Then we will have a vigil outside the Wells Fargo bank asking for an end to the separation of our families. Continue reading

Stop Prison Expansion in Southwest Ranches

Southwest Ranches (SWR) is under talks with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the Department of Homeland Security/ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to build a 1,500 bed immigration detention center in SWR.

Join us in protesting against ICE and this potential detention center

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Border Patrol 15720 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33027  Continue reading

Occupy the CA Capitol

Monday, March 5th: Occupy the Capitol!

Thousands of students, parents, teachers, and workers will flood into Sacramento on Monday, March 5th.  How long we stay will be up to you.

Join us to demand that Wall St. and the 1% pay to refund education, jobs, essential services, and a better future!

10 am – Mass March * Location TBA

11 am – Rally at the Capitol Building

12:30 pm – Lunch at the Capitol Building

3:30 pm – General Assembly and Nonviolent Direct Action Training to Occupy the Capitol! Continue reading

Join Rally to Demand End to Unjust ICE Deportations in Multnomah County

Help End Unjust ICE Deportations inMultnomah County

When: Thursday March 1st, 10am-12pm
Where: Commissioners Board Room,Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne St
What: Hearing before MultnomahCounty Commission to pass a resolution supporting our communities’ and ICE Director John Morton’s demand for prosecutorial discretion on all deportation cases in our region.

Join immigrant, faith, labor, and civil liberties advocates to stand up for our communities and say NO to ICE’s unjust deportations in Multnomah County! For more info visit PCASC website

National Actions Demand Wells Fargo Divest from For-Profit Prisons #F29

Join Grassroots Leadership, TUFF, and allies in a Texas Statewide Day of Action and PCASC in Oregon in actions calling on Wells Fargo to divest its holdings in the for-profit private prison industry.

The private prison industry profits greatly from the detention of immigrants. More than 33,000 immigrants are detained every day in the United States, destroying families and costing taxpayers more than $1.7 billion this year. Together with investors like Wells Fargo millions are spent lobbying for Arizona Copycat Laws and SCOMM.

According to SEC filings, Wells Fargo currently holds over 4 million shares in GEO Group and 50,000 shares in Corrections Corporation of America, with a combined value of $120 million. GEO and CCA are the world’s two largest for-profit prison corporations. Wells Fargo, a recipient of billions of bailout dollars, is a major contributor to politicians who have championed the increased incarceration of immigrants. The protests will call on Wells Fargo to invest in our communities and divest from the private prison industry.  Actions are part of the F29 Shut Down the Corporations Day, featuring actions across the country.

Austin: 3:30-4:30pm, Wells Fargo, Guadalupe & 24th
San Antonio: 3:00- 5:00pm 423 N New Braunfels Ave. 78202
Houston: 12:00- 1:00pm Wells Fargo, Louisiana & Lamar St                                                         Portland: 12:30pm, SW Ankeny & Natio Parkway on the waterfront side of the street

#F29 Shut Down Corporations: Wells Fargo Dump the Prison Stock

#F29 – A National Day of Action called to Shut Down the Corporations & PCASC will be there, demanding Wells Fargo divest their prison stock!

Join us in the Streets!

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 29th at 12:30pm
WHERE: SW Ankeny & Natio Parkway on the waterfront side of the street. You’ll see PCASC’s banners and props!
What: Tomorrow is #F29 – a national day of action called to Shut Down the Corporations & PCASC will be there, demanding Wells Fargo divest their prison stock!

March with us & help spread the word about the dark side of Wells Fargo’s investments!
We will not allow the detention of immigrants to be a profit source for Wells Fargo!
This is the first public action since PCASC decided to take on the Wells Fargo Prison Divestment campaign and we’re really excited that it’s a part of #F29!

Rally begins at 11:30am, we march at 1pm. 

Texans Demand Wells Fargo Stop Investing in Detention Camps

Take a Leap Towards Justice, Wells Fargo: Stop Investing in Private Prisons and Immigrant Detention Centers

Austin: 3:30-4:30pm, Wells Fargo, Guadalupe & 24th
San Antonio: 3:00- 5:00pm 423 N New Braunfels Ave. 78202
Houston: 12:00- 1:00pm Wells Fargo, Louisiana & Lamar St

On this Leap Day, a coalition of immigrant rights, human rights, faith, and student organizations will hold a protest at Wells Fargo on 24th and Guadalupe in Austin in conjunction with a statewide day of action calling on Wells Fargo to divest its holdings in the for-profit private prison industry. The private prison industry profits greatly from the detention of immigrants. More than 33,000 immigrants are detained every day in the United States, destroying families and costing taxpayers more than $1.7 billion this year. Click here for the Facebook event Continue reading

Action to Demand Los Angeles County End 287(g) and S-Comm Programs!

Join NDLON and the national day laborer community and allies in demanding that the LA County Board of Supervisors and LA County Sheriff Lee Baca put an end to the 287(g) and “Secure Communities” immigration enforcement programs. LA County is NOT Maricopa County and Los Angeles doesn’t need a Sheriff Joe Arpaio!

We know that these local/federal immigration enforcement programs cast an overbroad dragnet that tears apart families and drives a wedge between the community and law enforcement. These programs do not make our communities safer but are flawed and should be ended immediately.

Please join us and our national network of member organizations and allies during our 6th Annual Asamblea in taking to the streets to demand the humane treatment of our communities.

Rally and Press Conference, 5 pm: Board of Supervisors Building Then March to: Federal Building

Please share with your friends, family and networks! Click here for Facebook event

Take Action! Don’t use our Tax Dollars to build For-Profit Detention Camp

picture by FLIC

The Town of Southwest Ranches, Corrections Corporation of American (CCA), and DHS / ICE want to build one of the largest immigration detention centers in the nation within walking distance of thousands of homes; thus, reducing the quality of our life and our community.

We do not believe spending federal tax dollars through a federal per diem payment to CCA and SWR is a valid use of tax dollars considering we are deficit spending with reckless abandon.

CCA has a history of lawsuits and grotesque human rights violations. Further, we do not believe our corporations should play any role in the immigration problems we face as a nation. Their involvement exacerbates the issue, builds in a monetary incentive to destroy the lives of families, and is not a constructive addition to any immigration reform solution.

Click here to take action

Occupy San Quentin

OCCUPY SAN QUENTIN

Monday, February 20 2012 (President’s Day)
Demonstration at San Quentin Prison – East Gate – 12noon-3pm

END MASS INCARCERATION
*Abolish Inhumane Conditions and Torture
*Abolish Unjust Sentences including the Death Penalty, Life Without Possibility of Parole, Three Strikes
*Solidarity with Prisoner Movements for Human Rights
*Free Political Prisoners
*End Repression of Activists
*Development of People Not Prisons Continue reading