Removing the Bars- Criminal Justice Conference

Removing the Bars: TAKE ACTION Kick Off Keynote Featuring Angela Y. Davis

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Alfred Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium

This event will serve as the kick-off for the 2012 Removing the Bars conference on criminal justice and will feature a presentation from Angela Y. Davis, an American black activist, philosopher, feminist scholar and author. Prisoner rights has been one of Angela Davis’s major commitments and she is the founder of Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. A spoken word performance and closing ceremony depicting the varieties of ways people have been impacted by the criminal justice s! ystem will follow the presentation. Continue reading

Milk Not Jails is now open for business!

Milk Not Jails is a new brand of dairy products made by New York dairy farmers who are committed to preserving agriculture in rural New York and to dismantling our state’s dysfunctional prison system.  Milk Not Jails partners with dairy farmers in New York who sign on to our policy agenda.  In exchange for their strategic political support, we market, sell, and distribute their products to urban consumers through our non-profit marketing and distribution company.

Buy your milk, half & half, yogurt, butter and more from Milk Not Jails.  See below for more information about our farmers, where to purchase the Milk Not Jails brand, and our products and prices.

Our Farms

Because rural sustainable development and job creation are our priorities, we work with small, non-industrialized farms that are committed to environmental preservation.

Our farms don’t pump their fields full of chemical pesticides. They don’t keep cows in cages all day, feed them genetically modified corn and soy, or inject them with artificial hormones rGBH or rBST.  They don’t prioritize profits over their cows’ or consumers’ health.  They don’t milk cows when they have udder infections or other ailments. Continue reading

Mujeres inmigrantes exigen un alto a separación de familias

Mujeres inmigrantes exigen un alto a separación defamilias: En el marco del Día Internacional de la Mujer, varias mujeres y miembros del CDL exigen alto a inversiones en centros de detención

Gloria Robles | 14 de Marzo del 2012 | Noticia NY

“Queremos que el público sepa de la hipocresía de Wells Fargo, que mientras tiene un rostro amigo con la comunidad hispana; por otro lado esta institución invierte su dinero en los centros de detención para inmigrantes,” expresó Omar Ángel Pérez, Director del Centro de Derechos Laborales (CDL) en Hempstead, minutos antes de dirigirse a la vigilia que se realizo frente de las oficinas de Wells Fargo ubicada en la Fulton Ave. en Hempstead para protestar sobre estas inversiones que perjudican a la comunidad hispana.  Continue reading

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

Hundreds March in Harlem against Mass Incarceration & Private Prisons

Via Families for Freedom

Hundreds March in Harlem against Mass Incarceration & Private Prisons

Members of Families for Freedom joined with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Immigrant Worker Justice working group and the OWS Prisoner Solidarity working group to protest the connection between investment in private prisons and the mass incarceration of prisoners and immigrant detainees. Hundreds of protestors marched in Harlem highlighting the role private prison companies have played in supporting anti-immigrant policies, leading to record detention and deportation rates. The protest ws part of a national day of action during which over 15 cities held protests in solidarity with the ongoing hunger strike at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, with communities dispossessed by the criminal injustice system, and with political prisoners everywhere. Continue reading

Protesting Prisons-For-Profit that Prey on the Poor

Protesting prisons-for-profit that prey on the poor, powerless immigrant detainees 

By Albor Ruiz | New York Daily News | February 22, 2012

Occupy Wall Street groups march on Wells Fargo bank in Harlem

Incarcerating poor, powerless people for profit is a despicable business, but it sure is profitable.

“Hello Harlem, we’re here to help” reads an unintentionally ironic sign in a Wells Fargo bank, a major investor in two private prison companies, the GEO Group and the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) that in 2010 made a whopping $2.9 billion in profits. Continue reading

Occupy movement stages day of protests at US prisons

Occupy movement stages day of protests at US prisons

Joined by the three hikers detained in Iran, activists point to overcrowding and inhumane conditions in US prison system.

Via The Guardian Occupy demonstrators participated in a nationwide day of action to protest against the US prison system on Monday, with demonstrations carried out at over a dozen sites across the country, including prisons in California, Chicago, Denver and New York.

The call to protest was issued by activists with the Occupy Oakland movement and was co-ordinated to coincide with waves of prison hunger strikes that began at California’s Pelican Bay prison in July. Demonstrators denounced the use of restrictive isolation units as infringement upon fundamental human rights. The hunger strikes followed a US supreme court ruling in May which stated that overcrowding in the California prison system had led to “needless suffering and death.” The court ordered the state to reduce its overall prison population from 140,000 to 110,000, which still well-exceeds the state’s maximum prison capacity. Continue reading

Immigrant and Prisoner Solidarity Advocates to Join Forces at Occupy Wall Street Protest

Immigrant and Prisoner Solidarity Advocates to Join Forces at Occupy Wall Street Protest

Protesters Team Up to Highlight Increasing Role of Immigrant Detention Centers in the For-Profit Prison Industry

New York, NY – Organizers with the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Immigrant Worker Justice working group are joining with the OWS Prisoner Solidarity working group to protest the connection between investment in private prisons and the mass incarceration of prisoners and immigrant detainees. Protestors will highlight the role private prison companies have played in supporting anti-immigrant policies, leading to record detention and deportation rates. The protest is part of a national day of action on which over 15 cities are holding protests in solidarity with the ongoing hunger strike at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, with communities dispossessed by the criminal injustice system, and with political prisoners everywhere. Continue reading

OCCUPY ROCHESTER: ‘Unoccupy the Prisons’ protest in Pittsford tomorrow

Via City Newspaper Occupy Rochester will join Band of Rebels and the Occupy Wall Street bus tour tomorrow for a protest outside the Wells Fargo building, 1200 Pittsford Victor Road, in Pittsford. The protest starts at noon. A car pool leaves Washington Square Park in Rochester at 11:45 a.m.

The protest, “Unoccupy the Prisons,” will feature “activists exposing the private prison industry, survivors of the prison system sharing their testimonials, and our vision for prioritizing education, not incarceration,” says a press release announcing tomorrow’s event.

Wells Fargo was chosen for the protest, the press release says, because it is a “key funder to the prison industry.”

Miembros de Workplace Project inician campaña para presionar a Wells Fargo a dejar de invertir en centros de detención #Jan24DIVEST

Miembros de Workplace Project inician campaña para presionar a Wells Fargo a dejar de invertir en centros de detención

Ana Llácer | Noticia Nueva York | February 1, 2012

En un día nacional de acción, defensores de los inmigrantes marcharon el 24 de enero en 15 ciudades claves del país y protestaron en las puertas del banco Wells Fargo y FMR/Fidelity para pedirles que abandonen su participación en el encarcelamiento de inmigrantes en centros de detención.

En Hempstead, cerca de 15 personas y activistas de la organización The Workplace Project protestaron en frente de Wells Fargo como parte de la campaña National Prison Divestment Campaign (o Campaña Nacional para Quitar Inversión en la Industria de Prisiones) que está coordinada por la organización ENLACE International. Continue reading

UNOCCUPY THE PRISONS #Jan24DIVEST

UNOCCUPY THE PRISONS

Tell Wells Fargo: Dump the Prison Stock Invest In Humanity

Join Occupy Rochester, Occupy Wall Street Bus Tour, & the Band of Rebels

Tuesday,   Feb 7, 2012,   12:00 pm

Wells Fargo – 1200 Pittsford Victor Rd.

Need a Ride? Carpool leaves Washington Square Park at 11:45am

The protest will feature activists exposing the private prison industry, survivors of the prison system sharing their testimonials, & our vision for prioritizing education not incarceration, housing people in homes not prisons, and creating jobs not jails. Another world is possible. Click here for facebook event Continue reading

Workplace Project leads delegation to Wells Fargo demanding Divestment! #Jan24Divest

Community members led by Workplace Project convened at a Wells Fargo branch in Long Island, NY as part of the National Day of Action.  Protestors handed out flyers to Wells Fargo banking clients explaining the role of Wells Fargo in passage of Anti-Immigrant Laws and Policies.  To close the protest, a delegation entered the bank to meet with the branch manager to demand that Wells Fargo divest from for-profit prisons and stop stealing people’s homes.

 

Occupy the Banks! DEMONSTRATION AGAINST WELLS FARGO #Jan24DIVEST

Occupy the Banks!  DEMONSTRATION AGAINST WELLS FARGO

When: Tuesday, January 24th at 11:00am

Where: Fulton St. & Hilton Ave., Hempstead, New York

Why:

-       Wells Fargo is one of the largest investors in detention centers, imprisoning thousands of immigrant workers to be deported

-       Wells Fargo controls 4 over million shares in Geo Group and 50,000 shares in CCA, according to the most current Security and Exchange Commission filings, with combined prison holdings valued upwards of $120 million. Geo Group is also a business client of Wells Fargo.  Wells Fargo and Geo have shared the same lobbyists in Washington D.C.

-       For-profit prisons receive an average of $122 a day per person in detention. The average number of people in detention is over 30,000, at a cost to taxpayers of over $3.6 million daily.

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