Occupy Australia targets For Profit Immigration Detention Camps

Via Herald Sun

Occupy protests target Serco: A SERIES of protests have been held across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth against multi-national British services company Serco, which runs Australia’s immigration detention and other public facilities.

The demonstrations, which will include a protest in London later tonight (AEST), were held by the Occupy movement, which is concerned about the rise in privatisation of public services, and a lack of transparency and accountability.

Three separate protests were held in Sydney today, including one outside Immigration Minister Chris Bowen’s office in Fairfield, Villawood Detention Centre, and the Sydney Ferry office in Circular Quay. 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

Occupy movement challenges prison-industrial complex

Occupy movement challenges prison-industrial complex

By Betsey Piette | Workers World | March 4, 2012

Demonstrators chanted, “Tear down Jailhouses! Build up School Houses!” outside Heery International Inc.’s Philadelphia office as part of a national call from Occupy Oakland to Occupy for Prisoners on Feb. 20.

Heery, which profits from private prison construction, was paid $316 million in October to build a Graterford Prison extension to house 4,100 more inmates and a new death row facility.Organized by DecarceratePA and endorsed by Occupy Philadelphia, the protest targeted the disparity between increased funding for prison construction while Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett slashes funding for education and is pushing for more cuts. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Protests: Shut Down the Corporations in Portland and Tucson

A Tale of Two Protests: Shut Down the Corporations in Portland and Tucson

by Alissa Bohling and Mike Ludwig | Truthout | March 1, 2012

Protesters in Portland, Oregon, and Tucson, Arizona, faced very different weather when they hit the streets yesterday, but they had one thing in common: they were among 70 cities nationwide where Occupy activists and others spoke out against members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), whose decades-long history of authoring and pushing pro-corporate legislation through the nation’s statehouses has been criticized for strangling political and economic participation across the country.

“ALEC, a registered nonprofit with a board of trustees that reads like a Fortune 500 list, allows 1%ers to push legislation representing corporate interests,” said Dana Balicki of Occupy Wall Street in a statement released before the protests. “This is legislation laundering.”

The national day of protest, known as Shut Down the Corporations or F29, was originally called by Occupy Portland. Continue reading

Occupy Corvallis takes aim at Wells Fargo and ALEC

Protesters take aim at big banks

By Bennett Hall | Corvallis Gazette-Times | March 1, 2012

A small band of protesters took to the streets of Corvallis Wednesday, banging drums, chanting anti-corporate slogans and holding a mock trial in front of a downtown bank.

About two dozen people, including members of Occupy Corvallis, Occupy OSU and the local Move to Amend chapter, gathered at Central Park before setting off about noon for an hourlong march through downtown.

Walking through a cold, sloppy mix of rain and snow, the protesters kept up a stream of slogans such as “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.”

The group paused in front of the Bank of America and U.S. Bank branches to hand out fliers and chant “This is what a greedy bank looks like,” but the day’s main target was Wells Fargo. Continue reading

Denver protest targets Prison Profiteering Corporations & ALEC

Protesters gather outside 1700 Broadway after marching through the lobby, escorted by police and security guards.Denver protest targets Wells Fargo, ALEC

By Heather Draper | Denver Business Journal | February 29, 2012

A group of about 30 protesters marched through the lobby of the 1700 Broadway building in downtown Denver Wednesday afternoon, banging handmade drums and protesting Wells Fargo & Co. and the bank’s involvement with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The protesters said they were members of the Occupy movement, as well as MoveOn.org and other progressive organizations.

They were quickly escorted out of the building by police and security guards, but held a quick rally near doors on the Lincoln Street side of the building. Continue reading

Protests demand Human Rights for Prisoners

Protests demand human rights for prisoners

By Judy Greenspan | February 27, 2012
San Quentin, Calif. - Despite police blockades and freeway ramp closings — forcing demonstrators to hike to the rally site in front of the prison — activists occupied the front of San Quentin Prison for several hours on Feb. 20. That day had been designated as the National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners.

Demonstrations were also held in about 15 cities around the country, including New York, Boston and Los Angeles. In New York hundreds of mostly youth in the multinational crowd rallied at the Lincoln Correctional Facility in Harlem and then at a Wells Fargo bank. Continue reading

1,000 People Marched through Portland in an Occupy Portland protest against ALEC and Wells Fargo

Occupy Portland: About 1,000 march in downtown, shut down several businesses; seven arrested

By Anne Saker | March 1, 2012 | The Oregonian

About 1,000 people marched Wednesday through downtown in an Occupy Portland demonstration against corporate influence in politics, setting off bits of street theater in opposition to the American Legislative Exchange Council.

The march was peaceful with only a brief confrontation with mounted police officers and riot-geared state troopers outside the Wells Fargo branch in the Wells Fargo CenterContinue reading

7 arrests in Occupy Portland F29 protest

7 arrests in Occupy Portland F29 protest

by kgw.com Staff | February 28, 2012 |

PORTLAND – Occupy Portland protesters marched from Waterfront Park through downtown Wednesday in driving rain under a sea of yellow umbrellas for a day of demonstrations called “F29.”

The goal, said organizers, was to disrupt targeted businesses with a march and civil disobedience.

It began with a couple hundred people gathering at Waterfront Park at 11:30 a.m., under the west side of the Burnside Bridge. Then, at 1 p.m., they began marching, winding through several downtown streets, including Broadway and Salmon. The marchers were, at times, disrupting traffic. Continue reading

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. 

Occupy Movement Challenges ALEC’s Corporate Influence on Legislation

Occupy Movement protests ALEC F29

Occupy Movement Challenges ALEC’s Corporate Influence on Legislation

by WILL POTTER | FEBRUARY 26, 2012 | Green is the New Red

More than 70 cities will be protesting corporations that are part of a secretive lobby group called the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, that helps corporate interests literally write our laws.

Occupy Portland has called for a national day of protest on February 29. The protests will focus on corporations that pay tens of thousands of dollars to be part of ALEC, in exchange for the power to draft model legislation which is then introduced in state legislatures across the country — all the while, most state lawmakers have no idea the bills were actually written by corporations.

Corporations have used ALEC to draft model “eco-terrorism” legislation that classifies civil disobedience as terrorism. Other bills drafted by corporations attack union rights, environmental protections, and any attempt to restrict corporate profits. Here is a closer look at how ALEC stealthily drafts legislation. 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