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

Natl Convening to End Mass Incarceration, Deportations & Detention

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The Prison Divestment Campaign aims to stop the lobbying power of the private prison industry so that humane and common sense reforms are possible in criminal and immigration policy.

Join us May 3-5 in Miami, Florida to strategize next steps to combat the criminalization of immigrant communities and people of color.

We are also accepting workshop proposals, visit the event webpage for more info.

Early Registration ends March 6th. Register today!

Natl Convening to End Mass Incarceration, Deportations & Detention

Early Registration ends March 6th. Register todaynatlconv2

The Prison Divestment Campaign aims to stop the lobbying power of the private prison industry so that humane and common sense reforms are possible in criminal and immigration policy.

Join us May 3-5 in Miami, Florida to strategize next steps to combat the criminalization of immigrant communities and people of color.

We are also accepting workshop proposals, visit the event webpage for more info.

Early Registration ends March 6th. Register today!

 

 

 

University Students Campaign against Private Prison Industry in U.S.

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 | University students push for prison divestment| Campaigns form against private prison industry in U.S.

Only a few years ago did the growing clout of the U.S.’s for-profit prison industry come into sharp relief. 2011 and 2012 saw a flurry of investigative journalism documenting the industry’s political influence, combined with its steadily increasing prison expansion over the course of several decades.

Less apparent in the media landscape, though, are the financial holdings that keep the system of private incarceration running. The two largest for-profit prison companies in the U.S. – the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group – are publicly traded. Investors range from cities, to investment firms, to mainstream banking institutions and hedge funds.

And perhaps unexpectedly, mixed into the fray of investors in these companies’ portfolios, there are universities. Students at some American universities have found concrete evidence of their schools’ investments in the prison industry, and there are certainly others where the investment portfolios have yet to be revealed.

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Diverse National Coalition to take on mass incarceration & immigration enforcement

We are currently in the struggle to end criminalization, incarceration, and immigration enforcement. Read about how Prison Divestment Campaign Partners are taking on the for-profit Immigration & Prison Industrial Complex:

Afrikan Black Coalition: University of California Prison Divestment

Black Alliance for Just Immigration: #TheRealCrime, #BlackLivesMatters

California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance: #Not1More Deportation, Private Prisons

Color of Change: Police Accountability, Private Prisons

Communities United Against Mass Incarceration: Criminal Justice & Private Prisons

Dream Defenders: #BlackLivesMatters, Youth Justice, University Prison Divestment

Detention Watch Network: End the Quota, Familty Detention

Families for Freedom: ICE Free NYC, Family Detention

Florida Immigrant CoalitionDeportations & Detentions

Grassroots Leadership: Family Detention, Treatment Industrial Complex

Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights: NYC Immigrant Family Unity Project

National Day Laborer Organizing Network: #Not1More Deportation

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: International Migrant Rights & Global Justice, Human Rights @ International Borders

Presente.org: Gates Campaign, Obama Legacy on Deportation

Rights for All People: Dignity Not Detention

Responsible Endowments Coalition: Prison Divestment at Universities

SEIU USWW: Immigrant Worker Rights

Together Colorado: Lifelines to Healing

United Methodist Church: Criminal Justice & Immigrant Rights

We Want Freedom: Breaking the Chains & Transforming Communities

NatlConv3rd Annual National Strategy Session to End Criminalization, Incarceration, & Immigration Enforcement [MAY 3-5, 2015]

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In the last months of 2014 people flooded the streets demanding justice, and like a river overflowing after a storm, people were unstoppable. The cold-blooded police killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and another black person every 28 hours, erupted a rage across the country.

In the midst of executive action on immigration, other developments of state violence fell under the current—the largest expansion of family detention since the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, an explicit targeting of immigrants with convictions, and a violent reincarnation of the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program (now PEP) went largely unnoticed. In Mexico 43 young activists were executed by the collaboration between the Government and the Drug Cartels.

In response, thousands of people have taken the streets. The outpouring of protests has not stopped. And the forecast reads that yet another wave is coming. Continue reading

PDX CITY COUNCIL INCLUDES PRIVATE PRISONS IN SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT POLICY

pdxvictoryContact: Jamie Trinkle, 503.757.4375 | jamie@enlaceintl.org

For Immediate Release: December 17, 2014

CITY COUNCIL INCLUDES HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY PRIVATE PRISONS IN CITY SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT POLICY

Portland, Ore –. Portland City Council voted today to implement a Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) policy that will consider corporate abuses of human rights, such as those committed by the GEO Group which operates the Tacoma, WA Northwest Detention Center. The policy will be overseen by an appointed citizen committee that will be “reflective of the diversity of…Portland.” The human rights and diversity provisions were both requested by Voz and Enlace. Continue reading

Freedom for All Incarcerated Immigrants

For immediate release | Contact: Jamie Trinkle | jamie@enlaceintl.org | 503-757-4375

International Worker Center Network Calls for Legalization of All Immigrants and Freedom for All Incarcerated Immigrants

Enlace lauds President Obama’s executive action for its positive impact on 5 million undocumented immigrants, however 7 million immigrants face increased threats of incarceration, detention, and deportation under Obama’s plan. The Department of Homeland Security’s new Priority Enforcement Program furthers the deportation pipeline, the criminalization of immigrants, and the militarization of the border. Obama’s executive action was announced in the same week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the complete outsourcing of family detention camps for mothers and children to for-profit prison companies, Corrections Corp of America and GEO Group.

The US is the global prison leader with over 2.3 million humans in cages, disproportionately impacting people of color and immigrants. A detention bed mandate ensures 34,000 immigrants are detained each night, and immigrants comprise 25% of the federal prison population. Obama’s decision to prioritize border enforcement and ICE’s announcement assure the growth of the for-profit prison industrial complex by expanding their business to include the incarceration of families. The plan to completely privatize all family prison camps demonstrates the close relationship between Washington D.C. and the for-profit prison industry. Obama’s support of policies like the Trans-Pacific Partnership demonstrate the rise of corporate power against the working class.  “Obama’s announcement temporarily halts the deportation of some individuals, but does not provide any relief for single low-income workers, families at the border, and the most vulnerable members of the immigrant community—these people are still destined for imprisonment in private prisons and detention centers,” said Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, co-director of Enlace. Continue reading

Californians Mobilize against Prison Expansion

On November 14th students and community members from around California convened to discuss the Nov LA sessiongrowing criminalization of immigrants and communities of color. One of the major forces behind the rise of incarceration is the For-Profit Prison Industry, whose second largest client is the state of California. Participants explored strategies to jointly target Prison Industry players like CCA and the GEO Group along with key politicians with close ties to the industry. Stay tuned for more information about how to join organizing efforts in California.