NY Students Demand Universities Divest from Prisons

On Saturday November 15th students and community members from the Northeast gathered in IMG_2367New York City to strategize around prison divest campaigns to proactively confront mass incarceration and deportation. Students and faculty from CUNY, Skidmore College, Columbia University, NYU, Brown University, and the New School participated in planning sessions to move forward university divestment efforts. Community groups and unions including the United Federation of Teachers, Detention Watch Network, United We Dream, Milk Not Jails, Migrant Power Alliance, Immigration Equality, the New Sanctuary Movement, ICE Free NYC, Responsible Endowments Coalition, and Enlace developed plans to stop prison expansion and criminalization of communities of color. Together university and community groups created frameworks to work at the intersection of criminal and immigration systems using prison divestment as the strategic campaign at the crossroads.

 

Free All Immigrants in Detention and Abolish All Prisons!

cropped-enlace-ppdc-logo.pngEnlace‘s Prison Divestment Campaign is part of a larger effort pushing to free all political prisoners and detained immigrants. We are strengthening the movement to abolish all prisons and demilitarize communities and the border. Join us in coming gathering and strategy sessions to continue building Black and Brown unity and strategically taking on the for profit prison industry. For more information about the Prison Divestment Campaign and coming events please contact us.

Join us for coming events in continuing to build multiracial movement!

Cali Prison Divest Statewide Meeting: Friday November 14th from 9:00am- 6:00pm

Join us in South LA for a day of workshops and strategy to take on CA institutions that are enabling the expansion of criminalization and incarceration of Black and Brown communities. Click here to RSVP.

Northeast Gathering on Prison Abolition: Saturday November 15th from 2:00pm- 6:00pm

Join us in New York City for a gathering of students and community organizations who are working to stop mass incarceration and mass deportation. We will explore how to continue moving forward at the intersection of immigration and criminal systems. Click here to RSVP.

What Do Private Prisons Have to Do With the Upcoming Election?

Jerry Brown Oakland rallyVia TruthOut By Victoria Law

What do private prisons have to do with the upcoming elections?

Let’s start with several hundred thousand dollars in campaign contributions.

Idaho, for instance, has recently seen how campaign contributions can ease corporate accountability when scandals and lawsuits hit. Corrections Corporation of America, the country’s largest private prison provider, had been contracted to run the Idaho Correctional Center, the state’s largest prison, when it opened in 2000. CCA has also contributed $20,000 to Idaho Governor Bruce Otter’s campaign since 2003.

Over the years, story after story of the violence inside the Idaho Correctional Center emerged. The prison, which was dubbed “Gladiator School,” has been the subject of multiple lawsuits around the widespread brutality and violence, much of which was deliberately allowed by prison staff as a management tool. In 2010, the ACLU filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of prisoners against prison officials and the CCA. The suit highlighted 24 cases of assaults that occurred between 2006 and 2010. The following year, CCA settled with the ACLU, agreeing to changes around staffing and safety. However, violence and lawsuits continued. In addition, it seemed that CCA also billed the state for more than 4,000 staff hours that were never worked. Continue reading

Black Lives Matter National Week of Action October 20th-26th

black lives matterEnlace endorses the National Week of Action. We need to continue to build Black and Brown unity to combat state violence, the militarization of communities of color, and mass incarceration.

Participate in a national mobilization against state sanctioned violence! Folks across the country will be developing actions, events, workshops, and community healing spaces for the #BlackLivesMatter National Week of Action. Continue reading

#PrisonDivest Bay Area

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Thursday, October 16th • 6:30-9:00pm
Dwinelle 79, UC Berkeley
Please RSVP!

Join Enlace, CIYJA, and ABC for a Prison Divestment Campaign meeting in the Bay Area. We will bring together Black and Brown youth to continue movement building against mass incarceration and immigration enforcement.

We’re launching into a year of intense organizing against private prison investments in California–join us Thursday and help us hold California investors accountable for their active profiting from private companies that exist to jail, abuse, and deport black and brown bodies. For more info contact Jamie Trinkle.

Building Black and Brown Unity!

la foto (1)We are building strong multiracial coalitions, emphasizing Black and Brown unity, to combat mass incarceration and immigration enforcement. The private prison industry is working to divide communities of color and pit them against each other.

Join us for coming events in continuing to build multiracial movement.

Bay Area Campaign Meeting Thursday October 16th from 6:30pm- 9:00pm

Join Black and Brown youth from the Bay Area in a prison divestment campaign meeting and strengthening Black and Brown coalitions.

California Campaign Youth Training Friday November 14th from 9:00am- 6:00pm

Join us in Los Angeles, CA for a day of training and strategy on how to build the movement against mass incarceration and immigration enforcement. This is a continuation of the work from the National Youth Retreat that brought together Black and Brown youth from around the country.

Did the Private Prison Lobby Kill Immigration Reform?

via Colorlines by Aura BogadoICE Holds Immigrants At Adelanto Detention Facility

President Obama is poised to make a sweeping decision on immigration soon. Although details of another executive action on immigration are still unclear, it’s likely to benefit millions of people. But not all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. will be protected from deportation. The president has made clear that because Congress hasn’t moved forward on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR), he must.

The Senate passed a CIR bill last year. Despite excitement, however, it never made it through the House—which just recently passed two anti-immigration bills, which will also not move forward. Theories abound as to why CIR never made it through the Senate. Among those is the idea that private prison lobbyists killed the reform.

I talked to Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, the executive director of Enlace, which is the convening organization of the Prison Divestment Campaign. He recently published an article in AlterNet outlining how the private prison lobby, handled by the GEO Group and the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), played a big hand in CIR.  Continue reading