3rd Annual National Prison Divestment Strategy Session: "We Want Freedom: Breaking the Chains & Transforming Communities"
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.
State and corporate repression has increased as a result. Police are their dams, trying to contain and redirect people’s dignified rage. State police and corporate police are everywhere: in schools, on buses, in stores, and even undercover in community spaces and churches. If you are a person of color or immigrant, police encounters either take your life or land you in prison. The police funneling of people of color into cages is a key tactic for the state and corporations for social control. But their dams will not stop this flow of righteous anger and visionary love.
The for-profit Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) provides the perfect vehicle to violently exploit, abuse, profit off and control communities of color and immigrants, and it is expanding. 1 in 3 black men already have a cage waiting for them. Drug and immigration offenses are landing an ever increasing number of people behind bars. So-called “Alternatives” to Detention and Prison are actually expansions: sending people home with electric shackles and intensive surveillance creates a prison at your home and community. The drug war that allowed 43 Mexican students to perish while Government and cartels in partnership got richer and more powerful, is very similar to the one between US politicians and multinational corporations, who together sanction the execution of young people of color and immigrants.
Many are already organizing communities to defend themselves in this war. Incredible campaign work in immigrant rights, police brutality, racial justice and criminal justice movements continue to gain ground. State violence against communities of color is unified, and to create a liberatory future and present, we must be unified across race and issue lines in our organizing and strategy. The Prison Divestment Campaign Steering Committee invites you to participate in a national convening to take the fight against criminalization, incarceration, and immigration enforcement to the next level. Be part of an effort to build a multiracial alliance and create proactive campaign strategies.
Join us this May 3- 5 2015 in Miami, Florida!
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:
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
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 Coalition: Deportations & Detentions