On Friday, February 13th, REC got to host the National Private Prison Divestment Campaign steering committee at our downtown Brooklyn office. Along with our dear friends at Enlace, we were honored to share our space with folks from Grassroots Leadership, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, and the Florida Immigrant Coalition.
In addition to eating some delicious Thai food and sharing some really decadent cheesecake for Ian's 24th birthday (thanks Lauren!), we were able to get to down and dirty crafting a plan for the next four months of the Campaign.
Some highlights of the day are as follows:
- We collectively set new goals for bringing together people working to end criminalization of immigrants and #BlackLivesMatter in recognition of the common enemies we both face
- We set a date and finalized the goals of our upcoming National Prison Divestment Convening this May in Florida (read more and sign up here!)
- Peter Cervantes-Gautschi (Enlace) outlined the politicians from California to Vermont who are key targets in rolling back state support of private prisons, including ending tax loopholes and fighting budget allocations for new private prison contracts
- We brainstormed language and images for a hot new campaign poster that should be coming out later this spring!