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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Latino Group Demands Hillary Clinton and DNC Cut Ties with Private Prison Industry

New Campaign from Presente Action Pushes Clinton to Stop Accepting Money from Private Prisons

Aug. 17, 2015

Los Angeles, CA —Today, Presente Action is launching a new campaign urging Democratic candidates to cut ties with the private prison industry. While Hillary Clinton has publicly critiqued mass incarceration, and laid out plans to reduce it, recent evidence shows many campaign donations and other forms of financial support from private prison lobbyists. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders’ spokesperson has said he is the candidate to dismantle the private prison industry, though he has yet to publicly pledge to return donations from the for-profit incarceration industry.

Executive director of Presente Action, Arturo Carmona, released the following statement on the new effort:

“We demand Hillary Clinton return and reject any and all donations and financial support from the private prison industry. Clinton can’t claim to be working to end mass incarceration while accepting donations from the very people who are bankrolled by it. Hillary Clinton claims to be the ideal candidate to represent Latinos, but that can’t be trusted if she is accepting money from the very people who have made billions of dollars destroying the lives of millions of immigrants and Latinos. For far too long, black and brown people have been arrested and imprisoned for minor crimes they commit at rates far lower than white people— all the while wasting billions of taxpayer dollars and millions of lives.

“If Clinton wants our votes, she must return, and stop accepting, dirty money from private prisons.”