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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

Presente.org Responds to DOJ's Move to Cut Ties with Private Prisons, Urges Pres. Obama / DHS to Reject For-Profit Incarceration

Aug. 19, 2016

Statement from Matt Nelson, Executive Director, Presente.org:

“We're urging the Department of Homeland Security to follow the DOJ's lead and stop paying corporations to lock up immigrants. We're also calling on the administration to take immediate action to reduce mass incarceration and deportation, not just shift detainees from one kind of prison into another. President Obama and Sec. Jeh Johnson have a choice to make, and fully rejecting private prisons is the only acceptable option.

“Mass incarceration should not be a business, and our freedoms — our bodies — should no longer be bought and sold by this horrible, abusive industry. We refuse to allow the DHS to use our tax dollars to pay the prison industry to further harm our people.

"The DOJ is phasing out the use of private prisons, saying that they are less safe, less secure, and less effective. But the Department of Homeland Security — which incarcerates immigrants and hands out most of the federal government's contracts to private prison companies — is continuing business as usual."

The incarceration of immigrants has skyrocketed under President Obama, allowing the private prison industry to rake in massive profits by locking up immigrants in facilities where they often face abuse, violence, unsanitary conditions, and lack of proper medical care.

View petition here: http://act.presente.org/sign/dhsprison/ ‪#‎EndPrivatePrisons‬

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Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group; advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.