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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

Racial Justice Leaders Deliver Petitions Demanding Department of Homeland Security End All Detention Center Contracts with Private Prison Companies

Former detainees and a coalition of racial and immigrant justice organizations deliver petitions signed by over 200,000 individuals at a press conference at the Department of Homeland Security

Sept. 28, 2016

Presente.org and our partners and allies across the country including the ACLU, America's Voice, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), ColorOfChange, Daily Kos, CREDO Action, Mijente/Not1More, and others to deliver more than 200,000 petitions demanding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) follow the DOJ’s lead and stop paying corporations to lock up immigrants.

We'll share personal testimonies, and hold a press conference demanding DHS to terminate all for-profit detention center contracts; in addition to demanding the federal government end the use of all private prisons.

Where: DHS office: 300 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20024
When: Wednesday, September 28 at 11 AM - 12 PM in EDT

Take action: http://act.presente.org/sign/dhsprison/

The DOJ’s decision to phase out private prisons reflects a growing consensus that mass incarceration is out of control and imprisoning people for profit is wrong. It's an important step forward – but it doesn't affect most federal private prison contracts, which are handed out by the Department of Homeland Security to lock up immigrants, often in horrific and abusive conditions.

In August, the Department of Justice announced that it will end the use of private prisons, creating a precedent for the federal government to address one of the most pressing social issues of our time—mass incarceration. While the announcement by DOJ is important, DHS has created a multibillion-dollar powerhouse for private prison companies to thrive. DHS has recently announced that they will review the use of private detentions centers. A review is not enough. We know the effects these centers have on the lives of individuals, mothers, and children. There are documented cases of human rights violations and abuse by these facilities. DHS can do right by ending detention centers altogether.

To truly end the profit machine the federal government and corporations have created, we must hold them accountable and push them to dissolve this toxic relationship.

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

"With animosity towards the Latinx and Black immigrant community at an all-time high, we have an incredible opportunity to deal a huge blow to a system that profits from human imprisonment. DHS should follow the lead of the Department of Justice and move urgently to sever ties with private prison corporations. Presente.org members know very well just how hostile—and even deadly—these corporations are towards our communities. Entire families, including children, are locked up in these detention centers where rape is frequently reported, health care is inadequate or nonexistent, and the food unsanitary. Shame on DHS for sanctioning, and funding, these cruel and inhumane practices. This is sickening and needs to end immediately."

See our campaign here: http://act.presente.org/sign/dhsprison/

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