Immigrant rights & criminal justice communities join forces to protest private prisons in DC
On January 24 over a hundred people gathered in Tivoli Square to call for a boycott of Wells Fargo, one of the primary investors in GEO Group. GEO is the second largest private prison corporation in the country, and manages about 18% of immigration detention beds. Private prison companies lobby extensively at the federal, state and local levels for the laws and policies that are putting ever-growing numbers of people behind bars.
Tuesday’s protest was part of a National Day of Action, called for by Enlace’s Prison Divestment Campaign. The action in DC was one of a dozen simultaneous events around the country calling attention to the role of private prison companies in perpetuating the mass-incarceration epidemic. Friends and allies from OccupyDC as well as from the criminal justice community helped organize, produce and to outreach for what turned out to be a great event.