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Colorado vigil held by @AFSC_org, @RAPDenver & others for @PrisonDivest

August 13, 2012

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Photos and blog reposted courtesy of Families for Freedom

On August 6th & 7th, 2012 over 75 people from immigrant community groups and organizations working on criminal justice issues and workers justice came together for the Prison Divestment Campaign Strategy Session hosted by Enlace. The campaign is focused on convincing shareholders (banks, hedge funds, etc) to divest their funds from the prison industry so that we can make an impact on the prison business and reduce the power of CCA and GEO to lobby for laws that imprison our communities. In the coming year the campaign will focus largely on Wells Fargo urging them to divest from CCA and GEO.

Participants in the strategy session also attended a vigil at the Aurora Detention Center. The vigil was organized by the American Friends Service Committee, Rights for All People, Comunidad Liberación, and others calling for Colorado ICE to put an end to detention and stop using taxpayer money to benefit for-profit immigrant detention centers and stop the inhumane separation of families. Blocking the main entrance to the detention center participants laid down shoes representing all the people inside and their loved ones who often can’t travel to visit them. Vigil attendees attached clusters of balloons to the shoes representing the LGTBQ flag raising awareness of LGTBQ detainees.

For more information on the Prison Divestment Campaign visit: http://prisondivestment.wordpress.com/

 

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