Immigrants’ Rights Advocates, Prison Abolitionists Protest Private Prison Investors

As Part of a National Day of Action, Activists demand that Scopia Fund Management Divest from Private Prison Industry.
December 13, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012: Families for Freedom, local prison abolitionists, and Enlace, the national coordinator of the Private Prison Divestment Campaign, will protest outside Scopia Fund Management LLC from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at 152 West 57th St. in Manhattan to demand the company stop investing in private prisons. The intent is to educate the general public and shame Scopia. There will be a marching band, street art, and other surprises.The demonstration is part of a national Day of Action of the Private Prison Divestment Campaign. According to campaign coordinator Amanda Garces, “Organizations from nine states are hitting the streets to exhort elected public officials and financial institutions to cut all ties to GEO Group (GEO) and Corrections Corporations of America (CCA), America’s largest private prison corporations. Scopia is one of GEO’s largest shareholders.”   “It is obscene that people are being detained for a civil matter, and even more obscene that companies like Scopia Management and Wells Fargo are profiting from human misery,” says Donald Anthonyson, an organizer with Families for Freedom. “GEO Group, CCA, and their investors, with their shared resources and interests, have lobbied and influenced lawmakers to make sure that their prisons are filled with our loved ones and their pockets filled with taxpayer money.”As Lana Povitz, an organizer of tomorrow’s rally, points out: “Most immigrants now serving long prison sentences are there for violations that were not considered crimes six years ago, such as jaywalking while undocumented. The involvement of corporations like Scopia shows that this is about profit, not public safety.”Media (English and Spanish):   Enlaceinfo [at] enlaceintl [dot] orghttp://www.prisondivestment.org213-880-5448 Dump the Prison Stock!Invest in humanity!