We believe it is critical to challenge the root causes of oppression in our day to day lives as well as in our organizing work. To effectively dismantle oppression, it is imperative that the people who are most impacted are at the forefront of movements for justice, and that base-building organizing efforts addressing root causes are able to access the resources, training and support they need to win.
Enlace has adopted a dual focus on leadership development and strategic campaigning in order to help build a deeply rooted movement for racial justice, immigrant rights and an end to for-profit incarceration.
Profiting off of the detention and incarceration of people of color, many of whom have done nothing wrong, is a particularly egregious expression of systemic racism, and one that is within our reach to stop. As we work to end private prisons, we are simultaneously building a movement for justice everywhere.
As we build relationships with the various communities who are impacted by the for-profit prison industry, our hope is that long after this particular issue is part of history, the coalitions built and nurtured through the Campaign and through the Institute will continue to collaborate and the broader social justice movement will be stronger because of the relationships we are building now.
Recent actions have brought together a diverse array of partners, connecting immigrant rights and prison reform organizations with allies whose interests include foreclosure and urban blight, student loans, bank accountability, fiscal crises and economic justice. Locally, as nationally, we are building relationships of solidarity for the long haul.