This April 19th – 25th, campus and community groups from California to Vermont are engaging with their communities to challenge our institutions’ complicity in mass incarceration. See below for more information, event listings and media posts.
We are all tied to the criminal punishment and immigration systems, through our lived experience, community ties, or the investments of our institutions. The goal of the Week of Engagement is to take the Prison Divestment Campaign to the places where we live, work and learn, and to build with our communities the analysis and tools we need to move our power and our capital—our taxes, our tuition dollars, and our pensions—out of the prison industry. This is a crucial step toward moving our communities out of the criminal punishment and immigration enforcement systems.
Week of Engagement activities will raise the profile of the campaign, provide information and encourage community members to analyze how they have been impacted by these systems. And together we will imagine where and how we could reinvest in our communities to foster healing and solidarity across class and racial divides.
Through Prison Divestment, we can influence the root causes of this issue, attacking the profit motive that has seen an explosion of incarceration in Black and Brown communities. The objective of the Prison Divestment Campaign is to break the lobbying power of the prison industry at all levels of government and thus make it possible to halt the unjust incarceration of immigrants and people of color.