We Are Doers - 2015 Prison Divestment Youth Retreat
August 18, 2015
For four days, August 6th through 9th, we were honored to co-host an incredible youth retreat for prison divestment in Los Angeles. 40 youth from across the country joined us to get deep on strategizing for prison divestment and reinvestment in humanity. It was a powerful space of building, learning and organizing together.
Together, we accomplished so much:
We launched the #LAdivest campaign with a direct action targeting GEO Group's Los Angeles offices and exposing GEO's lobbying for policies that criminalize immigrants and communities of color and profiting off of incarcerating them. We demand an end to LA County's investments in and contracts with private prisons! Watch the street theater action here!
We shared stories and analysis about how prisons, detention centers, and their Wall Street investors are designed to hurt and profit off people of color, trans and queer folks, youth, and immigrants
We developed prison divestment campaign plans for LA County, the Pacific Northwest, the California Central Valley, the University of California, the Bay Area, and the Northeast
We created a national youth-led timeline of goals that includes national days of action, monthly student calls, youth organizing with incarcerated and detained folks, and more
By connecting movements and expanding our imaginations we will break the systems of oppression and transform our communities. As the inspiring participant Carlos Hidalgo said, “We are not dreamers, we are doers.”
Thank you to our co-hosts Responsible Endowments Coalition, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, Afrikan Black Coalition and Immigrant Youth Coalition; our guest facilitators from Ruckus Society and Center for Story-Based Strategy; and a big thank you to our venue hosts for the weekend, Chuco's Justice Center and MALDEF!