FAU: Drop the GEO Group!
  • Petitioned Mary Jane Saunders

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President, FAU
Mary Jane Saunders
Board of Trustees Liaison
Ron Bulger
Coordinator of Board Operations
Andrew LaPlant

FAU: Drop the GEO Group!

    1. Gonzalo Vizcardo
    2. Petition by

      Gonzalo Vizcardo

      Lake Worth, FL

April 2013


From Gonzalo Vizcardo: FAU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members from across South Florida as well as local and national organizations worked together to raise awareness about this issue and promote our demand for FAU to Drop the GEO Group.

I'm an undergraduate student double-majoring in economics and anthropology at Florida Atlantic University. Over the past few years here in South Florida, I've heard about the infamous Broward immigrant detention center in Pompano Beach, a private prison where immigrant detainees told stories of abuse and horrific conditions. Broward is owned by GEO Group, one of the largest private prison corporations in the world.

And now Florida Atlantic University has sold the naming rights to that very company. This means that the stadium where our FAU "Owls" play will now be "The GEO Group" stadium.

This is the same company whose facilities that house child and teenage detainees were described by courts as a "cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions"
and "a picture of such horror as should be unrealized anywhere in the civilized world," the judge ordered mass transfers out of the prison and ordered the company to stop locking children in solitary confinement. And this came not long after the U.S. Department of Justice issued a similar report describing staff sexual misconduct at Walnut Grove as "brazen" and among the worst that DOJ had seen "in any facility anywhere in the nation." A month later, the State of Mississippi ended its relationship with GEO.

This is just one example in a litany of abuse allegations against GEO Group.

I'm working with a diverse group of students and faculty on campus who are outraged. We don't think FAU should be lending our school's good to name to a corporation like GEO Group. This is about the soul of our school, not good PR for a company that profits off of the imprisonment of human beings and refuses to be held accountable for civil and human rights abuses.

Join me to ask FAU President Mary Jane Saunders and the Board of Trustees to reverse their deal with GEO Group.

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    Reasons for signing

    • rhett baker PORT ST LUCIE, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      For profit prisons? Please!!!!

    • Rose Bertrand MADISON, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe in justice. The things that are happening in so many prisons today are far from just.

    • Natalia Lafont BOCA RATON, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Because people everywhere deserve justice!!!

    • Allan Karson N. BERGEN,, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Because that prison sounds like an abomination.

    • Leah Rothschild LAGRANGE, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      This is important to me because I feel that allowing GEO Group to pay such an incredible amount of money for the naming rights of a stadium would make their name more common to people in a positive way and I feel strongly that private prison corporations have no place being a common name at institutions of education. If any one person or any corporation has a track record of human abuses they should never be able to pay their way to gain a positive image in our society. How can the President of a FAU ever think this was a good idea!


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