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Subject:  Tell the Auroria Board of Directors to cut all ties with the private prison industry

 

Petition: Students and community members of Auraria campus in Denver are concerned about the increased criminalization of immigrants and the corporations that influence the rise in private prisons and profit from the pain of those held in them.  We ask, decision-making bodies, and institutions on Auraria campus cut all ties, partnerships, economic etc. with anyone who invests and profit from Private Prisons.  We ask that they ban Wells Fargo from campus, and issue a public denouncement of Wells Fargo's profiteering from the private prison industry

Politically Active Ztudents will bring this petition to The Auraria Board of Directors, Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, and the Community College of Denver, telling them that profiting from pain is inhumane!

Just the Facts:  The Geo Group (Geo) and the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) together own 80% of the for-profit prison beds in the United States. They make money by incarcerating people from immigrant communities on behalf of the federal and state governments. Geo and CCA have been financing efforts to criminalize and incarcerate immigrants through harsh immigration laws such as those passed in Arizona and Georgia. Wells Fargo made contributions to Georgia’s HB87 (Arizona Copycat Law) sponsor Senator Bill Hamrick and to several politicians in State House and State Senate who voted in favor of HB87.[1] 

Problem: Wells Fargo makes money from separating and imprisoning families. The March 23, 2012 GEO Group 14A filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lists Wells Fargo as owning 4,446,026 shares of GEO stock, which constitutes 7.24% of all GEO stock. [2]

Wells Fargo has the legal authority to divest from the Private Prison Industry but does not want to

 

Problem: In addition to Wells Fargo political contributions to several politicians voting and supporting laws to incarcerate more immigrants, federal registered lobbyist reports filed with the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives for 2010 show that influential lobbyists, Elizabeth Morra, Randall Gerard, Paul Brathwaite, David Marin, Tony Podesta and Nicole Young were lobbying for Wells Fargo and the GEO Group at the same time.

 

Solution:  Wells Fargo’s contributions should not be aimed at politicians who advance their anti-immigrant agenda and should by no means be involved in the active sharing of lobbying for private prisons.

 

[1] source: Open Secrets

[1] source: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings

[1] source: Open Secrets

[2] source: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings

To: The Auraria Board of Directors, Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, Community College of Denver

Ask: We ask that all governing, decision making bodies, and institutions on Auraria campus cut all ties, partnerships, economic etc. and ban Wells Fargo from campus, and issue a public denouncement of Wells Fargo's profiteering from the private prison industry.

The pledge letter below was created as the means by which Politically Active Ztudents will show to The Auraria Board of Directors, Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, and the Community College of Denver, that the students and community members of Auraria campus are concerned about the increased criminalization of immigrants and the corporations which profit of off the pain and suffering of human beings.

Please take a second to read and sign the petition. The copy below is the same pledge signed by Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West.

Date: ____________________________

To Members of Auraria Campus,

I am _________________________________, I represent _____________________ at Auraria Campus, and I am an individual concerned about Wells Fargo’s ties to Auraria Campus because of their continued involvement with the private prison industry, specifically the GEO Group (GEO).

GEO is a large private prison company, which profits from the incarceration of people from our community on behalf of the federal and state governments. GEO has financed efforts to criminalize and incarcerate immigrants through immigration laws like those passed in Arizona and Georgia, and immigrants are not alone: communities of color, working class people and youth face higher incarceration rates in Colorado. The size of Colorado’s prison population has increased four-fold in the past 20 years and is expected to grow to over 27,000 people by 2013. Over 24% of all prisoners in Colorado are housed in a private prison, the 9th highest proportion of private prisons in the nation.

These private prisons are profiting from people’s misery and our tax dollars. The laws that GEO Group lobbies for are destroying families for profit. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against private prisons because of the abuse, health care negligence, rape, and death of the people detained. Laws that incentivize detaining immigrants have created a higher level of fear in immigrant communities, often times resulting in a distrust of law enforcement that creates barriers for law enforcement when investigating crimes. This has eroded civil rights, human rights, and civil liberties for all of us.

Ultimately, as representatives of our institution, we come to you respectfully, in hope that you will rightfully represent the students’ best interests. We ask you to cut all ties, ban from campus, as well as publicly denounce Wells Fargo, until Wells Fargo conducts business in an ethical manner.
Therefore, I sign this letter as a pledge to support Politically Active Ztudents (PAZ) in their “Higher Education, Higher Morals, Metro Dump Wells Fargo” Campaign, and we encourage the SGA, SACAB, Student Activities, and the Auraria Board of directors to do the same.
Sincerely,
Printed Name:
Organization:

Letter to
The Auraria Board of Directors
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Auraria Board of Directors.

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To: The Auraria Board of Directors, Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, Community College of Denver

Ask: We ask that all governing, decision making bodies, and institutions on Auraria campus cut all ties, partnerships, economic etc. and ban Wells Fargo from campus, and issue a public denouncement of Wells Fargo's profiteering from the private prison industry.

The pledge letter below was created as the means by which Politically Active Ztudents will show to The Auraria Board of Directors, Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, and the Community College of Denver, that the students and community members of Auraria campus are concerned about the increased criminalization of immigrants and the corporations which profit of off the pain and suffering of human beings.

Please take a second to read and sign the petition. The copy below is the same pledge signed by Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West.

Date: ____________________________

To Members of Auraria Campus,

I am _________________________________, I represent _____________________ at Auraria Campus, and I am an individual concerned about Wells Fargo’s ties to Auraria Campus because of their continued involvement with the private prison industry, specifically the GEO Group (GEO).

GEO is a large private prison company, which profits from the incarceration of people from our community on behalf of the federal and state governments. GEO has financed efforts to criminalize and incarcerate immigrants through immigration laws like those passed in Arizona and Georgia, and immigrants are not alone: communities of color, working class people and youth face higher incarceration rates in Colorado. The size of Colorado’s prison population has increased four-fold in the past 20 years and is expected to grow to over 27,000 people by 2013. Over 24% of all prisoners in Colorado are housed in a private prison, the 9th highest proportion of private prisons in the nation.

These private prisons are profiting from people’s misery and our tax dollars. The laws that GEO Group lobbies for are destroying families for profit. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against private prisons because of the abuse, health care negligence, rape, and death of the people detained. Laws that incentivize detaining immigrants have created a higher level of fear in immigrant communities, often times resulting in a distrust of law enforcement that creates barriers for law enforcement when investigating crimes. This has eroded civil rights, human rights, and civil liberties for all of us.

Ultimately, as representatives of our institution, we come to you respectfully, in hope that you will rightfully represent the students’ best interests. We ask you to cut all ties, ban from campus, as well as publicly denounce Wells Fargo, until Wells Fargo conducts business in an ethical manner.
Therefore, I sign this letter as a pledge to support Politically Active Ztudents (PAZ) in their “Higher Education, Higher Morals, Metro Dump Wells Fargo” Campaign, and we encourage the SGA, SACAB, Student Activities, and the Auraria Board of directors to do the same.
Sincerely,
Printed Name:
Organization:
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Sincerely,