People Over Profits! The People Have Defeated The Corrections Corporation of America


ccagoawayifs.gifWe did it! Thanks to you ICE has stopped pursuing a Corrections Corporation of America private prison in Southwest Ranches Florida.

This would've been the largest for-profit immigration detention center of the country! By watching and sharing our video, by taking action and signing the petition or even by leaving a comment of support you empowered the citizens of  Southwest Ranches & Pembroke Pines and and together we made the difference. Thank YOU! All your hard work has paid off and today we claim victory! 

 

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via HUFFINGTON POST

The battle aimed at taking corporate interests out of the national immigration debate is just beginning. This was the announcement made by coalition of organizations defending immigrant and community rights, moments after the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agency had announceed the cancelation of a for profit detention center in South Florida.

"This center was always a mistaken an unnecessary project any way you saw it. South Floridians didn't want to see more families being separated by detentions and deportations; they didn't want a huge jail in their back yards" said María Rodríguez, executive director for Florida Immigrant Coalition, an organization the participated in the Florida campaign.

The prison, which was being built in Southwest Ranches, had been commissioned to the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), considered the largest private prison operator in the nation. It would've housed 1,500 bed spaces in a 500,000 square foot area. Florida Immigrant Coalition also announced that this year has been crucial and decisive in the fight against the privatization of immigrant detentions, after plans for facilities in Valdosta, Georgia and Crete, Illinois were also abandoned. Both were CCA projects.

"This is the result of how a community, and the power of people came together against the obscure interests of profit,“  said Axel Caballero, founder and director of Cuéntame, organization that over the last few months created and distributed a documentary featuring the actions of Broward citizens and exposing the for-profit motive of prison operators.

Although, they celebrate ICE's decision, they warn that this is just the beginning. Cuéntame, is also oppossing the construction of more private facilities in at least five other states: Nueva Jersey, Georgia, California, Texas and Arizona. They will also keep an eye to the developments in Florida.

Caballero said that it is very difficult to talk about immigration reform when there is a for-profit system taking advantage of it and making money off of it. "We cannot have a nationwide dialogue about immigration because there are powerful economic and corporate interests fueling the detention of migrants," he added.

He mentioned that a year ago, before the documentary - this in fact was an obscure topic that was barely talked or known - today there are victories in Florida, Illinois and Gerorgia, "and we are going for more," he added.

Steven Owen, spokesperson for CCA, replied that "one of their values is to satisfy circumstances of change."

 


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  • @PublicEmployees tweeted link to this page. 2012-06-24 12:05:00 -0700
    The power of a committed community. If you ask what does this have to do with PE? The answer is, everything.... http://t.co/5wiXue1I
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  • @MoomjyN tweeted link to this page. 2012-06-22 20:20:58 -0700
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  • @PrisonersWife65 tweeted link to this page. 2012-06-21 23:12:57 -0700
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  • @brookpete tweeted link to this page. 2012-06-21 23:12:23 -0700
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  • @AtOneWith tweeted link to this page. 2012-06-21 18:07:51 -0700
    @OccupyLA Different CCA but still a win for the people. http://t.co/y1GrZzeG
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  • commented 2012-06-20 17:40:30 -0700
    I’m very surprised to hear you say this about Debbie Wasserman Schultz..I’ve come to admire and respect her and of all the politicians in Florida, she and Allen Grayson have got to be two of the most honest.
  • commented 2012-06-20 16:22:18 -0700
    It’s not just immigrants Folks! The Private Prison Industry is behind the “War on Drugs” too. Cui bono? Not just murdering, torturing drug cartels. You can add “Drug Money Laundering Banks” and “Big Pharma” as well as Privatized Prisons. How horrible that this is happening in our country RIGHT NOW! Warehousing and abusing human beings for profit! THIS IS A SYMPTOM OF FASCISM. IT IS HERE!

    “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” ~ Benito Mussolini

    In 1944 FDR’s VP, Henry Wallace, defined American Fascism.
    See http://newdeal.feri.org/wallace/haw23.htm

    It has taken them 7 decades, but with their expertise of Propaganda, Psychological War and the capture of our Fourth Estate, the Fascists have come to power and are gaining strength. How insidious has it become? They even have Debbie Wasserman Schultz under their control!!!
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  • commented 2012-06-19 19:59:58 -0700
    Private prisons? This is the biggest sign that this country is about money, not justice.
  • @gregvan420 tweeted link to this page. 2012-06-19 18:29:56 -0700
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  • commented 2012-06-19 15:36:55 -0700
    About time..we need a win here. There seems to be a conflict of interest to have private prisons in the U.S. It’s in their best interest to fill up these prisons with as many people as possible, never mind whether they deserve it or not. We have MOSTLY non violent people in our prisons and more than than China and Russia put together. What does that say about us?
    The sex offender laws have been a boon for this….Most on the registry are NOT dangerous, though the laws have been changed to make them appear to be so…i.e. what used to be called statutory rape and was a misdemeanor is now a felony… this was consensual sex, perhaps with a teenage prostitute or just a Romeo/Juliet case (one 19, one 15)…there’s tons of these kind of cases on the registry. But unscrupulous politicians, overly zealous prosecutors and dram-driven media, esp. FOX love these laws and the registry. It enables their goals. If you care about justice and want to know more, please go to: Reform sex offender laws.org
  • commented 2012-06-19 15:36:55 -0700
    About time..we need a win here. There seems to be a conflict of interest to have private prisons in the U.S. It’s in their best interest to fill up these prisons with as many people as possible, never mind whether they deserve it or not. We have MOSTLY non violent people in our prisons and more than than China and Russia put together. What does that say about us?
    The sex offender laws have been a boon for this….Most on the registry are NOT dangerous, though the laws have been changed to make them appear to be so…i.e. what used to be called statutory rape and was a misdemeanor is now a felony… this was consensual sex, perhaps with a teenage prostitute or just a Romeo/Juliet case (one 19, one 15)…there’s tons of these kind of cases on the registry. But unscrupulous politicians, overly zealous prosecutors and dram-driven media, esp. FOX love these laws and the registry. It enables their goals. If you care about justice and want to know more, please go to: Reform sex offender laws.org
  • commented 2012-06-19 15:36:55 -0700
    About time..we need a win here. There seems to be a conflict of interest to have private prisons in the U.S. It’s in their best interest to fill up these prisons with as many people as possible, never mind whether they deserve it or not. We have MOSTLY non violent people in our prisons and more than than China and Russia put together. What does that say about us?
    The sex offender laws have been a boon for this….Most on the registry are NOT dangerous, though the laws have been changed to make them appear to be so…i.e. what used to be called statutory rape and was a misdemeanor is now a felony… this was consensual sex, perhaps with a teenage prostitute or just a Romeo/Juliet case (one 19, one 15)…there’s tons of these kind of cases on the registry. But unscrupulous politicians, overly zealous prosecutors and dram-driven media, esp. FOX love these laws and the registry. It enables their goals. If you care about justice and want to know more, please go to: Reform sex offender laws.org
  • commented 2012-06-19 15:36:53 -0700
    About time..we need a win here. There seems to be a conflict of interest to have private prisons in the U.S. It’s in their best interest to fill up these prisons with as many people as possible, never mind whether they deserve it or not. We have MOSTLY non violent people in our prisons and more than than China and Russia put together. What does that say about us?
    The sex offender laws have been a boon for this….Most on the registry are NOT dangerous, though the laws have been changed to make them appear to be so…i.e. what used to be called statutory rape and was a misdemeanor is now a felony… this was consensual sex, perhaps with a teenage prostitute or just a Romeo/Juliet case (one 19, one 15)…there’s tons of these kind of cases on the registry. But unscrupulous politicians, overly zealous prosecutors and dram-driven media, esp. FOX love these laws and the registry. It enables their goals. If you care about justice and want to know more, please go to: Reform sex offender laws.org
  • commented 2012-06-19 15:36:53 -0700
    About time..we need a win here. There seems to be a conflict of interest to have private prisons in the U.S. It’s in their best interest to fill up these prisons with as many people as possible, never mind whether they deserve it or not. We have MOSTLY non violent people in our prisons and more than than China and Russia put together. What does that say about us?
    The sex offender laws have been a boon for this….Most on the registry are NOT dangerous, though the laws have been changed to make them appear to be so…i.e. what used to be called statutory rape and was a misdemeanor is now a felony… this was consensual sex, perhaps with a teenage prostitute or just a Romeo/Juliet case (one 19, one 15)…there’s tons of these kind of cases on the registry. But unscrupulous politicians, overly zealous prosecutors and dram-driven media, esp. FOX love these laws and the registry. It enables their goals. If you care about justice and want to know more, please go to: Reform sex offender laws.org
  • @ArtistGeneral tweeted link to this page. 2012-06-19 15:09:24 -0700
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