Lambda 2018 Political Conference: Fighting the (Q)arceral State
Oct
20
3:15 PM15:15

Lambda 2018 Political Conference: Fighting the (Q)arceral State

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Our Director, Bianca Tylek, joins National Director of Black & Pink, Dominique Morgan, and Representative of the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign, Janelle Fouche, to discuss the prison industrial complex and prison divestment at Harvard University.

This panel part of the Fighting the (Q)arceral State conference hosted by Harvard Law School Lambda.

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Presentation: Divest to Invest - Divesting Boston from the Prison Industry to Invest in our Communities
Oct
18
5:30 PM17:30

Presentation: Divest to Invest - Divesting Boston from the Prison Industry to Invest in our Communities

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Please join us and the New Leaders Council on October 18th to discuss a Boston-wide campaign to divest public and private funds from the prison industrial complex. This will be an informational event for the public -- including Boston community organizations, student groups, criminal justice reform advocates, educators, and city employees -- to learn about Boston's connections to the private prison industry and to learn how other jurisdictions, communities, and individuals have managed to align their values with their investments.

This event is being hosted by the Boston Chapter of the New Leaders Council. Open to the public.

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Art Exhibition: Capitalizing on Justice
Oct
11
6:30 PM18:30

Art Exhibition: Capitalizing on Justice

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The Corrections Accountability Project is excited to be hosting a special art exhibition, featuring the works of incarcerated artists across the country. The exhibition provides a platform for artists directly impacted by mass incarceration to showcase their talents while also educating the art community and public about the commercialization of justice and commodification of their own bodies. We know that there is no more qualified a group to expose this reality and that art is a powerful medium for social change, reaching a broad audience and expressing what words often cannot.

Please join us on October 11th for the exhibition's Grand Opening and a powerful night of visual art and spoken word.

Open to the public.

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Panel: Do Prisons Rehabilitate?
Sep
25
3:45 PM15:45

Panel: Do Prisons Rehabilitate?

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice (map)
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Prisons are frequently called “corrections” institutions, but a host of issues prevent them from living up to that moniker. We join a panel of advocates and practitioners to debate hot button prison reform topics, including programming effectiveness, solitary confinement, population specific needs, and privatization.

This panel is being hosted by John Jay College of Criminal Justice as part of the 2018 Smart on Crime Innovations Conference. Open to the public.

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Workshop: Divest Boston Student Organizing Workshop
Sep
16
12:30 PM12:30

Workshop: Divest Boston Student Organizing Workshop

Are you a student in the greater Boston area eager to organize your campus to pressure your university to divest its endowment from the prison industrial complex? If so, we are hosting a student organizing workshop to help you better understand the prison industrial complex, develop campus organizing tools and skills, unpack and practice intersectionality and allyship, and connect with organizers across Massachusetts and beyond. We are excited to be partnering with Enlace, Freedom Cities, Better Future Project, United for a Fair Economy, and Jewish Voice for Peace for this workshop. Lunch will be provided.

Please note that due to space limitation we are asking all interested students to complete a very short application to request a spot for the workshop. Our goal is to ensure that we have a balance of students from different schools and backgrounds. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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Screening & Panel: Crime+Punishment
Aug
23
6:30 PM18:30

Screening & Panel: Crime+Punishment

We're excited to be partnering with Hulu, WITNESS, and Black Alliance for Justice Immigration for this special, early screening of Hulu's new documentary, CRIME+PUNISHMENT

Winner of Sundance’s special jury award for social impact, CRIME+PUNISHMENT tells the story of the NYPD12, a group of officers suing the department over instituting arrest and summons quotas that lead to the targeting and harassment black and brown communities. 

The screening will be followed by a panel conversation featuring Corrections Accountability Project Director Bianca Tylek, Black Alliance for Justice Immigration NYC Organizer Albert Saint Jean, and member of the NYPD 12 Sgt. Edwin Raymond. 

Open to the public.

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Workshop: Criminalizing Race, Poverty, and Citizenship
Jun
16
11:30 AM11:30

Workshop: Criminalizing Race, Poverty, and Citizenship

Our justice system disproportionately polices, prosecutes, and incarcerates poor people and people of color. Increasingly, the United States also addresses civil immigration matters with the machinery of the criminal legal system, rounding up, imprisoning, and deporting individuals to often dangerous environments. Meanwhile, commercial interests ranging from the bail bond industry to prisoner transport companies skew outcomes and undermine public safety. With the Trump Administration pursuing "tough on crime" and anti-immigrant policies, these issues are more urgent than ever. In this session led by our Director, Bianca Tylek, and Chiraag Bains, Director of Legal Strategies at Demos, participants will break out into three groups to discuss recent intersectional issues related to criminal justice: (1) Criminalization of undocumented status and its separation of families, (2) Use of the police as a legitimizing force for racism, and (3) Consideration of women at the margins of the #metoo movement. 

This workshop is being hosted by the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans as part of their 20th Year Reunion Conference.

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Workshop: Capital and the Prison Problem - Building Solutions to the Commercialization of Justice
Apr
24
5:00 PM17:00

Workshop: Capital and the Prison Problem - Building Solutions to the Commercialization of Justice

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More than two million people in the U.S. are incarcerated. With more black men under correctional control than were enslaved in 1850, mass incarceration is an ongoing assault on communities of color, exploiting already ravaged resources, crushing opportunity, and threatening democracy. Yet, this injustice has produced windfalls for some.

In this workshop, we explore the commercialization of our criminal legal system. We challenge individual and institutional investors to help solve the U.S. carceral crisis and start by asking: What do we own? Our Director, Bianca Tylek, joins Pat Tomaino, Associate Director of Socially Responsible Investing at the Zevin Asset Management, to lead a workshop on the role of wealth in our carceral crisis. Our workshop undertakes a race- and class-centric analysis of the role of private and public capital in mass incarceration. We brainstorm avenues of impact that include partnering with directly-impacted communities and discerning between divestment and shareholder engagement opportunities.

This workshop is being hosted by the Institute for African American Research and NCGrowth as part of a multi-disciplinary conference to connect academic researchers and black communities across North America. Open to the public.

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Workshop: Defunding Mass Incarceration - Understanding Portfolio Exposure Beyond Private Prisons
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Workshop: Defunding Mass Incarceration - Understanding Portfolio Exposure Beyond Private Prisons

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Today, the U.S. has the most privatized criminal legal system in the world. From commercial bail to private prisons, we have allowed profit-motives to invade every step of our “justice” system. The prison industrial complex is now so broad that actors are often hard to identify in our investment portfolios. Moreover, through subsidiaries, major corporations attempt to obscure their connection to the dark world of mass incarceration. Still, publicly traded companies serve maggot-invested food inside prison mess halls, price gauge low-income families trying to call their incarcerated loved ones, and provide subpar mental health in prison medical units.

In this workshop, Bianca Tylek, Director of the Corrections Accountability Project at the Urban Justice Center, will help participants understand where their portfolios may be exposed to the prison industrial complex. She’ll also introduce a new tool that asset managers can use to screen portfolios. After a 30-45min presentation, participants will break into groups led by colleagues in the impact investing space to reflect on their investment screens with respect to mass incarceration. We’ll regroup to share final takeaways and answer additional questions. Hang out after the event to grab a drink with other participants and our speaker!

This workshop is being hosted by Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium (BASIC) as part of their regular series for impact investors in the Boston area. BASIC connects the community of sustainable, responsible, and impact investment (SRI) professionals in the greater Boston area through educational programs and social networking opportunities. Special thanks to Zevin Asset Management for providing space for the event. 

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Workshop: Envisioning Prison Divestment in Western Massachusetts
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Workshop: Envisioning Prison Divestment in Western Massachusetts

Students from the Five Colleges are invited to join our Director, Bianca Tylek, in a conversation about prison industrial complex and its biggest supporter, white wealth. After a brief presentation about our nation’s carceral crisis, Bianca will introduce an exciting prison divestment initiative coming to Boston and Western Massachusetts in 2018. As an investment banker turned criminal justice advocate and former student organizer, Bianca will lead a conversation with attendees around effective student organizing with an eye toward university divestment initiatives. We hope this conversation will help empower students to participate in the broader Massachusetts divestment campaign and challenge their institutions on their investments in the prison industrial complex.

This workshop is being hosted by students at Smith College on behalf of the Five Colleges Consortium. Students from neighboring schools are welcome.

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Webinar: Economic Activism 101
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Webinar: Economic Activism 101

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The Corrections Accountability Project has partnered with Corporate Accountability and Zevin Asset Management to host a webinar on economic activism. Join us as we discuss investor advocacy strategies such as shareholder engagement, corporate campaigning, and divestment. 

This workshop has been designed for Resources Generation members, but open to the public.

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Panel: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration
Dec
1
4:00 PM16:00

Panel: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration

Our Director, Bianca Tylek, joins Carl Takei, staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, and Eli Hager, staff writer at The Marshall Project, on a panel hosted by the Yale Students for Prison Divestment to discuss the role of privatization in mass incarceration. The panelists will join the students after for an intimate dinner discussion about their efforts to divest the Yale University endowment from the prison industrial complex. 

This panel was hosted by the Yale Students for Prison Divestment, a student organization pushing Yale University to divest its endowment from the prison industrial complex. 

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Workshop: Smarter Policies and Safer Communities
Nov
16
11:00 AM11:00

Workshop: Smarter Policies and Safer Communities

  • Westin Washington DC City Center (map)
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A bipartisan movement is developing to change a justice system that has previously focused on longer sentences for more crimes. Rising corrections costs from growing prison populations have burdened state and local governments without proving to make people safer while communities face the reality that too few people leave prison with the ability or opportunity to fully contribute to society. State and local leadership is needed in the face of a Trump Administration pushing for a return to old ways of thinking about crime and punishment. Our Director, Bianca Tylek, joins Arkansas Representative Clarke Tucker to lead a discussion on ways policymakers can make their justice systems fairer while improving public safety.

This workshop is being hosted by The NewDEAL as part of their Seventh Annual Leader Conference.

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Podcast: Making Money Off Caging People
Nov
13
12:00 PM12:00

Podcast: Making Money Off Caging People

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Have you ever thought about what it means to make money off of caging other people? You should. Vanguard owns 16% of Core Civic, a company with $1.7 billion in revenue that owns, manages, and operates private prisons and detention centers. Thus, millions of Americans are unknowingly invested in Core Civic through Vanguard’s extremely popular retirement accounts and mutual fund products. But private prison companies are only the tip of a much larger iceberg. Prisons and prison services are being commercialized at alarming rates. On this Episode of Voir Dire, our Director, Bianca Tylek, invites listeners not only to decide how we want our money to be invested, but more importantly to ask whether or not we’re ok with some people profiting off of the caging of others.

This podcast was part of the Voir Dire series hosted by the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School. Open to the public.

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Workshop: Capital and the Prison Problem - How We Stop Profiting from Punishment
Nov
12
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: Capital and the Prison Problem - How We Stop Profiting from Punishment

Right now more black men are under correctional control than were enslaved in 1850. As the scholars and activists in Ava Duvernay’s powerful documentary 13th remind us, mass incarceration is an unfair and ongoing assault on communities of color, exploiting already ravaged resources, crushing opportunity and threatening democracy. It’s just one of the ways the private sector and the idolization of capitalism have deepened racial injustice. Using the seemingly race-neutral label “criminal”, we have justified the exploitation of people of color and their subsequent exclusion from economic life.

At the beginning of a divisive law-and-order administration, investors must help solve the U.S. carceral crisis. Our Director, Bianca Tylek, joins Pat Tomaino, Associate Director of Socially Responsible Investing at the Zevin Asset Management, to lead a workshop on the role of wealth in our carceral crisis. Our workshop undertakes a race- and power-centric analysis of the role of private capital in mass incarceration. Participants examine how inherited privilege, power, and access support mass incarceration and consider unique ways in which wealthy folks can help support solutions. We brainstorm avenues of impact that include partnering with directly-impacted communities, funding radical advocacy, and investing in change.

This workshop is being hosted by Resource Generation as part of their 2017 Making Money Make Change conference.

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Panel: Cashing In on Incarceration
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Panel: Cashing In on Incarceration

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Private prisons are not the only corrections facilities exposed to commercialization. Even in public prisons, private companies are turning huge profits on everything from healthcare to transportation with terrible ramifications for incarcerated people.

On this panel we discuss strategies for decommercializing criminal justice, starting with New York City’s recent decision to divest from private prison companies. Opening remarks from New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer. 

Open to the public.

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Panel & Workshop: Power of Procurement - The Impact of State and Local Contracts
Jul
14
1:30 PM13:30

Panel & Workshop: Power of Procurement - The Impact of State and Local Contracts

Our Director, Bianca Tylek, joins Paul Wright, Executive Director of the Human Rights Defense Center, to lead a workshop on effective procurement and contracting practices in corrections agencies. 

This panel and workshop is being hosted by the Young Elected Officials Network, a program of People for the American Way, as part of their 2017 National Convening

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