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. 

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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 all 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 at the Urban Justice Center 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. However, we welcome all participants. 

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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

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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 was hosted by The NewDEAL as part of their Seventh Annual Leader Conference. The NewDEAL is a national network of pro-growth progressive state and local leaders working to expand opportunity for all Americans in the changing economy.

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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, which connects their law school community to a broad network of stakeholders seeking to advance criminal justice reform. Each episode feature an in-depth conversation with people on the front lines of transforming the criminal legal system.  

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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 was hosted by Resource Generation as part of their 2017 Making Money Make Change conference. Resource Generation organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power.

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Webinar: Criminal Justice Policy 101
Aug
1
7:30 PM19:30

Webinar: Criminal Justice Policy 101

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On this webinar designed for millennials running for elected office, our Director, Bianca Tylek, discusses the nation’s mass incarceration crisis and criminal justice policies that can spur transformational change. 

This webinar was hosted by Run for Something, which recruits and supports talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.

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

Panel Discussion: 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. 

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

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

Our Director, Bianca Tylek, joined 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 was hosted by the Young Elected Officials Network, a program of People for the American Way, as part of their 2017 National Convening. The YEO Network is the first and only national initiative aimed at providing a network of support to the newest generation of progressive leaders at every level of elected office.

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