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08/1/2019 | Protecting Immigrant Communities, Immigrant Rights - Creating Deportation Defense

CPD Network Organizes Actions Against Corporate Backers of Hate and Move Banks to Stop Financing Detention Centers

Over the months of June and July, CPD and our affiliates have responded to the Trump administration’s deportation threats against immigrant communities. The CPD Network continues to work to educate and mobilize our members to fight back and hold the corporations enabling this hateful agenda accountable for their actions. To prepare for the incoming wave of ICE raids and activity, our affiliates from Make the Road Nevada, Action NC, Sunflower Community Action, Make the Road New York, and UNÉ, along with others brought members together for know-your-rights workshops. During the first week of July, the CPD Network also joined #ClosetheCamps actions all over the nation and Make the Road New Jersey  occupied Congressional offices across that state. 

Shortly after, CPA affiliate CASA took to the streets on July 5 to protest the proposed raids by the Trump administration. Over the next two weeks, CPD worked with Make the Road NJ to bring Yazmin Suarez the mother of Mariee, a toddler who died in a private detention center, to a congressional hearing on Kids in Cages. Yazmin offered powerful testimony and helped bring awareness to the abuses occurring in detention centers. That same week, the powerful testimony was followed by eight CPD affiliates joining more than 800 other activists to lead 20 Lights for Liberty vigils all over the world in protest against the conditions on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

At the same time, CPD and the Corporate Backers of Hate Campaign continued to fight against immigrant detention on a different front, holding the banks that profit from the Trump administration hateful agenda through private detention centers accountable for their investments. Through continued pressure, internal conversations, and an ongoing collaboration with the Families Belong Together Campaign, we successfully forced BNP Paribas Bank, SunTrustBank of America and Fifth Third Bank to join Chase Bank and Wells Fargo to stop financing detention centers. In doing so, the campaign has been able to pressure five major banks to stop doing business with GEO Group and CoreCivic, making it more difficult for these companies to have the financing they need to run private detention centers that cage our communities.