REQUEST FOR ACTION BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 
 
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Item Number: 68 Legislation Number (B: Bill, R: Resolution): R49-57
Author:   Melissa Gamble   Second:  Khaalidah Sidney, David Hollingsworth
Synopsis: Divestment from Prison Industrial Complex
Date of Presentation: 2-13-14
 

WHEREAS, more Black men are in the prison system than were enslaved in 1850; and,

 

WHEREAS, Black women are the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population  and the criminal justice system ; and,


WHEREAS, the US has the highest number of people in prison out of every country in the world,  we have about 25% of the world’s prison population but only 5% of the overall population;and,


WHEREAS, prison is thus a modern form of slavery; and,


WHEREAS, according to Elliott Curie, “Short of major wars, mass incarceration has been the most thoroughly implemented government social program of our time; and,


WHEREAS, the school ­to prison pipeline contributes to the Prison Industrial Complex; and,


WHEREAS, the prison system is a state apparatus that targets Black and Chicana/Latina communities; and,


WHEREAS, Nearly 40% of those incarcerated in the United States are Black and nearly 16% of those incarcerated are Chicana/Latina; and


WHEREAS, Since 1991 the rate of violent crime in the United States has fallen by about

percent, while the number of people in prison or jail has risen by 50 percent;and


WHEREAS, Black Americans make up 13% of the population, 14% of drug users, but make up of 56% of incarcerations of drug related crimes ; and,


WHEREAS, In 2010, Black men were incarcerated at a rate of 5,525 per 100,000, compared to 1,146 for Latinos, 671 for whites, and 43 for Asians; and,


WHEREAS, Among women, Black women were incarcerated at a rate of 342 per 100,000, compared to 57 for Latinas, 66 for non­Latina whites, and 5 for Asian Americans; and,


WHEREAS, there unfair labor practices that infringe upon the human rights of those incarcerated; and,


WHEREAS, nearly a million prisoners are currently manufacturing office furniture, working in call centers, taking hotel reservations, manufacturing textiles, shoes, clothing, and other products while getting paid somewhere between 93 cents and $4.73 per day ; and,



WHEREAS, Private Prisons profit from incarceration (an average of $122 per person per day) and use their political influence to lobby for harsher penalties and anti ­immigrant legislation like Arizona’s SB1070;and,


WHEREAS, policies such as Secure Communities create further ties between law enforcement and I.C.E. that expand the prison industrial complex to immigration enforcement; and


WHEREAS, Since 1980, state spending on prisons has skyrocketed 436%, while investment in higher education has decreased by 13%; and,


WHEREAS, Privately­ operated federal facilities have grown 600 percent faster than

state ­level contract facilities since 2010, and now represent the single most quickly­ growingcorrections sector;  and


WHEREAS, Companies that operate private prisons such as Corrections Corporation of America, The GEO Group, and Management and Training Corp have spent at least $45 million combined on campaigndonations and lobbyists at the state and federal level in the last decade;     and,


WHEREAS, Twenty prisons have been built in California over the past 30 years, while three state higher education institutions have been built; and,


WHEREAS, The three categories that can implicate a corporation as participating in the use of inmate labor are the following:

1. Corporations, businesses and companies that use direct inmate labor for manufacturing and service jobs,

2. Corporations, businesses and companies that contract with other companies to purchase products or services made by inmate labor,

3. Individuals, corporations, organizations and investment companies that support the use of prison labor or enable prison industry operations by contributing financial support to those directlyinvolved in using inmates for labor or invest in or support private prison corporations, and;   


WHEREAS, The University of California currently holds investments and does business with companiesthat exploit said labor for financial gain, such as: Wells Fargo, American Express, and Procter & Gamble; and,


WHEREAS, Each UC campus with an exception of UC Merced has implemented a program called IGNITE (Invest in Graduation Not Incarceration, Transform Education); and,


WHEREAS, IGNITE aims to urge the University of California Office of the President to allocate funds to student run retention and recruitment programs and centers of communities affected by the Prison Industrial Complex and not Incarceration; and,


WHEREAS, This is one of many influential tactics the University of California campuses are using to address the Prison Industrial Complex; and,


WHEREAS, The Associated Students of the University of California Berkeley, the Associated Students Senate of the University of California Santa Barbara, and the University of California Undgergraduate Student Association Council have already passed similar resolutions; and


WHEREAS, It is crucial for the University of California, Irvine to also participate in a much larger movement along with the campuses mention above; and,


WHEREAS, Investing in these aforementioned companies also makes the UC system complicit in the perpetuation of the previously­mentioned form of modern day Jim Crow; and,


WHEREAS, The State of California education system would better serve the public and its students by investing in alternative solutions to social problems, like education, and not incarceration.


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Associated Students at UC Irvine Executive Cabinet, Legislative Council Finance Committee, and  Senior Financial Analyst evaluate all companies in which the ASUCI invests and must adjust the ASUCI investment profile to prohibit investment in any company that is found to profit from the prison industrial complex; and,


THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon the ASUCI

to divest all investments in all companies complicit with and in support of the prison industrial complex, determined by fund fiduciaries, within their discretion; and,


THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that ASUCI calls upon the UCI Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the UC Regents divest all investments, contracts, and business from all aforementioned companies as a protest to the establishments

that comprise the prison industrial complex; and,


THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the proposed alternatives to ASUCI’s

current relationship with companies profiting from the prison industrial complex suggest finance institutions that:

1. Do not benefit/profit from the prison industrial complex

2. Utilize fair trade and labor practices

3. Support non­discriminatory hiring practices

4. Provide employees with equitable benefits and wages


THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the ASUCI Executive Cabinet author a letter to ChancellorDrake that all formal investment, banking and/or financial relationships and contracts held by ASUCI and UCI its pension funds and subsidiary and/or related organizations should mirror theUniversity’s commitment to its students and surrounding community and thus be disinvested from any institution currently profiting from the prison industrial complex, redirected, and reinvested in companies and institutions with morally sound practices; and,


THEREFORE LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED, That the ASUCI Executive Vice President issue a formal proposal to UCSA in support of all UC student governments moving their money out of companies currently participating in the prison industrial complex.


THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The ASUCI Executive Cabinet issue a recommendation to the Chancellor Drake, UC Regents and UC President Janet Napolitano urging the University of California System’s finances be disinvested from institutions profiting from the prison industrial complex, redirected, and reinvested in companies and institutions that practice the aforementioned, morally sound practices; and,


THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call upon our university, the University of California Treasury, the UC Regents, and the UCI Foundation to divest their holding from each of these aforementioned companies, as determined by fund fiduciaries, within their discretion;


THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, UCI will not make further investments, in any companies materially supporting or profiting from the prison industrial complex in the above­mentioned ways.

 

 
Referred to: Committee on:
Vote Required: Majority FINAL VOTE: Passed YEA: 10 NAY: 0  ABS: 0
 
THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE ON THE DATE OF 2-13-14 HAS TAKEN ACTION ON THIS LEGISLATION.    
   
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