Last Call to Submit Public Comment!
Why is it important to you that the City of Portland stop financing mass incarceration and displacement?
You have until Monday, October 31st to submit public comment. Submit here! » https://www.portlandoregon.gov/omf/71697
It is not too late to submit public comment on prison divestment!
The City of Portland will be voting on how to implement Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) recommendations in November. You have until October 31st to submit comment to the City online, or in other words, you have 4 days!
Public comments are extremely important and play a crucial role in the decision-making of the city council so if you care about whether your tax dollars are used to fund mass incarceration, your voice will make a huge impact! Don't let your voice be silenced, this is the time to speak up!
For an easy way to submit comment, use the following template.
SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT ONLINE HERE
Dear members of the Portland City Council,
I am writing to stand with the Prison Divestment movement and call for an end to the City of Portland's investment in prison profiteers. By investing in prison profiteers, the City's financial future depends upon continued criminalization of our communities of color. We have an opportunity to take our money out of industries that are causing deep harm, and reinvest it ethically.
I am a _____________________ (mother, immigrant, resident, formerly incarcerated person) in this community and I am tired watching as people of color and immigrants in our community are targeted by police and prisons.
Wells Fargo, the Bank of New York Mellon, JP Morgan Chase, and HSBC are all prison profiteers, benefiting as investors and lenders from the incarceration and detention of our communities. I ask you to implement the SRI committee's recommendation to divest from these corporations, as well as to create a permanent screen that would exclude prison profiteers from the city's investment portfolio, and end the City's banking relationship with prison profiteer Wells Fargo.
I also strongly urge you to approve the SRI committee's recommendation to add Caterpillar to the Do-Not-Buy list. Caterpillar manufactures custom weaponized military equipment that is designed for the purpose of bulldozing Palestinian homes, orchards, and other property. Caterpillar has been unresponsive to human rights organizations who for decades have sought to engage the corporation to end their facilitation of some of the most serious and longstanding human rights violations on the planet.
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/omf/71697 (a login maybe required)
Follow this link: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=OJdWdvVz67m1JdX8C1z05ICsMr2C%2B0gm to see the full SRIC report and submit your public comment to the City of Portland today.
Thank you for all your contributions and your dedication to the struggle for justice; you are the reason change is happening.
Amanda, Jamie, Favi, and the Enlace PDX team.
PS. Also mark your calendar for November 30th! The City Council will make their final decision on that day.
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