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WE WON!

NO MORE BLOOD MONEY!

Metro's Contract with CoreCivic is ended

ROTTEN TO THE CORE STATEMENT

 

Nashville City Council members Emily Benedict and Freddie O’Connell officially announced that Sheriff Daron Hall has agreed with us regarding the feasibility of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office taking over management of the MDF with zero impact on Nashville’s city budget. In doing so, he agreed to end the contract with CoreCivic. This is a huge win for the people of Nashville!

 

CoreCivic, formerly headquartered in Nashville and still based in Tennessee, has lost its longest running contract in its home territory. While today marks a hard-fought for victory for the people who have suffered in CoreCivic’s gulags, our battle is far from over. We will not be finished until CoreCivic and every heartless corporation whose business model is based on making money on human suffering and perpetuating slavery is shut down.

 

The divesting from CoreCivic in Nashville, the home of its former headquarters, is a big win for the people who have been fighting against the blatant prioritizing of profit over people.  But it’s not the culmination of our fight.  Because we know that the human beings caged in our community deserve better.  Their children and their partners and their friends and neighbors need the fight to continue.  Our liberation is tied to theirs.  The grief that their children feel.  The holes and voids left behind, and the knowledge that each day brings a fresh onslaught of disease, violence and punitive torture and terror, cannot and will not be tolerated.  Months ago we argued in City Council that mechanisms existed under state law to allow for the financial divestment from CoreCivic and Sheriff Daron Hall claimed he had no such knowledge of state law and the state's ability to meet daily per diem requirements for caging our neighbors and loved ones. Over and over again facts put the lie to the truth and we will no longer tolerate the human exploitation for profit that takes place in this community. Divesting from  CoreCivic is the first step in divesting from a system that marginalizes entire communities. This moment is just the beginning of the walk toward true liberation. We will be free. 

 

COALITION MEMBERS

  • Black Lives Matter Nashville

  • Enough Is Enough

  • Free Hearts

  • Gideon’s Army

  • Healthy and Free Tennessee

  • Mercy Junction Justice and Peace

  • Middle Tennessee Democratic Socialists of America

  • The MIX

  • No Exceptions Prison Collective

  • SONG Nashville

  • Unheard Voices Outreach

  • WAR (Workers Against Racism)

  • Women’s March

  • Workers’ Dignity

 

THE CAMPAIGN TO END (FOR-PROFIT) PRISONS IN NASHVILLE

 

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