Educators for Migrant Justice is a grassroots advocacy campaign fighting to end financial complicity in the migrant abuse crisis. The campaign is targeting public state pension funds whose investments are propping up four companies aiding and abetting the administration’s egregious abuses of migrant families, children, and asylum seekers. The movement was launched at the local level in June 2018 - the height of the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy - by a group of passionate teachers in the Bay Area, California, in partnership with the Badass Teachers Association. We achieved our first campaign win in November when we successfully pushed the country’s second largest pension fund, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) to divest from for-profit prison companies CoreCivic and GEO Group over their human rights abuses of migrants and other detainees. This was truly an unprecedented and historic victory that could not have been achieved without the power of grassroots activism and mobilization spearheaded by CalSTRS members themselves. With the momentum from the CalSTRS’ win, Educators for Migrant Justice has since turned its attention to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest pension fund in the country.
Join Educators for Migrant Justice and CalPERS members across the state at CalPERS' board meeting February 19th to stand up and speak out against CalPERS' financial complicity in the migrant abuse crisis. With more than $231 million of shares in CoreCivic, GEO Group, General Dynamics, and United Rentals, CalPERS is investing in companies that are profiting off of policies designed to inflict grave harm and lasting trauma on children and families fleeing horrific violence and persecution. The separation, detention, and deportation of refugees and asylum seekers - to countries where they face serious threats to their life and freedom - violates fundamental human rights enshrined in international law. Thanks to fierce opposition from stakeholders, CalSTRS announced plans to divest from for-profit prison companies; it's imperative that CalPERS follows their lead. CalPERS is widely recognized as a leader in socially responsible investing; it’s time they lived up to that reputation.