What would happen if the prison industrial complex was abolished in every corner of the globe?
As Stanford students, we were disheartened to learn that university funds (including those paid by Stanford students and their families) are currently invested in corporations that are immediately responsible for operating, maintaining, and financing private prisons. Because of these investments, Stanford, and all of its stakeholders, are complicit in the stripping of individuals’ civil rights and social securities.
Divestment is possible; Columbia University and the University of California school system have already divested from prisons. We demand that our institution follows in their footsteps and continue to strive towards upholding its standard of ethics, in keeping with its mission, daily practice, and broader influence.
Read Dr. Yael Ben-zvi’s Letter to The Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Board of Trustees.
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