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20190719 Elbit divest flyer v2

  • Currently Minnesota’s State Board of Investments (SBI) holds 10,951 shares in Elbit Systems worth $1,256.650.00
  • Elbit Systems is Israel’s largest weapons manufacturer. They are currently under contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to build a 53-tower “Integrated Fixed Towers” security project.  Most have already been built.
  • Elbit is the 27th largest arms-producing company in the world. Weapon sales are 95% of its business.
  • Elbit’s weaponized drones have been involved in all of Israel’s major offenses on Gaza.
  • Continuing to invest in Elbit Systems results in a system that prioritizes militarization of the US-Mexico border and the resulting death of migrants trying to cross the border.
  • Continuing to invest in Elbit Systems results in a system that prioritizes militarization of the US-Mexico border and the resulting death of migrants trying to cross the border.
  • Border militarization includes armed border patrol agents, drones, surveillance towers, thousands of miles of fences and walls with fewer and fewer authorized checkpoints.
  • Border militarization causes hardship and death to families who are fleeing violence and famine in their home countries.
  • The costs of border militarization have skyrocketed in recent years. Companies around the world which form the massive military-industrial complex profit. Elbit is one such company. A fictional crisis created by racist fear mongering is being used to give taxpayer money to corporate interests. Over the past 15 years they’ve spent over $4 million dollars on lobbying.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Sign the petition demanding the MN State Board of Investments DIVEST from Elbit Systems.

Contact the members of the MN State Board of Investments to request that they support divestment decision at their August 22nd meeting:

Governor Tim Walz, Chair—651-201-3400
State Auditor Julie Blaha—(651) 296-2551
Attorney General Keith Ellison—(651) 296-3353
Secretary of State Steve Simon—secretary.state@state.mn.us

Attend the Thursday, August 22nd meeting of the Board, at 10:00 a.m. in G23 Senate
Committee Room, State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.St. Paul, MN 55155

Circulate the petition in your neighborhood, church or other community group and send back to MIRAC, 4200 Cedar Ave., Mpls.

Download PDF of flyer here

 

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CALL, TWEET, LIKE AND SHARE!
Rep. Ilhan Omar has written a letter to demand an end to the expansion of ICE detention facilities in Minnesota. READ LETTER BELOW.
CONTACT your representative before July 12th and demand they sign on to Ilhan’s letter!
ICE detention centers are cesspools of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, religious and cultural discrimination and even death!
NOT one more tax dollar can go to this system of oppression!
CALL and TWEET and say something like: “Hi, my name is ______ and I live in your district. I oppose expanding ICE detention facilities in Minnesota. I am asking you to sign on to Representative Ilhan Omar’s letter to ICE Acting Director Mark Morgan opposing the expansion of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities in Minnesota. Will you do that?”

Minnesota Congressional Delegation

Both senators represent all Minnesotans so please contact both of them:
Senator Tina Smith
(202) 224-5641 | Twitter @SenTinaSmith | Web contact form
Senator Amy Klobuchar

(202) 224-3244 | Twitter @AmyKlobuchar | Web contact form

U.S. House of Representatives

If you don’t know which representative is yours, enter your address here and it will tell you.
Rep. Jim Hagedorn (First District)
(202) 225-2472 | Twitter @rephagedorn | Web contact form
Rep. Angie Craig (Second District)
(202) 225-2271 | Twitter @RepAngieCraig | Web contact form
Rep. Dean Phillips (Third District)
(202) 225-2871 | Twitter @RepDeanPhillips | Web contact form
Rep. Betty McCollum (Fourth District)
(202) 225-6631 | Twitter @BettyMcCollom04 | Web contact form
Rep. Ilhan Omar (Fifth District)
(thank her for taking initiative in opposing ICE expansion!)
(202) 225-4755 | Twitter @IlhanMN | Web contact form
Rep. Tom Emmer (Sixth District)
(202) 225-2331 | Twitter @RepTomEmmer | Web contact form
Rep. Collin C. Peterson (Seventh District)
(202) 225-2165 | Twitter @collinpeterson | Web contact form
Rep. Pete Stauber (Eighth District)
(202) 225-6211 | Twitter @RepPeteStauber | Web contact form

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Letter to ICE’s Acting Director Mark Morgan

The Honorable Mark Morgan
Acting Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
500 12th Street Southwest, Mail Stop 5003
Washington, DC 20536-5003

Dear Acting Director Morgan:

We write to oppose the expansion of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities in Minnesota. We do not believe that Minnesota needs more detention beds, rather policies should be shifted to focus on more humane community-based options. We strongly urge you to abandon the effort to increase detention in our state.

The Sherburne County Jail has contracted with the U.S. government to house immigration detainees and other federal inmates for several years. Earlier this month, Minnesota Public Radio reported[1] that the jail has proposed nearly doubling its capacity for detention from 300 beds to 500 beds. Sherburne County’s proposal is especially concerning due to the number of complaints our offices have received about treatment while in detention at Sherburne County. Our constituents have reported poor medical care, lack of access to medicine, and limited opportunities for mental engagement. Additionally, we have received reports that Sherburne County has taken discriminatory action against some of the detained by selectively denying religious and cultural programming.

The Prairie Correctional Facility, a private prison in Appleton, Minnesota, run by CoreCivic, Inc. has also reportedly proposed using their facility for ICE detention. Since 2010, the State of Minnesota has declined to use this facility in preference for publicly-owned and operated facilities, and we urge ICE to follow our state’s lead. CoreCivic has been the subject of multiple investigations, and media have reported egregious misconduct in their facilities, including sexual assault[2], negligence, poor medical care, and even death[3]. Such companies have no business running a detention facility.

Instead of expanding expensive, inhumane detention, we urge you to adopt community-based alternatives to detention. Many of these practices have been employed by ICE with great success, consistently showing they are effective while costing exponentially less – a fact that’s been confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security.[4]But even those numbers speak only to the cost to taxpayers– they don’t include the immeasurable costs being paid every day by the detained, their families and their communities. The policy of extended detention for all individuals, regardless of flight risk or history of violent behavior, tears families apart without providing any benefit to our communities.

Lastly, funding for additional beds raises issues in ongoing Congressional appropriations debates. Rather than investing resources to expand capacity while those very resources are in limbo, we urge you to act responsibly with taxpayer dollars and invest in proven programs that respect both individual rights and government resources.

We stand with our constituents, who overwhelmingly oppose the Administration’s efforts to expand detention. We urge you to reverse course on your expansion in Minnesota.

Sincerely,

 


[1] https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/06/04/sherburne-county-proposes-expanding-jail-for-more-ice-detainees

[2] https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2017-12-01/allegations-mount-at-t-don-hutto/

[3] https://www.hrw.org/report/2018/06/20/code-red/fatal-consequences-dangerously-substandard-medical-care-immigration

[4] https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/images/zdocs/The-Real-Alternatives-to-Detention-FINAL-06-27-17.pdf

 

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