Complicit Companies

PRIVATE PRISONS

We, GU F.R.E.E., condemn private prisons as a vehicle of state violence. CoreCivic (formerly CCA), GEO, and G4S are perpetrators of systemic and anti-black violence, but they do not act alone. The strength and survival of these prisons depend on financial support, most of which comes from the financial services industry, including Wells Fargo’s extension of over $900 million in credit to CoreCivic. The Urban Research Network defines the “Million Shares Club” as a group of financial service companies which own over a million shares of CoreCivic and GEO combined. These companies share lobbyists with CoreCivic and GEO. Without the support of these companies, CCA and GEO would lose two thirds of their funding, threatening their ability to sustain their violent missions. Being men and women for others means that we must recognize state violence as something that we contribute to, both implicitly and explicitly.

Any conversation about the violence perpetrated by the United States is lacking if it does not address the crimes historically and currently being enacted upon indigenous communities. Within the scope of state violence, this campaign has chosen to focus on private prisons and the occupation of Palestine to answer the  Boycott, Divest and Sanction call from Palestinian civil society and demands of the Movement for Black Lives .Both movements demand transnational solidarity and an intersectional approach. It is in this spirit that we, GU F.R.E.E., denounce the Dakota Access Pipeline and all other shameless attacks on indigenous communities. With glaring historical continuity, the pipeline was rerouted through indigenous lands as such is an attack on Native Americans right to water, right to life, and human dignity, all antithetical to Georgetown’s Jesuit principles of faith, justice, and love.

COMPANIES IN THE MILLION SHARES CLUB

Ameriprise Financial

Balestra Capital LTD

Bank of America Corp

Bank of New York Mellon Corp

Goldman Sachs Group

Invesco LTD

JP Morgan & Chase & Co.

London Co of Virginia

Morgan Stanley

Northern Trust Corp

Principal Financial Group

SunTrust Banks INC

Wells Fargo & Company

COMPANIES SUPPORTING DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE

TD Bank

Citigroup

Sunoco Logistics

Energy Transfer Partners

G4S

PRIVATE PRISONS

CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America)

Geo Group (GEO)

G4S

INVESTMENT FUND MANAGERS IN THE MILLION SHARES CLUB

American Centuries Companies Inc

Balestra Capital LTD

Barclays Global Investors

Blackrock Fund Advisors

Carlson Capital LP

Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn LLC

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP

Eagle Asset Management Inc

Epoch Investment Partners Inc

FMR LLC

Hamlin Capital Management LLC

ING Investment Management LLC & Co

Jennison Associates LLC

Keely Asset Management Corp

Lazard Asset Management LLC

Makaira Partners LLC

Managed Account Advisors LLC

Neuberger Berman Group LLC

New South Capital Management INC

Renaissance Technologies LLC

River Road Asset Management LLC

State Street Corp

Vanguard Group INC


STATE VIOLENCE IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE

We, GU F.R.E.E., condemn the violence inflicted upon the indigenous Palestinian people by Israel since the 1948 Nakba. There has been a glaring failure of the international community to adequately address Israel’s blatant and egregious international law and human rights violations including but not limited: the Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestinian land, the institutional discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel, and Israel’s refusal to allow Palestinian refugees their legal right to return to their homes or receive just compensation for the lives and property lost in the displacement and ethnic cleansing of 1948. As such, we proudly heed the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction (BDS) call from Palestinian civil society. As students at Georgetown University, we are stakeholders in the Georgetown name. The investments are made in our name, and we are responsible for the impact of those companies on the world. The companies below knowingly and consistently either (1) facilitate state violence and the collective punishment of Palestinian civilians, particularly through perpetuating the prolonged Israeli military occupation; (2) contribute to forcible displacement of Palestinians; (3) contribute to or maintain the settlements within the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem; or, (4) contribute to the construction or maintenance of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank.

                          

COMPANY COMPLICITY IN ISRAELI STATE VIOLENCE
The Boeing Company The Boeing Company based in Chicago, Illinois has “provided Israel with AH-64 Apache helicopters, F-15 Eagle fighter jets, Hellfire missiles (produced with Lockheed Martin), as well as MK84 2000-lb bombs, Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) kits that turn bombs into “smart,” guided bombs, and the Harpoon sea-to-sea missile system” that are used attacks on urban Palestinian areas.”
Caterpillar Inc. Caterpillar provides the infrastructure and machines that were used for “the demolition of Palestinian houses in the occupied Palestinian territories, the construction of settlements, the Separation Wall and settlement infrastructure on Palestinian land, for creating roadblocks, dispersing demonstrations and as weapons.”
Elbit Systems Ltd. Elbit Systems Ltd supplies weapons and surveillance systems to the Israeli army. It produces UAV military drones that have also been used against civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Elbit system provide surveillance technology to the separation wall in the Occupied West Bank.
General Electric General Electric (GE) provides engines for Apache helicopters that are used in Israeli military attacks on Palestinian towns and refugee camps.
G4S G4S is a security contractor that used to run Israeli settlements and checkpoints in Occupied Palestine and facilitate Israel’s mass incarceration and human rights abuses by doing work in prisons where thousands of Palestinian political prisoners and “administrative detainees” are held without trial. In 2016, after mounting pressure of the BDS movement,  G4S announced it would exit Palestine and “most” of its business within Israel, but will retain a presence through Policity, Israel’s national police training center. G4S also provides services to for-profit private prisons, and also deployed private forces that attacked demonstrators protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Heidelberg Cement Group HeidelbergCement Group, based in Germany, is the world’s largest cement producer and owns three plants in the West Bank settlements and one Israeli aggregate quarry in the Occupied West Bank.
Hewlett-Packard Company Hewlett-Packard (HP) owns Electronic Data Systems, which has provided the Israeli military system with the Basel System, a biometric access system that regulates residency requirements for Palestinians at Israeli military checkpoints within the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). It also provides services and technology to both Israeli and U.S. prisons.
Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, Maryland, has provided the Israeli military with F-16 fighter jets, Longbow Hellfire missiles, and AH-64 Apache Longbow helicopters, which were used to conduct strikes densely populated with Palestinian civilians.
Motorola Solutions Inc. Motorola Solutions is the U.S. Parent Company of Motorola Solutions Israel, which provides fences to illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land. It also owns MotoEagle Surveillance Systems, which provides cameras and radars to monitor and restrict Palestinian movement near the settlements.

More information can be found on the American Friend’s Service Committee “Investigate” tool: http://investigate.afsc.org/

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