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As an organization, we are committed to the UC system divesting from private prisons and funders. ABC is proud to report that as of December 31st, 2015, the UC system will have sold all of their withholdings (under $30 million) in private prisons! Read our November 2015 Prison Divestment Resolution.

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Resources and Background:

Press Coverage:

  • Black Students Win Battle to Make University of California Divest $25 Million in Private Prisons,” Atlanta Black Star, Jan. 8, 2016
  • UC directly divests $25 million from two private prison corporations,” The Aggie, Jan. 8, 2016
  • (RADIO) “Your Call: Student movements making waves,” KALW, Jan. 7, 2016
  • Aram Ghoogasian: UC’s divestment from private prisons will increase awareness of issue,” Daily Bruin, Jan. 7, 2016
  • Black students win after slamming university for investing $30 million in private prisons,” Fusion, Jan. 5, 2016
  • “Disinvesting from Injustice,” The Guardian, Jan. 3, 2016
  • “UC System Divests from Private Prison Industry,” The Guardian, Jan. 3, 2016
  • (RADIO: 43:00 & on) KPFK Freedom Now, Jan. 2, 2016
  • University of California Divests From Prison-Industrial Complex,” Reverb Press, Jan. 2, 2016
  • University of California dumps private prison stocks after student protests,” CNN Money, Dec. 29, 2015
  • Black Student Unions Push UC to Sell Prison Investments,” KQED, Dec. 29, 2015
  • University of California Divests $25 Million From Private Prison Companies,” Talking Points Memo, Dec. 28, 2015
  • UC Divests From Private Prisons After Black Students Protest,” Yahoo NewsTake Part, Dec. 28, 2015
  • Black Student Groups Score Big Victory Against Private Prisons,” ThinkProgress, Dec. 27, 2015
  • “UC system divests $30 million in prison holdings amid student pressure,” Los Angeles Times & The Washington Post, Dec. 26, 2015
  • (RADIO): KPFA Education, Dec. 25, 2015
  • “UC agrees to sell private prison investments by January,” San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 23, 2015
  • “UC divests from private prisons — thanks to Afrikan Black Coalition,” Mondoweiss, Dec. 23, 2015
  • (RADIO): “Victories for Transgender and Private Prison Divestment Activists,” KPFA Upfront, Dec. 23, 2015
  • 11 Big Accomplishments Black Activists Achieved In 2015,” Huffpost Black Voices, Dec. 22, 2015
  • “UC Divests $25 Million from Private Prisons After Afrikan Black Coalition Pressure,” New University, Dec. 22, 2015
  • “Private Prison Exec Waves Off Criminal Justice Reform, Predicts More Profits,” The Intercept, Dec. 22, 2015
  • “A Love Song to Freedom Fighters: 2015’s Radical Movements,” KQED, Dec. 22, 2015
  • “University of California School System Sold Their Stock in Private Prisons,” Clutch Magazine, Dec. 22, 2015
  • “University of California sells private prison holdings following student campaign,” Sacramento Bee, Dec. 21, 2015
  • “Shaun King: University of California student coalition victorious in push to get school to sell shares in private prisons,” NY Daily News, Dec. 21, 2015
  • “UC sells shares in private prisons after pressure from black students,” Contra Costa Times, Dec. 21, 2015
  • “UC Divests from Private Prisons After Pressure From Black Student Unions,” Sputnik International, Dec. 21, 2015
  • “Black Students Call for University of California Divestment from Private Prisons, as America Continues to Get Rich Exploiting the Bodies of Young Black Men,” Atlanta Black Star, Dec. 19, 2015
  • “Black student group demands Univ. of California divest from prisons,” Madame Noire, Dec. 18, 2015
  • “University of California drops prison investments amid student demands,” ReutersBusiness InsiderJerusalem Post and Wealth Management, Dec. 18, 2015
  • “Black student groups at UC demand divestment from private prisons,”
    Mercury News, Dec. 18, 2015
  • “UC sells shares in private prison companies after Black Student Unions release resolution,” The Daily Californian, Dec. 18, 2015
  • “UC divests from private prison in response to student protests,” The Daily Bruin, Dec. 18, 2015
  • “Black student groups at UC demand divestment from private prisons,” San Jose Mercury News, Dec. 18, 2015
  • “UC Divests from Private Prisons After Pressure from Black Student Unions,” The Daily Nexus, Dec. 17, 2015
  • “Afrikan Black Coalition calls for prison divestment,” Blavity – Dec. 17, 2015
  • “University of California School System Has Invested Millions Into Private Prisons,” Clutch Magazine, Dec. 2, 2015
  • “University of California School System Has Invested Millions Into Private Prisons,” Black Youth Project – Dec. 1, 2015




  • Shayon falls says:

    It is disgustingly disappointing that my tuition gets invested into a system that destroys, displaces, and enslaves people. Many of whom are black people that fall victim to a system that does not value their lives.

  • Janiese says:

    I am beyond disappointed to find out that UC’s have been involved in such practices. This information is something they should have disclosed to their potential students before they enrolled to their schools. I bet they wouldn’t have gotten the enrollment turnout they received if they would have admitted their part in this trickery.

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