10,000 reasons for this university not to name its stadium after an awful private prison company (UPDATE: We won!)
Our petition to stop the GEO Group from naming the new football stadium at Florida Atlantic University now has more than 10,000 signatures. That’s a robust mass of people saying that public universities and abusive private prison companies shouldn’t mix.
Why does this matter?
The debate over Florida Atlantic University's decision to name a football stadium after a notorious private prison company has descended into deception.
Today, student activists confronted FAU President Mary Jane Saunders at a public forum to denounce the fact that the school is taking $6 million from the GEO Group in exchange for stadium naming rights. This company has a shameful record of human rights violations, abuse, and neglect at its facilities. Unfortunately, Saunders was less than forthright in dealing with her critics.
(UPDATE: Victory! Thanks to the work of students at FAU and groups and activists across the country, GEO Group has ended its attempt to name the football stadium. People 1, private prisons 0.)
Florida Atlantic University is about to let the GEO Group, a notorious private prison company, slap its name on a new football stadium. Don't allow that to happen! GEO has a shameful record of human rights violations, abuse, and neglect at its facilities.
Sign the petition below to demand that university president Mary Jane Saunders reverse her decision! Click here for the full letter. (And special thanks to the ACLU, Nation Inside, Cuéntame, and Grassroots Leadership for partnering with us on this action!!)
Our prison system is a beast, gobbling resources that should be going to communities. Watch the video to find out why.