02/20/2013 12:53:04 PM EST
A Company That Runs Immigration Jails Will Have Its Name on a Stadium
"In recent years, where stadium naming rights could be sold, universities and professional sports teams have sold them — to airlines and banks and companies that sell beer, soda, doughnuts, cars, telecommunications, razors and baseball bats. This led to memorable examples like Enron Field, the KFC Yum! Center and the University of Phoenix Stadium. On Tuesday, that trend took another strange turn when Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, firmed a deal to rename its football building GEO Group Stadium. Perhaps that pushed stadium naming to its zenith, if only because the GEO Group is a private prison corporation." - New York Times, Feb. 20, 2013.
"It is simply stunning that a university would agree to name a stadium after this behemoth. It is especially galling in South Florida, where brave immigrant activists Marco Saavedra and Viridiana Martinez infiltrated the Broward Transitional Center to document abuses and conditions. Would FAU name their stadium after the Bushmaster assault rifle? Or after Phillip Morris (rebranded as Altria)? No university in their right mind would ever be associated with such corporate pariahs. The goal for immigrants rights communities is to make the name of GEO as toxic as those names. The devastating impact that GEO has had on the immigrant community in South Florida simply makes it an unacceptable choice for naming rights at a stadium. Especially one in South Florida. FAU must know that GEO is as much a pariah as gun manufacturers and cigarette pushers. How many FAU students have been detained by GEO? How many FAU student’s parents and loved ones languished in GEO’s dungeons? How many kids never got a chance to attend a football game because GEO got them first?" - Lifted Lamp, Feb. 20, 2013.
Dream Activist online petition: FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY: DROP THE GEO GROUP!