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American University Severs Food Contract Citing Social Responsibility
13 Apr 2001
PRESS RELEASE ­ For Immediate Release: April 9, 2000.

Adam Choka: Cell: 973.454.1845, h: 202.364.6939
Kevin Owen: Cell: 202.271.2114
Kevin Pranis: Cell: (917) 860-4635.

Students Succeed: For-Profit-Prison Conglomerate Kicked Off Campus at American University

In the latest of a series of successful student campaigns to kick private prison profiteers off campus has prevailed at American University. In a letter sent via-email to all AU students today, Don Myers, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer announced that the contract with Marriott Food
Services will end this year, and that the ³social responsibility² of the multinational corporation played an important role in the administrations decision to severe ties with the Correctional Corporation of America¹s (CCA) parent company. On April 10, the university administration at Oberlin College, in Ohio announced that they to would end their contract with Marriott Food Services.

³We¹ve shown that student activists can hold prison profiteers accountable,² says Adam Choka, who was part of the student effort at AU to dump the private-for-profit prison¹s parent company. ³People who profit off of people¹s misery in private prisons will pay a price in lost student meal plan contracts.²

Background: The Campaign to rid U.S. Campuses of Prison Profiteers.

On March 28, 1998, the French multinational Sodexho Alliance (SA) took over the North American operations of Marriott Management Services from the Marriott Group, making it the largest institutional provider of food
services in North America, with $4.5 billion in annual revenues. The merger also tied student meal plans at the nations largest college campuses to the incarceration of people for profit, as Sodexho Marriott owns the largest
block of stock in CCA: the Correctional Corporation of America. Private prisons have been condemned for being poorly managed and largely unregulated, while private prison guards are underpaid, unorganized and
minimally trained. As a consequence, mistreatment of prisoners and escapes are all too common. In Youngstown, Ohio, mismanagement of D.C. prisoners have led to a series of scathing reports that have been issued by Congress,
and local corrections officials.

For the last two years, students cross the country have been part of a national campaign to kick Marriott foods off their campuses. The Not-With-Our-Money campaign have organized students to reject Marriott food meal plans, and have sponsored sit-in and protests across the United States,
Canada and Europe to compel universities to end their contracts with the private-for-profit prison company conglomerate. To learn more about the national Not with Our Money Campaign, visit their website at, or contact Kevin Pranis at (917) 860-4635.
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Sodexho DUMPED!!!
15 Apr 2001
Kick ass!!!
No more prisons!
30 Apr 2001
Quite frankly, prison food is abomitable, that goes without saying, but it also very necessary for the myriad inmates incarcarated in the United States today.
If Sodexho isn't going to feed them, someone else will, and with the number of inmates you are dealing with, it will HAVE to be a major corporation that acquires the deal.
At the same time, let it be known that CCA (the Correctional Corporation of America) is indeed making a pretty penny off of every head in a Federal and State prison today, an estimated fifty to seventy dollars per person per day in Federal funds. OUR federal funds.
All in all that makes the "social good" of sending offenders to jail rather than mediation or probation a very profitable business for the legal system of our country.
Higher profits for CCA means more money for the political coffers of those parties interested in having a hardline policy towards crime. A hardline policy leads to stricter laws, longer sentences for minor offenses. More inmates and longer sentences leads in turn to higher CCA profits which of course brings us back to the beginning of this serpentine road, OUR TAXES!
And so I invite you, intelligent Americans, to focus your concern not on the many hardworking men and women of Sodexho-Marriot who cook, clean and maintain an excellent level of professionalism for any of us to enjoy, instead upon the present system of incarceration which has traded personal freedom for profit and made a business of the law.
Thadeus Goodhaed