Last week, Florida Atlantic University raised eyebrows when officials announced that they had sold the naming rights to the school’s new football stadium to the GEO Group, the nation’s second-largest private prison company. In response, students occupied President Mary Jane Saunders’s office last week demanding a recision of the agreement given the role private prisons play in US society and the especially egregious record of GEO.


Join The Nation in asking FAU President Mary Jane Saunders and the Board of Trustees to reverse their deal with GEO Group.


The Nation sports correspondent Dave Zirin recently argued that the student movement opposing the plan to rename the stadium is a high-profile sign of the growing movement against the US system of mass incarceration otherwise known as “the New Jim Crow.”


This local TV news report details the student occupation and why activists are so exercised over the naming plan.