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Join the call to #FreeThemAll

In this pandemic, we must get people out of prisons, jails, and detention centers—and move toward a future without incarceration.

Everyone deserves dignity and justice. But in the United States, 2.3 million people are locked away in prisons, jails, and detention centers, where they are subject to civil and human rights violations and a lack of access to adequate health care. 

In this pandemic, the dangers of incarceration continue to multiply exponentially, making every cell and cage a potential death chamber. 

Immigration activists, prison abolitionists, and those calling to defund the police are organizing across the country under the call to #FreeThemAll. Together, we're calling for the immediate release of people from behind bars as we continue to work for a future without incarceration.

Get involved

1. Take action online. 

Tell your governor, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP): Protect incarcerated people from COVID-19 in prisons, jails, and detention centers! 

2. Download and share our #FreeThemAll posters and graphics.

Use our posters at your next action or to display in your community. Share our graphics on social media. 

3. Organize a #FreeThemAll action in your community. 

We created a toolkit for organizers for our #FreeThemAll Days of Action. We encourage organizers to continue using this resource to plan #FreeThemAll actions and events. 

4. Learn more about the call to #FreeThemAll. 

Explore our resources below, including highlights from our "From Attica to Abolition" webinar, recommended readings, and more. 

Learn more

How to talk about ending incarceration and detention

Use these tips from our recent messaging study to shape your conversations with others as well as your advocacy and outreach.

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#FreeThemAll campaign gains momentum

On the anniversary of Attica uprising, thousands participate in national days of action.

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Why #FreeThemAll

Instead of trying to “fix” the systems of incarceration we have, it is time for us to build something new.

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Highlights: "From Attica to Abolition" webinar

Hear from Attica organizer Tyrone Larkins, environmental and racial justice organizer Siwatu Salama-Ra, immigrant rights and reproductive justice organizers, and AFSC staff Laura Magnani and Debbie Southorn. Plus, get our learning resource toolkit.

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Love to Black Immigrants Teach-In & Letter Writing (Video)

 On International Migrants Day the AFSC, ABISA, the Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project, Haitian...
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Compounding Suffering During a Pandemic: A Case Study in ICE's Detention Failures

AFSC, Detention Resistance, and Pueblo Sin Fronteras provide an overview of the immigration detention system, and analyze the impact of COVID-19 on individuals in ICE detention at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, and the government’s failure at providing the necessary protections.

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Why we support the call to #FreeThemAll

No one is served by keeping millions in cages—not in pandemic, not ever.

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Attica Prison Uprising 101

Learn more about the Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 using this primer for educators and organizers, created by By Mariame Kaba of Project NIA.

 

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Protecting people in prison during COVID-19

AFSC's Jacqueline Williams discusses why we must free people from incarceration now while continuing our work to abolish prisons.

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I'm an immigration attorney ill with COVID-19. But it's my detained clients' lives I fear for the most

As we jump through bureaucratic hoops and submit motion after appeal after petition, people are getting sicker and more scared, writes AFSC's Joelle Lingat.

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COVID-19 cases are rising in U.S. prisons. I’m worried my father might be affected

Government officials must work to protect incarcerated people during this pandemic, writes Kharon Benson.

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Call to reflection and worship to #FreeThemAll

See excerpts from the closing event of National Days of Action to #FreeThemAll

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