#FreeThemAll week of action December 10-18
Everyone deserves dignity and justice. But in the United States, 2.3 million people are locked away in prisons, jails, and detention centers because of racist law enforcement, and a legal system whose only solution is violence and confinement.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began sweeping the U.S. and disproportionately impacting incarcerated people, we mobilized under the banner of #FreeThemAll, working to get as many people out of prisons, jails, and immigration and juvenile detention centers as possible. Since then, we have made significant progress towards that goal.
In New Jersey, we helped pass legislation that made 2,000 people immediately eligible for release from state prison, and several months later helped pass another bill to phase out immigration detention in the state. In New York, we helped pass parole reform that led to the immediate release of 200 people and will keep many more out of prison. In Washington, we helped pass legislation banning private prisons and detention centers.
But our work is not over as long as millions more remain behind bars. From Dec. 10, which marks International Human Rights Day, through Dec. 18, which marks the International Day of the Migrant, AFSC and partners will be hosting a national week of action to #FreeThemAll.
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. Attend an event!
Dec. 14, 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT
How can you support the call to divest for immigrant justice? AFSC’s Investigate Project has identified more than 60 companies with significant involvement in the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border and in the surveillance and criminalization of immigrant communities. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the first-ever divestment list designed to promote immigrant justice and how you can take action today.
Dec. 15, 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
Across the country, communities are calling for the immediate release of people from behind bars. Join AFSC’s Chia-Chia Wang and other staff members as they share local successes in these efforts—and inspire us all in working for a world where all people are free.
Dec. 16, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
Join us for a virtual phone bank to tell government officials: It’s time to work for a future without prisons, jails, or detention centers! We'll provide background and training—all you need is a phone and internet access. Together we can make hundreds of calls to make our voices heard!
#FreeThemAll New Year 2022 Letter Writing Drive
Dec. 18, 2 - 4:30 p.m. ET / 5 - 7:30 p.m. PT
Centro Cultural de la Raza
2004 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
On International Migrants Day, join AFSC and Detention Resistance for our first End of Year Letter Writing Drive to compas detained in Otay Mesa Detention Center. Check out these letter writing tips and download our graphic to use for your card or letter. People who can't join us in person are invited to send theirs to Detention Resistance, who will address it and include it in the drive. Please mail to: 2801 B St., #172, San Diego CA 92102.
3. Learn more about the call to #FreeThemAll.
Explore our resources below, including highlights from our "From Attica to Abolition" webinar, recommended readings, and more.
A history of the Attica uprising
In popular culture, the legacy of Attica is invoked by a chant (“Attica! Attica!”) to signal that excessive force and brutalization by police is imminent. The uprising ignited a new awareness around prison conditions.
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.
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.
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.