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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. Take part in our National Days of Action Dec. 10-18!

We want a world with everyone at the table!

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. 

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

This holiday season, we know that people on the inside, and their families and loved ones, are feeling the pain of separation. And that those with incarcerated loved ones are acutely aware of the people who will be missing from their dinner table. Together, let's recommit to building a world where everyone has a seat at the table.

Join AFSC, partners, and communities across the U.S. for our National Days of Action to #FreeThemAll from Dec. 10 (International Human Rights Day) to Dec. 18 (International Migrants Day).

Immigration activists, prison abolitionists, and those calling to defund the police are organizing across the country under the call to #FreeThemAll. During our days of action, we'll hold protests at prisons, jails, detention centers, ICE offices, state houses, and city halls to demand the immediate release of people from incarceration.

Attend an event, virtually or in person, or plan your own action using the hashtag #FreeThemAll.

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 December 2020 Days of Action. We encourage organizers to use 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

Report

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.

Blog

#FreeThemAll campaign gains momentum

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

Resource

Why #FreeThemAll

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

Resource

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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Why we support the call to #FreeThemAll

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

Resource

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.

 

Video

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.

Story

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.

Blog

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.

Highlights

Call to reflection and worship to #FreeThemAll

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

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