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.
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.
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!
Check our national and local #FreeThemAll December events page to find out what's happening, both online and in person (socially distanced), near you.
Use our posters at your next action or to display in your community. Share our graphics on social media.
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. You can register here as a partner and create your own event at afsc.org/FreeThemAll/host.
5. Learn more about the call to #FreeThemAll.
Explore our resources below, including highlights from our "From Attica to Abolition" webinar, recommended readings, and more.
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.
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.
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.