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#FreeThemAll December Days of Action

Photo credit: Sarah-Ji @loveandstrugglephotos

Beginning on International Human Rights Day (12/10) and building through International Migrants Day (12/18), AFSC programs and partners are carrying out a week of action demanding the mass release of people from prisons, jails, and detention centers. As we approach the winter holidays, people with incarcerated loved ones are acutely aware of the people who will be missing from their dinner table, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic and its acceleration behind bars. We know that communities lose and suffer when millions are locked behind bars, so join our week of action to demand their release.

Here is a listing of #FreeThemAll December 10-18 days of action events by state. You can find out what's happening, both online and in person (socially distanced and COVID-19 safe), near you. Visit afsc.org/FreeThemAll/host to create your own event.

See our guide "How to stay safer at a protest."


national days of action

Carving Out Rights from Inside the Prison Industrial Complex
Thursday, December 10 (International Human Rights Day) (Virtual)

8:00 PM ET // 7:00 PM CT // 5:00 PM PT

Join us on International Human Rights Day to celebrate the Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project's forthcoming book Carving Out Rights from Inside the Prison Industrial Complex (Hat & Beard, 2021) and launch the AFSC's #FreeThemAll December Days of Action for the mass release of those in prisons, jails and detention centers. 

The online event will include music by Damon Locks, poetry by Tara Betts and Eric Blackmon, and a panel discussion on human rights, abolition, and mass incarceration, as well as brilliantly crafted prints developed by artists incarcerated at Stateville prison. Register here to participate.



Write Holiday Cards for Incarcerated Loved Ones
Saturday, December 12

AFSC programs across the country will be gathering virtually to write cards to incarcerated loved ones. Search the state listings below for an event near you.

Want to organize your own card writing event? Here’s how!



Room at the Table: An Interfaith Service in Solidarity with Caged and Incarcerated Loved Ones
Sunday, December 13 (Virtual)
8:00 - 9:30 PM ET // 7:00 - 8:30 PM CT // 5:00 - 6:30 PM PT

Join us for an interfaith service to hear testimonies from formerly and currently incarcerated and caged folks and their loved ones, together facing the reality of COVID-19. Hear prayers from faith leaders calling to bring everyone home to the community table, and songs of lamentation and petition to #FreeThemAll. We will honor those caged and incarcerated by calling their names, sharing their images, and lighting a candle at our tables to free those we love from the dual cruelties of incarceration and COVID-19. Please bring your own candle and photograph of a loved one. Register here.



Call-In Zap to #FreeThemAll

Wednesday, December 16 (Virtual)
2:00 PM ET // 1:00 PM CT // 11:00 AM PT

We need every voice raised to keep the pressure on to support locally-led movements to #FreeThemAll. We are committed to getting as many people out of prisons, jails, and immigration and juvenile detention centers as possible—and abolishing these carceral facilities once and for all. Join the AFSC and partners for a powerful #FreeThemAll Phone Zap—we'll provide context and training; all you need is a phone and access to the internet! Register at www.afsc.org/action/freethemall-phone-zap.



Car Caravans to #FreeThemAll
Friday, December 18 (International Migrants Day)

AFSC programs across the country will be organizing car caravans at various jails, prisons, and detention centers to demand mass release and to #FreeThemAll during the pandemic. Search the state listings below for an event near you.

Want to organize your own car caravan action? Here are some tips to get started!



Love to Black Immigrants: Teach-In + Holiday Card Writing
Friday, December 18 (International Migrants Day) (Virtual)
5:00 - 6:15 PM ET // 4:00 - 5:15 PM CT // 2:00 - 3:15 PM PT

On International Migrants Day, join the AFSC, ABISA, the Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project, Haitian Bridge Alliance and Daily Kos as we send love and care to detained Black Immigrants and learn how to combat the injustices faced by Black immigrants and asylum seekers! We will begin with a short teach-in from Black-led immigration organizations supporting our detained loved ones. Then we will spend time together, generating messages of hope and solidarity while writing cards to send to detained Black immigrants this holiday season. Lastly we will take action to #FreeThemAll from detention and deportation. As difficult as this year has been for many of us, it has been especially dire for our incarcerated loved ones. We must defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and demand accountability for their gross abuses and consistent violation of the rights of detained Black immigrants nationwide who experience a significant lack of access to care. Visit www.bit.ly/LoveToBlackImmigrants to sign up!


California

International Solidarity to Defend Human Rights Panel
Thursday, December 10 (International Human Rights Day) (Virtual)

AFSC's U.S./México Border Program, MALAYA, Detention Resistance, PUSO SD, Anakbayan SD and Migrante SD will gather online to commemorate International Human Rights Day and condemn the human rights violations under U.S. state-sponsored violence in California and abroad. RSVP at tinyurl.com/InternationalHumanRightsDay.



ICE Report Release
Thursday, December 10 (International Human Rights Day) (Virtual)

The AFSC's U.S./México Border Program has released a report focusing on the increase in Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) activity in San Diego County, specifically looking at arrests in communities and worksite enforcement. The report also discusses the resiliency of migrant workers and looks at how community organizing and advocacy can be cathartic and provide relief from the trauma of having gone through a violent immigration enforcement experience. The recommendations in the report provide guidance on how to move away from an enforcement only approach to migration and migrant workers.


 
Social Change in the Central Valley Webinar: From Public Office to Sustainable Community Upliftment
Monday, December 14 (Virtual)
6:00 - 7:30 PM PT

Noteworthy changes have swept across the Central Valley's political landscape over the past 10 years as an increasing number of women, younger Latinx and people of color run for public office. This Zoom webinar will provide space for dialogue between the Valley's elected officials and young adults looking at a future in which they can play a role in increasing their active citizenship. Incoming and currently serving politicians have been invited to share the map they have followed on the road to becoming elected officials, as well as the challenges they have faced along the way. We hope this webinar will contribute to increasing the public understanding of how political activism can contribute to creating a more democratic landscape in the region. Join us for this online event as part of guest speaker series with the ArteVism Fellowship Program, coordinated by the AFSC Pan Valley Institute in partnership with Fresno State's Department of Theater and Dance. Register at https://bit.ly/33MtkBW.



Holiday Cards
Thursday, December 17 (Virtual)
6:00 - 7:00 PM PT

Join the AFSC's U.S./México Border Program as we hold a virtual letter writing event for migrants held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center and people detained at state facilities in California. We hope to write 100 cards to detainees and incarcerated people, and raise their spirits during this dark time for their families, wishing them a prompt release as we continue to organize to #FreeThemAll from detention and prisons. Register here.



Annual Posada sin Fronteras: Rights Have No Borders/Los Derechos No Tienen Fronteras
Saturday, December 19
4:00 - 5:30 PM PT

This year's Posada Sin Fronteras event will take place virtually. Please mark you calendars. Details to follow soon.
 

colorado

Virtual Concert and Teach-In: A World with Everyone at the Table
Thursday, December 17
6:30 - 8:00 PM MT

Join the AFSC and Coloradans for Immigrant Rights in expressing and imagining a world without cages. The urgency to #FreeThemAll has never been greater. Together we've been sounding the alarm and demanding action month by month, day by dayhustling for that world where everyone can come back to the table. We heard from you, our community, a yearning to be invited into believing and imagining the next level of being humana world we can touch and live into, one without jails, prisons and detention. To bring our souls, hearts, minds and bodies in this future world we've invited healers, speakers, poets and musicians. Join us to #FreeThemAll, join us in collectively getting free. There'll be creative calls to action throughout the night so be ready to participate! RSVP here for this Facebook Live event.



ACLU of Colorado Premiere of The Facility
Friday, December 18
7:00 - 8:00 PM MT
 
Join the ACLU of Colorado for a virtual screening of The Facility, a short documentary film chronicling the lived experiences of immigrants being held at the GEO detention facility in Aurora, Colorado. This film addresses the personal loss and consequences caused by for-profit detention and the federal government's broken immigration policies. Legal and medical experts highlight horrific abuses including death, medical neglect, nutrition issues, and prolonged detention during the coronavirus pandemic. To tell their stories, current and former detainees, families fighting to be reunited, and advocates come together to share their experiences behind the walls of the GEO immigration detention facility in Aurora. Following the screening will be a Q&A session with the director, legal experts, and individuals featured in the film with first-hand experience of the systemic abuse occurring inside the facility. Register here.
 
 

Florida

#FreeThemAll Holiday Card Making
Saturday, December 12
3:00 - 5:00 PM ET

AFSC Florida youth and partners will be crafting personalized holiday cards for immigrants in detention centers across Florida. Our community members should not be in cages during the holiday season nor during a pandemic. As we continue to denounce these cruel practices and advocate for their freedom, our youth have planned an evening to write holiday cards in solidarity to our community members in detention. We will be writing over 100 holiday cards to let folks know they are in our hearts and minds this season.

GEORGIA

Compassionate Cocoa & Candy Canes Against Cruelty
Wednesday, December 16
8:00 - 9:00 AM ET

The Marist School
3790 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-1899

The Marist School will be passing out candy canes with information about the #FreeThemAll campaign to educate our school community. We will also be selling hot cocoa for $1 with the proceeds going to El Refugio, house of hospitality for loved ones of those incarcerated at Stewart Detention Center.
 

Illinois

Gov. Pritzker, Cages Don't Stop COVID! Press Conference
Wednesday, December 9 (Virtual)
12:00 PM CT

 
10 months into the pandemic, thousands of prisoners across Illinois remain in full lockdown, which does nothing to protect them against the virus which sweeps through bars and devastates hundreds at a time. Family members, prisoner advocates, and survivors of incarceration are joining forces this month to take action to demand that Gov. Pritzker stop punishing prisoners for COVID-19 and instead take an active public health response. Mass release, especially of the elderly and medically vulnerable, is the surest way to ensure that people survive this pandemic.

This virtual press conference was organized by the End the IL Prison Lockdown Coalition which includes AFSC Chicago, Parole Illinois, Restore Justice, Chicago Torture Justice Center. Register for the Zoom event here.
 

 
Holiday Card Party for Incarcerated Youth
Saturday, December 12 (Virtual)
4:00 - 6:00 PM CT
 
Together with partners at Liberation Library and the Final 5 Campaign, AFSC Chicago will host a virtual program to learn about the realities of youth incarceration in Illinois and efforts to end it, as well as the impacts of COVID-19 on youth incarceration and detention. Then we'll spend time together while writing notes of solidarity to send to young people on the inside. RSVP here.
*Even though the event is virtual, we encourage attendance to stay local to Chicago/IL since we will be mailing cards and want to make sure things arrive on time.



Loud and Lit Up: A Virtual Rally to End Youth Incarceration
Wednesday, December 16 (Virtual)
4:30 PM CT

Have you ever wanted to participate in a mass action from home? Wished you could join a protest during COVID-19, but not able to join a car caravan? Sign up for our virtual rally co-hosted by AFSC Chicago, Liberation Library, and the Final 5 Campaign.

We'll hear testimonies from incarcerated youth and participate in collective action to free youth from detention during the pandemicPlus surprise elements not revealed until the event begins. All participants will receive a digital booster pack to suppport their participation as we flex our collective digital muscle. Register here!

Michigan

Memorial Caravan for Prisoner Lives
Saturday, December 12
12:00 - 2:00 PM ET

2700 E Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912

Friends, family members, and supporters of prisoners held in Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) cages will hold a mass funeral for the 94 people who have died of COVID-19 behind bars since March to draw attention to the MDOC's callous and lethal response to the coronavirus. This funeral procession will honor the completely preventable deaths orchestrated by the MDOC through neglect and a lack of compassion. As free world people, we lift up the voices from inside the MDOC, and call on Governor Whitmer to commute sentences and offer compassionate release, and decarcerate to save lives! RSVP here to join us for this event organized by Michigan Abolition and Prison Solidarity.
 



Winter Greetings! #FreeThemAll Writing to People in Prison in Michigan
Saturday, December 12 (Virtual)
4:00 - 6:00 PM ET

Please join the AFSC's Michigan Criminal Justice Program to write to our fellow imprisoned community members. COVID-19 has taken a toll on all of us. Solidarity and connection matter during this time. This Zoom event will be a time to see one another and talk and care while we write to folks inside. We will also provide brief updates on what organizations and individuals on the ground have been doing to organize to #FreeThemAll and #LetMiPeopleGo. Click here to sign up.

 

Missouri

Holiday Card Making
Saturday, December 12 (Virtual)
12:00 - 1:30 PM CT

Join the AFSC as we make homemade holiday cards for justice-involved young people in St. Louis as part of the #FreeThemAll national week of action. We'll be on Zoom connecting with each other and listening to holiday music while making the cards from our own homes! The AFSC will provide you with all the card-making supplies you need as well as a holiday treat to enjoy. Bring yourself or the whole family! Just fill out the form to attend: www.tinyurl.com/HolidayCardsAFSC

 

New Hampshire

Holiday Card-Writing for Incarcerated Loved Ones
Saturday, December 12 (Virtual)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET

Millions of our loved ones are locked away in cages and missing from the kitchen tables of too many families and communities. Join the AFSC's New Hampshire Program to connect with other advocates and supporters and share messages of solidarity and care with those on the inside. Via Zoom, we will connect with each other, share information about this important campaign, and listen to music together as we write our cards. Register here.



Communities Not Cages Car Rally
Friday, December 18
2:00 PM ET

Meet-up location at 1:45 PM to poster vehicles:
Rent-A-Center
490 Valley St.
Manchester, NH 03103

Together with local community partners including directly impacted community members, Black Lives Matter Manchester and Never Again Action, join the AFSC's New Hampshire Program for a car rally to show solidarity with incarcerated loved ones and demand an end to cages as the solution to our communities' needs. We demand that resources be directed away from incarceration in all forms and toward the programs, services and institutions that house, care, feed and grow our communities and keep families together. Participate virtually by joining us on Zoom or by joining the caravan loop. The car caravan will end in front of the Hillsborough Superior Courthouse North on 300 Chestnut St. in Manchester. Click here to register.

 

NEW JERSEY

Amend the 13th Watch Party
Thursday, December 10 (International Human Rights Day) (Virtual)
5:30 - 7:30 PM ET

Join us as we honor International Human Rights Day with a watch party of the film 13th, highlighting the injustices of the 13th Amendment's continuation of slavery with its 'exception clause' at part of our call to #FreeThemAll. RSVP here for this Facebook Live online event. Hosted by Amend the 13th NJ, Guazabara Insights, AFSC Prison Watch, and the Transformative Justice Initiative.

 


 

#FreeThemAll Car Caravan
Friday, December 18

Join the AFSC's NJ Immigrant Rights Program and many local partners on International Migrants Day to stand in solidarity with friends in ICE detention centers in New Jersey.

To join and find out more information, please sign up here: http://tiny.cc/1218freethemall

 

NEW YORK

Demand the End of Death by COVID-19 in Prisons
Tuesday, December 15
2:00 - 6:00 PM ET at Penn Station (West Entrance, 8th Ave. & 34th St.)

This unified regional rally, press conference and vigil for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will send a message to Governors Cuomo, Murphy and Lamont to end death by COVID-19 in prisons. Gather with signs and banners to make demands for the immediate release and outside care for prisoners who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as actions on safety for all prisoners and prison staff. For the full list of demands and event information, contact panthershepcat@aol.com and ninoespiritu@gmail.com.



Where Is the the Accountability? The COVID-19 Crisis in New York's Prisons
Tuesday, December 15 (Virtual)
6:30 - 8:00 PM ET

The Riverside Church and Common Cause/NY are sponsoring a virtual panel discussion on the alarming impact of COVID-19 on incarcerated people and their families. Panelists include justice-involved individuals who survived COVID while incarcerated, community activists who are active in the fight for a more just reentry process, and family members of people who are still incarcerated. The focus of the discussion will be the challenges we collectively face in helping others stay safe during the pandemic. Click here to register.

 

Pennsylvania

#FreeOurPeople Mult-City Vigil
Tuesday, December 15

Philadelphia: 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET at Governor Wolf's Philadelphia office
Pittsburgh: 4:00 - 6:00 PM ET at Market Square

With the pandemic tearing through prisons across the state, any prison sentence is a potential death sentence. Join the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CADBI) for an interfaith, multi-city vigil as we honor loved ones and neighbors who lost their lives behind bars due to COVID-19. We demand that Governor Wolf take action immediately to save lives by expanding reprieve to free thousands from prison. For more information, and to take action in person or at home, register at tinyurl.com/FreeOurPeople12-15.

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